Having been to only one
'new' ground in my life which was the Ricoh Arena,
I was looking forward to seeing how Colchester's
relatively new ground would fair up against the
traditional old school grounds.
The journey to the ground was a simple one for
myself as I live on the outskirts of Ipswich I got
the train into Colchester and arrived two hours
before kick off. I decided after reading reviews
before hand on this Football Ground Guide website
to visit 'the Norfolk' pub. It served plenty of
different beers and ciders, and had Sky Sports on
in the background. The pub is mainly dominated by
Colchester fans, but after they spotted me in my
Yeovil shirt and then had 4 or 5 lads sit down
with us and have a drink and discussed the game
before hand. Fantastic banter between the two sets
of fans, As I left one of them shouted 'don't
worry about tonight, you'll thrash us the form we
are in' ...famous last words. The actual pub
itself was one of the best I've ever been to, it
was fantastic, next time I'm in Colchester I will
go back again.
The shuttle bus to the ground was very easy to
find and it took 10 minutes to get to the stadium
and not badly priced at £2.50. Nothing to really
complain about in that respect.
The stadium itself upon arrival looked very nice
from the outside. Very modern looking and well
equipped with a massive car park and overall very
nicely laid out, everything you would expect from
a new ground. When you go inside, then you can see
it is very modern and exactly what you expect from
a new stadium. They served alcohol and food. The
bar staff were friendly. Exactly what you want
when visiting an away ground.
As mentioned before, the Yeovil fans were situated
in part of the Jobserve Stand on one side of the
pitch. The view was good of the whole pitch. If
your side has a larger following then you may end
up sitting instead in the stand behind the goal.
Yeovil fans sang their hearts out for the full 90
minutes. Colchester supporters perked up a bit
after they took the lead and you could hear them
quite loudly after that and they cheered their
team on from that and won 2-0 on the night.
I had no issues with the stewards, you barely
noticed they were there. The atmosphere was a bit
flat at times but once it did pick up was okay. if
Colchester had a full ground week in, week out it
could be a very intimidating place to come visit.
It does seem the crowd react to how the team is
playing. The game itself from a Yeovil point of
view was awful, but for Colchester it was a
On leaving the ground there was a bit of a wait
for a bus, but no issues and once on board a
simple bus journey back to the railway station.
To some up my visit; brilliant pub, very nice
ground but could do with being full week in, week
out. It does like a waste of stadium being half
full and to be honest I can't understand why more
fans are not going to the new stadium, especially
when it only costs £2.50 on the shuttle bus to
travel to the game. I will differently in the
future go back to Colchester's ground given the
chance and hopefully next time we will get the