Honouring the year it all began at St. Mary’s

1885 is not just any number, it’s when it all began, the clubs beginning and the start of an exciting journey for the founding members at St. Mary’s Church Young Men’s Association. Over a century later, the club nicknamed ‘The Saints’ are celebrating their rich heritage in an exclusive 40 person restaurant and bar designed by KSS for match days and events.

In the brand new pitch facing lounge, the club’s treasured artefacts take pride of place in the Library, allowing guests to go on a voyage of discovery to celebrate the first two decades of the Saints foundations, culture and influence across the city of Southampton.

An engraved concrete wall exhibits a large scale map of the city from 1885, set behind the luxurious furnishings reflecting the club’s jewel toned crest colours. KSS designed the branded collateral throughout the lounge from menus to enamel member badges with the theme integrated seamlessly throughout.

1885 is the most premium hospitality package in the stadium, with a relaxed and personalised experience for the guests centred around flexible dining and a striking bar and lounge area which reflect the city’s merchant navy past. Subdued indirect lighting focuses attention on full height views towards the pitch with direct access to new/reconfigured embroidered premium bowl seating.

Anthony Cole-Johnson. Sales Director at Southampton FC said, “KSS were set an ambitious task by the club to design a new space that allowed us to maximise both the Pitch side view of St Mary’s as well as create a new look and feel for our premium hospitality and conference space. Through fantastic design, we have achieved a space that not only sets a new benchmark in our premium space, but has already received amazing feedback from our customers.”

1885 has also been shortlisted at the Stadium Business Design & Development Awards in the category ‘Interior & Fit-Out’.

For more information: https://www.stadiumdesignsummit.com/awards/

Published by
Dominic Fleming Marketing Coordinator
Published by
Dominic Fleming Marketing Coordinator