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Liberty Stadium
Swansea City v Arsenal
Premier League
Saturday 28 September 2013, 5.30pm
Jack Richards
(Arsenal fan)

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

It was my first away game of the season and I had never been to Swansea before. It was a ground I had always wanted to go to since they were promoted.

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

We boarded the train from Birmingham at around 12pm and arrived in Swansea at around 3.30. A Police officer told us to zip up our jackets and gave us directions to the ground which proved to be extremely helpful.

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

There is a Frankie and Benny's outside the ground so we had a drink there. We wanted something to eat but the queues were massive. We couldn't find any burger vans so had to wait until we got into the stadium. The home fans seemed welcoming but we had a few dirty looks whilst walking to the turnstiles.

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

The ground looks brilliant and really stands out considering the area isn't the nicest. Outside the away end you are lead into a 'pen' and searched before entering. We spent around 1 and half hours in the concourse before finding our seats which were right at the back. The view of the playing field was excellent but the stadium looks like most of the flat-pack grounds you see nowadays.

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

The first half wasn't very exciting with both sides having not many chances. What I did notice however, was that the more vocal home fans were situated in the stand running along the side of the pitch, which is different as at most clubs they are usually behind one of the goals. We had to wait until just near the hour mark for a goal but it was worth it. We scored  a second but Swansea scored 9 minutes from the end so it was a nail biting last few minutes for the travelling Arsenal fans.

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

Our train from Swansea was at 19.32 so we had to leave 5 minutes early to get a taxi. Unfortunately we missed the train and had to get a later one to Cardiff, which meant getting back to Birmingham at around 1.15am. The Swansea fans at the station wished us good luck for the season and a safe journey home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a brilliant day out and a good game, although I'm not entirely sure that it was worth the money we paid for travel. It is a ground I probably won't be visiting again in the near future.

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