Newcastle Falcons rugby club bosses want to create two outdoor food and drink areas on match days, a hearing has heard.
The new zones, which would be located outside the stadium’s south stand and north west corner, would help fans stay socially distanced when supporters are finally allowed back.
If the plans are approved by the council, the areas could feature food vendors and bars open two hours before kick-off and one hour after full-time, but they will not be allowed to play music.
Eight neighbours in Kenton Bank Foot lodged objections against the scheme, with complaints about noise, people urinating against neighbours’ fences, and throwing bottles and cans into gardens.
The club has also asked for permission to host more drive-in cinema events in the car park of the Kingston Park ground.
Solicitor Richard Arnot said there was “no desire to upset or disturb anybody” and that the cinema events would have no alcohol served and no loudspeakers, with the sound instead coming through car radios via a Bluetooth connection.
Newcastle City Council will decide on the Falcons’ licence application within five working days of the hearing.