Eastbourne Speedway have postponed this coming Sunday’s (July 11) home match against Leicester.
The club believes it would be “financial suicide” to try and run Speedway in competition with the Euros football final, where England could well feature.
The match will now take place on Sunday, July 18, with the HG Aerospace Eagles v Leicester Lions (Championship) followed by the National Development League fixture between the club’s second teams, The Seagulls and The Cubs.
The NDL match against Belle Vue Colts, which was due to take place on July 17, will be re-arranged.
Eastbourne managers believe they had no option but to postpone.
They neither wanted to start selling tickets and then call off and feel there is insufficient time to sell tickets should England not win their semi-final against Denmark.
A Club spokesman said: “Clearly we all want England to make the final and win it.
“We appreciate that whilst this may not be a popular decision with our hardcore Speedway supporters, we have to reflect on the fact that if England make the final, it will be the biggest sporting event of the most popular national and global sport in more than 50 years.
“It would be commercial and financial suicide for us to try to compete against it.
“It is also not viable or ethical to wait until Wednesday evening to see the outcome of the semi-final.
“We are very grateful to the Leicester management for their co-operation.
“We offered them both Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th as an option.
“As a fellow Saturday track, we appreciate and fully understand that as they have priority over us in terms of fixture planning on a Saturday and wish to keep the 17th free in case they need it.
“We’re delighted that they can come on SUNDAY July 18 for what promise to be two cracking and exciting encounters pitting Eagles and Seagulls against the reigning respective league champions.”
Tickets for both matches will go on sale tomorrow (July 6).
A large crowd is anticipated, and supporters should buy tickets as soon as possible to ensure access to their favourite area of Arlington Stadium.
As the Fixture is a double header, the set double header pricing WILL apply but there will be the promised protocols for anyone who wishes to watch just the Championship fixture to receive a partial refund AFTER the event via a discount code for future use at a forthcoming Fixture.
Full details tomorrow when tickets go on sale.
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