Britannia Stadium - Stoke City
Premier League v Manchester City
Tuesday, January 26th 2010, 7.45pm
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
I was looking forward to mainly hearing the mighty Potters support. They were the loudest fans in the league by statistics, and they definately proven this. The noise that the home fans produced was amazing, on a few occasions in the match I think the blue army matched it!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The ground is really easy to find! Straight off the M6 junction and it is there. I travelled by car and it took about 45 minutes from Manchester. There was plenty of parking that cost £5, only a few minutes walk from ground and right near the away stand.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
There is a pub right next to the ground called "The Harvester", it is very family friendly, with a mix of home and away support. I didn't see any trouble in the pub, or outside the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
I liked the look of it, it looked very modern from the outside. The entarnce to the away end is closed in, so only away fans can get near the turnstiles. There is one way into the ground for away supporters, and one way out which made the fans feel safe. I thought the stadium looked bigger on the outside than it actually was on the inside.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The game was quite poor (the referee sent Adebayor off for a nothing! Which upset the City fans!). It finished 1-1, but it was a boring game really. The atmosphere was fantastic, both supporters got behind there team and wwere singing the hearts out. There was a scuffle between a few young Man City supporters and the stewards, which I thought was handled well by the stewards. The stewards were friendly, me and my cousin got talking to one of them and he was friendly. I didn't have a pie, but I had a sausage roll and that was delicious! The toilets were a bit scruffy but did the job! Also, there were a few queues to wait for the food, but you have to wait everywhere nowadays!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
This was probably the worst bit of the day! It didn't help drawing 1-1 in a win-able match, but there was lots of traffic on the way out. As there is only one way out it was a bit of a wait, but when you get going it flies by! There was no trouble leaving the ground, and I didn't feel intimidated by the Stoke supporters as they were all fairly friendly!
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Fantastic day out, perfect for taking young children! Fairly cheap ticket prices!
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