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Introducing Bar 8 Foster's Fanzone

Posted: Mon 16 Sep 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Bar 8 Foster's Fanzone is now officially open so be sure to pay a visit when you're next at St. Andrew's.

The new-look bar is open to all supporters with a match ticket.

Around 200 guests had a first glimpse of the refurbished area, formally known as the Trevor Francis Suite, during the exclusive launch event ahead of the match against Ipswich Town.

And the supporters groups representatives and former players among those in attendance will have instantly noticed that the room is still very much a shrine to Blues' greatest-ever player, Trevor Francis. Stats, memorabilia and classic images all associated with TF adorn the walls.

Blues legends Kenny Burns, Bob Hatton and Garry Pendrey, along with TF's youngest son James, were on hand to formally cut the ribbon at Bar 8 Foster's Fanzone. Blues skipper Paul Robinson also dropped in for a post-match interview with another St. Andrew's favourite, Michael Johnson, following the 1-1 draw with the Tractor Boys.

Blues' head of commercial, Ian Dutton, said: "After many months in the planning it was great to see the launch of Bar 8  – the new Foster's Fanzone on a matchday. 

"We really are trying to enhance the overall experience for our great supporters and Bar 8 will be a great spot for all to start their overall matchday experience. I would like to thank Heineken UK for all their support in helping to bring Bar 8 and the fanzone to life.”

There's plenty planned for the Bar 8 Foster's Fanzone moving forward including former and current player interviews, drinks offers and live bands.

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Ahead of the launch, we recruited a team of social media socialites to cover the event and here's a selection of their tweets.

"For those who worried about it losing the Trevor Francis vibe, you'll be pleased to know the whole bar is covered in pictures/stats! #bar8." - @_natbcfc

"NEW BLOG POST: Bar 8 Launch at @BcfcDotCom - thanks again Blues for a great day! #bcfc #bar8 click here." - @_natbcfc

"Arrived at Bar 8. Looks fantastic. Image here" - @blake2108

"Quality day. #bar8 is brilliant. You'll all love it." - @blake2108

"Arrived at #bar8 staff are wonderful, this place is blue heaven." - @DFDeakin88

"#Bar8 is looking superb!" - @BrummieBrad

"#bar8 looking very smart!" - @BluesBcfc

"Mr Trevor Francis #bar8 #bcfc #kro Image here." - @Bluesbcfc

The club wishes to formally thank Heineken UK for supporting the Bar 8 Foster's Fanzone project.