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MBNA Thames Clipper

Date: 28th Jul 2016 | Posted in: Blog

MBNA hits the back of the net with its Floating Fan Zone

MBNA’s Floating Fan Zone has come to an end after sailing on the Thames for three and a half weeks, where it’s wowed passengers with its football-themed accessories and activities.

The specially converted MBNA Thames Clipper was set up as the world’s first floating fan zone to help celebrate our latest TV advert and as somewhere unique to watch the recent football championships on TV.  Since June 16th, over 64 hours of football have been watched by more than 50000 passengers on-board the Floating Fan Zone. The vessel remained in normal service the whole time.

To launch the Floating Fan Zone, we teamed up with the National Football Museum, who are based in Manchester, to mark the 50th anniversary of England’s 1966 World Cup victory and announce the launch of their 1966 World Cup Exhibition.

Passengers on board the Floating Fan Zone were encouraged to take a selfie with the iconic 1966 winning photograph, positioned to the rear of the Clipper, and join the social conversation by tweeting #66Selfie for a chance to win tickets to the final game on-board the Floating Fan Zone on 10th July.

There have also been a few surprises on Football Fridays, with club mascot visits, spot prizes up for grabs and even shirt giveaways all courtesy of Liverpool FC, West Ham and Arsenal.

Here’s a selection of some of the best social media comments about the event:

‘Brilliant way to spend the commute home.’

‘Floatable fun’.

‘Not “Probably” but definitely the best event in London. England vs Wales on the MBNA Floating Fan Zone.’

‘Wonderful time. And thank you.’

People being surprised on the Thames Clippers Floating Fan Zone

Thames Clippers passengers with Arsenal FC mascot

Group of people being surprised on the Floating Fan Zone