POOLE Pirates admitted the “great relief” to have finally confirmed a date to ride Wimborne Road again.
The Pirates were due to get back on track for a home meeting with the Plymouth Gladiators next week, but that was pushed back.
However, following extensive discussions between the club, the owners of the Gaming International Stadium and the BCP Council, it has now been agreed that Poole could once again host meetings from June 9, when the Berwick Bandits are due to travel to the championship.
A statement from Pirates read: âIt is with great relief that we can confirm that the Pirates will take to the Wimborne Road track on Wednesday June 9 against the Berwick Bandits.
“After months of discussions, we finally received the good news from our owners yesterday and now have three weeks to prepare the running surface and secure the COVID stadium.”
Pirates owner Matt Ford explained, “I can’t say it’s been easy, actually to put it mildly, but everything is now working for Wednesday, June 9, when we see the team compete in their game. first home game in 21 months.
âI would like to officially thank George Edwards of Gaming International, our owners, as well as Drew Mellor, BCP Head of Council, and Mohan Iyengar, Borough Tourism Manager, for collectively advancing this project.
“I know how concerned you, our supporters, have been, and we appreciate your patience as long discussions have taken place.”
Further information on ticketing details was also revealed.
The pirates will be selling blocks of six tickets for those who wish to attend with family and friends. This will then be expanded to blocks of four tickets and then to smaller groups afterwards.
“We understand how frustrating this will be for many of our regular supporters,” said Ford.
âThe best way to attend the reunion on the 9th is to come with family or friends who have been in your bubble during these difficult times for all of us.
“The capacity of the meeting is only 30% of the usual capacity of the stadium, so we ask for your patience and understanding until the restrictions are lifted, hopefully in time for our second meeting. at home on June 23.
âUnfortunately, this will mean that some may not be able to purchase tickets, and we can confirm that the club are in discussions to broadcast the event live, so everyone in the world will have a chance to see the new Pirates look.
âMost importantly, we can’t wait to get back on track in competition.
âDue to the restrictions we will not have a press day but hope to give the team one or two chances to try the track before June 9th.
“We look forward to welcoming you back shortly and anticipate another ticket announcement within the next 48 hours.”
Poole‘s season is set to begin in Plymouth on May 25.