Rangers fans have reacted with excitement after the club announced the submission of plans to Glasgow City Council for the building of a new Edmiston House ahead of the club’s 150th Anniversary year.
The current building is due for demolition later this year and the club want to build a modern two-storey structure in it’s place that will serve as a fanzone on matchdays as well as a conference, banquet and music venue.
“The opening of the new multi-functional facility will be a major milestone in our 150th Anniversary year,” Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson told Rangers.co.uk. “We expect the building to be fitted-out and fully operational in the first half of 2022.”
“This substantial investment will provide fans with a vibrant pre and post-match experience and will draw fans to the stadium grounds well in advance of kick-off, creating an engaging offering within a safe and enjoyable atmosphere.
“Our commitment to provide our fans with the best facilities in the country remains undiminished. As well as being an animated facility on matchdays, it’s our ambition that this building will be a hub of activity all year round.”
It’s big news for Gers supporters who have been crying out for a permanent fanzone facility at the stadium for some time.
The preview images look promising and after the renovation and reopening of the Rangers Store, things look to be moving in a positive direction for fans in terms of their matchday experience, with their return to Ibrox looking imminent.
The commercial potential of having a new multi-purpose venue right alongside the ground is significant, too, and although a big outlay will be required to build the facility, once opened, it should provide a new and sustainable revenue stream.
Here’s a selection of reactions to the announcement from social media:
Looks absolutely fantastic
— It’s coming home (@bluekid877) August 28, 2020
👏👏👏👏Looks absolutely stunning
— Disco (@SirDave2010) August 28, 2020
— Yacky (@nototheprovos) August 28, 2020
Looking forward to see it 👍🏻
— DM10 (@davidmcginlay10) August 28, 2020
Nice artist impression of a quality, new , clean building 👌.. ps please clean the main stand roof 🙏😂
— David McColm (@davidmccolm) August 29, 2020
— Let’s Go !!! (@somoslagente72) August 28, 2020
This is fantastic news. We should be utilising the whole Ibrox footprint on match days to generate revenue.
— M.H. (@MarkHarvey83) August 28, 2020
— SMITHY🇬🇧🏴🥊 (@smithycrs921) August 28, 2020