Eastbourne Seagulls launch their home National Development League (NDL) campaign at Arlington Stadium on Saturday night (June 19).
Tickets are now on sale, with Adults only paying £10 for admission.
Eastbourne Speedway Director, Ian Jordan, said:
“Ten pounds admission for NDL-level Speedway is seen by many supporters as the Holy Grail for development level Speedway.
“£10 admission has often been talked about as an aspiration.
“We have listened and we are delivering and we hope that our ambition and determination to deliver on our promises and the hopes of Speedway fans will be rewarded with a bumper crowd and set a benchmark for the future of development -level Speedway in the UK.
“The 2021 NDL development project revamped by the BSPL has been undermined by some but has our 100% support and backing now and in the future.
“In a normal (non Covid season) we’d aim to put on 6-7 of these fixtures as a standalone(NDL product.
“Sadly with a truncated season, this year we’ll have to run some double headers (Championship + NDL on the same day) but where possible we’ll run as many NDL matches for £10 as we possibly can.
“The aim is to have all our NDL Matches for £10 in 2022.
“The NDL Seagulls NDL Project, backed by the Save Thurrock Hammers Campaign, enables us to develop and nurture our rapidly growing young asset base.
“Some of these lads will be the ‘Eagles of the future’.
“We have Nathan Ablitt and Vinnie Joe Foord (who turns 15 next month and so will be eligible for selection) from Hailsham.
It’s a fantastic opportunity for local lads to forge a Speedway career.
“We hope to be able to announce some significant new additions to our young and developing rider asset base in the coming weeks and months to spread the message to all young British riders that Arlington and Eastbourne is a place where they can learn, develop, thrive and be given the freedom to spread their wings towards international careers.”
The Seagulls started with an unfortunate narrow defeat at Leicester, picking up a losing bonus point, in a match where if Henry Atkins pulled out with a shoulder injury. It is a match the club believes they would have won comfortably but for Henry’s injury, which looked to rule him out for the rest of the season.
Next was a fighting draw at local rivals Kent, where Danno Verge made an excellent debut.
When you think they are possibly the two toughest away fixtures against the 2019 NDL League and Cup Champions, it bodes well for our league ambitions.
Henry is due to have an operation on his shoulder injury on Monday (June 14) and has already pledged his desire to be a Seagull again in 2022 and is looking forwards to coming to Arlington as soon as possible to meet all of the supporters.
“Make no mistake we are in the NDL to win it and we’d love all of our supporters, fans from Kent, the wider Speedway community and families who haven’t been to Speedway before to sample top quality NDL action for a TENNER,” Jordan said.
The NDL match is followed by the Eastbourne junior Seagulls taking on Birmingham in a MSDL match – 21 heats of speedway racing on the programme.
The MSDL is the lowest level of the Speedway pyramid and is a stepping stone to the NDL.
Tickets are on sale for Area 1 and Area 2 PLUS Area A2S (on the stock car track near the start finish straight) will be open.
There’s also a new family ticket option for NDL standalone matches.
Season tickets and 10-match tickets are valid.
Everyone who has a ticket for Saturday’s derby match against the Kent Royals will be entered into a prize draw.
The draw will take place during the meeting.
Winner: A 2021 season ticket (if the winner is already a 2021 Season Ticket holder, they will receive a 2022 Season ticket)
Runner-up: Four match tickets for the match against Glasgow on July 4. Tickets for this Championship match are already selling fast.
Third: Free hospitality package at the match against Leicester on July 11 for two people.
Hospitality packages for ALL Fixtures are available by contacting Lee Kilby at firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastbourne Seagulls v Kent Royals at Arlington Stadium, 7.30pm on Saturday, June 19.
Area1 / Area 2 / Area 2S (stock car track) and lower grandstand split:
£10 Adults / £10 Concessions
£5 Children (5-15)
£0 Children (under 5)
FAMILY TICKET: 2 Adults up to 4 Children ANY Age (up to 15) for £22.00
To purchase tickets click here
Image credit: Steve Dixon