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b2net Stadium, Chesterfield
Chesterfield v Exeter City
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 3pm
League One
By Steve Ellis

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 forward too.
 
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, pub/chippy?
 
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 Huddersfield.
 
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 game?
 
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 9.30pm
 
7. Summary and overall thoughts of day out?
 
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.

 

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