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The Rise of Wrexham AFC: American Tourism in Chester

Tuesday, 24 October 2023
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In recent years, the historic city of Chester has witnessed a newfound popularity among American tourists. It’s not just the city's rich history, stunning architecture, or its proximity to the picturesque Cheshire countryside that has drawn visitors from across the Atlantic. Instead, it's the world of football, and in particular, the captivating story of Wrexham AFC that has become a magnet for American fans. But how did this charming city and the luxury five-star hotel, The Chester Grosvenor, become an essential part of the Wrexham AFC experience for American tourists?

The Hollywood Takeover: Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney
November 2020 marked a turning point in the history of Wrexham AFC when Hollywood A-listers Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, known for their acting careers and entrepreneurial endeavours, bought the football club. Their acquisition brought a wave of international attention to the Welsh club.

Reynolds and McElhenney decided to document their journey in a Netflix documentary series that has since taken the world by storm. The docuseries, titled "Welcome to Wrexham," chronicles their ownership journey and the transformation of Wrexham AFC. This documentary has undoubtedly contributed to the growing interest among American tourists in the club and the city of Chester.

Luxury in Chester
Chester, with its rich Roman and medieval history, serves as a picturesque backdrop to this captivating story. American visitors can stroll along the ancient city walls, explore the half-timbered buildings, and marvel at the stunning Chester Cathedral.

The Chester Grosvenor, located in the heart of Chester, offers the perfect blend of modern luxury and traditional elegance. Its proximity to the city centre and the football stadium makes it an ideal choice for football fans looking to make the most of their trip.

Useful Information 
Travel Time to Wrexham AFC The Racecourse Ground from The Chester Grosvenor:

By Car: Approximately 20 minutes
By Public Transport (bus): Approximately 30 minutes