England has been awarded the 2021 Rugby League World Cup with Sheffield on the shortlist of host cities.
Bramall Lane is one of 15 stadiums on the shortlist alongside iconic stadiums such as Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and Old Trafford.
Only 12 stadiums will be successful in hosting the 31 match tournament in 2021 and locals are hoping that the Steel City will be represented.
Teacher Neil Wilson, 52, labelled Yorkshire the ‘home of Rugby League’ and there are five stadiums from the county on the shortlist, including Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.
Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch, believes the 2021 World Cup will be a boost for the Government’s Northern Powerhouse scheme and will bring ‘economic benefits to host towns and cities’.
The tournament is expected to cost around £42 million but the governing body The RFL predict it will be worth £74 million to the nation’s economy.
Pensioner Dorothy Eyre, 64, hopes that the spike in visitors to the city will be ‘helpful for local businesses’.
The RFL has stated that they hope the tournament will attract more than a million spectators and expect it to be seen by over 150 million viewers on TV.