End of an era at Ipswich Town as Marcus Evans logos are removed from Portman Road stands
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The winds of change continue to blow at Ipswich Town, with the Marcus Evans logo removed from the Portman Road stands.
Work is ongoing at the home of the Blues today to remove logos from the outside of the stadium, with the Marcus Evans Group logo fixed to the back of three of the four stands during the former owner’s time at the helm, as well as on the club shop and other stadium buildings.
The logo has been a mainstay at Portman Road since the former owner bought the club at the end of 2007, with the emblem used as the Blues’ main shirt sponsor from 2008 to 2018.
But it’s all change at Portman Road this summer, following the club’s US takeover.
The Gamechanger 20 purchase – fronted by the Three Lions of Brett Johnson, Berke Bakay and Mark Detmer and funded by the Arizona state pension fund – has brought new energy to the Blues, who are currently in the thick of a significant summer recruitment drive.
New CEO Mark Ashton and chairman Mike O’Leary, as well as the Three Lions, have spoken of the need to ‘give Portman Road some love’ and the Evans logos throughout the ground are likely to be removed prior to the start of the new season as part of that.
The new ownership have also suggested they are looking into the possibility of installing a big screen in the Portman Road fanzone, as well as inside the ground, in the future, while a safe-standing zone is also being explored.
Evans retains a five per cent stake on Gamechanger 20, which in turns owns around 90% of Ipswich Town Football Club. However the former owner has no longer has input into the running of the club.