New Guinness ‘rugby fan zone’ set to open at pub near home of Northampton Saints

A �10,000 'fan zone' has been installed at a pub near Franklin's Gardens in Northampton
A �10,000 'fan zone' has been installed at a pub near Franklin's Gardens in Northampton

A new £10,000 ‘fan zone’ has been installed at a Northampton pub near to Northampton Saints’ ground.

The McManus Pub Company Ltd and Guinness have invested in a new garden area at the rear of the Thomas A Becket pub in St James Road for Saints supporters as well as visiting rugby fans.

The area outside at the rear of the pub has been paved to house a temporary marquee with a Guinness bar and wood fired pizza oven and will include live music on match days from midday.

The grand opening of the ‘Guinness Village’ will take place on the first Saints home game this season against Saracens on Saturday (November 7).

Fans can win free pints of Guinness on the day and a trip to Dublin for two by the end of the season.

Landlord of the pub Richard Cutler said the preparations for the opening of the Guinness Village had not be affected by a fire on Sunday night.

Mr Cutler had to spend the night in a Travelodge hotel after a wood burner caused an oak beam in the pub to catch fire.

The landlord said the fire did not cause any permanent damage and the pub was back open as usual by 5pm on Monday.