Notts County reveal ‘revolutionary’ hospitality plans

The fan zone site from above

Notts County have unveiled ambitious plans to drive hospitality revenue next season with a number of upgrades and a new hire.

The Magpies, who, as we revealed on Monday, have been given the go-ahead for ‘The Nest, it’s new 1,000-capacity fan zone, say they are targeting this year’s European Championships as an opening date.

County CEO Joe Palmer, said: “The venue, titled the Nest and boasting a capacity of more than 1,000, will be our own take on the likes of Boxpark, with work to begin soon on a comprehensive refurbishment and the installation of state-of-the-art lighting, sound and screens.”

For Notts fans, the matchday experience will be “revolutionised”, said Palmer.

He added: “Our growing fanbase deserve far more in terms of food, beverage and pre/post-match entertainment – and they can now look forward to having one of the very best provisions in English football from the start of the 2024-25 season.

“Supporters will be able to watch the early and late Premier League kick-offs, sample delicious street food from a top-class rotation of vendors and quickly buy refreshments from a large bar – all within an incredibly short walk of the turnstiles.

“On non-matchdays, the possibilities are endless with the space lending itself perfectly to a variety of events including beer and food festivals, comedy, film screenings, e-sports and much more.

“We can’t wait to begin working with new partners to build a year-round schedule of events that will bring thousands of new people to Meadow Lane, while also providing a host of employment opportunities to the city.”

Palmer also said next season’s hospitality provision will be “greatly enhanced” by the reconfiguration and expansion of the corporate seating area in the Derek Pavis Stand at Meadow Lane.

“We’re experiencing unprecedented demand for hospitality but are hampered by a limited number of premium seats, which quickly sell out for every match,” said Palmer.

He added: “For context, our suites can accommodate up to 450 guests per match – but with only 200 premium seats available we’re not even close to maximising our potential.

“To resolve this, we’ll be relocating the press box and making some other adjustments in that area to ensure we can create a true VIP experience for all our hospitality guests from 2024-25 onwards.”

Meanwhile, Adam Chantrey has been hired into the brand new role of head of commercial sales. He joins from Lincoln City.

The Magpies the will be undergoing a digital transformation this summer with the introduction of a new website, app and retail provider.

Palmer said: “These new platforms will vastly improve the way fans interact with us across all our touchpoints and we look forward to providing more information in due course.”