S7AGS wrote:I have always wondered who actually goes all the way to the ground for a meal/drink on non-matchdays....I cant see how (no matter how nice the bar / food) you will ever get enough footfall...Its a good 10 - 15 min walk from the town centre so not on a pub crawl route.
Would it not be better to open a 'Stags' sports bar / diner up in the town centre with profit going into the club where it would attract not only die hard stags fans but the general Mansfield public as well? You only have to go in the Green Dragon / Bootlicker (whatever its now called!) when decent prem games are on TV to see the potential....cant see 'Sandies' attracting them up there.
This said - the refurb looks good and a fan zone would be good for pre-match drinks (so long as it doesn't take 45 mins to get a drink!)
You can drive to and park immediately outside. You don't have to queue and wait for hours to be served and you don't get gangs of drunks f ing and blinding and spilling beer down your back. The staff and clientele are normally very friendly and helpful and the prices are reasonable. Plenty of reasons there to visit for me.
In respect of the ground works near the training pitches, this is being done bu RN Surfacing who are amongst the club's top sponsors (they have the big advert on the front of the North Stand) and I understand it is to extend the car park facilities. These are a very professional group who mainly build roads so the standard should be good even if it is long over due.