At 7pm on Thursday the 23rd of July, Ross County Football Club will open the doors of the Global Energy Stadium to fans to unveil its newly refurbished Club Shop and brand new Supporters Bar.
While much hard work has been going on with the team on the training ground, the close season has also seen a massive refurbishment of the ground floor area of the main stand where the reception, offices and shop were formerly located. Now residing in this part of the ground is a new open-plan Club Shop featuring all the latest replica kit, gifts and leisure wear – as well as a ticket office – and a new 200 capacity (approx.) Sports Bar featuring large flat-screen televisions where fans can congregate before and after games.
To launch the new shop and bar, the Club is inviting fans to a family-friendly evening event on Thursday 23rd of July where they can mingle with the first team squad and management, meet Rossco The Staggie and enjoy refreshments and canapés. Ross County TV will also be attendance to film the launch.
“Back in June we began stripping out the current reception and shop area of the stadium,” said Director of Operations, Peter Swanson. “Where the shop was we created a Sports Bar which will have the capacity for around 200 people. We wanted to add to the bars we already have upstairs and improve the experience before and after matches for supporters. We would like fans to mingle and interact here at the ground and feel they can come earlier and stay after matches and meet up with friends and fellow supporters.”
“Where the reception is and beyond to the left has been cleared out to make way for a walk-through shop with the new reception at the bottom end,” added Swanson. "We knew the shop needed improving in terms of layout and product offer so we are glad to have it ready for the new season. It will be manned every day now too whereas it was not before.”
Club Chairman, Roy MacGregor, added: “The refurbishment of the shop and introduction of a new bar is the latest initiative as we continue to reinvent ourselves and bring the Club and the supporters back closer together. We know that you can’t guarantee the football on the park every week but you can guarantee the match day experience. We have taken on board suggestions from supporters and acted to try and make the stadium a better place to come for the fans.”