Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
On Saturday the 28th of May Rugby League’s oldest tournament reaches its climax for yet another year as the 2022 Challenge Cup final takes place.
The Huddersfield Giants qualified for the final by defeating Hull Kingston Rovers with relative ease in the semi-final and are looking for their seventh Challenge Cup, having not won the tournament in 69 long years.
Wigan will be their opponents on the day after the Warriors defeated arch-rivals St Helens in the other semi-final and have won an astonishing 19 Challenge Cups, last winning the tournament in 2013.
No matter the result this will be a historic Challenge Cup final as the traditional host venue Wembley Stadium is not available to be used for the game.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will have hosting honours later this month for 2022 only, as the tournament will return to Wembley in 2023.
History will not only be made for the Challenge Cup but Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also as the ground is just three years old, having had construction completed in 2019.
— Betfred Challenge Cup (@TheChallengeCup) May 26, 2022
Unfortunately, the it has not seen much success as current tenants Tottenham Hotspur of the Premier League are currently experiencing a trophy drought which means the Challenge Cup will be the first major sporting trophy hoisted on the turf at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The venue can hold up to 62,850 fans in attendance which is an increase of 26,566 in capacity compared to the former White Hart Lane which was demolished in 2017 to make way for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Fans will be very close to the action, especially those lucky enough to get tickets down the front as it is less than five metres from the grandstand to the field of play with Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also boasting the United Kingdom’s largest single-tier stand which can hold up to 17,500 patrons and is more than 34 metres tall.
The Challenge Cup final will; however, not be the first game of Rugby League played at the stadium as its curtain raiser; the 1895 Cup final between the Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions will have that privilege.