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Bramall Lane
Sheffield United v
  League One
  Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 5.20pm
Jake Smith
(Stevenage fan)

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

I was looking forward to my visit to Bramall Lane as it is a ground I had yet to visit, and was feeling confident about a result after we beat the Blades at home earlier in the season

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

I traveled to the game on a minibus with some friends, so it was quite easy to get to to the ground for me as our driver wasnt actually going to the match so he simply dropped us off and picked us up when the match was finished, although if you are planning on driving to the game you may have to park quite far away as the ground is in the city centre so parking spaces are few and far between.

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

When I got to the ground I went straight in as it was only half an hour or so until kick off, but there were plenty of home fans still entering too, and they didn't give the Stevenage fans any trouble

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

Although the ground looks impressive from the inside, I have to say from the outside it certainly doesn't look as good as it could do, perhaps if they painted it the ground would look a little better? The away end is a good modern stand, as for the home end i wouldn't like to sit on the Kop as the supporting pillars look like they could be an annoyance if you were unfortunate to have to sit behind one

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

The game was a good one, and even though it was on Sky just over 30,000 packed into Bramall Lane to watch the clash as it could decide both teams fates come the end of the season. Although we threw away a 2-0 lead we still drew and looked to have all but booked a place in the play offs, which is incredible as when Sheffield United were playing in the Premiership we were a non league club! The stewards weren't too fussy and just did there job as expected. The food in the ground is a little over priced but it wasn't the worst food I've had at a ground, and the toilets were just okay, nothing more nothing less.

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

After the game me and my friends went into the city for a few drinks before setting off home again, so when we finally left Sheffield there was no traffic at all. Even though we had just played Sheffield United there wasn't many of there fans to be seen at all, surprisingly there were more Sheffield Wednesday fans celebrating there victory over Brentford earlier in the day.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

An almost perfect day out in term of the result, although the ground failed to impress me enough to want to go back, although should we play Sheffield United in the play offs this season, I may consider making the journey again. 

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