stadium:mk MK Dons v Portsmouth League One
Saturday, October 6th 2012, 3pm
By Martin Rawlings
Why you were looking forward to
going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
I was looking
forward to it as I do with every new
ground. Rumours were that there
would be a lot of Portsmouth fans
travelling so the atmosphere would
be good. All the reports on the
stadium that I have read, have all
been very positive.
2. How easy was your journey/finding
the ground/car parking?
Very easy up the A34 then the M40
getting off at the Cherwell Valley
junction following the signs to
Buckingham then Milton Keynes. We
were at the ground before 12 noon so
parking was very easy on the road in
an industrial estate opposite the stadium.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Having a bit of time
on our handsm we
followed the advice
on this website and walked to Fenny
Stratford. We went to the Red Lion
pub, which is close to Fenny
Stratford railway station.
This pub had a great selection of
real ale, but no food. However there was
a chippy down the road and the
landlady was happy for fans to eat
their fish and chips
in the beer garden. There
were more away fans than home, but
not so many that it started to
become difficult to get served. The
pub is probably about a 20 minute
walk from the ground.
Around the stadium there is more
food than you can wish for. On the
site there is a KFC and a McDonalds.
There is also a Domino’s opposite
the away end. Plus there
is an Asda opposite the home end and
a Tesco close by as well, both of
which have cafes.
4. What you thought on seeing the
ground, first impressions of away
end then other sides of the ground?
The ground from both outside and in
has an unfinished feel. The top tier
is still unfinished, with no seating
in place. Outside there is still a
lot of temporary fencing around the
5. Comment on the game itself,
atmosphere, stewards, pies,
I didn’t eat or drink at the ground.
Atmosphere was good in our end.
Seats were big with loads of leg
room, not that it mattered as
everybody stood most of the game.
The view is
great, and if you went for a drink
or food you could still watch the
game from the concourse. Stewards
seemed understated. They did ask a
couple of guys to leave, I heard
they threw a couple of fans out for
smoking in the toilets. The man in
front of us was totally hammered to
the extent that he vomited. You did
wonder how he got through, in the
first place in that state, but he
was left with little or no fuss.
6. Comment on getting away from the
ground after the game:
Fantastic because we were so early
and parked so close, we were in our
car and gone while most people were
still walking back to theirs. We got
away very quickly indeed.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of
the day out:
Really enjoyed it, it will be a
first class stadium when it is
finished. But you
don’t get a lot of atmosphere from
the home fans.
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