Newcastle United release fresh images showing ‘significant’ plans at St James’ Park site
Newcastle United have released fresh images showing the proposed fan zone outside St James’ Park.
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The ‘St James’ STACK, powered by Sela’ would consist of repurposed shipping containers over two stories that would house six bard and 10 street food units. The fan zone would include a main seating plaza, stage and big screen to broadcast Newcastle matches.
While the club awaits formal approval from Newcastle City Council, new computer generated images to provide a visual representation of the final fan zone have been published.
The club revealed the images - which included the main stage and central plaza areas of the fan zone - as part of a public consultation event held at St James’ Park on Monday, September 11.
The club labelled the event as a ‘significant step’ as it allowed those in attendance, which included members of the public, local residents and neighbouring businesses, to provide feedback to senior Newcastle United and STACK representatives as part of the planning process.
A club statement read: “If approved, the fan zone will introduce a thriving food, drink and entertainment option for supporters visiting matches at St. James' Park, as well as creating a bustling midweek leisure and social destination synonymous with the STACK brand. It will be supported by the club’s front-of-shirt partner, Sela - a pioneering destination and experiences organisation.”
Pending approval, Newcastle are hoping to have the fan zone completed by the end of 2023. It is proposed to be in place for a temporary three-year period.
Following the announcement of the project, Newcastle chief executive officer Darren Eales said: “Our fan zone is aimed at enhancing the experience not just for supporters visiting matches and big events at the stadium, but for people visiting the city centre seven days a week.
“Submitting initial plans is just the first stage and there are a lot of steps in the process, but we are excited to continue working with our commercial and city partners to create something that will really add social and economic value to the location.”