Saints heading for a sell out

The new St Helens Stadium, Langtree Park
The new St Helens Stadium, Langtree Park
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SAINTS are heading for a sell-out after it was confirmed yesterday they had sold more than 14,000 tickets ahead of Friday night’s historic first Stobart Super League fixture at Langtree Park.

Due to health and safety reason the attendance will be restricted to 17,2000 – slightly below capacity – and fans are urged to snap up the remaining tickets as quickly as possible.

“We are monitoring the ticket sales daily, but want to stress that there will be no cash turnstiles open on the night,” said a Saints spokesman.

“If you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance, you won’t be admitted to the stadium.

“Tickets will be sold right up to kick-off, if there are any left by then, but I would advise fans to buy now or face disappointment.”

Former Saints legend Tom van Vollenhoven, who scored 392 tries in 409 appearance for the club between 1957 and 1967, is the guest of honour at the game, which will be preceded by a variety of entertainment.

Saints also wish to draw the attention of fans to the fact that St Helens Council will be charging motorists a £1 fee at three of their car parks during matchdays at Langtree Park.

Charges will come into effect this Friday, and will be applicable at the Tontine, Chalon Way and the Old Tesco site car parks.

Fans intending to use the three car parks are asked to have the right money available, in order to avoid possible congestion.

Meanwhile, 10 Stobart Super League fixtures, including Saints’ trip to face their Grand Final conquerors Leeds Rhinos and the home game against neighbours Warrington Wolves have been switched to a Monday – a new Sky TV slot.

Royce Simmons’ side will travel to Headingley on May 21, and then entertain Wolves on August 6.

Super League chairman Richard Lewis said: “The introduction of Super League Mondays on Sky Sports will continue to push the boundaries of our sport as a spectacle on TV.

“Sky Sports have had great success in driving excellent viewing figures for their Monday night coverage, especially Premier League soccer, and it is fantastic they want to showcase the Stobart Super League in what broadcasters regard as one of the most desirable spots across the globe, as we have seen with the NFL in America and the NRL in Australia.

Saints’ two Monday night games start and finish the 10-match programme.

Other Monday fixtures: Bradford Bulls v Castleford Tigers (June 4), Huddersfield v Hull KR (June 11), Leeds v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (June 18), Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings (June 25), Widnes v Castleford (July 2), Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons (July 9), Hull v Hull KR (July 23), Wakefield v Leeds (July 30).