Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Stevenage FC- Broadhall Way

Visits: 2
Stevenage 2-1 Milton Keynes Dons (Johnstones Paint Trophy Southern Section 2nd Round, October 8th 2013)
Stevenage 0-4 Everton (FA Cup 4th Round, January 25th 2014)
Stands I’ve Been in: East Terrace, South Stand
Ticket Price (1st Official Visit): £10
Attendance (1st Visit): 1,456
Address: Broadhall Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG2 8RH

Transport

Once you get onto the A1(M), you cant miss it, the ground is well signposted from leaving at junction 7. There’s not a great deal of parking near the ground, none of the surrounding retail parks allow it, but there is a field called Fairfields across the dual carriageway from the ground where parking is allowed for free. Bit of a pain getting out afterwards, and an absolute bog after a downpour, but otherwise fine.

Welcome to Stevenage... 2013

Food & Drink

I was late getting to the game as there was an accident on the M1 on my first visit, so had to eat in the ground. Usually a bad move but glad I did…cheesy chips, with not melted cheese, but cheese sauce…epic taste sensation! Discover on my second visist that they dont sell them in the away end! Chicken burger was nice at least, so at least its a ground its not that bad to have to eat in the ground!

MK Dons fans in the South Stand

Inside the Ground

Brilliant little ground for its size and where Stevenage have come from. A long way for a team denied entry into the Football League in the 90s because their ground wasnt deemed good enough! First thing to note is that there are no restricted views in the ground at all, not a single pillar. Two new all seater stands, one down the side, and behind one goal for the way fans, a quality terrace running the length of the pitch down one side, and odd little North  Terrace, which has half covered and half uncovered standing. Excellent little ground with just enough development to make it modern, but enough character retained with the old to make it unique.

The Main Stand, as Stevenage celebrate a winning goal, 2013

Atmosphere

It was a JPT game, so I went in with very low expectations, only to be surprised. It was fantastic, especially in the second half when Stevenage turned the game around. So a bit of a surprise on my second, with the ground 400 over capacity, the atmosphere from the home fans was dire. Noise in the away end was stunning though.

The East Terrace, 2014

Anything Else

Some fairly unique musical choices going on to add to Stevenage’s uniqueness! Teams announced to Hawaii Five-O and Rocky, True Faith before the teams come out, then they walk out to S-Express!

The North Terrace, 2013

Overall

Excellent ground. Probably one of the best of its size Ive been to, if not the best. When you compare it to clubs and grounds of a similar size and stature, Accrington, Morecambe, Crawley etc. it leaves them all well behind. Location really spoils it though.

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