• Post date: 26 July 2023
Strawberry Place Fan Zone 3


Newcastle United have commenced the planning application process for a brand new fan zone at Strawberry Place in partnership with STACK and the club’s front-of-shirt partner, Sela.

An initial planning application has now been lodged with Newcastle City Council, with a proposed fan zone to be constructed in two phases to extend the site over a ground floor and first floor.

The fan zone will not only introduce a thriving food, drink and entertainment option for supporters visiting
matches at St. James' Park, it will also create a bustling midweek leisure and social destination that has become synonymous with the STACK brand.  Built using repurposed shipping containers around a central plaza and main stage area, the new site will attract people of all ages, with carefully curated events and attractions designed for families.

The main stage, complete with a big screen, will be designed to deliver an immersive experience for live
entertainment and broadcasting sporting events, while there will be six bars and ten street food units. The club is continuing to work with STACK through the planning process, with Sela - the club's front-of-shirt partner and a world-class events and experiences company - providing expert guidance.

Subject to planning and licensing being granted, it is hoped the fan zone will be open before the end of the
year, with an initial lifespan of three years as the club explores potential uses for the site.

The fan zone will complement recent development projects around the Strawberry Place site, which sits in
the shadow of the stadium's Gallowgate End. The land, which was recently acquired by the club, was previously a car park and was most recently used to accommodate materials for nearby construction projects.

It is anticipated the fan zone will create a host of economic and employment opportunities for the city centre,
attracting local businesses as both vendors and suppliers, and stimulating additional footfall for neighbouring
businesses and services. The site will also create 150 full-time and part-time jobs, with Newcastle United Foundation's employability programme - NU Futures - forging links with the fan zone to give local people new opportunities.

NU Futures is a powerful collaboration between Newcastle United Foundation, North of Tyne Combined Authority, leading local businesses, schools, and other high-quality education and training partners. It supports young people to develop the skills and attributes needed to progress and succeed in the world of work and the fan zone will provide a key pathway for young people to secure employment.

A community consultation process will begin in due course, giving supporters and the wider public an opportunity to see the plans in detail.

Darren Eales said: “Our fan zone is aimed at enhancing the experience not just for supporters visiting matches and big events at the stadium, but for people visiting the city centre seven days a week.

“Submitting initial plans is just the first stage and there are a lot of steps in the process, but we are excited to
continue working with our commercial and city partners to create something that will really add social and economic value to the location.”

Neill Winch, CEO of STACK, said: “The joint venture with Newcastle United to create a fan zone in the city centre is exciting for many reasons, not least of which is the coming together of two great North East brands. “We believe this development is going to be a huge asset, not just to the club and its amazing fans, but to the
city as a whole.

“While STACK is now growing to become a national chain, the fact that our very first venture was in
Newcastle means it has a special place in our affections.

“We are delighted to be working with the club and Sela to provide a ‘best in class’ experience for fans and
the community, not only on match days, but every day of the week.”