The club commented, ‘Whilst we are initially devastated to receive this news, this is not an insurmountable obstacle. The Warrington community has already illustrated its passion for a new stadium in the town.’
At a pre-inquiry rally at the Parr Hall fans heard about the Wolves plans to tackle the dissenters with their community development programme schemes and need for a state-of-the-art stadium for the town. Lord Hoyle also urged supporters to, ‘celebrate the past and look forward to a stadium of the future!’, and finished by saying, ‘You’re the Best supporters in Rugby League, so let’s have a stadium worthy of your support. Let’s go and get it!’
MP for Warrington South, Helen Southworth also took to the podium to tell how one theme is constant throughout her visits and work around the town, the Warrington Wolves Community programmes. Mrs Southworth called for a new state of the art stadium that the town and the clubs supporters deserved and could be proud of, ‘We’ve got to get out there and get it!’
Public Inquiry at the Parr Hall took place. Speakers from all over the Borough attended including current coach Paul Cullen. Representatives from Super League and members of the local Council and local residents had their say on the proposed development. There was an evening dedicated specifically for the fans in which many speeches were given in favour of the new Stadium and Tesco store.
An early Christmas present was delivered when planning permission was granted for the development of the new stadium. The estimated cost being in the region £8 million, with the opportunity to expand if the need arose.
Chief Executive, Andy Gatcliffe commented, ‘It has been a very long and tortuous process for all of us at the Club, not just for employees of the Club but also for the supporters, the sponsors and the people of Warrington. We are absolutely elated with the news and it is right and fitting that Warrington Wolves being the premier sport in Warrington will now have this new stadium.
Following almost six months of negotiations Warrington Wolves and Tesco announce the final site layout for the new stadium and Tesco Extra store. Agreement has been reached on a site layout that utilises the old Tetley Walker brewery site to its best potential. Lengthy negotiations took place and finally plan 89B has been agreed. The stadium is to the south of the site bordered by Dallam Lane, Buckley Street and Winwick Road and will run east/west with the main stand to the north. The Tesco Extra store will be located to the north of the site; between the two will be parking primarily for use by the Tesco Extra Store shoppers. Draft designs for the stadium were reduced that give a capacity of 14,000.
The Councils’ Development Control Committee gave a unanimous ‘Yes’ to the joint Stadium and Tesco store development project at a meeting on Thursday evening. The drawn out saga of the Stadium campaign was finally given the go-ahead with detailed planning permission being heard and passed by the eight members of the committee.
First ground was broken in the ‘Cutting of the First Sod’. The Contractors Barr Construction officially moved on to site to begin work on the ground, with an expected 45 weeks to construct…
Foundations marked out and the first steel construction is erected this week, beginning with the main North Stand development. Media and PR Officer Gina Coldrick commented, ‘The progress on the new stadium since the breaking of the ground in December has been phenomenal. The steel construction will go up very quickly over the next couple of weeks and brings a visual reality to all the hard work of planning and petitioning of the last couple of years. It is very exciting times for the club and fans.’
The stadium name is announced as being The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe announced, ‘The Board of Directors of the club is extremely pleased to have ‘captured’ such a prestigious and quality partner, namely, north west motor group Halliwell Jones as our new stadium naming rights sponsor.’
The Stadium is officially handed over to Warrington Wolves from Barr Construction.
First scheduled game at the stadium, the opening round of Super League IX, live on Sky Sports. Warrington Wolves defeated Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 34-20 in a thrilling game. Nathan Wood christened the whitewash, scoring the Wolves’ first ever try at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.