Notts County reveal plans for 12,000 sq ft fan zone

Meadow Lane, home of Notts County

Notts County have revealed plans to build a fan zone near their Meadow Lane ground.

The disused warehouse which will host the fan zone

The Magpies want to turn a 12,000 sq ft former distribution warehouse on Iremonger Road next to the stadium into a venue for fans to meet before a match.

According to a planning application submitted by Grace Machin, ‘The Nest’, as the fan zone will be called will see the club “invest further capital resources into the ‘fan offer’ and experience” at Meadow Lane.

The Nest will also be used as a multi-purpose events space for other leisure, entertainment and community use.

A planning statement says: “The club’s current lack of food, beverage and entertainment facilities deny supporters the exciting matchday experience they deserve – but, at a time when attendances are growing rapidly following the club’s long-awaited return to the Football League, the new fan zone would transform the offering into one of the best of its kind in English football.”

County says they want to replicate a space seen at Box Park in Wembley, the Rapidz Fan Zone at Burnley or City Square at Manchester City. The management of the venue will be the responsibility of the Magpies’ event and stadium management team.

The planning statement adds: “Notts County FC are committed to improving the club’s overall facility mix to the local community. It is a club that wants to invest in the stadium and local community facilities in the short, medium and long term.”

Notts County have issued a short statement, saying: “We can confirm that we have submitted a planning application to Nottingham City Council for the development of a best-in-class fan zone and event space next to Meadow Lane stadium.”