Town planning completely unnecessary stadium expansion, restaurants, bigger
Sotnick monitoring plans
May 2005 - John Sotnick was awoken from his pre-season slumber today after
he caught wind of Northampton Town’s decidedly ambitious plan to
double their capacity of the Sixfields Stadium to accommodate 15,000 fans.
Cobblers ranked fifth in League Two average attendance in 2004/2005, drawing
an average of 5,955 fans according to ESPN Soccernet, meaning that they
need to boost the number of empty seats above the present figure of 1698
as soon as possible.
The club also plan to build a bigger club shop and a new ticket office
to alleviate the crushing many fans experience on match days. There is
also a desperate shortage of restaurants within the Sixfields entertainment
complex which Northampton plan to address.
Club spokesman Brian Elffrock said: 'This is an incredibly exciting time
to be a fan of Northampton Town. There's nothing quite like going to a
match and being surrounded by a sea of empty seats, or having an entire
tier to yourself. And no longer will locals have to make do with Burger
King, Bella Pasta, Pizza Hut, Wimpey, The Magic Tower, Old Orleans, TGI
Friday, McDonalds or the Tavern. Now they can eat with us.'
With the Pilgrims planning on moving to a new ground just as soon as Boston
Town officials can be drowned in the North Sea, the plans are of intense
interest to Sotnick.‘Who needs a popular, conveniently located ground
with an atmosphere these days?’ he said. ‘The trend is for
horrendous plastic barns as far out of town as possible, preferably located
to innumerable vendors of equally plastic food and Vin Dieselmovies.
‘If Boston United are going to make further progress, we’ll
need to move soon, and Northampton is a model we should be following closely.
Their plan is quite obviously just as idiotic as Darlington’s 95,000
seat King George MegaDome, but if they can get away with it, so can I.'