SOLIHULL and Birmingham Bees’ first home game of the Championship kicks off tomorrow with a bid to break the all time record attendance at Sharmans Cross Road.
The club are hoping that a mouth watering match against giants Bristol will be enough to tempt the crowds back to Solihull.
But if not, then the Bees have organised a fun-packed family afternoon to help them break the 2,000 mark for the first time ever.
Players and staff have this week been busy trying to promote ‘Target 2000’ - including a training session in the middle of Touchwood. head coach Russell Earnshaw took his players into the shopping centre for a work out on Tuesday. “The lads always complain that no one knows who we are, so that’s why we’ve brought them here!” said Earnshaw.
“We need to pull our fingers out this season and get out into the community a lot more - and that’s exactly what we’re planning to do.
“We’re also trying to get as many people as possible to the games, it helps the players and the team a lot. I think people will enjoy it a lot more this season as we’re aiming to create more of a match day experience.”
The recently promoted Bees will be hoping to give the crowd a reason to cheer tomorrow, especially after losing their opening game of the season last week against Plymouth (33-10).
Earnshaw knows full well that his side will be the underdogs against Bristol, who were relegated from the top flight Guinness Premiership last season, but believes his side can surprise a few people this campaign.
“Last year we had a simple objective - promotion,” said Earnshaw.
“And we did that in style. This season we’re not going to know what will happen week by week.
“But we’ll be aiming, like most teams no doubt, for the top eight.”
l Gates will open at 12pm tomorrow for a 3pm kick off. During the day there will be a host of entertainment, food, music, demonstrations and a chance to meet the players.