A frozen pitch and wintry roads were ignored by more than 5,000 fans and their families at the weekend as the Salford City Reds kicked off their first super league game at the new Salford City Stadium.
Determined match-goers braved freezing conditions to enjoy all the fun of the fair, rub shoulders with celebrities including Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall and Emmerdale’s Danny Miller and discover just what Salford’s jewel in the sporting crown has to offer.
And they were not disappointed. Despite the weather and the disappointing result for the Reds, fans sampled everything on offer from whizzing round on the carousels to having their faces painted.
X-factor finalist, Amelia Lily received huge cheers as she appeared on the snow-covered pitch to entertain the crowds during half time.
Pam Martin, Salford City Stadium Manager said: “It was certainly a day to remember. It was always going to be an historic occasion when the Reds played their first super league game at the stadium. But it will go down as a day when players, stadium staff and everyone who supported the event showed that they were made of stern stuff.
“Despite the chilly conditions – and the disappointing result for the Reds – the feedback we’ve had has been great. So while we can’t promise blue skies and sunshine we can promise everyone who comes here a great day out.”
Councillor John Merry, Leader of Salford City Council, said: “It was great to see the season kick off in style this weekend at the new stadium. This realised a vision we have been working on for some time.
“Despite the freezing weather, and the fact that the match was on TV, there was a brilliant turnout for the match, with a crowd of 5200, 1700 more than the match in June last year. Although I shouldn’t really be surprised, as I know how committed Salfordians are to their team as they pull out all of the stops to support them in their new home.”
Salford City Stadium is a state of the art sports facility, providing a 12,000 capacity sports stadium that will be used by Salford City Reds. It also has professional standard community facilities for amateur teams to use.
The stadium is owned by a joint venture between Salford City Council and The Peel Group.
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