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Tannadice Park
Dundee United v Aberdeen
Premier League
Saturday, April 6th 2013, 3pm
Ben Mackenzie
(Aberdeen fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to the visit as I had been once over a year ago and the atmosphere that day was incredible, so for the entire month before the game I was looking forward to it, it was also 'a top six decider' as Kimarnock lost at home to Dundee therefore one of the teams at Tannadice had to win to get a top six place, or a draw would see Kilmarnock get the top six. There was a huge travelling support expected with added to my excitement for the game.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I was travelling on a supporters bus and didn't pay much attention but parking was easy enough for cars and buses and finding the ground is easy.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I actually went and got something to eat as I hadn't had anything and they were accepting of away support however we were asked to leave the Tesco because we were wearing the away support colours but other than that there were no problems.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

When you first see the ground it looks very impressive and outside it maybe even appears bigger. I was seated in the West Stand which is given to Aberdeen when we visit because we sell so many tickets, I had previously bought tickets and entry through the turnstile was fine but I was surprised there were very few turnstiles to get into the stand, probably because it is a small stand. The seats in the West Stand are well kept and it is quite a nice small stadium, the two double-tiered home stands looked in good condition.

View From The Away Stand

View From The Away Section

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

It was a scrappy game and the atmosphere was brilliant in the away end. The home crowd didn't sing all game but in fairness, they are much more vocal when they come to Pittodrie. The stewards were trying to pick out the smallest things to give people into trouble, but that seems to happen at every ground in Scotland now. The snack bar was one small stall which I didn't bother joining the large queue for and I would expect that they sold out pies immediately, again the facilities are more adequate for when the stand isn't so full, but as we sold it out, the facilities just weren't enough, but there isn't anything they could do about it.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took a very long time to leave through the thin exits, again the stand was too small for the sell-out and leaving Dundee seemed to take far too long but overall Dundee United did their best to help us and I'm sure it is much easier to leave when there isn't such a big away crowd.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I loved the day out largely because of the atmosphere, but losing the game to a 93rd minute goal did dampen the journey, but a few months on I've recovered as we managed to beat them 1-0 next time we played. A good away day that I would recommend.

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