Ewood Park - Blackburn Rovers
Saturday 23rd August 2008
V Hull City, Premier League, 3pm
I was travelling to see
Hull Citys first ever away game in the Premier League, we had won our
first game against Fulham and were looking a good team. I travelled to
Ewood park without a ticket as we were ensured there would be tickets
available on the door. Not that the Tigers don't take a lot of support but
Blackburn gave us the full stand.
We travelled by car
and found the stadium fairly easily, we came off the motorway and after a
roundabout we parked in the first available place which was a school on
the left, it didn't seem like there would be much other opportunities and
it was only £3. It was about a 15 minute walk to the stadium and
it was downhill, there were a few pubs on the way but we went straight to
the ground. Turned out that the car park was a good choice, as it wasn't
too bad to get out of after the game and we were back onto the motorway
in about 15 minutes.
Before the game we went to
get some tickets for the away end. It was very easy, the away end is the
first one we came to and it looked an OK stadium, quite large but not
spectacular. The tickets were available from a small queue and were very
cheap, only £6 for under 16's and £18 for adults (if I remember
We went into the stadium from there and you
had to use an electronic ticket reader to gain entry. Once inside it
was very cramped on the concourse there was a game on the TVs and I
got a very poor burger. Walking out into the stadium it was apparent that
there was three new stands and an old one to the right, we were in the
lower tier of the away end near to the large electronic score board. There
was some decent interviews on the screen however my hopes were dampened by
the extremely low amount of legroom. Luckily I had the end of the row so
could stick my legs into the aisle but my friends were not so lucky and
were complaining most of the game.
It was a decent game
and we got a very valuable point in a 1-1 draw. We equalised after only a
minute or two of Blackburn scoring near the end of the first half. I was
disappointed by the support from the Blackburn fans, for a team who won
the premiership not so long ago they have very poor support in numbers and
in voice. There was a little trouble with some young city fans in the
bottom corner having some banter with people in the nearby stand and were
duly ejected from the stadium however generally the stewards were
After clapping the team off we left the stadium
and had no trouble on the uphill walk to the car park, we got away in
quick time and rounded off an enjoyable day.
not a bad stadium but the poor atmosphere and the very poor leg room lets
it down. Not very good grub inside the stadium either. Easy enough to get
to and from the stadium though.
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