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Oxford City Stars Reach Parking Deal

30th March 2017    News

Oxford City Stars is excited to announce to all fans old and new that Oxford City Council has approached the club with a parking deal reflecting the huge growth of Ice Hockey as a spectator sport in the centre of Oxford.

With parking being a premium in the City since the rink’s opening in 1984, many representatives from Oxford City Stars have tried to open up Oxpens Road car park to its fans at a reasonable rate. Councillor Linda Smith has been working on behalf of the clubs fans since their concerns over charges were once again raised earlier this season, and in tandem with other council representatives and officers was able to provide a satisfactory solution to the problem. Councillor Smith said, “Oxford Ice Rink is a fantastic council-owned leisure facility and Oxford City Stars has an important role in helping to us make it a success. I’m pleased to have been able to work with colleagues responsible for Oxpens car park to come up with this special promotional tariff for spectators at their home matches. I hope it will help the club to grow its support base and go from strength to strength through encouraging even more people to visit the rink”.

The offer will be a special tariff of £5 for 5 hours of parking from 5pm until 10pm during Oxford City Stars fixtures at Oxpens Road. This special tariff will be accessed via Ringo, either through a telephone call or the mobile app, using a unique code which will only be active on the nights of Oxford City Stars home matches. This special code will be made available to Stars fans on each match night. The offer will be launched in August, and will be in place for the whole of the 2017/2018 season.

Club Director James Schall declared: “This is a huge win for our fans and also importantly any away fans that want to come to our city but feel priced out of travel. This reduced charge is a really positive act from Oxford City Council and recognises the massive growth of Ice Hockey in recent seasons, something I am sure they are wanting to celebrate and help develop further”.

Fellow Director Russell Shrives added: “I’d like to thank Linda for her work in establishing this opportunity, it’s another positive step in the way Ice Hockey is being perceived in the wonderful city of Oxford, and I’m excited about the opportunities this gives us to expand our already blossoming support”.

With parking options locally and excellent rail links to Oxford railway station from Bicester, Kidlington, Didcot and Thame, the Stars are poised to shine next season with even more fans attending games from across the county.

 

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