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Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:12 pm
Posted by NickyKiss on Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:12 pm
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Anyone know if there’s any plans to have a bar inside the new Robin Park facility? The fan zone is great for these summers evenings but it would be fantastic if the club could have somewhere to host events and for the fans to have pre/post match drinks in the colder months.
Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:42 am
Posted by MattyB on Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:42 am
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NickyKiss wrote:
Anyone know if there’s any plans to have a bar inside the new Robin Park facility? The fan zone is great for these summers evenings but it would be fantastic if the club could have somewhere to host events and for the fans to have pre/post match drinks in the colder months.



Agree. We said this on Friday, it's not often you get a nice balmy evening where you can stand outside with a cold beer. Therefore there needs to be facilities for an indoor bar (and coffee/tea area) with lots of space for those cold evenings.

It would be good if the club consulted with fans on what THEY would like to see. I think there has been a disconnection between club and supporters over the last few seasons and this is there chance of recovery.

In my opinion the indoor bar facilities need to be open most nights (rather than just game day) to make good money. Somewhere where supporters can meet regularly for a beer and chat, plenty of ideas from:

Coffee shop open during day with couches includes old Wigan books on shelves for reading.

Bar open most nights, big screen showing last week's game / classic matches.

Quiz nights with two teams of three made up of current players & one supporter versus to legend players & one supporter (bit like question of sport).

Pool table (pool balls in Wigan colours - Red home and blue away Norweb shirt), chargeable table.

Events - Riversiders, Fans Forums, Press conferences, meet and greet new signings... Etc.

Museum - All Wigan trophies and photos on show for fans to visit. There's a lad on Facebook with literally thousands of Wigan RL memorabilia. I'm sure he would allow such items to be put on show.

Photo opportunities with trophies won (with a player). When we win any finals in future put in an evening with the trophy and some players - chargeable.

On game day have a marquee in the car park to allow home and away supporters to congregate, inside the arena you can only fit so many inside and it will be viewed as a 'boys club' if access is limited to the few.

Just a few ideas, have loads more.... if anyone from the club wants to get in touch with me let me know haha!!
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Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:14 am
Posted by Rogues Gallery on Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:14 am
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MattyB wrote:
Agree. We said this on Friday, it's not often you get a nice balmy evening where you can stand outside with a cold beer. Therefore there needs to be facilities for and indoor bar (and coffee/tea area) with lots of space for those cold evenings.

It would be good if the club consulted with fans on what THEY would like to see. I think there has been a disconnection between club and supporters over the last few seasons and this is there chance of recovery.

I my opinion the indoor bar facilities need to be open most nights (rather than just game day) to make good money. Somewhere where supporters can meet regularly for a beer and chat, plenty of ideas from:

Coffee shop open during day with couches includes old Wigan books on shelves for reading.

Bar open most nights, big screen showing last week's game / classic matches.

Quiz nights with two teams of three made up of current players & one supporter versus to legend players & one supporter (bit like question of sport).

Pool table (pool balls in Wigan colours - Red home and blue away Norweb shirt), chargeable table.

Events - Riversiders, Fans Forums, Press conferences, meet and greet new signings... Etc.


Just a few ideas, have loads more.... if anyone from the club wants to get in touch with me let me know haha!!


Matty there is a fan engagement group, I'm sure they would be glad of your input. Amanda Rankin is part of that group, I'm sure you'll find her on facebook.
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Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:16 am
Posted by NickyKiss on Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:16 am
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A supporters club/bar is something Lenagan has mentioned from as far back as when he first took over and it really needs to come to fruition in this new facility. It will just make the DW/Robin Park area feel more like home. The stadium has never felt like it’s ours but a supporters bar decked out in cherry and white would really help.
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Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:22 am
Posted by MattyB on Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:22 am
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Rogues Gallery wrote:
Matty there is a fan engagement group, I'm sure they would be glad of your input. Amanda Rankin is part of that group, I'm sure you'll find her on facebook.


Cheers Brian, just this second edited my post with a few more ideas. Will look into it, anyone up for a meeting (Anvil - for old times sake) to discuss? Ha.
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Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:29 am
Posted by MattyB on Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:29 am
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NickyKiss wrote:
A supporters club/bar is something Lenagan has mentioned from as far back as when he first took over and it really needs to come to fruition in this new facility. It will just make the DW/Robin Park area feel more like home. The stadium has never felt like it’s ours but a supporters bar decked out in cherry and white would really help.


Fully agree. The supporters have been crying out for our own clubhouse for twenty years now. By doing this it accomplishes two things:

1) Re-connection between club and supporters.

2) Increased revenue (okay there will need to be initial layout, but hopefully has been part of the refurbishment specifications). Many of the ideas I've laid out won't actually cost much to put on.

Who knows by doing this could increase our attendances again. So it's a win-win.

But something needs to be done (which it looks like it will), the worst thing in business you can do is 'nothing' and just hope people turn up to matches cause they always have done.

We do have a large % ageing fanbase so we are desperate to keep the young people rolling in.
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Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:10 am
Posted by Pieman on Sun Jul 07, 2019 11:10 am
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MattyB wrote:
Agree. We said this on Friday, it's not often you get a nice balmy evening where you can stand outside with a cold beer. Therefore there needs to be facilities for an indoor bar (and coffee/tea area) with lots of space for those cold evenings.

It would be good if the club consulted with fans on what THEY would like to see. I think there has been a disconnection between club and supporters over the last few seasons and this is there chance of recovery.

In my opinion the indoor bar facilities need to be open most nights (rather than just game day) to make good money. Somewhere where supporters can meet regularly for a beer and chat, plenty of ideas from:

Coffee shop open during day with couches includes old Wigan books on shelves for reading.

Bar open most nights, big screen showing last week's game / classic matches.

Quiz nights with two teams of three made up of current players & one supporter versus to legend players & one supporter (bit like question of sport).

Pool table (pool balls in Wigan colours - Red home and blue away Norweb shirt), chargeable table.

Events - Riversiders, Fans Forums, Press conferences, meet and greet new signings... Etc.

Museum - All Wigan trophies and photos on show for fans to visit. There's a lad on Facebook with literally thousands of Wigan RL memorabilia. I'm sure he would allow such items to be put on show.

Photo opportunities with trophies won (with a player). When we win any finals in future put in an evening with the trophy and some players - chargeable.

On game day have a marquee in the car park to allow home and away supporters to congregate, inside the arena you can only fit so many inside and it will be viewed as a 'boys club' if access is limited to the few.

Just a few ideas, have loads more.... if anyone from the club wants to get in touch with me let me know haha!!


some cracking ideas there pal
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Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:36 pm
Posted by Orrell Lad on Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:36 pm
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I was thinking about our ageing fanbase the other night, got to expect that has and will comtribute to falling attendances. Said it many times on here and other platforms, the club need to engage with the fans far better than they currently do. It makes no sense at all how little effort they put in to do this, the fans are crying out for it!
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Re: Fanzone - did anyone go?
Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:48 pm
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Think the club should consider incorporating ‘Max’s Club’ in this area too if not already done so. I would like to experience the fans zone but the kids do enjoy Max’s Club too so it can be difficult to get to both at the same time.
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Post Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:25 pm
Posted by jaws1 on Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:25 pm
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dany1979 wrote:
Think the club should consider incorporating ‘Max’s Club’ in this area too if not already done so. I would like to experience the fans zone but the kids do enjoy Max’s Club too so it can be difficult to get to both at the same time.


There is space to do this in the actual building it self in the viewers area overlooking the 100 metre sprint .Been in there on Council meetings and can even get a bar in there it is a large area with adjacent rooms of it. In fact would make a perfect museum cum bar area .
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