Deano G wrote:
I'd agree. I would be interesting to know just how skint Saints are. I suspect things are difficult for them. It certainly looks like they couldn't afford to finish off Trailer Park (and given the bargain basement build quality you have to wonder whether they are going to be able to afford the large maintenance and refurb costs that are coming their way over the next 20 years).
The lack of walls was due to cost cutting because the rest of the building is state of the art. You haven't seen the corporate facilities for instance or inside the playing area. However, the lack of walls is due to be put right in the off season. Also, every new build has one year for all the niggles to be identified and then put right without any cost to the purchaser. There are a number of niggles that fall into that category and which arise with most new builds.
As for being skint, since Saints own their own ground then they have one great big asset right there that is worth anything between about £15 million to £25 million, depending on which report is the more accurate! In cash terms though I wouldn't have thought Saints would be realising a profit for a few years. However, it isn't impossible that they will realise a profit sooner. If the economy recovers that will help but even so, the stadium is now being used by revenue streams other than the rugby.
For instance, there was a week long NHS conference held there just last week. There are weddings, parties and other events held there on a regular basis already. Liverpool FC u19s played a game there in an international a couple of months back. 3000 were expected; treble that turned up. Next year 10 such games have already been booked: by Liverpool, Everton and Man Utd. It's awful to think of soccer being played at Langtree Park but it will bring money in and at least Saints are the host club rather than it being the other way around!