Great news for St Helens fans – your Totally Wicked Stadium has been ranked third in the world’s best rugby stadiums.
That’s according to a survey conducted by liverugbytickets.co.uk, which analysed all rugby league and union venues in a painstaking project.
The website assessed over 15,000 Trip Advisor reviews which were then ranked after working out their average score from the stadium’s atmosphere, cleanliness, affordability and food.
Bath Rugby Union’s Recreation Ground ranks at the top, scoring 9.5 out of 10, with the highest score (9.7/10) for ‘cleanliness’ and ‘affordability’.
Welford Road, home of Leicester Tigers Rugby Union Club, finished second with a score of nine out of 10. The stadium ranked the highest for ‘cleanliness’ (9.5/10) and ‘food’ (9.3/10).
Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium – which was built in 2012 – ranked third with a fan satisfaction score of 8.5 out of 10. The stadium, which can seat 18,000 spectators, was awarded 9.1 out of 10 for cleanliness and affordability, however, the venue scored low on atmosphere with a score of 7.2 out of 10 which could explain why it missed out on a top two place.
The top 15 best football stadiums also include: Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli and Sandy Park, Exeter as well Twickenham Stoop, the home of Harlequins Rugby Union, in sixth, and AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia, whose users include NRL champions Melbourne Storm and rugby union’s Melbourne Rebels in ninth.
The Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina ranks lowest with eye-watering scores across the board for ‘atmosphere’, ‘cleanliness’ and ‘food’ (0.21 points each).