The Donny and Mooie Trophy Port Vale

By Groundhopper, MKDSA Roving Reporter

In this episode Groundhopper got to visit Vale Park for the first time since October 2018. Let’s see what they thought about it.

Port Vale
CategoryScore Comments
First Impressions of the stadium, parking, ease of entry. 8This was our first visit to Vale Park since since 2018. This is another stadium located in a residential area but there is parking available at the ground and nearby. The current capacity with safety restrictions is 15,036. The coaches park adjacent to the away end. 
Food & Drink, range, quality, price. 9Turnstiles didn’t open until 2pm but the stewards pointed us in the direction of the home pub ‘Tommy Cheadles’s’ which is by the away end and welcomes home and away supporters. The prices inside were very reasonable with hot food also on sale. Inside the ground the kiosk on the concourse sold hot & cold drinks, food & alcohol.
View from your seat, any poles in the way, obstructed view, seat broken? 7We were located in the Hamil Road Stand behind a goal where the view was partially obstructed by the roof support pillars and the overhanging scoreboard. Leg room was “tight”.
Home team support, was it a library, good banter between the fans? 6The attendance for this fixture was 6,696. There wasn’t a great deal of noise from the home fans, except for a cheer when they scored, and no exchange of banter.  
What were the stewards like, helpful and friendly or jobsworths? 8The stewards were very friendly, welcoming and helpful and there was more banter with them than the home fans.
Toilet facilities, clean and well equipped with hot water, disgusting. 8The toilets were clean and there was hot water. Free sanitary products available in the ladies.
Ticket pricing, did the price reflect the facilities of the ground? 6An adult ticket was £24 and it was reasonable for the facilities. 
Ground facilities, half time service, did they let fans outside at halftime? 7The concourse area is under cover, the area was clean, well lit and queues were quick. Yes, fans were allowed out to smoke and even drink beer, rather welcoming.
Match atmosphere, did the Dons fans give good support? 7There were 314 Dons fans in attendance for this fixture who tried to get behind their team but understandably found it difficult preferring to be negative. Port Vale do not allow drums in their ground.
Ease of exit, did the carpark clear quickly, traffic around the stadium? 8Exit from the ground to the waiting transport was easy. Departure from the immediate area was initially slow.
Any other observations or comments that may have affected your scoring?
Name – GroundhopperTotal Score out of 10074 /100

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