LANGTREE Park remains on track to tick all the boxes for its health and safety certificate, despite last week’s storm damage to part of the new stadium’s roof.
A triangular section of roof sheeting was ripped up from the south west corner of the £25m arena as gale force winds swept into St Helens last Tuesday morning (January 3).
With gusts of 50mph-plus continuing throughout the following 48 hours, Saints chiefs were left with no alternative but to cordon off the surrounding area and close the Saints superstore until the gales subsided.
A club spokesman confirmed: “Contractors accessed the site as soon as weather conditions allowed and they have now taken steps to make the roof safe. As a result, supporters were able to visit the club shop as usual.
“Work will continue to repair the roof to the highest standard and the programme of events in the run up to the first match on January 20 against Widnes will continue as planned.”
A Town Hall spokesman also confirmed that Langtree Park remained on track to have its safety certificate signed off by St Helens Council following the Super League warm up against neighbours Widnes later this month.
The certificate must be awarded before the stadium is filled to full capacity.
He said: All the necessary repair work will have been completed by January 20 - when Saints are set to play Widnes in a limited 13,000-capacity warm-up match.
“In fact, Langtree Park already holds a safety certificate - it’s just that it is conditional on the series of ramp up events, of which the Widnes game is the final one.”