Rhyl FC could be one of the town's biggest tourism draws says boss

Published date: 01 August 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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RHYL FC managing director Mike Jones believes the club can now be considered the number one tourist attraction in the town. 

Following a number of sell-out friendlies against the likes of Manchester City, Everton and Wrexham, the club has attracted thousands of people to the area, which has provided the town with a much-needed economic boost. 

Mr Jones said: “The games have been a fantastic advert for the town, and I have had some brilliant feedback from shop owners who have seen their business increase significantly as a result of the friendlies we are putting on. 

“There aren’t many attractions in Rhyl that attract the amount of people we do, so in that respect then we and these high-profile fixtures are getting Rhyl back on the map again, which can only be a positive thing.” 

The Corbett Sports Stadium has played host to a number of top domestic and European clubs over the years, which generates a superb amount of interest, with both residents of the area and those coming from further afield. 

Cllr Brain Blakeley, chair of Denbighshire County Council, said: “The more big events we have in Rhyl then the more money will be brought into the town, which is what we want to get the town back on its feet. 

“Whether it be football matches, the Beach Festival or the Air Show, we are now showing that Rhyl has plenty to offer and the more money that the town generates, the more we will be able to do to improve things even further.” 

This is the fourth year that the current Premier League champions have visited the ground for a preseason fixture, and another huge crowd is expected when the Lilywhites entertain Stoke City on Saturday, August 9, something that will further benefit the area financially. 

Mr Jones added: “Everyone at the club is committed to doing everything it can to help rid the town of the bad name it has acquired over the last few years. 

“Every big club that comes here comments on what a fantastic setup it is and how welcome they felt, so if they keep coming back then it will only boost the economy, while also assisting with our continued development as a club.” 

To book your tickets for the match against Stoke City call 01745 338327. 

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