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Football Stadium News Recap – April 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News

Manchester City Back on Top

With their latest win against Burnley in the last match, Manchester City is back on the top of chart leaving Liverpool on second place. In contrast to the pathetic performances of the top four ranking teams, these top two teams are fighting tooth and nail for ceding their positions on the top chart.

Manchester City had been acting as punter’s delight for the last twelve matches which they have won and they just need two more to stretch the waiting of Liverpool to have shot at the top title. Now all the eyes are upon the two matches to be played against Leicester and Brighton.

In their last match against Burnley, City showed a frustrated approach with lacklustre performance during the first half of the match. However, in the second half there was a persistent approach to attack Burnley which allowed Sergio Aguero to sneak in a match-winning goal.

Barcelona Reasserts Its Hegemony in Spanish Football

Once again Barcelona was able to reassert their hegemony in the Spanish football when they defeated their close rival Levante in final of the La Liga. The winning single goal was shot by none other than the Messi himself in front of more than 90 thousand spectators at Nou Camp.

When the captain and the top scoring player of the team, Lionel Mess, received the trophy it signalled and spelled the vice like grip of Barcelona on the Spanish football. It was their 26th overall win and a second one for the subsequent season.

The impact of Barcelona on Spanish football is so strong that one of the local newspapers had declared it as a “dictatorship” while adding that the domestic football acts as a comfort zone for the team.

John Barnes Accused England for Racism

The former team member of Liverpool, John Barnes, had accused England for not being able to tackle racism in their society. This legendary football player was talking about the racist chants faced by Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during the Euro 2020 qualifier match. While commenting upon this news, John Barnes conceded that there seems to be a hypocrisy in the way the country is reacting to the aforementioned abuse of their players.

Even though UEFA had taken account of this racism and proceeded with disciplinary action, but there is still a growing demand of the public for severe penalties on the rival team.

According to Barnes, the stand taken by public is quite hypocritical as no care has been taken of such actions in the England itself. He also referred to the abuse which was hurled at Sterling during a match between City and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. In his interview, he also tried to draw attention to the racial abuse faced by black football players throughout the country on daily basis.

UK Police to Investigate Mohamed Salah’s Racial Abuse

A new video which surfaced on the social media clearly indicates that Chelsea fans racially abused Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian player of Liverpool.

Taking cognizance of this video, British police had started an investigation into this case. This video shows how Chelsea fans were calling him “Bomber” in Europa League’s match. As per the latest reports, three of these abusers had been identified by the club and were not allowed to enter Slavia’s stadium for the next match.

As per the spokesperson of Merseyside Police, they are also investigating into the publication and sharing of offensive tweets which are made against a player from the Liverpool team. In a related investigation it was also reported that the people who sourced these tweets had been identified by the detectives and their tickets had been rescinded for the Slavia Prague versus Chelsea match.

The statement from Chelsea even though made no comment on this specific incident, but went on describe that a strongest possible action will be taken against such type of discriminatory and racial behaviour.

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Football Stadium News Recap – March 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News

Wembley Stadium Sell Out for BTS Show

With the current updates it seems to be a very good news for the fans of BTS band. As per the latest confirmations, the scheduled BTS show is completely sold out and it happened just in 90 minutes. Yet again the people who were underestimating the power of the fans of this boy band have now been proven wrong again. So, for the first round, this K-pop band seems to be on the winning side but only time can tell how much crowd they might be able to pull on the show night.

Wembley stadium can accommodate more than ninety thousand people for any sport event and it is expected that it will be overcrowded for this event. Apart from this sell out, Stade de France also completed all the sales for the upcoming event scheduled for June 7, 2019. There had been other instances when many of such celebrities chose Wembley stadium to perform, these artists included personalities ranging from Michael Jackson to Ed Sheeran.

Safety Concerns Raised for Scottish Stadiums

As per the latest news shared over the social media as well as local newspapers, top ranking authorities have raised serious concerns related to the security provided in the Scottish football stadiums. The review done by security experts clearly indicates inconsistencies related to security checks provided by the security personals as well as the local police.

It is also reported that this review committee has called for urgent review of this situation by multiple security agencies. One of the most senior ranking office from UK police, who is part of this committee, pointed out these anomalies. It was also stated in the report that even though the policing seems to be fit for the present circumstances, but a better coordination between police and general public is still required.

This damning report is commissioned by none other than the Police Scotland and involved senior officers from National Police Chief’s Council.

It is also recommended in this report that multi security agencies should be consulted to formulated required governance and inspection regimes for these stadiums.

Sydney Football Stadium Demolition Restarts Again

The dismantling and demolition of the Sydney Football Stadium resumed again as NSW’ Land and Environment Court does not allow the application which proposed extension of the injunction related to heavy demolition of the stadium. It was prayed in the application that injunction must be extended for few more days as the local community group wanted their appeal to be heard for this case in coming days. This community group LDM had raised some serious concerns in relation to more than $700 million demolition plan proposed and implemented by the government.

The court in this case observed that the government had not acted out of the regulations so the existing injunction needs to be lifted. The decision taken by NSW to demolish the existing football stadium and construct a new one has enraged lots of local people. They are concerned with the fact that even though this stadium was not a security concern, even then money is being spent on its demolition and a construction of a new stadium at the same site. It is expected that a new application may be moved in the coming days.

Rising Concerns Related to Culture in Football Stadiums

In the series of rising concerns related to the game culture and attitude shown by the fans in football stadium, there has been another concern raised by none other than Raheem Sterling himself. This attacking midfielder and winger of Manchester United made a statement related to the treatment given to him by fans of Chelsea FC in his last match.

According to him these people were looking at him with strange sort of anger in their eyes and he was quite concerned about this manifestation of such a hatred towards him. Even the fans under question did not denied the fact that they abused and swore at Raheem Sterling in that match, but they totally deny that it had to do anything with racism.

According to their statements, it was a passionate game and they only wanted to see their side win. Most of the people from both sides seems to agree that it was a pathetic excuse and matters like this needs to be condoned unconditionally.

Birmingham City Fan Jailed for Attack

In the previous week, a Birmingham City fan named Paul Mitchell had been incarcerated in a case related to an attack made by him on Jack Grealish, the incumbent captain of Aston Villa. It was reported that this man attacked in the first ten minutes of the game and his target was none other than the captain of the opposing team.

Paul Mitchell admitted to his crime in front of the court and was sentenced to be jailed for fourteen weeks. Apart from the incarceration, he was also fined £350 and was further banned to attend any of the football matches for the next ten years. It is also confirmed from Birmingham City that they had apologized to Aston Villa team and had assured that Mitchell will not be allowed to attend any match at St. Andrews till the end of his life.

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Football Stadium News Recap – February 2019


Monthly Football Stadium News-February 2019

Millwall Win Marred by Fan Violence

It is now quite usual to find violence; taking over the EPL opposing teams and pitch invasion during a match played by Millwall.  With these permanent features, opposing teams are finding nothing pretty whenever they are scheduled to play at The Den.  The one thing which they can be sure of is that there will be a lot of action as Millwall has now established their role as a giantkiller.  In their fifth successive win against Everton on their home ground they have again kept this tradition. 

Their latest win witnessed a lot of ups and downs when they hit back while legging behind and won the match with a third goal in the last few minutes remaining for the final whistle.  The only blemish on this game was a statement released by Metropolitan Police which stated that they are investigating a skirmish between the fans of both clubs which resulted in one man getting slashed over the face with a sharp weapon.    

Molineux Stadium Fitted With Safe Standing Rails

Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. has become the first team of EPL which has installed safe standing rails at its home ground.  As per the latest updates, the Molineux Stadium got installed with three types of safe standing rails and seats.  This mix of rails and seats is currently installed in the Billy Wright Stand and comes with separate barriers.  This is done to educate the fans and show Safety Advisory Group how these rails will ensure safety when the law banning standing during a game will be repealed. 

Apart from these special seats, Wolves are also planning to construct barriers in front of the prevailing seats.  These improvements in the sitting arrangement will help the Wolves to conduct Bundesliga style matches on their home ground.

Egypt Selects Six Venues for 2019 Africa Cup

As per the latest news, Egypt will opt for Cairo International Stadium on the outskirts of its capital along with Port Said Stadium as a part of the six avenues selected for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.  This decision was taken by Egypt Football Association.  Apart from these venues, EFA has also selected other cities like Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia for conducting a tournament which will foresee a participation of more than twenty teams.  Before this decision, EFA was in favour of selecting eight avenues but after the inspection done by Confederation of African Football, it was decided that only six avenues will be selected for this tournament.

  It should be noted that The Cairo International Stadium was not in use since the Arab Spring and due to the restrictions imposed on the attendance during a football match.

Romania Starts Projects for 2020 UEFA

In the light of the upcoming UEFA Champions League, Romania has started upgrading its sporting infrastructure.  Under this preparation, they have decided to unveils several projects.  The latest one being unveiling of the four football stadiums for the matches to be held in Bucharest.  Out of these four stadiums, Steaua Stadium will have the lions share of the funds as it requires extensive refurbishment.  There is plan in place to increase the size of the stadium along with its facilities with extra twelve thousand square metres. 

After this increase, the total area under usage will be of more than eighty thousand square metres.   The other infrastructural projects related with these stadiums also include creating new facilities such as better view and visitors’ access.  Though the training bases for these stadiums will remain inside the complex, the parking spaces outside of these stadiums will be increased to significant levels.  The other stadiums under reconstruction include the National Rugby Stadium, Giuleşti Stadium and the Dinamo Stadium. 

Brighton To Tackle Abuse in Football      

With rising instances of racial abuse along with threats and violence becoming part of the high-profile football tournaments, Brighton has now decided to take the bull by its horns.  In their latest efforts, this club has now started planning to tackle its fans’ behaviour during the sports events.  After their match with West Brom during the FA Cup, this club had decided to ban three of the fans for a life term. 

These people were indulging in different types of abuses during the match that include assault and threatening club’s officials.  According to the Brighton, it is not a crusade but their responsibility as a team. They are of the opinion that the club will not hide the behaviour of their fans nor they will bury these instances for the sake of their reputation. 

This is totally wrong and not acceptable to the team.  The other thing which forced Brighton to take such a tough stand is the presence of largest LGBT population in their city.  For many years, these people were getting subjugated and were forced to listen to the homophobic calls made during the football matches.  Being uneasy with such a situation, Brighton has now taken a strong view on this subject matter.  They will not allow any type of anti-social behaviour from their fans from now on.

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Football Stadium News-January 2019

Monthly Football Stadium News-January 2019

Libereum Acquires Elche CF

One of the top ranking crypto firms of Spain Libereum has now finally decided to take over the Spanish football club Elche CF. This step by the company is seen as its first bid to use football in order to increase the user base for crypto currency. This combination can be seen as boon for the online sports betting enthusiasts in Spain. As per the latest news, this company had made a bid of €4.3 million to acquire Elche CF.

This is only the first tranche of cash given by the company and it is expected that more money will be part of the deal. Because of this deal, now Libereum will only allow use of ERC20 Liber as the only method of payment for accessing services at its football avenues. According to the founder of Libereum, Cem Kumlar, the main purpose of this acquisition is to take Elche CF back to the Primera Division. As it requires a lot of money, that is where the crypto currency provided by this company can help. Secondly, the company also wants to make its token (coin) to be part of the financial process and now Liber can be used for all types of transactions in and around the club.

Buenos Aires Police Bans Club President

In a totally unexpected move, Buenos Aires police has now barred the president of Almirante Brown to enter any of the football stadium to watch his team in action. The sources from police department have also acknowledged this ban. The sole reason for the ban seems to be the fact that Maximiliano Levy has links with the fan groups of Bocca Juniors FC which were responsible for hooliganism during the football matches. Mr. Levy was selected as the president of club in the previous week and he was immediately banned by  APreViDe. This agency is responsible for preventing violence during the sports events.

APreViDe had also stated the same reason that Maximiliano Levy has relations with Barra Brava of Boca Juniors. Barra Brava is an organized hooligan group allegedly responsible for all the clashes that had happened during matches between local football clubs. According to the secretary general of APreViDe, their agency cannot be complicit with either the mafias, hooligans or ex-members of Barra Brava who want to get legitimacy through boards of the clubs. It is on the records, that Maximiliano Levy was incarcerated for eighty eight days because of his role in protecting the leader of Barra Brava in 2013.

Tottenham Delaying Match With Arsenal

According to the fans of Arsenal, Spurs are scared stiff of facing Arsenal for the first match at their new stadium. The reason for this delay is attributed to the fact that the host team does not want to lose the first ever match played at their home turf. On the other hand, further setbacks had already postponed the chances of opening of the Spurs’ stadium for at least another few weeks. It was expected that Spurs will face their arch rivals in the first week of the March, 2019 but it seems the first match will be played against Crystal Palace rather than with Arsenal.

There are reports suggesting that Tottenham Spurs may have considered the warning given by the local police department with concerns for security during such a match. Meanwhile, the club itself haven’t ruled out that they might invite Arsenal for a match in the coming days. As per the fans of Arsenal, the Spurs are too concerned about their defeat in the first ever match they will play on their new home ground.

FIFA Declares Anthony Modeste’s Transfer Unjustified

Anthony Modeste’s move to join Cologne faced a fresh turmoil, when FIFA declared that his decision to leave the previous club is unjustified. With this new statement, FIFA has now created a doubt over his statement justifying his decision to move back to his old club because Tianjin Quanjian was not able to pay his salary. It was in the news that Anthony Modeste had left the Chinese club in 2018 citing unpaid salary. He then moved on to sign a new contract with Cologne which will be in force till 2023.

Tianjin Quanjian on the other hand is suffering from serious fund crunch and is forced to sell the top most players on its team. After spending two seasons with the Chinese Club, Modeste was required to leave the club due to unpaid dues during the middle of 2018. Then he started training with its ex-club and was expected to appear in the second Bundesliga. However, FIFA has now ruled that his transfer was invalid and even though Tianjin Quanjian FC is required to pay his dues but the way in which Modeste terminated their contract is without any solid reason. In the light of these events, FIFA has now suspended the registration of Modeste with Cologne.

2022 World Cup Host Qatar Doubles Tax on Alcohol

It might be a bad news for the football enthusiasts who are planning to visit Qatar to watch football World Cup in 2022. In the latest turn of events, Qatar has now imposed a tax of hundred percent on sale of alcohol in its territory. This tax which is part of “Six Tax” regimen came into force on January 22, 2019. This new tax is a part of government’s plan to curb the usage of goods that have ill effect on health. In order to do so they have now introduced this new levy. This policy got revealed when the sole alcohol distribution company of Qatar updated its previous list with latest prices.

Now for a six pack of a beer, you will be forced to pay more than £20. In the view of the upcoming World Cup, this price rise can be a very sensitive subject as more than two million international visitors are expected to attend this event.

The Cherry Red Records Stadium- AFC Wimbledon

The Cherry Red Records Stadium- AFC Wimbledon

Team: AFC Wimbledon
Official Website: afcwimbledon
Address: The Cherry Red Records Stadium, Jack GoodChild Way, 422a Kingston Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB
Capacity: 4,850
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Wombles
Year Ground Opened: 1989
Undersoil Heating: No
Telephone No: +44 20 8547 3528
Ticket Office: N/A

Information about Cherry Red Records stadium

Kingsmeadow (or Cherry Red Records stadium, for sponsorship reasons) first opened in 1989 with a friendly match involving previous owners Kingstonian FC and then First Division outfit Queens Park Rangers. With the Surrey based club forced into financial administration after being relegated to the conference along with the emergence of AFC Wimbledon, the two clubs harmoniously agreed a ground share deal.

When Wimbledon purchased the lease from Kingston Council in March 2003 it was agreed that they were to offer Kingstonian a renewable 25 year sublease and an annual pre-season friendly which would help cover some of the original owners debt.

Wimbledon FC previously played at Selhurst Park before relocating to MK at the start of the 2003/2004 season in a highly controversial move among fans of both the club and newly formed MK Dons.

The Cherry Red Records Stadium- AFC WimbledonStands

There has been a massive investment in the stadium following the purchase of the stadium. The all seater, Main Stand has a modern look about it and accomadates 1,265 fans– despite being only eight rows right. The main bonus of this stand is there are no pillars obstructed fans views- something that isn’t all that common in older stadiums. The dug outs are located opposite the RyGas Stand, which leads the players and backroom staff to the changing rooms at half time and full time.

At one end there is the Chemflow Terrace, where the majority of the home fans stand. This is a modern looking cover situated close to the edge of the playing area, giving supporters a good view of the game. Opposite you will find the John Green Stand, this is another smart looking area which opened in mid 2012, playing host to a seated capacity of 1,000. The overall capacity of the stadium is 4,850 with a seated capacity of 2,265.

The John Green Stand section is where the away fans are positioned- adequately separated from the home support. There is also a small flat standing area next to the stand that also leads to the refreshment area and toilets.

Ticket Prices

Adult tickets cost £20 or £17 for terrace positioning depending on what stand you would like to sit in, with the Chemflow End the more expensive of the two. While concession prices start from £11 and child tickets will set you back £5. Seated tickets are a little more expensive, with prices for adults ranging from £29 to £24, concessions between £18 and £15 and finally child tickets costing between £10 and £13; all prices are subject to change dependant on the competition.

There is also hospitality on offer for £30 per person. Here you will receive a three-course meal, tea and coffee, complimentary programme and a pre-match briefing from the home manager. When it entered League 1 in the 2014/15 season, it was the smallest stadium in the league. There are currently no stadium tours available.

If you want to attend a game you can find the Cherry Red Records Stadium at Jack Goodchild Way, 422a Kingston Road, KT1 3PB. Noribiton station is the easiest to reach the stadium from, with the stadium a 15 minute walk from exiting the station.

It is an excited period in the history of the club as they have recently announced that they are to build their own new stadium on the old Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. It is widely expected that the stadium will take 13 months to complete with initial capacity of 11,000, rising to 20,000 in the future.

Bloomfield Road- Blackpool

Bloomfield Road- Blackpool

Team: Blackpool
Official Website: blackpoolfc
Address: Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Capacity: 16,750
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Seasiders
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Undersoil Heating: No
Telephone No: 01253 401953
Ticket Office: 0844 847 1953

Information about Bloomfield Road

The land on which Bloomfield Road Stadium sits has played host to more football matches even since 21st October 1899, with South Shore F.C playing their home fixtures here in the Lancashire League. Blackpool have played at Bloomfield Road since the 1901-02 season, prior to this Blackpool had shared following a merger with South Shore FC, playing their home games back then at Raikes Hall. The newly formed side beat Doncaster in their first even match at Bloomfield Road at the start of the before-mentioned season.

Bloomfield Road- Blackpool

Upon first opening the ground, Bloomfield Road consisted of a single stand on the western side which was capable of seating 300 fans, and at the time a “good” attendance was regarded as around 2,000 fans. Expansion soon started with further areas for fans to sit and stand constructed at the beginning of 1906- making the stadium one of the first in England to have four stands- with every vantage point covered.

Continuing to grow in the first half of the 20th century, the capacity peaked at around 40,000 with the record attendance set against Wolves on 17th September 1955. Following the changes in the law, it wouldn’t be until the Premier League season that they would set their post-millennium record in a fixture against Manchester City in October 2010.

Stands

Bloomfield Road has modern stands on three sides with the corners in-between these stands also filled with seating. All of the stands are the same design, they are all only one tier high and are exactly the same height with all the seating areas covered. Stanley Matthews- a legend at the club has the West Stand named after his while the North Stand has been renamed to be called the Mortensen Kop- both of these stands were opened in 2002. You can find the hospitality area in the North West corner of the stadium with the executive boxes located at the south.

Meanwhile, outside the stadium, behind the North Stand is a statue of the former Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen, whilst outside the main entrance is a statue of Jimmy Armfield.

Ticket Prices

Visiting fans are situated in the Stan Mortensen Stand, at one end of the ground. Just under 2,000 fans can be catered for in this area. For visiting supporters this is an improvement on the East Stand that had been used in previous seasons, as the facilities are generally much better.

Ticket prices for home fans begin from £22 for adults in all other areas of the ground, excluding the Stanley Matthew Stand. Over 60’s will pay £23 while under 19’s will cost £15. However, tickets in all other areas of the stadium cost less with adult’s tickets costing £22, over 60’s £18 and under 19’s being charged £10.

How To Get To The Bloomfield Road

The closest railway station to the ground is Blackpool South and is around a ten minute walk away. However, Blackpool South is very rarely used on match-day with most trains going to Blackpool North instead. Blackpool North Railway Station is around two miles away and therefore you may wish to jump in a taxi to the ground. Blackpool pride themselves on being the most accessible club in England with the stadium as easy to reach by car as it is by train.

There are no further developments planned for Bloomfield Road, this is mainly down to the unrest at the club and the widening chain of connection between fans and owner which in turn has seen many fans boycott games.

Valley Parade- Bradford City

Valley Parade- Bradford City

Team: Bradford City
Official Website: bradfordcityfc
Address: Bradford, West Yorkshire, BD8 7DY
Capacity: 25,136
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Bantams
Year Ground Opened: 1903
Undersoil Heating: No
Telephone No: 01274 773355
Ticket Office: 01274 770012

Information about Valley Parade

While the stadium is commonly known throughout the game as Valley Parade, its official title is the Northern Commercials Stadium following a welcome sponsorship agreement.

Bradford City, who was formed in 1903 when Manningham decided to switch from rugby to football, developed so rapidly that they gained promotion from the old First Division five years later and the Directors hurriedly constructed a ground to cope with the large crowds.

Valley Parade- Bradford City

The club faced a similar problem in 1999 when they gained promotion to the Premiership and decided to add a second tier to the main stand, giving Valley Parade a 25,000 all-seater capacity to cope with the attraction of football’s elite.

Following the Bradford City Fire on 11 May 1985 (left), Valley Parade laid derelict for 12 months while a decision on its future was taken, although Reserve Team games were played there with crowds of just a few hundred gathered under the shed at the Bradford End.

In the meantime the Bantams played their games at Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Odsal Stadium and it was thought that Bradford Council, who owned Odsal, would have liked City to abandon Valley Parade and share the stadium with Bradford Northern (now Bradford Bulls).

The extensive ground redevelopment spread over 5 years, following the clubs relegation from the Premier League in the 1999/00 gave the club a 25,000 capacity stadium.

The record attendance at the Northern Commercials Stadium occurred on 11th March 1911 in a fixture against Burnley when 39,146 fans attended. The record for an all seated attendance took place on 7th March 2015 in a fixture against Reading in the FA Cup 6th Round, the attendance was 24,321. The stadium is made up of four stands; these are called the Calsberg Kop, Midland Road, TI Dallas BE and the Co-op main stand.

Away Fans At Valley Parade

The TL Dallas Stand at one end of the ground is where you will find the away fans; here 1,840 fans can be at the game. The upper tier is the best place to sit with a great birds-eye view of the game available, not missing any tactical change from the managers.

Ticket prices

Tickets for all areas of the ground start from £20 for adults, while students and over 65’s pay £15, under 16’s are charged £10 and under 11’s cost £5. This makes the club one of the only teams in the football league that sell tickets in all stands as the same price. You can also get hospitality treatment in Bradford’s new Legends Suite, you don’t just get to experience the 90 minutes of football, and you will also receive the combination of superb facilities, excellent cuisine and first class service. If youy are a life-long Bradford fan, this would be great as you will get to mingle with ex-players and they would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have. You can then watch all the on-field action from executive padded seats on the halfway line.

There are various ways to get to the stadium but the most simple is by train. Simply head to Bradford Foster Square, however, Bradford Interchange is also just a short walk away, so either train station is close enough for visiting fans to aim for. The stadium is also easily reached by car, take the M62 exit and take the M606 to Bradford. At the end of the motorway, keep right and take the Ring Road East. From this point you can follow the signs with a white football on.

Memorial Stadium- Bristol Rovers

Memorial Stadium- Bristol Rovers

Team: Bristol Rovers
Official Website: bristolrovers
Address: Filton Avenue, Horfield, Bristol, BS7 0BF
Capacity: 12,300
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Pirates
Year Ground Opened: 1921
Undersoil Heating: No
Telephone No: 0117 909 6648

Information about The Memorial Stadium

The Memorial Stadium or its old name Memorial Ground (which it is still commonly referred to as is the home of Bristol Rovers FC.) It is capable of accommodating 11,916 fans per match including 3,000 seats; the main stand has came in for a lot of criticism from fans of away teams, comparing the atmosphere to a match of cricket with the stand very unusual and not normally seen as a football stand.Memorial Stadium- Bristol Rovers

The land that the stadium is based on was previously used for public entertainment purposes as far back as 1891 when Colonel William “Buffalo Bill” Cody held a Wild West Show there between 28th September and 3rd October. Less than two years later, the first sporting fixture took place with Clifton RFC playing a game of Rugby here during the start of the 1893 season.

The Pirates chairmen converted into allotments during the First World War, the land officially became known as the Memorial Ground in 1921 when Bristol Rugby Club constructed the first basic facilities. The wooden stands were eventually built over the course of the 20th century, with the West Stand – the only remaining original feature demolished and replaced in 1995.

The ground has been occupied by Rovers ever since an agreement to ground share was made with Bristol rugby in 1996. They however, was given planning permission to build a brand new stadium with a capacity of 18,500 but any chance of that happening has been delayed.

The record attendance was set in a 2008 FA Cup Sixth Round match-up against West Bromwich Albion. The tie attracted over 12,000 fans to the Memorial Ground, unfortunately Bristol couldn’t win the game and exited the FA Cup in front of their massive home support.

Memorial Stadium is comprised of four distinct stands: North, East, South and West, making it one of the only clubs in England not to have any distinctly named stands. The South Stand was originally erected as a temporary stand, to fill the previously empty end. It has been open for over three seasons now but it still doesn’t give fans a football feel when they walk into the stadium.

Away Fans At The Memorial Stadium

Away fans are located within the south-east corner of the stadium split between the East Stand which terraced, and the south stand which is fully-seated. Away fans typically get a share of around 1,000 tickets but because of the nature of the seating that the ground isn’t the best for atmosphere, it generally feels less than that.

Tickets to see action at the Memorial Stadium can be purchased in advance online and at the club shop for a £2 early-bird discount. If you are buying the tickets on the day, adult’s tickets will begin from £18 but, West Stand and the East Stands both cost more.

You can cut the journey by foot by taking the train to Montpelier Station. This takes the travel time down to a more manageable 1.6 miles. You save yourself half the walking time by getting the train initially with the journey expected to take around 30 minutes all together.

Plans for a new stadium were resurrected in September 2012; however once again The Pirates look set to sail on tempestuous seas with an ongoing legal dispute with Sainsbury’s regarding the purchasing of the land at Memorial Stadium. Since this problem, all plans for expanding the stadium have been put on an indefinite pause and this shows no sign of changing almost seven years later.

The Valley- Charlton Athletic

The Valley- Charlton Athletic

Team: Charlton Athletic
Official Website: cafc
Address: Floyd Road, Charlton, London, SE7 8BL
Capacity: 27,111
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Addicks
Year Ground Opened: 1919
Undersoil Heating: No
Telephone No: 020 8333 4000
Ticket Office: 03330 14 44 44

Before permanently settling at the site of The Valley, Charlton mirrored the nomadic tendencies of London neighbours, QPR and Fulham, by playing across a variety of venues in the club’s formative years.

Initially rather plain in appearance following the first World War, the south-east London club lacked funding and had to rely on the help of volunteers to reconstruct the stadium.

Information about The Valley

The first formation of the ground contained no physical stand and instead consisted of piles of the earth which surrounded the pitch. During the 1923-1924 season, the club temporarily moved to Mount Stadium after contemplating the prospect of merging with Catford South End F.C however it ultimately fell through and the club returned to their natural home at the Valley.

Before the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, The Valley has been developed into one of the larger stadiums in the world. They attracted a record attendance of 75,000 during an FA Cup Third round match against Aston Villa one year before the beginning of the war. This popularity continued into the ’50s, averaging 40,000 fans for every home match. This soon changed when the club was relegated into the second division before the end of the ’50s.

With performances stagnant on the pitch resulting relegation again in 1972, this time to the third division, local support began to dwindle and a vicious cycle began where the club lacked the required money to improve the team and facilities.

Following high-profile stadium disasters in the 1980s such as the Bradford City Fire and Heysel, the football association began to introduce a series of reforms aimed at targeting spectator safety.

Unable to fund such renovations, Charlton were forced to leave the Valley and ground share Selhurst Park between 1985-1991 and Upton Park during the 1991-1992 seasons. After years of vigorous campaigning, funds were finally raised to convert The Valley to an all-seating stadium in December 1992.

Stands

Following the campaigning, Charlton was able to return to the Valley and completely rebuild the stadiums three original stands. This completely transformed the look of the stadium as the north stand was now a two-tier stand with all corners of the stadium now built in. The stand holds around 9,000 fans.

More sides were also redeveloped in the mid 90’s and this made the original Valley disappear and become unrecognizable. The East stand was a smaller one tier stand while opposite this was the West Stand which, like the North Stand was also two-tiered.

Away Fans At The Valley

Up to 3,000 away fans can be housed in the Jimmy Seed Stand at one end of the ground. The stand is slightly above pitch level, making for a good viewing point to watch the game unfold.

Charlton operates a two-tiered pricing structure based on the predicted profile of the matches with fixtures either falling under the Addicks Gold or Silver category.
For higher profile matches prices start from £19 for adults, £15 for over 60s and under 21s. The second tier (silver) prices are much cheaper.

How To Get To The Valley

The easiest way to get to the stadium is by train, Charlton Railway Station is basically on the doorstep of The Valley as it is located less than 200 metres from the ground. The station is served by South Eastern trains with direct service to central London (Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge) and North Kent (Dartford.)

Future Developments

There are no future plans for redevelopment as the club is in somewhat of a crisis and have been for the past two years. This has resulted in protests towards the board during most home games due to owners withholding funds from the club so they are not able to buy new players and in some cases, they aren’t even able to pay players.

Ricoh Arena- Coventry City

Ricoh Arena- Coventry City

Team: Coventry City
Official Website: ccfc
Address: Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, West Midlands, CV6 6GE
Capacity: 32,609
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Sky Blues
Year Ground Opened: 2005
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Telephone No: 024 7699 1987
Ticket Office: N/A

Coventry made the Ricoh Arena its home at the beginning of the 2005/06 season. Prior to this the club had played their home matches at Highfield Road, the move to the Ricoh ended a 106 year relationship with their previous home. The club required a newer and modern stadium, with better transport infrastructure, the decision to build a new ground was made as far back as 1997 by previous chairman Bryan Richardson.

Ricoh Arena- Coventry City

Information about Ricoh Arena Stadium

Planning permission was accepted during the mid-point of the 99-00 season, with the club hoping to move into their new stadium at the beginning of the 2000-01 season. Much to the dismay of the owners, the project was delayed by just under five years. To make matters worse, the club was relegated from the Premier League and found it harder and harder to find the financial means to build the stadium. In fact, by the time that the project began, the plans had been changed and instead of having a 45,000 capacity, it was announced that it would in fact have a maximum capacity of 32,500.

Reliant on England’s bid to host the 2006 Fifa World Cup, the amount of public funding decreased and combined with poor league standings it made sense to lower the capacity.
In 2006 the Ricoh stadium did however finally get a taste of international football as it played host to England playing Germany in an Under 21s Euro Championship match. Officially known as the Ricoh Arena after the Japanese electronics company signed a 10 year sponsorship.

Originally owned by Coventry City Council and the Higgs Charity before Wasps purchased it in October 2014, Coventry City was at one stage embroiled in a rent dispute with the operators Arena Coventry Limited. Relocating to Northampton’s Sixfields Stadium at the start of the 2013-2014 seasons, the club made a return to the Ricoh Arena the following season after intervention from the Football League.

The complex has an exhibition centre attached to its West side, resulting in a unique looking stand that gives more of a continental feel. The West side has a small tier of seats over-hanging the larger lower tier. A row of corporate boxes also run along the back of this section. Along the top of the stand is a large area of white panelling adorned with the logo of the stadium sponsors, which runs along the length of the stand and around the corners of either side of it.

Away Fans At Ricoh Arena Stadium

The corner of the West Stand is where you will find the away fans– typically in blocks six and seven. You can generally fit in around 3,000 fans in this area with the stand actually pretty steep- meaning there is a bit of a climb for fans to reach their seats. You would be forgiven for thinking that because of the steepness you would be closer to the action but this is not the case at the Ricoh. This does lead to some viewing problems, especially when the action is taking place at the other end.

Ticket prices

Standard tickets to see Coventry at the Ricoh begin from £22, while concessions are £15 and junior tickets cost £11. There are also tickets available for the Family zone where tickets are cheaper with adult’s tickets costing £18 and concessions £13. Be aware all of these prices are early-bird prices with general prices being a little bit more expensive.

The stadium is not the easiest to reach with the train station being around four miles away from the stadium. However, on match days there is normally a bus transfer that operates to take fans from the station to the stadium and this is the most straightforward way to get there.