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Wembley Stadium
League One Play Off Final
 Millwall v Swindon Town

Saturday, May 29th, 2010, 3pm
Vincent Ryan

(Swindon Town fan)

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

First trip to the new improved Wembley and the first ever visit for my two children.

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

Parked at Denham and used Chiltern railways - excellent service and easy to get to the stadium.

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

Millwall fans were not at all friendly. It was a case of just getting to the ground safely. 

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

It was pouring with rain, didn't want to risk hanging about outside, not many stalls etc. anyway. Upon entering was very impressed with the view from the upper tier, legroom and seats. The size of the stadium is also impressive.

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

Stewards were generally friendly and helpful, however the atmosphere was quiet/tense and never picked up even though the attendance was over 73,000. The pitch is terrible. Millwall deserved to win on the day, no complaints about the result although as said before their fans attitude left a sour aftertaste. Not enough Police on duty. Toilets were o.k. Did Wembley run out of paint or ideas for the inner areas? Why is everything so grey?

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

We were all processed efficiently and without too much fuss.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Mixed. Wembley is an impressive, efficient and reasonably comfortable modern building. So is the local Tesco / Asda / Sainsbury's. We have replaced a beautiful listed structure with character with another soulless structure in the middle of a North West London suburb. Should have kept the original and built the new stadium by the NEC. Wouldn't return for a football match, especially with their current pricing - it might be better for concerts.

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