As the majority of you know, our regular venue for all live showings of Liverpool games for the last 6 years has been the G-Sport Bar and Grill. We have had some great times there, and it has been a great venue for us over the years. More recently, the atmosphere of the G-Sport Bar has changed. We ourselves have seen these changes reflected our experiences there. The chef, Brian, a close ally of the Club, left the pub. The staff have left club members standing in the cold and wet streets waiting for games to start.
The worst thing that has happened is that I have heard that long standing members of the club have become disillusioned and are no longer attending games at the G-Sport, because of some of the reasons outlined above and the general increase in a negative atmospher.
With this in mind, I have taken steps to find a new home for LFC Vancouver. Some of you will be aware that the Donnelly Group contacted me directly, and asked for a chance to redeem themselves for the wrongs done to this club when we were tenants at the Library Square Public House. I, along with members Wolfgang and Fraser, entered into discussions with the Donnelly Group with a clear agenda, including a detailed list of requirements, and asked them to address the wrongs that were done to us in the past, and also the wrongs that were exposed in recent press articles regarding that group.
I am pleased to announce that after several meetings, and a provisional agreement of terms, the LFC Vancouver Official Supporters Club will be moving to The Butcher and Bullock Pub as of Monday January 28, 2013. Therefore our last game at the G Sports will be the FA Cup game against Oldham next Sunday.
Many of you will already be familiar with The Butcher and Bullock pub through its previous incarnation when it was named Smiley’s. It is a great pub in a great location at 911 West Pender Street, close to both the Burrard and Waterfront skytrain stations as well as having plenty of parking nearby (with lots of street parking at weekends). I have attached a map of the area showing all the parking and skytrain stations that are close by.
The first game that LFC Vancouver will be watching at The Butcher and Bullock will be the lunchtime game against Arsenal on Wednesday January 30. This will be followed on Sunday February 3, with a big launch party during and after the game against Man City. We are currently working on some great special events and deals for the launch party on February 3, so please stay tuned as I will be announcing more in the next week about that.
I have received written agreement that the Donelly Group will treat the club and all members as valued customers at all times, and I was able to agree the following points:
The pub will open for all live games shown from 5:30am onwards. The doors will open no later than 15 minutes before kick off.
LFC Vancouver will be allowed to permanently hang the memorabilia previously displayed on the walls at G Sport.
All members of LFC Vancouver will receive a card from the pub giving a 20% discount on food at all times. We will also receive special pricing on Guinness, Magners and Carlsberg.
LFC Vancouver will have exclusivity in the pub and no other supporters club will be allowed to make it their home.
We will also be given our own section of the pub to call our own for midweek matches because the pub generally gets busy with lunchtime crowds.
All of the above and more are outlined in the written agreement I have drafted and signed with the manager of the pub.
While I am sure you are all nervous about a mid-season move, I can assure you that after careful consideration, I have acted in the best interests of the club, and I believe that in our new venue, we can go from strength to strength and grow as a club as we move into 2013.
I am sure you will all join me in thanking the G-Sport for being our partner for the last 6 years, and I trust that you will give the same level of commitment and support to our new venue as we move together into a new chapter in LFC Vancouver’s history.