Magpies fans have take-off for new fan zone

Meadow Lane, home of Notts County

Notts County have been given the go-ahead to create a fan zone near their Meadow Lane ground.

The Magpies will 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.

The disused warehouse which will host the fan zone

Neighbouring Nottingham Forest will also be able to use the space when the Magpies are playing away.

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.

County say they want to replicate spaces such as 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.”