Totally Wicked Stadium

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Totally Wicked Stadium
Aerial picture of Langtree Park.jpg
Full nameTotally Wicked Stadium[1]
LocationTotally Wicked Stadium
McManus Drive
Peasley Cross
St Helens
WA9 3AL
Coordinates53°26′51.47″N 2°43′39.41″W / 53.4476306°N 2.7276139°W / 53.4476306; -2.7276139Coordinates: 53°26′51.47″N 2°43′39.41″W / 53.4476306°N 2.7276139°W / 53.4476306; -2.7276139
OwnerSt Helens R.F.C.
OperatorSt Helens R.F.C.
Capacity18,000[2]
Record attendance17,980
(St Helens vs Wigan 6 April 2012)[3]
(St Helens vs Wigan 18 April 2014)[4]
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Built2010-2011
Opened2011
Construction cost£25 Million[5]
ArchitectBarr Construction
Main contractorsLangtree Group
Tenants
St. Helens (2011-present)
Liverpool F.C. Reserves (2012-present)

Totally Wicked Stadium[6] is a rugby league stadium in the Peasley Cross area of St. Helens. Known as Langtree Park until 2017, it has a capacity of over 18,000 and is the home ground of St Helens R.F.C.. The stadium was granted full planning permission on 20 May 2008. On 11 July 2008 the go-ahead was given without the need for a public enquiry and construction started in 2010.[7] The first rugby league match to be played at the stadium was between St. Helens and Widnes on Friday 20 January 2012. St. Helens won the opening game by 42-24 and they moved in ready for the 2012 Super League season.[8] Liverpool F.C. U18s also play their home games at the stadium.

Plans and Construction[edit]

The proposed plans came in three parts. The proposed parts were:

1. The transformation of the derelict former United Glass site to create a new 18,000-capacity stadium for St. Helens as well as a 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) Tesco Extra next to the rugby ground. The stadium itself was to be a seating and standing arena with an oval shaped roof extending out from the south stand

2. The redevelopment of the existing town centre Tesco store in Chalon Way into alternative high quality retail use, enhancing the retail available in St Helens town centre.

3. The development of the existing St. Helens site at Knowsley Road to create high quality residential accommodation, regenerating the local area.

The club stressed that if one of the three parts fell through, the whole project would have been in jeopardy. However councillors in St Helens approved the new Saints’ stadium. Members of the Planning Committee endorsed the triple planning application granting permission subject to terms and conditions and a health and safety risk assessment

Demolition of the former UGB Glass plant began in late January 2009, with construction due to begin after the clearance of the 46-acre (190,000 m2) site had been completed.[9][10] In July 2010, the building contractor Barr Construction Ltd was selected to build the new stadium.[11] Construction commenced on 23 August 2010, with the Tesco store completed in October 2011 and the stadium in November 2011.[12]

Panorama of Langtree Park on opening night in January 2012.
Panorama of Langtree Park on opening night in January 2012

Layout[edit]

The stadium has two terraced stands and two seated, the pitch is grass although the touchline has some astro-turf. The match day hospitality consists of the sale of the Saints Gold beer which is served inside the ground at a number of kiosks and in the Redvee cafe bar. The stadium has a large Saints badge on the outside with the recently restored town motto: Ex Terra Lucem underneath. A bronze statue of former club captain Keiron Cunningham stands over the main entrance.[13] The stadium can be accessed via a number of routes, including the recently erected Steve Prescott bridge in memory of Steve Prescott MBE, a former St. Helens and Hull F.C. player renowned for his outstanding fund raising contributions to charity.

North Stand[edit]

Capacity- 4,718 (seated)
The North Stand runs parallel to the South Stand along the side of the pitch. The stand is completely seated and has SAINTS V spelt out in the seats and is occupied by home fans.

South Stand[edit]

Capacity- 5,233 (seated)
The South Stand is the main stand of the ground and holds the club's hospitality boxes, tunnel and player changing rooms, ticket office, bar and club shop as well as the TV gantry.

East Stand[edit]

Capacity- 3,899 (standing)
The East Stand is located behind the goal posts and is completely terraced. The stand also houses the score board in the North East corner and the stand is used by away fans.

West Stand[edit]

Capacity- 3,796 (118 seats)
The West Stand is mostly terracing but also has 118 seated in the corner of the stand.

Usage[edit]

Rugby League[edit]

St Helens played their first league game at the ground in 2012, when they won against Salford. Their record victory at the stadium was 76-0 against Oldham in the Challenge Cup. The highest recorded attendance for a match so far was 17,980 against Wigan on 6 April, with an average attendance of 14,212 for the 2012 season.[14]

The venue hosted the first of two Rugby league International Origin Match in 2012 between England and the Exiles.[15] Langtree Park held a group match in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup between Australia and Fiji.[16][17]

Date Winner Score Runners up Competition Attendance
16 June 2012  England 18-10 Exiles International Origin 11,083
England England Knights 62-4  Ireland Friendly 11,083
2 November 2013  Australia 34-2  Fiji 2013 World Cup 14,137

The stadium played host to the Challenge Cup Semi Final between Warrington and Leeds on 9 August 2014.

Association Football[edit]

Liverpool F.C. U19s played Ajax U19s in the NextGen series semi final on 14 March 2012, Ajax won 6-0.[18] All of Liverpool U19s NextGen matches in the 2012-13 season were held at Langtree Park, as were many Under 21s matches.[19]

Sponsorship[edit]

It was announced on 15 November 2011 that primary developers, the Langtree Group, had gained the naming rights and that the stadium would be named Langtree Park.[8] In 2016 the club signed a five-year deal with Totally Wicked for the naming rights to the stadium, effective in early 2017.[20]

Year Sponsor Name
2012–2016 Langtree Group Langtree Park
2017–2021 Totally Wicked Totally Wicked Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://stadiumdb.com/news/2017/05/new_stadium_totally_wicked_stadium
  2. ^ "Langtree Park". saintsrlfc.com. St Helens RLFC. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. ^ "First Team Results 2012". saintsrlfc.com. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20140419212321/http://www.saintsrlfc.com/news/page/3967. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Saints granted permission for new stadium
  6. ^ Langtree Park gets new name
  7. ^ "St Helens stadium given go-ahead". BBC News. 11 July 2008.
  8. ^ a b "BBC Sport - Langtree Park will be the new home of St Helens". BBC Sport. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Stadium begins to take shape".
  10. ^ "Stadium plans to be unveiled soon".
  11. ^ "The Totally Wicked Stadium - Home of St Helens RFC". 30 November 2016.
  12. ^ "New St Helens Rugby League Stadium & Tesco Store". New St Helens Stadium Community Website. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  13. ^ "Cunningham statue moves to new stadium". St Helens Star. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Record crowds watch Super League in 2012". St Helens Star. Retrieved 16 September 2012.
  15. ^ "England v Exiles: Sam Tomkins try clinches revenge victory". BBC Sport. BBC. 16 June 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013 - St Helens, England". Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  17. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013: Australia 34-2 Fiji". BBC Sport. BBC. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  18. ^ "Liverpool 0 Ajax 6: Fischer shines as Dutch masters destroy Reds in NextGen". Daily Mail. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  19. ^ "Langtree Park to stage NextGen ties". Liverpool F.C. 2 November 2013. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2014.
  20. ^ Press Association (30 November 2016). "St Helens rename Langtree Park ground the 'Totally Wicked Stadium'". The Guardian.

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