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Milton Keynes Dons v
Saturday, October 6th 2012, 3pm
League One
Martin Rawlings
(Portsmouth fan)

1. 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 Dominoís 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 site.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

I didnít 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 donít get a lot of atmosphere from the home fans.

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