English Premier League football club Southampton has today (Friday) revealed a series of planned improvements to St Mary’s Stadium that are designed to coincide with the 20-year anniversary of the venue’s opening.
Under the £2.5m (€2.93m/$3.48m) investment new jumbo-sized big screens, double the size of the existing displays, will be introduced. The new, state of the art models, which will be installed during the October international break, aim to provide more integration with the rest of the stadium, meaning they can be linked to screens on the concourses, pitch-side boards, floodlights, kiosks and the official club app.
In the heart of the stadium, new, larger TV screens will be introduced on the concourse and two huge video walls provided in the Kingsland and Itchen stands to allow fans to enjoy all the action from around the Premier League before and after each home game, supported by newly extended opening hours.
There will be a full refurbishment of the concourse kiosks with the installation of new point of sale technology and an increase in till points by over 20% to help reduce queue times, as well as new digital signage throughout to help direct fans to less busy outlets.
Following feedback from supporters, Southampton fans will also be able to take advantage of an all new, locally sourced food and drink menu within the concourse, which for the first time will also include craft beers.
A significant amount of work is also being completed on refreshing the look and feel of St Mary’s, heavily focused on recognising the history of the club. New signage and banners will be installed outside the stadium with updated artwork, whilst inside, a new Captains Wall will be installed in main reception recognising those who have captained the club all the way back to 1885.
Several hospitality lounge improvements will be introduced across the stadium, along with the introduction of the previously announced Halo Lounge, which seeks to bring an exclusive and prestigious top-floor pitch view offering and one of the best dining experiences on the south coast of England.
Work on these improvements is already underway, with completion of the various different aspects being staggered throughout the coming months.
Southampton is due to open its 2021-22 Premier League campaign at St Mary’s Stadium with the visit of Manchester United on August 22.
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