Franklin’s Gardens has been a hive of activity over the summer, with extensive work around the stadium designed to enhance the off-field supporter experience for every Saints game.
Changes have been made in the following areas:
The entire Tetley’s Stand has received a substantial overhaul, with redecoration, new flooring and new bar frontage ensuring a classy and contemporary feel to match that of the Barwell Stand, which has proven to be so popular since its official opening earlier this year.
Considerable additional space has been made available within the Rodber Suite, with a new bar to service the greater number of supporters who can be accommodated both pre and post-match.
There will be seating available for supporters who need it after the game, and the club will continue to provide entertainment after the game, with players eating in the Captains Suite within the same room.
Previously the Heroes Bar, Club Heroes is a new match day restaurant that has already proved popular with Season Ticket Holders looking to add something a bit more special to their experience at the Gardens, with a three-course pre-match meal and access to a private cash bar throughout the day.
Club Heroes will now only be accessible to those supporters who have pre-booked their place, and supporters who previously used this area are invited to enjoy the build-up to the match and their post-match discussions in the extended Rodber Suite, large Marquee Bar and Real Ale Bar in the Village, or to use one of the number of pop-up mini-bars around the stadium which proved to be very popular in the second half of last season.
To speed up service on match days, the Saints Ticket Office has been changed substantially. Instead of going into the Ticket Office (which has now become a much-needed storage space for the extended Saints Superstore; more details below) supporters will use one of six ticket windows for collections and match day sales.
The arrival of new kit supplier Macron has coincided with a large extension of the main Saints Superstore, an increased floor space of over 30 percent providing a vastly improved shopping experience.
That means you’ll need to allow plenty time for your pre-match browse, with more official training wear, casual clothing, gifts and souvenirs available than ever before!
The shop floor, like much of the rest of Franklin’s Gardens, has also been extensively refreshed, while the Trinity Store in the Village area is being expanded dramatically to accommodate the increased number of supporters who use this area.
As has been the case for a number of years, the Saints Superstore is also the port of call for non-match day ticket sales.
Another of the Gardens’ popular meeting points, the Members Bar remains a public area, as has been the case for the past decade.
MATCH DAY VILLAGE
The place to be on match day! Such is the popularity of the Village area to soak up the pre-match atmosphere, little will change in 2016/17. That means supporters young and old can continue to enjoy the music, games and community activity that has been a mainstay of the Saints match day experience for so long.
Frank’s of Northampton, one of the most popular additions to the Village of the past few years, have increased their number of units, meaning more choice of hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, as well as pizza and street food. Saul’s of Spratton are staying on site, too, with their famous pork rolls!
The Saints’ management always welcomes constructive feedback about match days at Franklin’s Gardens; use the Get In Touch form on this website and a member of the customer service team will get back to you within 48 working hours!