The Huddersfield Giants are encouraging their fans to get into the Tour de France spirit by showing Grand Depart Stage 1 coverage on the John Smith’s Stadium big screen an hour before their Super League clash against Salford Red Devils.
The Huddersfield-Salford fixture was brought forward 24 hours to avoid a clash with the Tour De France coming to town on the Sunday.
Cycling’s most famous race will be staged around the Leeds area on Saturday, and supporters can catch all the opening-day action as it unfolds from inside the stadium.
Club officials are hopeful using the big screen in this way will help add to the gameday atmosphere and put the supporters in even more upbeat mood as the Giants seek a 10th win from their last 11 Super League encounters.
But as well as the Tour de France action, there will be a host of community activity taking place in and around the stadium throughout the afternoon.
There will be a free craft fayre in the Fantastic Media Suite from 1.30pm when junior fans can take part in such activities as drawing the Huddersfield Giants squad or making the club logo. The last event resulted in a banner presented to hooker Shaun Lunt, which is hung outside the dressing room to inspire the Giants as they enter the field at every home fixture.
The Community Zone will see Giants players on hand to give away player cards, which this week are Craig Kopczak, Jason Chan and Larne Patrick.
There will also be the Giants face painter, Danny Brough kicking and Eorl Crabtree passing zones and an appearance from the Giants mascot Big G.
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