Leicester City v Plymouth Argyle
Saturday, November 11th 2006, 3pm
By Sam Coumbe
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)
As soon as the fixtures came out for the season I knew that this was one I had to visit. It is a relatively new stadium and although lacks a bit of character I though it would be a very enjoyable day out for my first game of the new season.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking
I came via the official supporters coach but we had no problems finding the ground and although it is a little way off the motorway it was well signposted. Their appeared to be a large car park outside of the ground although the coach was able to stop just next to the stadium without any problems.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
The home fans seemed to be very friendly towards us (Argyle fans) and I was able to walk around the ground freely without any trouble. There is a large selection of pies, burgers and sausage rolls within the concourse as well as the famous walkers crisps which although quite pricey the pies were okay temperature and certainly eatable.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground.
The outside of the ground was very impressive with the glass front the first thing you see having come through the town centre. Inside all the stands are singled tiers and are about an average size for championship stadiums. Away fans are housed in the corner of the Lineker stand where as you would expect from a new stadium the view and leg room are of a high quality. The ground is similar to Southampton’s St Mary’s. On the downside there are a section of Leicester Fans in the corner of the Alliance and Leicester stand who persist in shouting and abusing the away fans for the whole 90 minutes which can get very annoying.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
Argyle went behind early on but a goal form Lillian Nalis against his former club brought the scores back to 1 – 1. In the second half Leicester took the lead again after a slip from Marcel Seip but Barry Hayles equalized in the last minute to send us back to the West Country with a point. The atmosphere created by the 1,500 or so Plymouth fans was excellent, shame the Leicester fans could only sing for all of 2 minutes when the scored their first goal. The stewards were very helpful and seemed very relaxed on the “standing rule”. The toilets as expected from a new stadium were very good although there was about a 5 minute wait to get in.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game
Plymouth fans were able to leave the ground straight away and there was no problem getting back on the supporters coach although it does take a while to get away from the ground and it can take a good 25 minutes to get back on the motorway.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Overall I was very impressed with Leicester’s new stadium and although we only got a draw it was a good point to take with us on our long journey home.
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