1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as
the case may be)
It was my first
visit to Shrewsbury Town's new stadium, I
hadn't seen them since they won the Old
Division 3 back in 1994. I had heard quite
good reports that the stadium was improving
week by week and with it being the Christmas
period I thought I'd check it out.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I was advised to use one of the park and
ride services as the was going to be a
record crowd for a Shrewsbury Town game. I
parked at Oxon park and Ride paid £2 for the
bus which then took a 10-15 minute journey
to the stadium and drop me off outside
what is the home end (South stand).
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I had a walk around the stadium where I
noticed there was a almost perfect training
ground surface, reasonable size car park,
the club shop seemed very busy and rather
small considering its a new stadium. There
where 2 ticket offices one for home fans and
one on the away end for away fans. Behind
the away they were building a 5 aside power
league football complex with changing
facilities and a sports bar which will
probably get very busy on a matchday as
there are only two pubs within a 10 minute
walk of the stadium so I was told. the home
fans and away fans mixed with each other
outside the ground without any problems.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground.
All of the stands were of
similar size, all seated and
covered and design similar to that of
Darlington but without the corners filled
but not as big. To me the stadium
looks larger than the actual 9,875
capacity. Underneath the stands they
had widescreen plasma screens which
were showing sky sports live football this
gets you in the mood for football straight
away as you enter the stadium. Alcohol was
served under the stands and the food
was one of the best I have encountered at
any game I have been to, although the
prices were the same as most grounds.
On making my way to my seat the atmosphere
was building nicely , the home fans were
loud as were the away fans, the sound of a
crowd seems to echo, probably because the
ground isn't totally enclosed. On the down
side there is a reasonable size scoreboard
above the away end, this however only
shows the score and counts down which is a
bit disappointing as the tannoy system
wasn't the best to be heard from where I
was sitting. the seats themselves where
quite spacious, I'm 6ft tall and the only
place with more leg room I have been too
is the new Wembley.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The atmosphere was good as you would expect
with the ground well over 3/4 full, the game
was high tempo end to end stuff, with the
home side edging out the 10 man opponents
3-1. the stewards seemed very picky telling
people to sit down all the time. toilet
facilities were far better than I witnessed
at Gay Meadow although only one hand dryer?
As mentioned before the food was one of the
best I have had inside a stadium.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game
After the game I caught the bus back to Oxon
park and Ride this took a little long on the
way back around 20 minutes. The police close
off the road allowing fans to walk
down the middle of it over a railway bridge
which as I looked out of the bus window
reminded me of Wembley way a bit. All cars
parked in the car park wait while spectators
on foot and by bus are allowed to leave
first. this allows the stadium to empty
quite quickly and seems an efficient way to
exit a stadium this day and age.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Good game, good ground, good food, good
organisation but poor tannoy system and
scoreboard. 8/10 worth a visit.