The Groundhopper had their cover blown last season so has passed the mantle on to “The Snoop” and using last season as a guide they have rated the Abbey Stadium in last week’s fixture.

CategoryScore Comments
First Impressions of the stadium, parking, ease of entry.8The Abbey Stadium is located in a built-up area and so parking nearby is difficult. Coaches dropped off outside and passengers had to walk around to the opposite side of the stadium along the footpath by the brook. The ground has a capacity of just over 8,000 and away fans were allocated all the South Stand. Entry into the ground was quick with searches being conducted.
Food & Drink, range, quality, price.7There were two kiosks both serving the usual football fayre. The kiosk behind the stand also sold alcohol. The kiosk in the open area at the side of the stand sold a variety of hot food including chips and reasonably priced. It was £5 for a pint this season which reflects the increase that we’re likely to see throughout. The bar had pre-poured lager & bitter with reports from some fans that their pint was flat.
View from your seat, any poles in the way, obstructed view, seat broken?8The view from the South Stand behind the goal was unobstructed, and we had the sun behind us. Wheelchair users are located on a platform at the front of the same stand
Home team support, was it a library, good banter between the fans?7The attendance for this fixture was 6,588 which was a slight increase on last season. Home fans could be just about heard.
What were the stewards like, helpful and friendly or jobsworths?8The stewards we encountered were very friendly & helpful. There were also staff with “here to help” signs in the away concourse.
Toilet facilities, clean and well equipped with hot water, disgusting.5On our last visit reports regarding the ladies and gent’s toilets weren’t good. They’re still poorly lit and there was no improvement on their maintenance. There wasn’t any hot water and the hand dryers still don’t work.
Ticket pricing, did the price reflect the facilities of the ground?9An adult ticket was £22 last season and I think I paid the same again which is likely to be one of the cheapest in League 1. 
Ground facilities, half time service, did they let fans outside at halftime?8The concourse area is to the side and behind the stand. There’s plenty of room but it’s open to the elements although this wasn’t an issue during a heatwave. Fans were allowed to smoke in a controlled area.
Match atmosphere, did the Dons fans give good support?8There were 1,405 Dons fans in attendance (43 less than our last visit) and they didn’t make quite as much noise although the drum was present. I don’t recall any banter coming from the home fans, but it was hard to hear them.
Ease of exit, did the carpark clear quickly, traffic around the stadium?6Our departure away from the stadium was very slow in heavy traffic, nothing changes.
Any other observations or comments that may have affected your scoring?
Name – The SnoopTotal Score out of 10074/100

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