Japan v Sweden
Women's Olympic Football Tournament
Saturday 12noon July 28th 2012
By Andy Hutchcraft
supported (or neutral, or Doing the
Just there to savour the Olympics!
1. Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
As someone who has mainly visited
old grounds, I was looking forward
to seeing a new build, particularly
as it was hosting an Olympic event.
2. How easy was your journey/finding
the ground/car parking?
Journey from Peterborough along
the A14 then the M6 was perfect
until the slip road for the stadium
turn off, it was there that the
queues started. It took nearly half
an hour inching bumper to bumper to
get parked in one of
the designated Olympic car
parks about 20 minutes walk from the
ground. But the queue snaked right
past the stadium so I got to see a
good view early on. Signposting was
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Walked at top speed to the stadium
as we'd been warned that security
checks outside the ground could
create delays. But once at the
ground we walked in with no
problems, just a quick body search
from a security guard. Note: the
ground operates a barcode turnstile
to allow you through.
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away
end then other sides of the ground?
The ground itself was exceptional.
We had an excellent view of the
action despite being
situated towards the corner.
Concourses beneath were wide, and
access areas plentiful. The tannoy
was suitably booming, and the big
screen in the corner was very
easy to see. The clear roof gave a
wonderful sense of light on what was
a sunny day.
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies,
The game ended 0-0 but not for the
want of trying, certainly by the
Japanese who missed several great
chances. The skill level of the
teams was very high, the killer
instinct in front of goal perhaps
not quite so high. Atmosphere was
great as you'd expect for an Olympic
tournament, with many families and
obviously many foreign visitors in
attendance. Queues for food at half
time were long, but the food was of
excellent quality, and the toilets
plentiful if somewhat spartan
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Left for the 20 minute walk
back to the car park, getting
away was far easier than
getting parked, back on the motorway
in no time.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
It was always going to be something
of a unique experience seeing an
Olympic event in a British
stadium, and the experience was
wonderful. Coventry City have got a
great asset with that ground which
is certainly Premier League
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