Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Stadium Review #12 - Underhill

Ground Information: Underhill (Barnet FC) Capacity 5,500

Appearance: A typical league two ground, surrounded by houses; how I'd love to live overlooking Home Park (if it was possible). Two open goal ends, 1 covered terrace, and a grandstand with an open side. Very unusual floodlights. 6/10

View: Roofing pilars and other people obsured about a quarter of the pitch when stood at the rear of the East Terrace, but otherwise what you'd expect. 5/10

Getting there: Not as difficult as some would say. Underhill is just down the road from High Barnet tube (though relying on the Northern line is not something to be done very often), and virtually straight on from junction 23 of the M25. There is no dedicated parking though. 6/10

Facilities (toilets, TVs etc): Expansive toilet facilities - was very impressed by their size, standard and cleanliness, especially when compared to Peterborough. There is nothing else though except for a catering bar. 8/10 (for the toilets alone!)

Food and Drink: Very tasty pie (Chicken and Mushroom) but a bit too soggy and hot. They ran out of pies again, not having learnt from the Green Army's previous visit. The bar remains open all game (no alcohol served) and there was a 30p difference in price depending on who served you! 6/10

Stewarding/Police: Didn't have anything to do with them. Which is a good thing. 6/10

Surrounding area (what's there to do outside the ground): Barnet centre is a trek up the hill, or you have the whole of London at your disposal via the tube. The Old Red Lion on the corner of Underhill and High Street is a popular pub and gets very full but I was charged double for one round and was too tipsy to notice. 6/10

Home fans (their contribution to the atmosphere etc): The covered-uncovered nature of the ground makes it hard to hear anyone apart from those you are stood with. Argyle had the East terrace and North terrace and couldn't hear each other. So it's difficult to judge, but others nearer the fans have praised their enthusiasm. 6/10

Total score: 49/80

Stadium League Table:
Pride Park (Derby): 65
Poltair Park (St Austell): 57 [non league]
Stadium of Light (Sunderland): 55
Ricoh Arena (Coventry):51
= Carrow Road (Norwich): 50
= Walkers Stadium (Leicester): 50

Underhill (Barnet): 49
St Andrews (Birmingham): 48
Deepdale (Preston): 43
Ninian Park (Cardiff): 42
Roots Hall (Southend): 41
London Road (Peterbrough): 36

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