St Helens' new rugby league stadium will be named Langtree Park, it was revealed today.

The stadium, which was completed in October this year, will be named after Langtree, the developers behind the brand new 18,000-seater stadium. The company delivered the 14-month project to Saints on time handing over the stadium for the club to undertake fit-out works providing kiosk areas, function rooms and turnstiles, all in the club's famous red and white colours.

Saints first game at Langtree Park takes place on 20 January 2012 when they take on Widnes in the Karalius Cup - and tickets are now on sale. Eamonn McManus, St Helens chairman, said: "Securing a naming rights deal was a big part of the new stadium plan and we're delighted to extend our relationship with Langtree.

"Langtree has done a fantastic job on the stadium and we know that once the stadium fit-out is complete that it's going to be the best arena in the country to watch rugby league. Everyone at the club can't wait to move in to the stadium and for our first game in January when Langtree Park will finally be filled with fans."

The stadium forms part of a long-term development scheme including a new 145,000 sq ft Tesco Extra store, the construction of residential properties on the former Knowsley Road site, and improved public realm areas. Prior to the first game against Widnes in late January a series of structured events will allow supporters, local residents, councillors and business leaders to sample the venue.

St Helens council invested almost £8m in the project which included the building of a new footbridge that links the stadium to the town centre.

Posted on 15/11/2011