City Of Manchester
Monday January 11th
V Blackburn Rovers, Premier League
I had visited the stadium for the Commonwealth games in 2002
and I was fascinated to see how it had been converted into a football
I guess, as a Wycombe fan, I am used to having plenty of
parking on offer 10 minutes walk from the ground. At Eastlands
however the traffic around the ground was chaotic for this evening fixture
and car parking options difficult to find. The snow lying in most car
parks and alongside most of the roads didnít help but Iím guessing that
the experience is similar on a warm Saturday in April.
I had booked
my ticket online and had to collect it from the shop on the North side of
the ground. The collection point however was chaotic with people
purchasing tickets for other matches and buying memorabilia from the
shop. What I thought was a leisurely stroll to a pre-match drink
turned into a frustrating wait and a dash for my seat Ė there has to be a
It is a new build but has a certain character due to
the high sides and tiered design, probably better viewed from inside than
outside. My seat at the highest point on the east side of the ground
was however too far from the pitch to feel part of the experience (it
reminded me of being in the top tier of the new Wembley).
What made the occasion and justified the ticket price and queuing
was the goal-scoring of Carlos Tevez. The football was not great but
in Tevez City have a player worth the 400 mile round trip alone. The
home fans were in raptures which I guess made for a great atmosphere for
those within 30m of the pitch who werenít from Ewood!
equally challenging after the game in the immediate vicinity of the ground
however having parked on the west side of the ground it made for an easier
escape west to the M6.
Impressive stadium but diabolical ticket
collection system and make sure that you donít end up with a seat up ďin
Score: Manchester City 4:1 Blackburn Rovers
Ground No: 33 (of the
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