Rochdale, Spotland Stadium.
How Easy Was It To Find?
Piece of p**s. From my house, turn left at the end of the street onto Rochdale Old Road. Head down the road for eight minutes until you reach the cemetery inn. Park up and walk down Sandy Lane.
Car Parking. Was It near? Was It Free? Was It Well Policed/lit?
Theres a small car park at the ground but its easier just to park up one of the many side streets around the football ground.
View. Pillar In The Way?
Great stand, probably the best stand in the ground. It dwarfs all the others really and looks a bit out of place. The view is superb, running the entire length along the side of the pitch.
Comfort (seating, leg room, does it have a roof etc)
A large number of seats whenever I have gone with Bury are quite frankly filthy. Covered in dust or bird crap. Maybe this is because that the vast majority of teams who visit Spotland only take about 500 in a stand that holds about 4,000. Where as we normally fill at least 75% of it all the time. Theres enough leg room and the roof covers the entire stand.
Not bad, better than the majority of clubs in this league who let you have a piss whilst looking up at the stars!
Catering (Quality, price, queues)
The pies are good, thats one good thing about dale and they are quite reasonably priced. The queues are crap though, what with there being one kiosk under the stand open for normally 2,500+ away fans when I go.
Atmosphere From Home Fans, How Condusive Was The Away End To Creating A Good Atmosphere
Home fans atmosphere is pretty dire to be honest. The ground is that sparsely populated that you wouldn't think it is a local derby game. The Sandy Lane end tries their hardest with a group of about 40 or so fans to try and create an atmosphere but the majority of the time its with a camp rendition of "Dale, Dale". I'm guessing thats to do with some infatuation with TV's own Dale Winton.
The other end behind the goals might as well not even bother.
The away end is good for creating noise though.
Not bad, most of the time though they are a bit over friendly with chucking people out for standing up.
Pubs, Things To Do Nearby. Is There Much To Do For The Early Arriver At The Site Of The Ground?
There's a few pubs, but try the cracking chippy facing the away end. You won't go far wrong with that place.
Overall. Out Of 10, What Do You Feel The Ground Deserves?
Edited by shakerandy, 29 October 2004 - 09:45 PM.