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Town Launch Portman Road Fanzone
Wednesday, 27th Jul 2016 17:38

Town have announced the launch of a new matchday Fanzone at weekend games at Portman Road with free entry for all home supporters, featuring bars, live music, food and a kids' area.

The Fanzone will be situated on the FieldTurf behind the East of England Co-operative Stand and will be open to season ticket holders, those with match tickets and club members from three hours before kick-off.

The Blue Inn marquee will host bars with a range of beers, while live matches will be shown on giant screens.

There will also be food outlets, live music and for youngsters bouncy castles and other activities.

“It’s an exciting venture,” said Town MD, Ian Milne. “We are hoping that the Fanzone will be a place that Town fans will meet up before kick-off and enjoy that pre-match build-up and buzz you get in the lead up to the game.”

The Fanzone will be open for the first game of the new season, against Barnsley on Saturday 6th August, with a number of Town legends set to attend.

Entry will be via Gate 1A from midday with last orders at the bars at 2.30pm. All supporters must exit the Fanzone through Gate 1A and head to their regular turnstiles in order to enter the stands. More details on the club site.

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LimitlessBlue added 17:45 - Jul 27
not needed to bring Premiership football to ITFC, Kindly go for the footballing method to get us there! Sign some players!!!!!

12th_Man added 17:45 - Jul 27
Fantastic needed somewhere to go before the game as all the pubs shutting

NoCanariesAllowed added 17:51 - Jul 27
Nothing to complain about here! Always felt that the space behind that stand was a prime spot for pre-match activity. Glad to see it's being opened up beyond just to people with tickets for that stand.

mattfrost216 added 17:52 - Jul 27
In an story that has no negativity in it at all, it's amazing some people still manage to find some.

Good move by the club, if the food is good, Burger and Beyond etc, I'm all for it

TractorWood added 18:02 - Jul 27
Can only applaud this. A step in the right direction.


J2BLUE added 18:02 - Jul 27
Great stuff. People have been critical of the club for not doing enough for fans and this is a step in the right direction.

therein61 added 18:08 - Jul 27
I will be pleased to use this facility after my long drive it will save me looking for somewhere to have to revive myself before going into the stadium, well done Town brownie points for that now get it right on the pitch and all is well!!!!!!

whosroundisitanyway added 18:58 - Jul 27
I'll be there!

Kentish_Tractor added 19:08 - Jul 27
"while live matches will be shown on giant screens"

So there WILL be football to watch at Portman Road on a Saturday this season. Until 3pm anyway.

phillo added 19:16 - Jul 27
Great move ....

IamSpartacus added 19:47 - Jul 27
Sounds great. Have just told my 10 year old who has his first season ticket this year and he is well up for it.

To those that find negativity in anything... get a grip, dullards.

MarkFish added 19:47 - Jul 27
That's it, a Jewel in the itfc crown....a bar and some tellies.

rgp1 added 20:27 - Jul 27
Sounds like a great idea. One point I will raise as I am sure others will. The beer and food needs a vast improvement on the guf that is served inside the ground. On a number of occasions last season I had a cold hot dog or a rock solid sausage roll that felt like it had been in an oven for 12 hours. Oh and another thing, people will not buy the food and beer if they need to fill in a mortgage application to pay for it!

neil1968 added 20:35 - Jul 27
Can they go one step further and possibly look into showing the away games as well . Totally agree rip regarding the food . Absolutely disgusting and charging gourmet prices

Nazemariner added 21:09 - Jul 27
Well done ITFC! Let's hope it's well supported by the fans.

HARRY10 added 23:16 - Jul 27
I know the club has to be run on a business footing but maybe the club should look at this as a way of enhancing the day, rather than trying to screw the fans for another few quid.

So keep the drink prices competitive and get the best food, not the cheapest. Oh, and make sure there is enough staff. Even 'too many' in fact. Fans will soon fill up the place if you get it right.

Fingers crossed.

rickw added 23:56 - Jul 27
I've always felt the club were lacking here (I'd open again after the match too) if you look at the finances - match day revenue was always one we weren't great on - hopefully this can help

essex57 added 07:19 - Jul 28
Sorry phillo meant to mark you up.

essex57 added 07:24 - Jul 28
Limitlessblue, Kentish Tractor,Markfish, why don't you find something else to do as you are so disaffected by ITFC.

strikalite added 16:38 - Aug 3
sounds great, just hope they'll be plenty of staff serving.....i don't do queuing :)

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