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b2net Stadium, Chesterfield
Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011, 7.45pm
League Two
By Karl Jukes

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
I was looking forward to visiting Chesterfield to see what the new ground was like and to see also whether it was something a bit different to the normal kit box stadia that seem to be popping up all over the place. It was also a chance for me to cross another ground off my list on the way to the 92.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey itself was quite simple, I drove straight up the A38 and then the A61, which took me straight to the stadium, and managing to avoid any major traffic hold ups into the bargain. It was relatively easy to spot the ground with it being a night match, seeing the tell tale glow from the floodlights in the distance. Parking proved to be easy too, finding (with blind luck) free parking on the Stand Park car park behind the couple of industrial units opposite the Stadium, and from there it was a 150m walk to the ground.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Before the game I headed to the new Tesco store next to the ground, to grab a sandwich and a coffee from the in-store Costa Coffee, to help warm me up on a bitterly cold night.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground itself was very smart and immaculately clean, and just simple touches like the curved roof of the two stands gives it more character than some of the other new stadia. There was ample leg room as you'd expect from a new ground, and despite sitting in the front row, the view of the action was good.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game itself really surprised me, I was expecting a tight, tense battle between the top two sides in the division, but what followed can only be described as total domination from Chesterfield. They ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end with Jack Lester grabbing the pick of the goals. Twisting and turning in the box beating 2 or 3 defenders before firing past the helpless Nikki Bull in goal.

The atmosphere inside the ground was excellent, with all the noise coming from the Spireites behind the goal in the Karen Childs Stand. The stewarding was very relaxed, and the food/drinks on offer appeared to be the same sort of thing available at most football grounds, with prices around average.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground after the match was easy as you'd like. No traffic to really speak of, and after a short blast up the dual carriage way I was back at the junction for the M1 to head back home.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
This was one of the best trips of the season for me. It was very easy to get to and get away from at the end of the match, fantastic stadium with good facilities, great atmosphere from the home fans and superb football on offer too. A great night’s entertainment and it certainly won’t be my last trip to the b2net Stadium.

 

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