Sunday, 14 January 2007

Stadium Review #10 - London Road

Ground Information: London Road (Peterborough United FC) Capacity 15,314

Appearance: A league two side who have tried to keep up with modern trends, London Road had a mix of the traditional terraces behind the goals and seating down either side. The newer South Stand with it space frame construction and patio door executive boxes looks out of place compared to the original three sides. The rest of the ground looks old but well maintained. 5/10

View: (based on Terracing, seating is available in a seperate stand) A couple of pillars in the way but as the terrace is vast you can easily move around. 6/10

Getting there: Roadworks in Peterborough meant a well signed diversion was set up to round the other side of the city. The ground is right next to the town centre but hidden behind a shopping precinct. The roadworks create some confusion and congestion. 6/10

Facilities (toilets, TVs etc): Just a small food and (non alcoholic) bar and very old toilets which couldn't cope with the large number of people we took. 4/10

Food and Drink: The pie was alright and reasonably prices, but the burgers were awful. They looked like premade microwave burgers which had been heated, wrapped and left to cool until sold. 4/10

Stewarding/Police: Local police were helpful in directing me to a local pub after I'd walked over the same railway bridge six times. The stewards insisted the aisles were kept clear before the match but didn't really care what happened during. 6/10

Surrounding area (what's there to do outside the ground): There are several pubs around (if you can find them!), alternatively the town centre is a short walk away. And some attraction called "Railworld" is next door. 6/10

Home fans (their contribution to the atmosphere etc): The bottle throwing incident and the vitroil they showed towards Plymouth in aftermath of whole game did little to ingratiate them to us. 3/10

Total score: 36/80

Stadium League Table:
Pride Park (Derby): 65
Poltair Park (St Austell): 57 [non league]
Stadium of Light (Sunderland): 55
Ricoh Arena (Coventry):51
Walkers Stadium (Leicester): 50
St Andrews (Birmingham): 48
Deepdale (Preston): 43
Ninian Park (Cardiff): 42
Roots Hall (Southend): 41
London Road (Peterbrough): 36

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