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A great start – now help us make it even better

17 September 2015

Fanzone is off to a flyer but send us your ideas for the future

PLANS are now in full swing for our new Fanzone’s second run-out at the Everton game but we could not have wished for a better start.

The old Hawthorns pub site throbbed with more than 5,000 supporters – largely Baggies fans but, we were delighted to note, many from Southampton too – wandering through the site during the build-up to the Saints clash.

How do we make it better? The clue is in the title. It’s a Fanzone and that means we are asking you the supporters to give us your ideas for something we intend to become a permanent fixture at The Hawthorns.

Obviously, we didn’t get everything right and yes, we know there was a shortage of outlets selling beer. In truth, a second was supposed to pitch-up on the day but for reasons beyond the Club’s control failed to show. Your patience while waiting to be served was genuinely appreciated and it is not something we intend to repeat in the future.

Having said that, those numbers were pretty overwhelming. Even allowing for the curiosity factor, the early morning rain giving away to some splendid sunshine and the draw of Ben Foster and some top favourites from the Midlands music scene, we did not expect such a sustained turn-out.

But it has given the Club even greater belief that this is an idea that can really fly at The Hawthorns and we are grateful to fans who helped us garner feedback on Saturday.

The initial results probably confirmed what we were hearing on the day: More seating please, and more cover. Check. Obviously more beer outlets. Check. Enjoyed the live music? Good. And the big screen for the live games was another hit.

A wider range of food was requested but it was heartening to see the overwhelming majority of fans polled vote the Fanzone from “good” to “excellent” with four fifths saying they would be back for more.

It’s up to us to keep coming up with ideas and initiatives to fulfil our challenge to create a vibrant, family-friendly, entertainment area for all to enjoy but you can play a part by sharing your thoughts with us.

If you have an idea or some feedback/thoughts you think can help then please get in touch by emailing

Meanwhile, the next Fanzone will present us with a challenging change of tone. We anticipate fans arriving later as a natural consequence of the working day and we do not intend to stage live music because of time constraints.

However, do have something very special up our sleeve…and we’ll tell you about that next week.

MARTIN SWAIN, Director of Communications

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