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Notts County submit planning application for “best-in-class” fanzone next to Meadow Lane

Notts County have submitted a planning application to Nottingham City Council to build a “best-in-class” fanzone located next to their home stadium, Meadow Lane.

“Transform the matchday experience” – Plans submitted

Notts County are planning to turn a site that measures 12,000 square feet located on Iremonger Road into a pre-match venue for fans called ‘The Nest’. The site was formerly owned by East Midlands Fabrications and shares a boundary with the nearby Derek Pavis car park.

In a club statement, Notts County said: “Subject to approval, the plans will transform the matchday experience on offer to supporters with a giant screen, state-of-the-art sound system, large bar area and street food vendors making it the perfect matchday destination.

“The venue will also prove invaluable on non-matchdays, providing a fantastic space for our charitable arm, Notts County Foundation, to deliver and develop their range of projects while also allowing the club to provide a variety of events to the local community throughout the year.”

Notts County chief executive excited to announce “major project”

Notts County chief executive, Joe Palmer, expressed the importance of ‘The Nest’ fanzone to improving the overall matchday experience for a “growing fanbase”.

Palmer said: “After many months of planning, we’re excited to bring news of this major project to our fans and the wider community.

“With an average attendance of over 11,000, and work ongoing to drive even higher crowds in the months and years ahead, it was imperative that we sought to provide our growing fanbase with the exciting matchday experience they deserve.

“At present we’re unable to offer adequate food, beverage and entertainment facilities but, with these plans, we can look forward to providing one of the very best fanzones in the country – similar to Wembley’s Boxpark, where many of our supporters were accommodated for last summer’s play-off final.

“Away from matchday, the space will be made available to our Foundation to help them with their incredible work, while it will also significantly aid the club’s journey towards financial sustainability by enabling us to host events such as live sport screenings, food markets, beer festivals and much more.

“I’d like to thank Nottingham City Council for their guidance and cooperation and we look forward to updating supporters in due course.”


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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