Matt Edwards
Tuesday 02 April 2019

Forest Green are making a number of changes to the East Stand next season to improve service for fans and better deal with the increasing attendances.

The Gym Bar has proved extremely popular since opening last month and FGR will look to improve infrastructure in the bar, including developing an increased menu and improving the decor, in time for the 2019/20 season.

Due to the quality of the offering in the Gym Bar, the club has taken the decision to make the first floor of the East Stand available to hospitality only, meaning that all other supporters will need to access their seats from the front of the stand and via the concourse.

Over recent years, the Carol Embrey Suite has regularly suffered from overcrowding, which has had a negative impact on the overall experience for all.

The new arrangements mean that the suite will be VIP Dining only for next season, which is available on a match-by-match or season-long basis.

Next season the club is also introducing a new Black & White package, which will give fans access to the Black & White Lounge, a seasonal matchday buffet and a new seating section outside the lounge – all for less than £30 per match.

Henry Staelens, FGR chief executive, said: “As well as our success on the pitch, our reputation has grown nationally and internationally for the food and drink offering we have here at The New Lawn, but that recognition meant that we were struggling to offer fans the level of service we’d like.

“We’ve therefore invested significantly in the infrastructure at the ground to make our food and drink service quicker, improve the range of food we’re offering and develop a variety of packages so there’s a great offering for everyone.

“We’ve been really pleased with the response to the Gym Bar so far and feel that our facilities in the East Stand are amongst the best in the division. We’re also looking to make improvements across our other stands and will be looking to engage with fans on that going forwards.”

The Black & White package will include:

•            Exclusive access to the B&W lounge and bar, for every league game

•            A prime seat directly in front of the B&W lounge

•            A seasonal matchday buffet

•            A team sheet and matchday programme

•            Priority ticket booking for any cup games

•            Access to the bar to buy hot drinks and cake

For the 2019/20 season this new package will have a special launch price of:

Black & White Package

New Season Ticket

Per Game Price

Adult

£685

£29.78

65+

£600

£26.09

U21

£450

£19.57

U16

£280

£12.19

U11

£209

£9.10

Any supporters who have already bought their season ticket or are considering renewing will be able to upgrade their current seat into the Black & White Lounge by paying the price difference between the two seats.

Those fans who have seats that have been affected by these changes have been contacted directly by the club with a promotional offer.

FGR will be hosting several special open evenings at The New Lawn, where supporters can drop in to discuss options, look at seats and ask any questions they have to our CEO and the team. These will take place on:

-            Tuesday 9th April: from 4pm to 7pm

-            Tuesday 16th April: from 4pm to 7pm

If anyone would like more information on the packages available, upgrade costs or simply have some questions, please call the team on 0333 123 1889 or email hospitality@fgr.co.uk.