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Stadium Given Go-Ahead

Super League St Helens
by Dean (U7755397) 11 July 2008
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St Helens have finally been given the go-ahead to build a new 18,000 capacity stadium on the former United Glass site.

Taken from LiverpoolEcho:
The approved plans are:

* The transformation of the derelict former United Glass site to create a new 18,000-capacity stadium for St Helens Rugby League Club, a 140,000 sq ft Tesco Extra, as well as associated public realm and infrastructure improvements which will go hand-in-hand with the development

* The redevelopment of the existing town centre Tesco store in Chalon Way into new shops

* The development of the existing St Helens Rugby League Club site at Knowsley Road to create high-quality family housing.

St Helens MP Shaun Woodward said: “This is absolutely fantastic news for the fans, the club and St Helens . It is immensely pleasing to see the team get the stadium that they and all the fans truly deserve.

“This project is the biggest planning application St Helens has ever seen and we have all worked tirelessly to make this Stadium a reality.”

Just hope those builders who are planning to redevelop and build on the Knowsley Road site don't go bankrupt now!!!

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posted Jul 11, 2008

Whats that got to do with it?

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posted Jul 11, 2008

It's about as likely as the Odsal Superdome or whatever that fantasy was called. Builders aren't building houses at the moment and this is only the beginning of a massive downturn in the property development sector.

Safer where you are.

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posted Jul 11, 2008

I don't understand why BBC News goes to the London School of Economics for expert opinion on topical matters when everybody knows that the place to go for economic insight is the BBC RL board <whistle>

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posted Jul 11, 2008

'Whats that got to do with it?'

When Wire used to play at Wilderspool, the attendances were, just as Saints have been over the past few years, poor. The minute they moved into the HJ, however, attendances dramatically improved. It's a simple fact that fans expect up-to-standard stadia these days; if they don't get it, they will go elsewhere.

All the signs indicate that that is what will happen when Saints get their new stadium with new and modern facilities etc.

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posted Jul 11, 2008

It wuz my letter wot did it! I know it! I have the power!! ;-)

Just now I don't care that it could all go belly up if all the building companies fold because at least it's all been passed: it's all there, ready to go whenever we're able. Short of a seriously naff Labour council getting back in, the future is definitely Red and White!! (Well, here in St Smellins anyway)

SSG: I agree with you. I know of so many people who would go to a match if they didn't feel that they had to (a) risk life and limb (especially with their children) in order to watch the match, and (b) had somewhere warm/dry/comfy for them/their kids to go before and even afterwards, with a safe way of getting home and a safe place to park their car/get to the game without a car. I think we will get at least 12,000 home fans coming to matches on a regular basis and given that our 180,000 population these days is somewhat diluted by wendyball loving scousers, I think whatever we can get over and above what we do already is well on to being a great bonus.

And besides, the increased visibility of the Saints once that venue is up and running - given that the management team are not averse to doing stuff like applying for music licenses, etc - will only be a Great Thing for both Saints and the town. I was so for it, got quite carried away in my letter to ole Jo.

It's a real shame we have to wait the best part of three years for the thing (assuming the building companies don't all fold) but still, who cares? It's all set to go!

FAB!!

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posted Jul 11, 2008

As a lifelong supporter I know Knowsley Rd well, and the Willows too at Salford as a trialist. Both stadia needed upgrading 30 or more years ago! I look forward to supporting the Saints at their new home on the site where my late brother used to work. I'm sure the team will continue to be the "ones for the neutral" to watch!What a team, what a club!

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posted Jul 11, 2008

Great News, it,s got to be good for all RL fans
& the good of the Great
Game. They will certainly
fill the ground.

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posted Jul 11, 2008

What's the fuss about moving grounds? We've done it before.
St.Helens Rugby Club
1874 1st ground Recreation Cricket Ground,
Boundary Road
late 1870’s
2nd ground Queens Park, St.Annes,
just off Prescott Road - between West Park Road and Boundary Road
Team renamed - Eccleston Rangers
3rd ground - a field where
Harris Street and Lingholme
Road now stand.
4th ground - at Windle between
the Vicarage and Cemetery.
Team renamed - St.Helens Rangers
approx 1880 5th ground St.Helens Cricket
Club field off Bishop Road,
Dentons Green.
1885
Team renamed St.Helens Rugby Club
1890 6th ground - Knowsley Road.
2011 ? 7th ground - United Glass ?
This information and much more can be found in Alex Service's book " Saints In Their Glory "

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posted Jul 11, 2008

This is great news. Looking beyond my petty-minded loyalty to the Warriors, the beautiful game is finally coming into the 21st century with better grounds for the hard working chap in the street. Well done Saints, this will mean bigger crowds, more money into the game and the raising of standards on the footie field. Hopefully this will eventually translate into a dominant England/GB team were thrashing the Aussies starts to get a bit predictable. After al, that's what we all really want, isn't it?

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posted Jul 12, 2008

This is what Saints need, there the second best rugby league club, behind Widnes, and they need a ground to take them forward. i think 18000 is big enough as Widnes is 13500.

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