Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Southend United FC- Roots Hall

Visits: 1
Southend United 1-1 Bristol Rovers (League Two, September 27th 2013)
Stands I’ve Been in: South Stand Upper
Ticket Price (1st Official Visit): £19
Attendance (1st Visit): 5,489
Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-On-Sea, SS2 6NQ

Transport

I had been informed there was plenty of street parking near the ground, but arrived late and was struggling…until I stumbled on Prittlewell Chase, which had tons of free parking bays 
along the side of the dual carriageway, even so close to kick off.

Main reception

Food & Drink

The ground is very well placed just off a main road, so plenty of pubs and places to eat only a couple of hundred yards away. I had a pizza from Super Pizza…it was alright, I certainly wouldnt say Super! Inside the South Stand, awful. Just one food kiosk to serve both tiers of the South Stand. There were bars in the upper tier though, they were just deserted, so its not like there was nowhere for them, and as a result of only having one kiosk, the queues were obscene.

The double decker South Stand

Inside the Ground

Classic old style English ground, with 4 unique stands! The West and North Stands with their big old fashioned barrel roofs, and the East a typical Main Stand, all given a bit of variety by the narrow two tiered South Stand behind the goal. The South Stand was reminiscent of the School End at Loftus Road, only its just about small enough to get away with it.

The East Stand

Atmosphere

Nothing to write home about, but it wasnt bad either. There was a group of Southend fans in the West Stand making most of the noise, while the Rovers fans were quiet for much of the game, they could make some noise when they got going.

The West Stand

Anything Else


Bristol Rovers fans in the North Stand

Overall

Its only really the awful refreshment facilities that let it down really, as otherwise, it was a quality little lower league ground.

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