Wembley Stadium, London
League One Play Off Final
Blackpool v Yeovil Town
Sunday May 27th, 2007, 3pm
By Damian Feeney
1.Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)
My son and I
journeyed to Wembley – for the first time – at the end of a season which
had seen Blackpool achieve first an unlikely play off spot, and then a
place at Wembley. There was the excitement of seeing Wembley for the first
time, as well as the chance of promotion to the Championship.
We travelled up from Haywards Heath, having driven to stay with relatives the night before. A Train to Victoria, tube to Marylebone, and a train to Wembley – all ludicrously easy and very cheap on a Sunday. Arrived very early, on what was a filthy day.
What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans
was amazing. We didn’t come up the traditional ‘Wembley Way’ route but up
the side. The Concourses are spacious, and the ground is visually
impressive from the outside. There is a sense both of tradition and
innovation both in the design of the ground and of some of the features.
As someone for whom the demolition of the Twin Towers was heresy, I have
to admit that the arch is breathtaking and can be seen from further
afield. Nothing prepared us, however, for the sight of the ground from the
inside. After gaining entrance we went through the refreshment/toilet area
and into the ground. We were assaulted by vibrant red everywhere which,
combined with the tangerine and green of the two sets of fans, made for a
riot of colour.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Fantastic. Wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I still question the location of the ground – London is still accepted unquestioningly as the centre of the universe, and Wembley is hardly central in London itself. Nevertheless what has been created will remain the benchmark in Football Stadium design for years, and is a wonderful venue for our show piece matches. I hope that occasionally England may again be persuaded to play the odd game north of Watford, but I fear (despite its success with the fans) that financial pressures (we’ve paid for it, may as well use it) will mean that Wembley is it from now on.
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