COMMUNITY leaders believe Sunday’s FA Cup glamour tie against Liverpool will provide a much-needed boost for the town’s coffers.
The game at The One Call Stadium is already a sell-out with thousands of fans descending on Mansfield this weekend - spending money in and around the town centre as well as at the tie.
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is terrific news for Mansfield and will give a timely boost at a crucial time in the economic recovery.
“Not only will it result in thousands more people coming into the town to watch the game and spending their money in local pubs, shops and restaurants, but the profile that the town will get from the game being televised is something you can’t put a price on.
“English football has a global fanbase, which means that this match will bring the spotlight onto Mansfield on an international stage.”
Mansfield mayor Tony Egginton says it will be great to see so many people in the town centre over the weekend for the televised game.
“It’s going to be a full house, which is fantastic and the most important thing is that everyone behaves themselves and enjoys the game,” he said.
“I am sure like Mr Radford said on television last week, that the ideal would be a draw at Field Mill and a replay at Liverpool, where we would sneak in by the odd goal.”
Pubs and restaurants around the stadium are expected to be packed to the rafters on Sunday.
Martin Briggs, manager of The Talbot Inn on Nottingham Road, is expecting the pub to be about three times as busy as a normal league game.
“It’s going to be great, trade usually dies down in January, but Sunday is a really big day for the Talbot, we have all our staff on and expect to be massively busy,” he said.
“We have every single member of staff in and expect it to be busy from as soon as we open.During the match we have it live on television and we also expect people to be back in afterwards.”