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FanZone ‘Soft Launch’ For Fleetwood Town Game

27 September 2019


FanZone ‘Soft Launch’ For Fleetwood Town Game

27 September 2019

The matchday FanZone will be open ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet League One game at home to Fleetwood Town.

The FanZone has relocated next to the Mercedes Benz Football Hub with the stage, bars and seating now located adjacent to Smith's Bar.

Saturday will be a ‘soft launch' with the majority of the major work completed, but with a few little cosmetic tweaks still to finished.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community's Head of Community Jamie Edwards is looking forward to seeing the FanZone up and running in its new location.

"We wanted to do a soft launch just to make sure that the bar, the stage, the seating and how we manage the area is ok", said Jamie.

"Rather than advertise a grand opening, we believe this is better rather than fans being disappointed because everything isn't quite right.

"We will welcome as much feedback as possible after the game and look forward to hearing what people think and any suggestions.

"We can then process that and plan for a grand launch in the future with all the groups that have supported us and all the companies who have helped to fund and create the new FanZone."

Smithy's bar will be open as usual from noon on Saturday, and the Community will be running their actives for the kids on pitch seven ahead of the game.

"The whole idea of bringing the FanZone to this side of the stadium is so that all the different parts are in the same area", said Jamie.

"Pitch 7 of the Mercedes Benz Football Hub will have our inflatables and skills challenges for kids.

"It should take around 25 minutes to get through all the activities we've got, enough time for mum or dad to have a quiet drink.

"Smithy's will be open as usual, and we would advise people to get here as early as you can.

"The capacity in Smithy's is around 150, and outside in the FanZone we are hoping will fit over 200 people in that area.

"It should be an excellent atmosphere, and Chris Allen does a really good job of with the stage, which is now sponsored by Woods, and Aaron W Evans will be live on stage."

There is still more work planned to improve the FanZone, and the Football Hub and one big piece of news is that the green gate will be moving to allow home supporters access to Smithy's postmatch.

"One of the bugbears of fans is that they had to wait after the game to get back to Smithy's due to the green gate being closed", said Jamie.

"It has been agreed to move the fence over the next couple weeks so that it works off the back of the away stand over to the Football Hub.

"Once that is complete home fans will have direct access to Smithy's Bar after the final whistle, rather than having to wait.

"Whether that will be in place for the Sunderland game, we will have to see, but it's been booked in with the contractors so we will have to see how the weather is."


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