Shay stadium to close for 12 weeks due to coronavirus outbreak, says Calderdale Council

Calderdale Council says The Shay will be closed for the next 12 weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 2:44 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th March 2020, 3:34 pm

The stadium, along with several of the council’s other leisure and cultural venues, will be shut from Friday for an initial three month period, but the decision will be reviwed as the situation develops, the council said.

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The move is an added complication to the possible resumption of both FC Halifax Town and Halifax RLFC’s seasons, with the National League and the RFL suspending all games until April 3.

With the virus causing restrictions on social interaction and unnecessary travel, it is likely that both bodies may extend those dates anyway. But should the teams resume their fixtures while The Shay is still closed, FC Halifax Town told the Courier that they would hold talks with the council about re-opening the ground.

The Shay Stadium, Halifax