New Hotel Plans Praised
Yesterday Mansfield Town unveiled plans for a new Hampton by Hilton Hotel at One Call Stadium, injecting a palpable sense of excitement and anticipation around the Town of Mansfield.
VIPs and dignitaries were invited to a special reception in the club’s boardroom this morning, while hundreds visited the Kevin Bird Suite later in the day to view the plans.
Mansfield Town chairman John Radford said: "Everything has been so positive. We've had no objections to these plans. There has been much talk about hotels in Mansfield for a long time and I want to build a hotel of this calibre at the oldest professional football ground in the world for the good of the club and the town."
Stags’ chief executive officer Carolyn Radford told www.mansfieldtown.net: "It has been a really positive day. Everybody's enthusiastic about this project. We have a fantastic brand, the best builders, architects and constructors we can find. It will be of real quality.
"It'll be a unique destination for Mansfield," added Mrs Radford.
Andrew Plant owner of Acorn Signs & Engraving Ltd in Mansfield said: “The plans look absolutely fantastic. It’ll be very good for the town.
“It’s a step forward. It will attract business people to look at Mansfield and think ‘they’re going places’ and perhaps use organisations in Mansfield as opposed to those outside of the area."
Patrick Rogerson, managing director of Park Lane Self-Drive in Mansfield said: “This is something the Town has needed for some time. It’ll improve the look of the Town and the facilities in the area.
“The way it has been designed has been thought through very carefully. To put it in the corner [between the Ian Greaves and Quarry Lane Stands] is a brilliant idea.”
Mansfield's MP Ben Bradley certainly seems keen based on the artist's impressions.
Below are some frequently asked questions, which give a real insight into how the hotel will look and operate when it's completed:
When will the club know if plans have been accepted for the new hotel?
The club expects to receive notification from Mansfield District Council within the next six to eight months.
If plans are accepted, when is work expected to start on the build?
Should plans be accepted, we anticipate that the hotel will be open by the start of the 2020/21 EFL season.
How many bedrooms will be in the new hotel?
What else will be included in the new hotel?
There will be a gym, bar & restaurant as well as two large areas which may be used for retail purposes.
Separately, One Call Stadium's conference rooms: the 1861 Suite, the Kevin Bird Suite and directors' box will continue to act as the main function areas for the hiring of weddings, parties and conferences etc.
Will you be able to see the pitch from inside the hotel?
Yes, though the view will be limited in certain rooms.
Will parking at the ground be reduced as a result of the build?
Yes. 52 parking spaces will be used for the hotel.
What will happen to the club shop?
One of the large units within the ground floor of the hotel will be used for a new club shop, it is expected.
Will the reception/ticket office still be situated at the rear of the Quarry Lane Stand?
Yes. The ticket office will also be extended into the current club shop.
If I am a season ticket holder in the Quarry Lane Stand, will the new build affect my seat/season ticket in any way?
No. The new hotel will not affect any supporter’s entrance into the ground or safety exits. No supporter’s seat will be affected.
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