England: Sunderland enhancing Stadium of Light’s surroundings
source: SunderlandEcho.co.uk; author: michał
While works on the new Hilton hotel are underway, a new idea arises for Stadium of Light. Fan zone, inspired by those set up for World Cups, could hold up to 6,000 people for every game.
Stadium of Light already sees major changes around it as the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel is being built next to it. Delivery date is set for spring of 2016. Initially planned for 161 beds, the building will now house 145 guests.
But either of this numbers is a big improvement for the stadium’s capabilities to draw major events. Conferences, summer concerts and other gatherings will make great use of the facility, aside of 100 jobs provided.
Another major improvement, this time for regular match-goers, is now being proposed. On July 2 thr city council’s Development Control (North Sunderland) Sub-Committee will discuss whether to allow creation of a fan zone near Stadium of Light.
Inspired by similar areas set up for Euros and World Cups, the zone would hold up to 6,000 people. Regular demand is expected to be around 3,500. The zone would feature bar and food outlets, a big screen showing highlights as well as a kid’s activity zone, including a mini-football pitch.
If approved, it will be open three hours before kick-off and for an hour after the final whistle. Aside from improving the range of activities for fans, the zone would also influence Sunderland’s matchday revenue.