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MK Dons v Notts County
League Two

Friday, September 7th 2007, 7.45pm
By Glyn Berrington

We'd been for a look at the stadium under construction on a previous visit to the old ground, so knew how striking it is from the outside, but it is every bit as good as we envisaged.
 
Parked for free as recommended on the Denbigh Industrial Estate, less than 5 minutes easy walk away
 
Plenty of food and drink on offer in Asda next door (which was surprisingly quiet for a Friday night), even basic stuff like pie or pastie with chips and beans in the cafe
 
The stadium being raised on a plateau above its own car-park really is very impressive as you approach, then easy admission via the ticket-readers to the concourse from which the view over the pitch is excellent.
 
Plenty of food bars and a couple of alcohol-bars to choose from (we didn't try the latter so can't comment on prices) - usual standard football food fare, pies/pasties/sausage rolls/burgers and all at standard i.e. overpriced football tariffs (but half Wembley prices!)
 
You can walk around the concourse for around two-thirds of the stadium, until you reach the VIP area where a friendly steward halts your progress. The away fans are housed in a corner which is a bit of a shame as the area directly behind that goal remains empty!
 
Struggled to find a programme-seller, eventually a steward pointed us to them stood at the back of the concourse opposite the aisles, but they could do with being a bit more prominent.
 
The seats are JUST FANTASTIC, cushioned, ample width and legroom - in fact the only potential difficulty is that if the game were boring one might go to sleep.. We were in the top-priced seats from which the view was superb.
 
Good atmosphere generated by the vocal home fans, though we could do without the very small minority of idiots who choose to sit in the posh seats on the side and bait the away fans rather than behind the "Cowshed" goal with the real fans. The stewards eventually dealt with these "apprentice hards" about an hour into the game.
 
Dons ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to three unchallenged headers from dead balls, prompting the strong contingent of away fans to chant for their manager's head.
 
Very quick egress from both stadium and area afterwards made for a very enjoyable experience.
 

 

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