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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|First Impressions of the stadium, parking, ease of entry.
|The 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.
|The 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?
|Tier 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?
|The 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?
|The stewards were friendly and helpful. As previously mentioned, they directed fans to the lift.
|Toilet facilities, clean and well equipped with hot water, disgusting.
|The toilet blocks were clean and well maintained. There was hot water.
|Ticket pricing, did the price reflect the facilities of the ground?
|It 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?
|The 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?
|I’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?
|Home 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 – Groundhopper
|Total Score out of 100