RFL To Move To Manchester's Etihad Campus

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5 March 2018

The Rugby Football League will be relocating to Etihad Campus in east Manchester, the site of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The new National Rugby League Centre at the Etihad Campus will provide rugby league with world-class facilities for every level of the game, from community to the England senior teams.

The move sees the RFL become a major tenant within the next phase of the Etihad Campus development, in which the campus will expand as a national sporting centre of excellence, as well as a leisure and entertainment district.

Following an extensive process that began in 2016 and involved applications and proposals from a number of different councils based in the north of England, the RFL board unanimously approved the proposal from Manchester City Council and the City Football Group last month.

The new Rugby League England Performance Unit, led by rugby director Kevin Sinfield, will start to work at the facility from later this year, while all RFL staff will relocate into a new state of the art headquarters before the start of the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

Speaking following the announcement, RFL interim chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, said: “Moving to the Etihad Campus will be transformational for the sport of rugby league on and off the field.

“The incredible plans for this campus and the proposal presented to us, that put rugby league as a central partner, convinced us that this was absolutely the right place for the future headquarters of our

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