1. Why were you looking forward to
going to this ground?
This for me, and as it was for many,
was a visit to a new stadium to tick off.
Unfortunately I did not get the chance to visit
Saltergate so I am unable to compare
differences. Also the game was a massive
relegation 'six pointer', so it was one to look
2. How easy was your journey?
Travelling with the supporters club
by coach the trip was easy. Leaving at 7.30am and
arriving at the ground just before 1pm.
With the roads not being over busy we
were able to take a second stop as we were well
ahead of time.
3. What did you do before the game,
On arrival at the ground i took a
visit to the club shop to purchase a match day
programme for £3 before heading to the Derby
Tup, just 5 minute walk from the ground. I had
arranged to meet some friends from the area there
and sample many of the different ales they had on
offer. It was a small pub but very friendly and
reasonably priced, and it seemed to be both home
and away fan friendly.
4. What you thought on seing the
ground, first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
My first thoughts on seeing the
ground were impressive, very modern and quite
spacious. Away fans are housed in the North Stand
and no matter where you sat you get a very good
view and there is also plenty of leg room. I was
told if your club takes a small
away following then they are likely to be sat
in one of the side stands (can't remember which
the steward said), but with our 309 supporters and
large Adam Stansfield tribute shirt we filled
about three quarters of the stand. The South Stand
almost mirrors the North Stand and the East and
West stands are almost similar to those of
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, refreshments, toilets?
The game itself was competitive and
to the delight of the away fans, Exeter scored
twice in the last 10 minutes in a 2-0 win. Which
resulted in a move away from the relegation zone.
The atmosphere was excellent with banter
flowing between both sets of supporters,
stewards were helpful and unobtrusive. The
refreshments were averagely priced with a good
range of food and drink. If you smoke the stewards
will open an exit gate behind the North
Stand at half time.
6. Comment on getting away after the
Getting away afterwards was easy as
the coach was parked just behind the East Stand,
took about 20 mins to leave the stadium and get
through the town before getting onto the motorway,
leaving just after 5pm, arriving back home at
7. Summary and overall thoughts of
A great away day with friendly home
fans, a good pub, new stadium, three much needed
points and a great atmosphere on the journey home.