29th August 2012
DRAUGHT St Austell Brewery Tribute Ale is being introduced to the Argyle Arms for this Saturday’s clash with Northampton at Home Park.The Pilgrims launched the Argyle Arms at the Devonport end of Home Park in response to numerous requests from supporters who wanted somewhere to enjoy a drink with friends in convivial surroundings whilst soaking up the pre-match atmosphere at Home Park.
The Devonport end turnstiles open at 12.30pm on Saturdays and televised football is available on Sky TV.
From Saturday, supporters will be able to order a pint of Tribute on draught and, despite the difficulties of keeping cask ales without a proper cellar, the club will endeavour to provide as much draught Tribute as supporters demand. Cans of Tribute will also be available as for previous matches.
Argyle were overwhelmed by the popularity of the Argyle Arms before their opening match of the season against Aldershot, and have addressed the matter in the subsequent two weeks.
Argyle Commercial Operations Manager James Greenacre said: “Whilst we always thought bars in the Devonport End would prove popular, we were not prepared for the demand for beers , and for and Pilgrim Pasties.
“Consequently, our stock levels for the Aldershot match, although double those of the previous operators, proved inadequate.
“This is very much a learning-curve for us, as it is for the Green Army, and we intend to keep responding until you are all satisfied.
“In the meantime, we ask you to forgive our shortcomings and be patient until we can establish the true level of demand without causing undue wastage and unnecessary cost to the club.
“We always intended to deliver draught beer throughout the stadium in response to supporter demand, and we will be delighted to extend this offering into the Lyndhurst stand, should it prove popular.
“Unfortunately, because of the age of the Mayflower grandstand, and its peculiar logistics, we will not be able to serve draught beers in outlets there.
“We are aware that supporters from other parts of the stadium would like to use the Argyle Arms.
“However, the Guide to Safety and Sports Grounds does not allow supporters from other areas of the ground to transfer once the turnstiles are opened.
“We have consulted with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority and have been informed that, if we do not comply, we will be in breach of our Safety Certificate, with the resultant possibility of stadium closure.
“As a result, the Argyle Arms will currently only be open to supporters who have a ticket or Membership in the Devonport End. “
Any supporter wishing to transfer their Membership can do so through the Ticket Office on 0845 872 3335.