English League One football club Plymouth Argyle has submitted a planning application for the development of an enhanced fan zone area at its Home Park stadium.
The space will be located outside of the Mayflower Grandstand and will include television screens, a stage for live music, new permanent flagpoles and fencing, improved toilet facilities, four food concessions and picnic tables.
Subject to approval, Plymouth will begin work on the project at the end of the season. The fan zone will also be covered by a canopy so it can be used all year round.
It is hoped the area will significantly improve the pre-match experience at Home Park. The project marks the latest step in an ongoing series of improvements at the stadium, which was fitted with a giant new digital screen last year.
Christian Kent, head of venue, conferencing and events at Plymouth, said: “We are excited to be able to share our plans for the new fan zone with supporters, and hope to be able to work with Plymouth City Council and all stakeholders to ensure a swift approval process so that work can begin.
“We thank the Green Army for their patience as we sought a permanent fan zone solution on the Central Park side of the stadium, and we are confident our proposal will significantly enhance the match-day experience at Home Park.
“We look forward to sharing more information in due course, but hope the initial impressions provide a flavour of what’s to come in the months ahead.”
In January last year, Plymouth announced that it would be undertaking a programme of planned works to improve the “look, feel, and visitor experience” at Home Park, which has served as the club’s home since 1901.
Aside from the recent Mayflower Grandstand redevelopment, very little had changed at the stadium since the initial horseshoe rebuild in 2001-02, barring essential maintenance work.
Plymouth is in contention for promotion to the second-tier Championship this year and currently sits second in League One. Home Park has a capacity of 17,900.