English Premier League football club Southampton has appointed architectural firm KSS to undertake upgrades to its St. Mary’s Stadium, including the introduction of a new pitchside lounge.

The new 40-person lounge will be named 1885 after the year the club was founded. It will be amongst the top hospitality offers in the stadium and will feature full height glazing offering views of the pitch and seating bowl. It will also incorporate historic memorabilia and artefacts.

The remit of KSS will extend to improved catering facilities and the refurbishment of the home team changing room, with work expected to be complete in time for the 2019-20 season.

KSS director Andy Simons said: “We are very excited to see how this new lounge offer is received, we think it will be very popular for both match days and conferences. If 1885 is as successful as we anticipate then this could be the start of a whole new range of hospitality offers at the club.”

Anthony Cole-Johnson, sales director at Southampton, added: “The new lounge sets a fresh benchmark for our hospitality proposition here at Southampton Football Club for both match days and, as importantly, non match days.

“KSS have been truly supportive in delivering on our stated ambitions in a tight time line. Coupled with the wider masterplan development across the stadium, KSS have become a trusted partner of Southampton Football Club.”

St. Mary’s Stadium opened in August 2001 and currently has a capacity of around 32,500.

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