ACCRINGTON STANLEY’s new £2.5million hospitality and conference venue was opened in style by former Sports Minister Tracey Crouch MP and League Chairman English footballer, Rick Parry.
Wednesday’s event, attended by more than 50 people including Hyndburn MP Sara Britcliffe and Cllr Mayor Kathleen Pratt, saw Tracey Crouch cut the ribbon to officially mark the opening of the state-of-the-art venue.
The facility includes Coley’s, the 1968 Lounge and The Snug, all of which are open to the public and can be rented.
Club chairman Andy Holt said: “It’s important that people see what we’re doing and what we’re trying to do.
“It’s important to see what this can do for Accrington as a town and for Accrington as a club.
“It’s a fantastic facility, it’s been done as best we can, and now we have a really great venue for the local community to adopt and use for their needs.
John Coleman, the Owd Reds manager, added: “It’s probably the best place within a good 30 mile radius and hopefully it can support the club for years to come and give us a platform. shape to prosper and grow as a football club.
“We have to try to get as many people here as possible to experience what’s on offer, but the fact that you can come and eat, drink and watch a band is all good for the matchday experience.”
MP Tracey Crouch said: “Quite often we are completely obsessed with what’s going on in the Premier League and yet it’s clubs like Accrington Stanley that help fuel that success that we see around the world.
“We have one of the deepest pyramids in football and that’s because we have clubs like Accrington Stanley investing in themselves, believing in themselves and definitely growing for the future.
“It is absolutely clear that this is a community club, it is there for the community and it must remain for the community in the future.”
EFL chairman Rick Parry added: “I was delighted when Andy invited me and there was no way I would miss it because first of all I saw the development from the start , it all looked exciting so it’s great to see it come to fruition.
“It’s a great project because our aim at the EFL is to make clubs sustainable and it’s a great example of that, we do our part or we try to distribute the big revenue, but the clubs have to help themselves and it’s a really exciting example of that.”