1.Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the
case may be):
This was to be my first trip to Wembley, and as Villa had not been
to a final since 2000 it was a great chance at winning a trophy. Having
seen the cost of the new Wembley and having heard so much about the place,
I was keen to see it for myself.
2. How easy was your
journey/finding the ground/car parking:
In a word, very. We travelled with Chiltern Railways directly from
Birmingham to Wembley stadium station. The journey took under two hours
and we were there by midday. The stadium is visible from the station and
is a very short walk (2-3 minutes). From other areas there are trains to
Marylebone which is only a short journey to Wembley stadium station.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Having arrived early, we decided to grab something to eat around the
ground before going in. We decided against finding a pub as it was obvious
that any near to the ground were very busy and we would be lucky to get in
anywhere, let alone be able to get to the bar. Some of our friends went to
Harrow on the Hill for a few pre match drinks which is more advisable than
trying to get in around the ground.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end
then other sides of the ground?
The stadium is very impressive in
terms of size, there is no doubt about that. However, I was not too
impressed in terms of atmosphere. I found the ground rather dull to look
at, despite the impressive arch (which looks very impressive from Wembley
way). Inside the stadium, there are escalators to get to the top
tier, which is impressive and also something I have never seen at a
football ground previously. We had a seat very high up, but this did not
take anything away from the view, which was superb. We opted to get
something to eat and a pint inside the stadium. This was overpriced (I
donít think £4 a pint can ever be justified) but not bad in terms of
quality in comparison to other grounds visited.
5. Comment on the
game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
itself was a good one, and despite the fact Villa lost, it was a good day
out. The atmosphere inside the stadium was good when both sets of fans
wanted to make noise. However, the atmosphere would be vastly improved if
it wasnít for the ring of corporate seating around the middle of the
stadium, which parts the supporters. This seems to be in a ridiculous
place spoils the atmosphere. The toilets were well kept and clean, and
there were also a lot of them, making this easy. The quality of food was
OK but too overpriced. Stewards were friendly and relaxed, happily showing
people to their seats.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
first, this looked as though it would be chaos. We were queuing down the
road to get to Wembley stadium station. This was just our fans as the
Manchester United fans were in the stadium watching their team collect the
trophy. Although it seemed disorganised, it actually wasnít and within 40
minutes of leaving the ground we were on a train on the way back
Birmingham. The station was well organised and clearly set out which
platforms were for which directions.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Excellent day out
overall Ė despite the result. The ground is impressive in terms of size
and the view was fantastic. The stewards etc were friendly and there are
lots of bars/toilets. Everyone has a good day and there were few
complaints. The stadium will be the envy of many around the world and is
worthy of being Englandís national football