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Who decided to put support posts right in front of the bars.

Thankfully our visit is in August I wouldn't like to visit while there's no cladding, hopefully you get that sorted soon. It looks like you need a wider bridge and/or alternative parking/travel options, to the side of that path doesn't look safe either.

Other than that it's fantastic to see new stadiums and I'll look forward to visiting much more than Knowsley Road, both on the facilities side and hopefully we will have a better record there.
I think for this first trial game everyone parked in the town centre following council advice. I suspect after a few games though people will find alternative parking specs. The good thing was that despite a 12k crowd getting in and out of the town centre car parks including the multi stories was a doddle. No complaints received to my knowledge about people being stuck in jams trying to get away from the ground.

There are alternative routes into town from the stadium, for example there is a second bridge across the linkroad. Its not as flashy as the Saints Way Bridge but it brings you out near the World of Glass which is were the Saints way bridge leads you to.
There is also Peasley cross lane which i think the council should promote more. This is arguably quicker for spectators wanting to catch a bus or get the train home.

The Saints Way bridge is quite wide. Infact it looks like it has been designed so it can take emergency vehicles if needed.
 

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Had my first visit to Langtree to watch Liverpool's youngsters get battered by Ajax (fantastic result).

Terrible organisation meant the game had to be delayed, they'd only opened one set of turnstiles and no-one thought to open another for ages. Thankfully we just walked into the members bar and had a few pints. (Pie and a pint for a fiver, not the worst idea in the world).

Once in, it's okay-ish. They really need to add cladding to the rear of the stands because it just looks unfinished. The view is fine obviously, better than Knowsley Road.

Other than that there's not much to say about it. It's fantastic by the standards of the rest of the town but it's completely unremarkable and not in a great place. Would've been quite happy keeping Tesco where it was and have Saints remain where they were.
 

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The Aussies are coming

ST Helens is set to turn green and gold - by hosting the Australian national side for next year’s rugby league World Cup.

Saints’ Langtree Park stadium will host the group clash between the Aussies and Fiji.

The tournament - which takes place in October and November next year - is expected to be one of the most widely watched in the sport’s history.

Games will takes place across rugby league’s heartland as well as moving into emerging areas such as Wales and Ireland.

Organisers picked St Helens as the Australian side’s official home from home, with a raft of official Antipodean-themed events planned to co-incide with the World Cup.

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said it was fitting the town had been picked as Australia’s adopted home.

He said: “We are delighted to be hosting Australia and Fiji at Langtree Park.

“We have long been associated with Australia and some of the country’s greatest legends have taken to the field in the Red Vee.

“I have no doubt we will adopt Australia as our own and the fans will flock down to the magnificent stadium to see the best in the world take on each other.”

Council leader Marie Rimmer added: “Australia v Fiji will be a tremendous occasion and will put St Helens firmly in the world spotlight.

“Within the borough I see the World Cup becoming a real catalyst that not only helps to boost involvement in rugby league at school and grassroots levels, but provides a focal point for a whole range of community activities too.”

WHO do you rank as the greatest Aussie ever to grace the famous red vee shirt?

* Mal Meninga - the block-busting centre only played for one season but made a trophy-winning impact.

* Jamie Lyon - another game-changing centre, the man from Wee Wah was a deserving Man of Steel winner in 2006.

* David Fairleigh - the legendary prop forward brought a wealth of experience to St Helens for the 2001 season.
 

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Planning permission has been submitted to Fully clad the currently open three sides.

Original proposals were to have this done with perforated steel, however Saints have strengthened the roof to allow it to be fully clad.

Work is expected to start later in the summer, and be finished by the end of the season.

http://www.saintsrlfc.com/news/page/2928

http://www.saintsrlfc.com/news/page/2964

planning docs below
http://llpgport.oltps.sthelens.gov.uk/portal/servlets/ApplicationSearchServlet?PKID=97313
 

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Couple of pics showing framework for cladding going on in the West stand at Langtree park





East stand showing brackets.



In order to fit the cladding, additional cross bracing is also being fitted on the vertical columns to provide added structural strength
 

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I preferred it before. It looked unique in comparison to all the other ground around with similar cladding, quite liked the open look. However i'd imagine it lack of cladding doesn't help much with the temperature..
 

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This is the current state of play with the East Terrace, away end



The west stand, home terrace is now fully clad though finishing work continues.







cladding also goes partially down the corner of the west stand to provide further weather protection



Finally a shot of Langtree Park looking picturesque in the sun

 

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Latest pics showing work on going with the cladding

Corner of Western Terrace showing were trim has been added to seal up gaps in cladding



The "Totally Wicked" North stand now has extensive cladding fitted, though there is still quite a bit of work to be done.



View from inside the "Totally Wicked" North stand





The view of the cladding on the east stand from inside the ground



Similar view of the cladding of the western "home" terrace

 
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