Britain’s biggest beer garden capable of seating 500 boozers is set to open on a converted rugby pitch.
Rugby league club Barrow Raiders have erected picnic tables in its stadium and hope to be able to host up to hundreds of punters at a time in their makeshift pub garden.
Barrow Raiders chairman Steve Neale ready for the picnic table pitch invasion at Craven Park tomorrow where they’ll be opening what must be Cumbria’s biggest beer garden @BBC_Cumbria pic.twitter.com/Z8CFJNmm92— Jennie Dennett (@jenniedennett) July 3, 2020
The semi-pro club which plays in League One – two divisions below the Super League – have been hit financially since the country went into lockdown and sport was halted.
Barrow councillor Bill McEwan has thrown his support behind the idea.
He said: “You’ve got a large area where people can keep their distancing, they can space about and if it’s policed correctly I think it’s a wonderful idea once they get the go-ahead for pubs and clubs to open.
“People can’t wait to get the pubs and clubs open, but it’s about them abiding by the law and keeping their distance and I think it’s a great idea to open up a big venue like that.
“It’ll bring some money back into the club – I’m behind it, 100 per cent.”