Griffin Park - What happens now? (2 Viewers)

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After the euphoria of last night and people posting their wonderful memories of GP on a different thread, it has started to sink in that I will no longer see any competitive football played there and is also likely I won't set foot in the place again. Therefore, I imagine decisions are now put in place to move everything to LR and wind down GP.

I wondered what the plan of action is next, and when. Your thoughts, opinions and inside knowledge welcome on here. e.g.

- Is the chance of seeing inside the stadium one last time a concrete reality, or just talk?
-Will the upkeep of the stadium be maintained for a while (e.g. pitch tendered, security on premises) or is that 'it'?
- What kind of timescale is there between now and place being taken apart? :cry:
- Will anyone at the club be doing a final video/photos in and around the place before it gets knocked down?
- Will any of the contents be auctioned? (it was talked about on a previous thread).
- Which bits might appear at LR? (it's been mentioned the turnstiles might be used in some form).
 

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feel very much the same. It really dawned on me last night that I won’t get to visit GP again. I’d love to go and walk around again one last time. Maybe a little commercial opportunity for the club before the wrecking ball moves in?
 

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Maybe get Celtic to play Pompey in a pre season match and save the demolition fees #thriftcorner
 

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After the euphoria of last night and people posting their wonderful memories of GP on a different thread, it has started to sink in that I will no longer see any competitive football played there and is also likely I won't set foot in the place again. Therefore, I imagine decisions are now put in place to move everything to LR and wind down GP.

I wondered what the plan of action is next, and when. Your thoughts, opinions and inside knowledge welcome on here. e.g.

- Is the chance of seeing inside the stadium one last time a concrete reality, or just talk?
-Will the upkeep of the stadium be maintained for a while (e.g. pitch tendered, security on premises) or is that 'it'?
- What kind of timescale is there between now and place being taken apart? :cry:
- Will anyone at the club be doing a final video/photos in and around the place before it gets knocked down?
- Will any of the contents be auctioned? (it was talked about on a previous thread).
- Which bits might appear at LR? (it's been mentioned the turnstiles might be used in some form).


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I recall Jon Varney said there are plans to use an external company to facilitate the sale of memorabilia although he is keeping the 'no ball games' sign in Braemar forecourt!!
 

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Bin it!

Honestly I don't think it will settle in for a while...the promotion picture has just taken focus over it. Once the season is over and we know where we'll be maybe then it will. I don't know what Varney had planned in some form of 'goodbye' that he indicated was being planned, but hopefully we can do visits and the like. I missed out on hospitality which was supposed to happen in April, so would be nice if they could do ground tours or be able to look around (if that's allowed).
 
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Some useful bits, thanks.

Sadly, it sounds unlikely that final tours of GP are going to take place. Jon says that GP is passed to the developers 'when we get the new stadium', which I imagine is imminent (within days or just a small amount of weeks). Can't see rules on mass gatherings changing in that small space of time and if tours were to be done in small groups, it would take weeks to get through all those that would like to partake.
 

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I might be interested in bidding for certain artefacts or items from GP but as for visiting it again I think I will leave the Wednesday game as my last visit to the old place, anything else would just be second best and something of an ant climax.

Like many I left the ground that day with a last look round thinking this would probably be it as the lockdown was imminent, under the circumstances best to leave it there..
 

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I might be interested in bidding for certain artefacts or items from GP but as for visiting it again I think I will leave the Wednesday game as my last visit to the old place, anything else would just be second best and something of an ant climax.

Like many I left the ground that day with a last look round thinking this would probably be it as the lockdown was imminent, under the circumstances best to leave it there..
I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon at GP recently helping droneman. Whilst I was very grateful for the opportunity and took everything I could from it, without the match, crowd etc. it was a tiny bit hollow.
 

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Having been fortunate enough to be in a position of being inside the ground before the gates opened it always gave me a few moments reminiscing about the past and friends who are no longer with us (especially at night games) - looking around the ground and seeing in my mind all my old friends and players from the past who I had cheered on (or given dogs abuse :D ) which always left me very emotional but then I am just a silly old git whose life has revolved around BFC. I will miss GP very much but as the team evolves so must its surroundings and Lionel Road gives all the younger fans ( and us older ones I hope) the opportunity to make even more memories to cherish.
 
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I recall Jon Varney said there are plans to use an external company to facilitate the sale of memorabilia although he is keeping the 'no ball games' sign in Braemar forecourt!!
I like the sign "When leaving the stadium please be considerate to our neighbours, but while inside cheer as loud as you can".
 

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Part of the structure of Griffin Park - nothing grandiose, just a vestige, such as a row of turnstiles - should be salvaged and reassembled in a corner of the new stadium. The name Griffin Park should be emblazoned on it as a link with the past and a reminder of where we came from.
 

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Part of the structure of Griffin Park - nothing grandiose, just a vestige, such as a row of turnstiles - should be salvaged and reassembled in a corner of the new stadium. The name Griffin Park should be emblazoned on it as a link with the past and a reminder of where we came from.
There's certainly been consideration of refurbishing some turnstiles to use as table bases in the bar areas.
 

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Are we sure that there will not be more games at GP. To use Lionel Road they have to run 2 test events with 50 per cent capacity IIRC. If the league starts in September then social distancing may mean that these can't be done ( depending on what the rules are)
 

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Are we sure that there will not be more games at GP. To use Lionel Road they have to run 2 test events with 50 per cent capacity IIRC. If the league starts in September then social distancing may mean that these can't be done ( depending on what the rules are)
I imagine that reduced capacity games will become the test events. Makes sense.
 

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Are we sure that there will not be more games at GP. To use Lionel Road they have to run 2 test events with 50 per cent capacity IIRC. If the league starts in September then social distancing may mean that these can't be done ( depending on what the rules are)
It is LBH's safety officer, with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, that decides the criteria for issuing the safety certificate, there is no fixed rule. Given the circumstances and the probable continuation of pandemic-related restrictions into the foreseeable future, I'd be sure that exemptions and other specific requirements can be agreed to allow some sort of attendance, while still not at design capacity.
 

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A friend of mine who works for HawkEye was at GP yesterday stripping the Goal Line Tech kit out.

Apparently the atmosphere when he walked in was quite sombre - GP like a sleeping giant that'll never wake up again :(
 

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It’s former Bees players day at GP today. :)

I hope they all have a good time and take in one last moment of walking onto that pitch. :cool:
 

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It’s former Bees players day at GP today. :)

I hope they all have a good time and take in one last moment of walking onto that pitch. :cool:
Hopefully the club will be recording this event.
 

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May I also say what a pleasure it was to share a curry with the great man McCulloch last night, smashing gentleman. :sorted:
Always a gent. A top player. Mentioned the time he returned to GP with Wednesday and Jack Charlton told him to go out onto the pitch on his own. As he walked out he got a round of applause and cheers. He said it was very special and one moment he’d never forget. That’s why he loves returning to Brentford. (Even if he was a RaRa first! lol )
 

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:eek:

Tell them to put it back! :mad:
 

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I’m don’t overreact about these things but surely this is crazy! I want our players in a air tight booth until Tuesday.... imagine if they contract it and we have a few out! ��
Don't panic! By the time they test and get the results the match will be over.
 

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So I guess tonight's email from the club means there will be no visiting GP in person to say farewell?

"Hi Steve,

For more than a century, Griffin Park has been our home. Unfortunately we can’t say farewell to Griffin Park in person but would like to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a special virtual night with us to commemorate our beloved old ground from the comfort of your own home while supporting the Bees and raising funds for the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The event will take place on Sunday 23 August 2020 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Stuart Wakeford will host the evening and you will be able to take a virtual tour of Griffin Park with Peter Gilham and Natalie Sawyer as well as hearing from Brentford Legends such as Dean Holdsworth, Terry Evans, Jackie Graham, Steve Phillips and many more sharing their memories of Griffin Park, plus we will be presenting seasonal awards and hearing from our current squad.

Tickets start from £5 and include the viewing of the event. All monies raised will go direct towards our Trust.
You will also be able to bid in the silent auction for the ultimate Brentford matchday experience, the opportunity to join our 2020/21 team photo, get your hands on a pair of signed David Raya's gloves and much much more. Take a look at the auction items and place your bids here.

Come on you Bees,

Brentford FC"
 

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I cant believe it would not be possible for a socially distanced tour guide to take small, masked groups of supporters around, say at hour timed interval slots. The Tate Modern is open and that is all inside.

Groups of 6, charged £10 each, pays for the tour guide and any profit can go to the trust. I would be willing to be the tour guide for free, I have the time. I appreciate there is insurance and a risk assessment to be done, but this is acheivable surely under the current rules. If Nathan Elder, Ijah Anderson and Kalreigh can stand next to the BMW, without distancing or masks, why cant we go in small groups. After all for most of my time in there I would just want to sit and reflect (and shed a tear or two)
 

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Don't panic! By the time they test and get the results the match will be over.
Maybe the last covid test before the playoff final was on Thursday or Friday morning?

Not encouraging the players to do what they want, but perhaps they can't now test positive before the final?
 

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Maybe the last covid test before the playoff final was on Thursday or Friday morning?

Not encouraging the players to do what they want, but perhaps they can't now test positive before the final?
exactly what i was saying...
 

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Maybe the last covid test before the playoff final was on Thursday or Friday morning?

Not encouraging the players to do what they want, but perhaps they can't now test positive before the final?
they could however, get ill I guess?
 

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So I guess tonight's email from the club means there will be no visiting GP in person to say farewell?

"Hi Steve,

For more than a century, Griffin Park has been our home. Unfortunately we can’t say farewell to Griffin Park in person but would like to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a special virtual night with us to commemorate our beloved old ground from the comfort of your own home while supporting the Bees and raising funds for the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The event will take place on Sunday 23 August 2020 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Stuart Wakeford will host the evening and you will be able to take a virtual tour of Griffin Park with Peter Gilham and Natalie Sawyer as well as hearing from Brentford Legends such as Dean Holdsworth, Terry Evans, Jackie Graham, Steve Phillips and many more sharing their memories of Griffin Park, plus we will be presenting seasonal awards and hearing from our current squad.

Tickets start from £5 and include the viewing of the event. All monies raised will go direct towards our Trust.
You will also be able to bid in the silent auction for the ultimate Brentford matchday experience, the opportunity to join our 2020/21 team photo, get your hands on a pair of signed David Raya's gloves and much much more. Take a look at the auction items and place your bids here.

Come on you Bees,

Brentford FC"
This is a nonsense and does not address anything. Very disappointed.
 

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So I guess tonight's email from the club means there will be no visiting GP in person to say farewell?

"Hi Steve,

For more than a century, Griffin Park has been our home. Unfortunately we can’t say farewell to Griffin Park in person but would like to offer you the opportunity to enjoy a special virtual night with us to commemorate our beloved old ground from the comfort of your own home while supporting the Bees and raising funds for the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. The event will take place on Sunday 23 August 2020 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Stuart Wakeford will host the evening and you will be able to take a virtual tour of Griffin Park with Peter Gilham and Natalie Sawyer as well as hearing from Brentford Legends such as Dean Holdsworth, Terry Evans, Jackie Graham, Steve Phillips and many more sharing their memories of Griffin Park, plus we will be presenting seasonal awards and hearing from our current squad.

Tickets start from £5 and include the viewing of the event. All monies raised will go direct towards our Trust.
You will also be able to bid in the silent auction for the ultimate Brentford matchday experience, the opportunity to join our 2020/21 team photo, get your hands on a pair of signed David Raya's gloves and much much more. Take a look at the auction items and place your bids here.

Come on you Bees,

Brentford FC"
Some of us have bought tickets for the End of Season Awards. The club still has the money. Now they want an extra £5 to watch a virtual edition. Nice.
 

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No thanks the best virtual tour is in my mind (as long as I keep it).
The former players day is nice for them, but must rankle a bit with some fans - they were contracted employees after all, whereas how much more would a limited tour mean to some fans (say via a Charity raffle or something)
 

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I would have thought that it's enough that many have not asked for a season ticket refund for this season, the virtual tour IMO should have been a small thank you, not
asking for another £5
 

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I would have thought that it's enough that many have not asked for a season ticket refund for this season, the virtual tour IMO should have been a small thank you, not
asking for another £5
Money raised through this is going to the Brentford Community Sports Trust charity, not the club.
 

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