New stadium is just magnificent

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ILLUMINATING in every sense of the words – that’s the only way to describe Saints’ futuristic Langtree Park Stadium.

Along with a few thousand hardy souls, who braved a bitterly cold and sleet-swept night, I stood in awe of the facilities which the club will grace in the 2012 engage Super League season.

It simply took my breath away, from the stunning colourfully lit footbridge, which fans will use when heading to the ground on match nights, to the sumptuous surroundings and the new eye-catching superstore, with its backcloth of murals of Saints players.

Season ticket holders who were invited to Friday’s special two-hour open night also had their first glimpse of new recruits, Anthony Laffranchi, Lance Hohaia and Mark Flanagan, who, with other members of the first team squad, underwent an hour-long training session, under the watchful eye of head coach Royce Simmons and his staff.

All three players were interviewed on the pitch, and said they couldn’t wait for the season to start in magnificent new surroundings, and help one of the best-known clubs in the RL world to further success.

All 12 executive boxes have already been snapped up, and this can only be good for long-term business, in which generating venue via commercial off-the-field activities will be just as important as the clicking of the turnstiles.

In addition, 9,000 season tickets have already been sold, and Saints are expecting this number to rise during the countdown to Christmas.