Newcastle plan to install slides for fans

PLEASE, let this happen.
Newcastle is planning to install playpark-style slides for football fans who don’t want to take the stairs on the way out of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.
Inspired by a similar scheme at Utrecht station in Holland, the Premier League club wants to give fans a fun way to get from the stadium to the Metro station.
Adrian Waddell, director of operations for developers NE1, said: “NE1’s slides are designed to attract attention and get people talking.
“One of the secrets of good urban design is to encourage people to focus on their surroundings, to take note and sometimes also to challenge the views and perceptions of a particular area – the slides will certainly do that.”
Tom Robinson from Robinson Landscape Design said: “Being playful and doing something a little unusual aims to encourage people to spend more time here enjoying the city.
“We want people to ride the slide, then go up the stairs and do it again.”


St James’ Park signs to direct fans to Sports Direct Arena, say council

NEWCASTLE United may have renamed their stadium the Sports Direct Arena – but city chiefs have refused to replace signs directing fans to St James’ Park.
The controversial renaming of the historic stadium by owner Mike Ashley has upset a number of fans of the Premier League side – a feeling echoed by the city authority.
In a statement, city councillor Coun Henri Murison said: “The name of St James’ Park has been synonymous with Newcastle United football club and the city for more than 130 years.
“It is recognised around the world and the decision to change it, without consultation, will upset the overwhelming majority of fans who loyally support the team week in and week out.
“While I understand the commercial reasons for renaming sports venues when they relocate, this is not the case in this instance, and some things are beyond profit when they mean so much to people.
“The football club is part of the beating heart of the city, and while the council values its relationship with the club, it has no plans to change any existing wayfinding signs which bear the name St James’ Park.
“As far as the fans and Newcastle City Council are concerned, the home of Newcastle United will always be known as St James’ Park.”

Club Athletico Faustino Asprilla

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ALWAYS a fans’ favourite at Newcastle – even for fans of other teams – Faustino Asprilla was in attendence at St James’ Park for the stunning 4-4 draw with Arsenal, and given a mention on last night’s Match of the Day.
And it was also mentioned that the retired Colombian striker is now the proud owner of a lower league team in his home country – which he has renamed Club Athletico Faustino Asprilla in his own honour!
Now I can find nothing about this on the Internets to confirm or deny this – although I very much hope it is true – but I did find out that Asprilla is nicknamed The Octopus in Colombia “for his voracious appetite,” so that’s something I guess.
If you can shed some light on Club Athletico Faustino Asprilla, leave a comment below!