Salford's not the only English RL club to get a new ground. St Helens' Langtree Park Stadium opened last Friday with a friendly between St Helens and Widnes. Capacity is around 18,000 but it is currently reduced to 12,000 after winds blew off part of the new roof. What a coincidence that the two Saints in the world's rugby league competitions have suffered the same fate at their new facilities?
I was at Saints' former home ground Knowsley Road for one of their last ever games. It goes without saying the new venue is a big improvement. World clarsh, city centre location and they've incorporated some standing areas. Here's a slideshow. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/multimed ... -29786967/
More info here: http://www.saintsrlfc.com/news/974
The rush for new stadiums comes as club want to bring their grounds into the 21st century. Super League also has a licensing system that has replace promotion and relegation over the past four years. Besides looking at onfield performances, clubs need to meet certain criteria in terms of finances, stadium and player development. Other SL clubs and non-SL clubs are trying to develop their ground to help meet or strengthen their rating on the criteria. Castleford and Wakefield are in planning stages, Featherstone acquired a grandstand from Scarborough, etc. Good for us stadium buffs.