Name game is over

Langtree's MD John Downes, council leader Marie Rimmer, ex-Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe and chairman Eamonn McManus
Langtree's MD John Downes, council leader Marie Rimmer, ex-Saints skipper Paul Sculthorpe and chairman Eamonn McManus
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SAINTS new stadium will be called Langtree Park, it was revealed yesterday.

The stadium will be named after developers Langtree who built the club’s new home.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: “Securing a naming rights deal was a big part of the new stadium plan, and we’re delighted to extend our relationship with Langtree.

“Langtree has done a fantastic job on the stadium, and we know that once the stadium fit-out is complete, it’s going to be the best arena in the country to watch rugby league.

“Everyone at the club can’t wait to move in to the stadium and for our first game in January when Langtree Park will finally be filled with fans.”

John Downes, managing director at Langtree, added: “Our deal with Saints is a fitting conclusion to a project that we are delighted to have delivered.

“We are proud to be associated with such a prestigious and well-respected club, and we hope the stadium will give Saints the platform from which their ambitions on and off the pitch can be realised.

“We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Saints for many years to come.

“As a local business, it’s great to be involved at such an exciting time for both the town and the club.

“Our association with the site will also continue, and we look forward to bringing forward a second phase of retail and leisure development on the 14 acres of vacant land adjacent to the stadium.”

The stadium forms part of a long-term development scheme including a new 145,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store, the construction of residential properties on the former Knowsley Road site, and improved public realm areas.

Prior to the first game against Widnes in late January, a series of structured events will allow supporters, local residents, councillors and business leaders to sample the venue.

St Helens Council invested almost £8million in the project, which included the building of a new footbridge that links the stadium to the town centre.

Council leader Marie Rimmer said: “Langtree Park is a very fitting and apt name for the site.

“The council is proud to be a key player in this tremendous development, and has enjoyed working closely with Langtree and Saints over the past decade and more to bring about this prestigious stadium and associated developments.”