, renamed The GPW Recruitment
after a sponsorship deal on May 6th 2008, has been
the home of St Helens RLFC
. St Helens
have played their home fixtures at Knowsley Road since
2002. In the past the venue has also hosted Liverpool FC
Road stadium is located in Eccleston in Dunriding Lane / Knowsley Road's residential
St Helens RLFC are currently making
preparations to move to an, as yet, unbuilt new
stadium. The plans for the New St Helens
Stadium became more concrete in June 2007, as St Helens RLFC Chairman Eamonn McManus
announced plans for a new 18,000 capacity stadium, with a Tesco store and
plaza with 2000 car parking spaces.
These plans were
approved by local councillors in May 2008.
The plans can be seen on sthelensstadium.com
This ground has a capacity of 17,500.
The attendance record for the ground is 35,695 set on 26 December,
1949 for a game between St Helens
The attendance record for a Super
match is 18,098 in 1996 for a game between St Helens
The ground consists of four areas of open terracing and one seated
area. The majority of the ground is under cover although the
Dunriding Lane End
is not. The Family
contains the seated area, while the
now holds the visiting supporters,
although this area was once popular with home supporters.
The Popular Side
, whilst containing standing areas
is also where the television and commentary area is located.
The players enter the field from a doorway below the Family
, succeeding a players' tunnel in the Dunriding Lane
end after the changing rooms where moved.
The stadium boasts a restaurant and the club's official
St Helens moved to Knowsley Road in 1890, defeating Manchester
Rangers in their first match.
Knowsley Road enjoyed something of a face-lift at the beginning of
the 2006 season when the club's new sponsorship deal with Earth
Money was struck. New signage, a lick of paint and new dug-outs
were installed. Toilet facilities, which had for a long time been
complained about by fans, were finally improved.
Knowsley Road was recently approved as an International Test venue
after recent safety and capactity improvements. It subsequently
hosted an international test fixture in 2006 between Great Britain
and New Zealand, which Great Britain won easily.