Car parks freed up to provide space for Saints

Corporate seating at the new St Helens Stadium, Langtree Park
Corporate seating at the new St Helens Stadium, Langtree Park

COUNCIL chiefs are to open their town centre car parks to provide cut-price parking for Saints fans on matchdays.

The town centre three main car parks Chalon Way and Tontine multi storys and the former Tesco site on Chalon Way - are all within walking distance of Langtree Park.

Fans will be charged just £1 for the duration of their visit, enough to cover the cost to the council of extra staffing and lighting.

The move creates 1,384 parking spaces for fans.

The town centre has a total of 2,800 spaces with many of these also available.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Warrington, the Rt Revd Richard Blackburn, has visited Langtree Park.

He met with Saints’ chaplains Gaz Tracey and Paul Day, alongside Stadium Operations Manager Mike Rush and Tony Puletua.

He said: “I had a tremendous time visiting St Helens RFC and am delighted with how they have embraced the idea of having a chaplaincy presence.

“I believe that in a pressured, competitive sports environment this level of spiritual, pastoral care for players and staff is extremely positive. I would be interested to see this grow and develop as a vital part of the club’s support for its staff.”

Chaplains have been resident at Saints since 2005 and currently two - Paul Day who looks after the welfare needs of the club’s back office staff, and Gaz Tracey who is involved with the players - are involved on a day to day basis.