Saints skipper James Roby can't wait for fans' return

Saints, who are set to reopen their stadium to rugby-starved fans when they entertain Salford Red Devils on Monday, May 17, are targeting a limited capacity of 4,000 fans for the fixture and two more further down the line - and no-one is more delighted than skipper James Roby.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 5:06 pm
James Roby

The England international hooker said: ''Having fans back will be a shot-in-the-arm for everyone at the club.

''It's a long time since they were allowed through the turnstiles and it's almost like we have now got used to playing without them.

''But there's nothing better than running out of the tunnel and hearing the roar of the crowd and also when we score a try. Anything else seems unnatural.''

The 4,000 capacity is also dependent on the club meeting strict Government protocols to ensure a safe return of supporters and due to selling in excess of this number of memberships for 2021, the club will be organising a ballot to select who can attend each of the fixtures.

There is a strong likelihood that all 2021 members will be able to attend at least two of the three limited-capacity league fixtures and will receive a refund for the third which they are not balloted for.

For the Salford Red Devils clash, kiosks in all areas (including the Red Vee Bar) will remain closed. Fans can take their own refreshments in a clear plastic bag, However, any bottles will need to be de-capped on arrival. No alcohol is permitted to be brought into the stadium. .

This is to ensure fans can return to the Totally Wicked Stadium safely and to allow a gradual ramping up of the operation for each fixture. The club is also still operating on limited staffing with areas gradually returning from furlough.

Plans, however, are afoot to return kiosks to a limited operation for the second behind-closed-doors fixture against Hull FC on Friday, May 2,. More information about this will be published closer to the fixture date.

The Totally Wicked Stadium is also still operating as a vaccine hub and the ticket office will remain closed to the public for face-to-face inquiries, but fans can reach the club by telephone (Monday to Friday) on 01744 455052.

In addition,all those lucky enough to be drawn out in the ballot will be notified by the club.

The fixtures in question are against Salford (May 17), Hull FC (May 28) and Warrington Wolves (June 17).