Warrington Wolves CEO's tribute to Wigan Warriors after financial sacrifice to secure Las Vegas trip

Warrington Wolves CEO Karl Fitzpatrick has paid tribute to his Wigan Warriors counterpart Kris Radlinski and the club as a whole after the two clubs prepare to make Super League history in Las Vegas. The two powerhouse clubs will travel to America next year to play at the Allegiant Stadium, which will host the NRL's opening weekend for a second year.

It will see both clubs take centre stage in an event that established itself as one of the sport's biggest in its first year, with over 40,000 people attending the inaugural event. That is expected to increase next year, with NRL organisers hoping the presence of two UK clubs, as well as England's women's side, will bring more supporters over after an encouraging number of British supporters attended the event last year.

The game will be considered as one of Wigan's home Super League matches next year, who have taken a financial hit to ensure the game could become a reality.

Fitzpatrick has been a strong advocate of Super League looking to push boundaries over the years, with his own club taking part in many eccentric stunts in times gone by. With his side now set to feature in Sin City, he thanked the Warriors for their part in matching their enthusiasm to take Super League to new heights.

“First of all credit must go to Kris Radlinski, Mike Danson and the board at Wigan for driving this project. When approached about this opportunity we were on board from the outset. This initiative is fully aligned with our club’s positioning and ambitions.

“Playing in one of the world’s best entertainment destinations at a stunning venue is going to be an exciting and memorable experience for our supporters, players and partners. It will also put Super League on the map in a sports market full of opportunity.

“The Vegas games earlier this year really captured the imagination and showed the Rugby League world what can be achieved by thinking and aiming big - next year it is going to be even bigger and to be part of this concept is going to be really special.”

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