It was a busy night at the Gardens ©© Getty Images
Club News Fans drink Franklin’s Gardens dry
Franklin’s Gardens was treated not just to some spectacular Sevens action on the field at the Northampton leg of the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens Series, but the fans were also in overwhelming drinking form, too.
Just at in the Gloucester leg the previous night, where Kingsholm had been drained of all its cider, the Gardens bars were emptied of beer, cider and spirits as the fans made the most of the warm and balmy Friday night.
Nearly 9,500 tickets were sold for the night – around three thousand more than the last time Franklin’s Gardens hosted the Sevens Series – with a third of them bought in the last couple of days of sale.
The club appreciates that there was plenty of disappointment in the stands regarding the length of queues at the various bars, and by the lack of stock.
Saints’ management will be working closely with the Franklin’s Gardens caterers to improve the situation ahead of the Edinburgh game on August 23rd, and the start of the Aviva Premiership Rugby season on September 7th.
“We know that crowds at Sevens events like to drink, but we totally underestimated just how big the demand would be,” said a member of Kudos Catering Franklin’s Gardens management. “We apologise to the fans for their obvious disappointment, and will be working as hard as we can to put things right for the rest of the season.
"We know that we'll be able to call on more staff going into the season; unfortunately with it being the holiday season we did not have all of our usual staff available to us.”