1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be):
Like many Stevenage
fans, I was looking forward to going because it
was a new stadium in League One to experience. When the fixtures
came out, at the start of the season I remember
saying that I would definitely go to
Scunthorpe as it would be a really good
day out. It would also be really good to see
Boro play a team which
had been relegated from the Championship last
season. It still wasn't that long ago, when we
were playing the likes of Grays Athletic in the
2. How easy was
your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey to Scunthorpe was very simple really.
We drove all the way up the A1 which took about
three hours from where we live. There was little
traffic which also made the journey much pleasant.
To be honest finding the ground was really easy!
As you approach the Retail Park you can see the
floodlights from down the bottom of the dual
carriageway. The parking was also very easy as
there were so many parking spaces in the
Retail Park which to be honest is really just like
take your pick! On the other hand we opted to park
on the road outside the Reisure Park where there
was a long row of parking spaces.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Before every game that we go to with Boro, we like
to take a walk around the stadium and get a feel
for it. The home fans were very
friendly, they seem like a very nice bunch of
people who love their team and have a lot of
passion for their football. There we a few
Scunthorpe fans that we had a good conversation
with before the game and they were very welcoming.
I remember one of them even offering to buy us a
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
I was actually quite surprised really! From the
outside the stadium looks like a League Two or
Conference stadium at first glance. The away stand
is a nice stand which I think holds just over
1,600. The view is really good and you have a bit
of leg room, even if you are over 6 foot tall like
me. There is only one bit of advice that I would
offer for fans attending a game at Scunthorpe in
the winter and that is to take your coats, scarfs,
gloves and hats. The wind blows right through the
stand, making an already cold day a freezing one!
So wrap up well.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Other than the really windy conditions that
wrecked some of the play, the game was a good
match. After just losing our manager to Preston we
were just happy to settle with a point. The first
half was a bit of a dull, other than Luke Freeman
missing a sitter for us just before half time.
The second half was much better though. Scunthorpe
scored literally at the start of the second half
which was disappointing, but we salvaged a point
at the death when Darius Charles equalised, with a
really good turn and shot.
The facilities were average, the only bad thing
about it is that it's really hard to find the
toilets! The concourse underneath stand is good
with televisions showing a live game if there is
one on. The atmosphere from their fans was not the
best. They didn't really sing so our fans had to
up it by singing load and hard. The food inside
the stadium is really good though! The pies which
are priced at just below two pounds are delicious.
I would have to say that they are the best for
pies maybe in the whole Football League.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Getting away from the stadium after the game was
very easy. Really it's just a walk out of the
entrance and then it is just all about finding
your car! Probably the easiest stadium to get away
from after the game by a long shot. Everything is
set out to perfection really around the ground.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out
Well Scunthorpe away was an amazing day out!
Fantastic supporters, parking and view
inside the stadium. For me it was a brilliant due
to the fact that we had picked up a
point, even after losing our Manager. If I get the
chance to go to Scunthorpe again, then I would
have no hesitation in doing so.