Fans thoughts of The Halliwell Jones StadiumWarrington Wolves opened the doors on Monday 24th November 2003 to The Halliwell Jones Stadium for the first time for their fans to come and have a look around the new facilities and giving them the opportunity to purchase a season ticket before the Earlybird deadline expires on Monday 1st December. The response to the Open Day was overwhelming with more than four thousand fans coming through the doors between 2-8pm. The fans were able to walk around the pitch, terracing and seats to get a feel for the view on a matchday.The Halliwell Jones Stadium will open for business on Saturday 21st February 2004 when Wolves take on Wakefield Trinity Wildcats live on Sky, 6:00pm kick off.Community and Marketing Manager Sean Mellor stated, "The excitement of the Warrington Public on seeing the Wolves' new home has been reflected in their eagerness to snap up season tickets. With less than a week to go before the Earlybird Season Ticket deadline and three months to go to the Tetley's Super League IX home opener at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, sales are already at record levels. In fact, after only 20 days last year's season ticket sales have been exceeded."And here is what some of the Warrington fans thought on their first walk round of The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Ian Kelly, 39 commented, "After all the years of anxiety and heartache, waiting for the tortuous planning process to be resolved, actually being able to walk into our bright new stadium, take a seat in the stands and look out on to the pitch, was an incredible feeling.As I sat there and enjoyed my first close look at our superb new home, I thought about Wilderspool and all the great players I have been lucky enough to see there - John Bevan, Alex Murphy, Les Boyd, Mike Gregory, Des Drummond, Jonathan Davies, Paul Sculthorpe...the list goes on.And then I thought about the feel good vibe created by Paul Cullen and his team over the past year, and about the great times that hopefully lie ahead for us at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. It's a new dawn for Warrington, and time for a fresh generation of heroes, starting now with the likes of Graham Appo, Paul Wood and Brent Grose.Thinking of how the stadium will look, when it is packed to the rafters with fans in primrose and blue, sent a tingle down my spine.We have left Wilderspool with dignity and smiles - we can now go to The Halliwell Jones Stadium with hope, optimism and a determination to succeed."Stephen (42) and Sam Cullen (8) also visited The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Monday, "After just visiting The Halliwell Jones Stadium with my 8 year old son I would just like to say WOW, very impressive and also seems to be plenty of easy access and superb visibility no matter where you stand or sit within the stadium, and judging by the comments that were said by other people visiting the ground, the atmosphere is going to be terrific. Well done to a superb stadium that Wire fans can and will be proud of, and plenty of visiting fans will be jealous of."Bernard Bretherton, a member of the Vice Presidents and a wheel chair user was delighted with the disabled facilities on offer, "The facilities at The Halliwell Jones Stadium are fantastic, I was very impressed with the disabled facilities, actually I was very surprised about how much thought had gone into making disabled people very welcome and comfortable. I was apprehensive about the move, but after being shown round I am really looking forward to it now."
26, Nov, 2003