Biggest crowd for nearly a decade expected at Arlington Stadium tonight for Grand Final first leg

Eastbourne Speedway expects to host their biggest crowd for nearly a decade at the Arlington Stadium tonight (Monday, October 3).

The Lifestyle Eagles take on Poole in the first leg of the Elite League Grand Final, with the match getting under way at 7.30pm.

Club officials have been told to expect around 1,000 supporters to make their way along the south coast from Dorset to support the visitors.

Eastbourne co-promoter Mike Bellerby said: “The message to fans from both teams is quite simple: arrive early.

“The turnstiles will open at 5.30pm and we will do all we can to get fans into the stadium as quickly as possible.

“I know some people will not be able to get here early because of work commitments but if you can get to Arlington early, please do so.”

The last time Eastbourne rode in the Grand Final – the first event of its type in 2002 – Arlington was packed and a similar response is expected on Monday.

Co-promoter and team manager Trevor Geer said: “Everyone is totally keyed-up for this meeting. It is what we have been working for since the season began in March.

“We have riders in the team who have won titles and championships in the past and I know the team will give everything on Monday night and the following Monday in the second leg at Poole to secure the championship for the Eagles.

“It is going to be a great night here at Arlington and the atmosphere will be amazing.”

Admission prices will be Adults £18 and OAPs £16 with the normal prices for children including the Kids A Quid promotion.

The small increase in admission prices is in line with what has been done for around the last 7 years for Elite League Grand Final matches.