Stadium of Light

Our intrepid away day reporter Groundhopper made the long trip up to Sunderland and even tackled the never-ending stairs at the Stadium of Light just for our benefit, checkout the review.

After 20 away games in League & Cup, Shrewsbury Town still sit top of the D & M League Table with AFC Bournemouth still propping up the rest.

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CategoryScore Comments
First Impressions of the stadium, parking, ease of entry.9The Stadium of Light has a capacity of 49,000 and certainly isn’t an average League One ground. Storm Eunice had made the long trip difficult for some, but our journey was uneventful. Coaches parked in a side road close to the ground whilst those driving were parked further away. We were in the upper 3rd tier of the Carling Stand and it’s a long old climb up numerous flights of stairs to get there. Stewards made a point of offering the use of the lift to supporters who may have found the stairs challenging.  
Food & Drink, range, quality, price.7The kiosk served the standard pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs, hot & cold drinks & alcohol which was reasonably priced. The alcohol was served from bottle or cans into plastic cups. Some reported that their lager was stale. 
View from your seat, any poles in the way, obstructed view, seat broken?7Tier 3 is in the roof of the stand with two tiers below occupied by home supporters. The stairs are steep making it a juggle to carry soft drinks in the plastic cups which didn’t have lids. The view of the pitch was unobstructed but somewhat distant. 
Home team support, was it a library, good banter between the fans?6The attendance for this fixture was 30,451. Home fans were mainly heard to whinge and only made some noise when they equalised.
What were the stewards like, helpful and friendly or jobsworths?8The stewards were friendly and helpful. As previously mentioned, they directed fans to the lift. 
Toilet facilities, clean and well equipped with hot water, disgusting.8The toilet blocks were clean and well maintained. There was hot water.
Ticket pricing, did the price reflect the facilities of the ground?6It was £26 for an adult which is higher than the average League 1 ticket.
Ground facilities, half time service, did they let fans outside at halftime?7The concourse area is located on level 3 with TVs to view the early kick-off, but the picture was very poor and hardly watchable. Unsurprisingly fans weren’t allowed downstairs to smoke
Match atmosphere, did the Dons fans give good support?8I’ve been unable to establish how many Dons fans were in attendance but our allocation of 600 tickets didn’t sell out. However, they made plenty of noise without the drum. I don’t recall any banter coming from the home fans.
Ease of exit, did the carpark clear quickly, traffic around the stadium?6Home fans had virtually all dispersed whilst Dons supporters were still applauding the win. Traffic was very slow leaving the area.
Any other observations or comments that may have affected your scoring?
Name – GroundhopperTotal Score out of 100   72/100

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