Away Days – Midlands Hurricanes
September 1, 2022
Cornwall RLFC end the Betfred League 1 season with a trip to Portway to face fellow expansion side Midlands Hurricanes on Sunday – 3.00pm.
After rebranding from Coventry Bears to Midlands Hurricanes for the 2022 campaign, a switch of home venue also ensued.
After the Bears played all of their home professional matches at Butts Park Arena, home of Championship rugby union side Coventry, the newly named Hurricanes switched games to Birmingham & Solihull Bees RFC’s Portway stadium.
Portway has been home for the Bees since 2013 after the club had played previously at long term base Sharmans Cross Road. They also spent time residing at Damson Park as tenants to Solihull Moors FC.
The Bees had previously plied their trade in rugby union’s second tier alongside the Cornish Pirates, one of just three professional sporting teams in Cornwall alongside the Choughs and Truro City FC.
Sadly, due to financial problems, the Bees now play in Midlands 5 West (South) – level 10 of the rugby union pyramid. For comparison, under the 2021-22 structure in the Duchy, the comparable standard was Cornwall 2 (level nine).
When the Hurricanes’ move to Portway was announced, it was also revealed that the club will be moving in 2023 to Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. The 18,000 capacity arena recently hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Although Midlands’ home base for the 2023 Betfred League 1 season has yet to be confirmed, Sunday’s match could be the only time Cornwall visit Portway.
Portway has a ground capacity of 2,000 with a small grandstand providing covered seating which is taken on a first come, first served basis.
There is further covered accommodation under marquees but the club asks that priority is given in these areas to disabled and elderly supporters.
The rest of the ground is uncovered, ground level standing.
Refreshments are available inside the main event area at both the Hurricanes beer tents and bar.
An extensive range of food options can be found at Portway’s street food vendor area. Supporters are given a wrist band when they are admitted which allows them to transit between the main area and food section. The main Bees club bar can also be accessed using the same matchday wristband.
The Hurricanes bar is a card only facility while the Bees facility accepts both cash and card.
Supporters are asked to arrive well in advance of kick off and park in the top car park which is situated before the main club car park. Parking is free for all vehicles.
Entry to Portway is via the main gate by the Hurricanes bar. There are no advance ticket sales with all entries paid on the day. However, tickets can’t be purchased with cash and entry is only permissible via card.