First Rugby World Cup fanzone looks set to be confirmed at Docks
PICTURE this – kicking back with a beer in 2015 at Gloucester Docks watching the drama of the Rugby World Cup unfold in front of you on a giant screen.
For many rugby enthusiasts this dream will become a reality after the preferred destination for a 'fanzone' was revealed by Gloucester City Council.
And officials will visit the Waterways Museum at the Docks this month to rubber stamp the spot which has been earmarked to host a big screen where World Cup games will be shown.
Furthermore, 10 sets of rugby posts have been given to Gloucester by the Rugby Football Union in a bid to create more hype and awareness in the build-up to the event.
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City council leader Paul James said: "I know one set of posts are going up in the park – I'm not sure where the others are going just yet.
"In the same way we have got football posts around our parks and open spaces, we will be putting rugby posts up in the lead up to the World Cup.
"We want to make rugby as accessible as we possibly can.
"We want to market the city in the broadest possible way, including utilising our history and heritage."
He added: "As far as the fanzones are concerned, we feel the square in front of the Waterways Museum would be ideal for one. We are still looking into different locations for the others."
Kingsholm Stadium has been selected to host four matches in the World Cup, featuring the likes of Tonga, Scotland and Argentina.
Rugby fan Daniel Rowles, from Lydney, is looking forward to the World Cup. He said: "I can't wait – I think it's going to be fantastic, and I think it will be fantastic for Gloucester too.
"Big screens showing the games is a great idea, I know they do that kind of thing in other cities. And putting posts up in parks is also a good idea – it should create a good atmosphere and get kids playing rugby too."
The city council has set aside a budget of £350,000 to pay for the posts, fanzones and marketing of the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Marketing Gloucester has been talking to VisitEngland to discuss the marketing approach, and they have agreed that Gloucester itself should be at the heart of everything.