1. Why you
were looking forward to going to the
ground (or not as the case may be):
I had done many long trips away from home
but never done Hull. I like to do all the
newly promoted teams just in case I won’t
get to do it again in the near future.
Also, with Hull being so far away, it
gives you a proud, loyal feeling when you
do a 12 hour round trip on a cold, windy,
February, Tuesday night.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I went on the official supporters coach
with most other fellow fans due to the
fact the weather conditions were not great
around the country at the time. The
coaches park in a caged off area, at the
KC Stadium, totally separated from the
home supporters with great steel fences
surrounding this area. This penned off
area is to prevent the home supporters
coming near, this area really did have a
sense of security about it. Where the
coaches do park, you are right next to the
stadium which is very handy. Behind the
away end is a massive car park covering
acres of land. Here, home and away
supporters were parking here for a fair
fee of £5. Be warned though, as the car
park has an un-even surface and didn’t
look all too great prior to kick off.
Finding the stadium was fairly hard when
on the roads. Some newer stadiums are now
built a little ‘out of town’ like
Colchester and the ‘old’ Ricoh Arena for
example. With the KC Stadium, it is really
within Hull and is surrounded by many
buildings and not far from the city
3.What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before the game we went into a social club
just across from the massive car park
behind the away end named something like
Walton Rd Social. You have to pay £1 to
get in but in there you have about 6 big
TV’s showing Sky TV, a massive pool table,
cheap drinks and cheap food up for grabs
too. In here there are a lot of home fans
who kept themselves to themselves but were
in high spirits.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
First of all I was very surprised at how
different the KC Stadium looked to other
stadiums I had been to e.g. Derby, Cardiff
etc.. One side of the stadium is in
amongst woodland which is very unusual as
you’d normally expect an industrial estate
plonked in front of these modern stadiums.
The woodland hosted numerous pathways to
get to the stadium. The way they’ve
incorporated the stadium in this park was
something special, and I admire the
creators for not just dumping the stadium
on that car park I was saying about.
Another thing that was noticeable was the
floodlights. They had two circular shaped
structures on top of the East Stand that
was the stadiums dominant aspect.
Once in the stadium I was even more
impressed. The Main Stand, named the ‘West
Stand’ is a two tiered affair that curves
over slightly to fit in with the rest of
the three stands that are single tiered.
The West Stand was the stadiums
eye-catcher that impressed Saints fans.
The other three stands are near enough
identical and are slightly raised from the
playing action. So if you get row A, don’t
be fooled, as you’ll be a little above the
playing surface. At either end there are
two massive TV screens that are very
interactional when the 90mins is not
ticking by. Another thing to note is the
P.A system; this is one of the clearest
I’ve heard. One thing that was funny was
when the teams came out onto the pitch,
the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ is played full
blast. The concourse has some character
about it too. It was a nice gesture to put
permanent signs around saying ‘thank you
for visiting Hull’ and ‘Enjoy the game’.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game itself was nothing spectacular.
We (Southampton) ran out 1-0 winners
within what was a spicy atmosphere. Both
sets of fans were vocal all match. Towards
our left is the East Stand where half of
that stand is made up of the ‘hard core’
fans who like to stand and sing all match.
However I thought this area of the stadium
has unsavoury aspects as they were
taunting at us all match which made it, in
parts, a little intimidating. In fact,
half of this stand were not there to watch
the football, but were there to hurl
abuse, something I’ll be mindful of in
future visits. Reading through other
reviews it mentions the stewards being a
little over the top. I have to say, I tend
to agree as many were getting involved in
scuffles and were quite rude to some of
the visiting fans. However, nothing was
said to get u to sit down as 900+ Saints
fans stood all match. I got my hands on
one of the pies and, as what you’d expect
from up north, it was very good!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting out of the stadium itself took a
lot of time as the entrances to the stand
are at the back of the stand. The coaches
wait in the pens a small while to make the
Hull fans clear from the surroundings. It
does take a while getting back onto the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
out: Game attended:
Overall a good day out in one of the best
stadiums I’ve been to. The atmosphere was
great but a little unsavoury at times.
Highly recommend visiting this stadium.