Morecambe v Rotherham United
Saturday, August 14th 2010, 3pm
(Rotherham United fan)
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to this as soon as the fixtures came out, it transpired to be the first league game at the new ground. Also living ‘overseas’ I have to pick and choose games somewhat.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We travelled by train and arrived a few hours before the game. There were plenty of pubs and places to eat around the sea front near to the station, although the sea front itself has certainly seen better days. There were no other football fans in the town at the time other than those from Rotherham arriving on the train so I presume there are other options closer to the ground. As kick off approached we took a taxi to the ground which took 10 minutes and was approx £7.
3. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The ground itself is very smart, with a terrace behind each goal and a Main Stand down one side. The opposite side of the ground is a very bizarre affair resembling a brick wall with a few steps infront. One of the most apparent issues with the away end is the lack of space between the back of the stand and the perimeter wall. You could literally just walk past another person shoulder to shoulder it was so narrow, and considering this is where the food outlets and toilets are the congestion is severe. We had only brought around 600-700 that day so I’d be interested to hear comments from fans with a larger support.
4. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game itself was a lively 0-0 draw with both teams going close. A relatively good atmosphere was created by our travelling support and the stewards were very low key. I can't comment on the food as I’d eaten in town beforehand.
5. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Possibly the most bizarre in my 25 years watching football!. As we left the ground in search of a taxi, an open top bus was in the car park to take the home fans to their supporters club near to the old ground. However on asking we discovered away fans were also welcome and the driver offered to drop us at the station. A fare of £1 was charged and an enjoyable banter filled journey was had by both sets of fans. I'm not sure if this is a regular thing or a one off but it was a novel way of getting back (I'm not sure how popular this would be on a Tuesday night in November however).
6. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out at a friendly club with a very nice new ground which has been built to meet a purpose whilst avoiding the concrete bowl design..
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