POOLE Pirates have admitted the "great relief" at finally confirming a date to ride at Wimborne Road again.

Pirates were due back on track for a home cup meeting with Plymouth Gladiators next week, but that has been pushed back.

However, following extensive talks between the club, landlords at the stadium Gaming International and BCP Council, it has now been agreed Poole can host meetings again from June 9, when Berwick Bandits are due to visit in the Championship.

A statement from Pirates read: "It is with great relief that we can confirm the Pirates will take to the track at Wimborne Road on Wednesday, June 9 v the Berwick Bandits.

"After months of discussions, we finally received the good news yesterday from our landlords and now have three weeks to prepare the racing surface along with making the stadium COVID safe."

Pirates owner Matt Ford explained: "I cannot say it's been easy, in fact that's an understatement, but it's now all systems go for Wednesday, June 9 when we will get to see the team ride its first home fixture in 21 months.

"I would like to go on record in thanking George Edwards of Gaming International, our landlords, along with Drew Mellor, head of the BCP Council, and Mohan Iyengar, head of tourism for the borough, in collectively driving this forward.

"I know how concerned you, our supporters, have been, and we thank you for your patience whilst extensive talks have taken place."

Further information on ticketing details has also been revealed.

Pirates will be putting blocks of six tickets up for sale, for those wanting to attend with family and friends. This will then be extended to blocks of four tickets and then smaller groups after that.

"We understand how frustrating this will be to many of our regular supporters," said Ford.

"The best way to attend the meeting on the 9th is coming with family or friends that have been in your bubble during these trying times for us all.

"The capacity for the meeting is just 30 per cent of the usual stadium capacity, so we ask you for your patience and understanding until restrictions are hopefully lifted in time for our second home meeting on June 23.

"Sadly, it will mean that some may be unsuccessful in purchasing tickets, and we can confirm that the club is in discussions to live stream the event, so everyone around the world will get a chance to see the new-look Pirates.

"Most importantly, we look forward to getting back on track in competitive action.

"Due to restrictions we will not be having a Press Day, but hope to offer the team one to two chances to try the track before June 9.

"We look forward to welcoming you back shortly and plan a further ticket announcement within the next 48 hours."

Poole's season is due to get underway at Plymouth on May 25.