Swansea City v Tottenham
December 31st 2011,
Although I wasnít keen on going to a
match on New Years Eve, I was very keen to see
Swansea City's new stadium, as Iíd not been to
their ground before. Plus there are no
guarantees that Swansea will stay up this
season, so I decided to go. We left Sussex at
7am, there were four of us in the car.
Luckily for me I had driven to Blackburn
earlier this season so it wasnít my turn to
drive. Journey took four hours including
a stop for breakfast just over the Welsh
We had remembered to look up beforehand and
have the right money for the toll as you pay
as you go into Wales (but oddly not on the way
We found the ground very easily using this
guide and parked up in a designated car park
on the industrial estate opposite the
stadium. It cost £5 and seemed secure
enough. It was pouring with rain so we
went to the Harvester which is just in front
of the ticket office. Lots of space in
there for dining but the bar area is very
small and got packed very quickly. I ordered
some food to eat in the bar area, all standard
fare for Harvester and no sign of prices going
up for being a Southerner (which occasionally
happens at away games elsewhere). The locals
were very friendly and there was no sign of
animosity at all.
Easy enough to get into the ground, got body
searched going (not always done to us ladies
on away trips). The stadium is roomy and
pleasant although a little bland (you can tell
they lease it from the Council). The
view from the North Stand is excellent.
If you are in the lower tier youíll get wet
(if raining) but if you are upper tier you are
fine. I didnít eat nor drink in the ground.
Good amount of toilets (for the girls
The home fans were noisiest in the North East
Corner and sang the whole time with a variety
of songs, although the whole home crowd sprung
into life with their equalising
We stood the whole time and we werenít told to
sit down at any time although there is a
warning printed on your ticket.
When leaving the stadium, you werenít kept
separated from the home crowd, but this wasn't
a problem. There were lots of cars
parked badly/illegally on the industrial
estate so getting out was a major pain.
Next time I go Iíll use the park and ride
scheme which appeared to working well.
I enjoyed myself, a 1-1 draw was a fair result
so all in all, I hope they stay up so I can
visit again next season.