Grand opening for City Square and Family Stand
- Mon 23 Aug 2010, 10:39AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey
Good things, it is said, come in threes and if that really is the case then tonight’s game with Liverpool should be an absolute cracker.
For, before a ball has even been kicked in the first Premier League home game of the season, we will be unveiling two brand-new, ground-breaking firsts for the English top flight.
Thanks to significant summer investment into facilities that every fan can enjoy, the club is delighted to unveil both the City Square entertainment zone and the new look Family Stand
There will be family fun wherever you look both inside and outside the ground.
Entertainment for kids will include free face painting, product "guns" firing goodies into the crowd, magicians, jugglers, interactive chalkboards, virtual dressing room, and height check chart for them to measure themselves against the City squad
Just as important there will be improved food for youngsters - spaghetti, chicken goujons, smoothies - lowered counters, lowered wash basins and toilets.
City Square is a brand new pre-match entertainment zone designed with Blues fans squarely in mind and will also be the first of its kind at a Premier League club. It is sure to raise the crossbar for how football clubs embrace their supporters in the build up to home matches.
It is be a vibrant and state-of-the-art fan experience, located on Joe Mercer Way outside the Citystore.
In addition to being a place for families to congregate before matches, it will also provide fans with entertainment
Giant media screens will be streaming specially edited and live video content, while the Club’s community arm – CITC - will provide match day activities for children.
The area will boast the Summerbee and Star bar which will be kitted out with the latest technology enabling multiple pints to be poured in seconds. The Blue Moon cafe will also be serving up a range of traditional northern favourites with a twist. All of which will be under the cover of a series of specially designed waterproof canopies, designed to keep the fun in and any bad weather out.
City Chief Executive, Garry Cook said: “The aim of City Square is to greatly enhance the match day experience of our supporters by providing them with exceptional food, drink and entertainment facilities within a family friendly environment. It is the first facility of its kind within the Premier League and we're really looking forward to our fans using it for the first time before the Liverpool game.”
BDP Project Director John Doyle, the architects commissioned to design City Square, added: “City Square is all about extending the pre-match build-up and excitement outside of the stadium and onto the surrounding concourse to bring fans together in a fanzone specially designed for their entertainment. It's about meeting friends, having something to eat and drink and being entertained in a family friendly atmosphere on the club’s doorstep.”
As City Square has been flexibly designed, it will also be used for non-match day events to provide entertainment and hospitality for up to five thousand customers and will have direct links to the new Metrolink station which opens in 2012.
City Square will officially kick off at 5pm this evening, fans are invited to come on down and get the carnival atmosphere started in true City style.