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Going to Wembley on Saturday?

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by Paul Fletcher (U1816326) 23 March 2007
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England Under-21s train at Wembley

Are you off to Wembley on Saturday for the England Under-21 match with Italy?

I would have to say, unfortunately, that the majority of people I have spoken to did not manage to secure tickets. My colleague Martin Richardson detailed his frustrations last week.

The fact that all 60,000 tickets went within a matter of hours suggests a huge interest in finding out what the brand-spanking new Wembley is all about.

I went down to the stadium on Thursday and watched the England Under-21s train. Unfortunately, my lasting memory will be of how cold I felt, but that cannot strictly be blamed on the stadium itself.

I live quite close to the ground and have slowly been watching it take shape for a number of years. It looks huge from the outside and, as we were being escorted from entrance to pitchside, it became clear that are miles of access roads, tunnels and corridors.

I have to say, though, that from pitchside I thought the stadium would look a bit more, hmm, overwhelming. I'd love to see it full to get an idea of what sort of noise can be generated.

Enough from me. I want to know your thoughts on the new national stadium. And if you are going to the match tomorrow text in on 81111 and let me know what you reckon. I'm writing the clockwatch and would love to get some of your comments in there.

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posted Mar 24, 2007

Hi,

Good for England football federation: hosting an u21 match in the temple of football,

Bad for BBC team : guys maybe u need to update the three stars on the Italian football federation flag in the football homepage...

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comment by Ian (U1727342)

posted Mar 24, 2007

what the hell. they say tickets are sold out but i see a hell of a lot of empty seats. whats going on there!

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posted Mar 24, 2007

of course there must be empy seats, i live in London, but i had to read italian newspapers to know about this match today...

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comment by U5642312

posted Mar 25, 2007

Copied from post I put on WHU board last night.

We had a Fantastic Day! Took my girls and my parents, they're getting on a bit so thought the reduced capacity would be the ideal game for them.
My eldest (13) wasn't really interested this morning but once she see the stadium from the train, you should have seen her jaw drop! My youngest (5) is smiling in her sleep right now!
My parents were well impressed with everything apart from the cost of the project, people that age always tend to bring those things up don't they?
Everyone around us seemed to be in awe of the stadium outside, taking loads of pictures and video. The actual seating/pitch area was superb!
Loads of room, facilities outside each block. Did'nt buy anything as I took a load of goodies for them to eat and drink, didn't want to take a risk if there was huge queues. However, groups around us were complaining of slow service.
Very grey and drab in the facilities area but it's much the same as Benfica's ground but on slightly larger scale. Needs a bit of brightening up with murals, lots of white and red, but i'd expect that'll come later?
The game was good too. 6 goals, a hat trick for one young fella, NRC looked good, Anton not so good.
I was really worried about the transport having two kids and two pensioners with me, with all the crowds etc but it ran like clockwork!
So, overall, as I said, it was a Fantastic Day to Remember! The FA Cup Final will be Brilliant for anyone lucky enough to go!!

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comment by RJ__02 (U6525030)

posted Mar 26, 2007

go post but I bet you weren't opening your mouth in awe when you went to the bar at half time lol.

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comment by U5642312

posted Mar 26, 2007

Had to stay sober RJ, two kids and two oaps in tow and a drive later. :(

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comment by RJ__02 (U6525030)

posted Mar 26, 2007

that's just as well because the beer was watered down and shit and an absolute rip off.

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comment by U5642312

posted Mar 26, 2007

So I made a good call for once! They'd better sort it out quick, 90k grown up supporters without their wives and kids, could be a big riot? <biggrin>

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comment by RJ__02 (U6525030)

posted Mar 26, 2007

Yeah it really was comical. I left on like the 46th minute - just before the end. Got to the queue probably 3 spaces back. I hadn't even moved anywhere and they called the announcement, "Could all supporters please make their way back to the stands", lol. I just laughed and then when i finally got there, there was no cheese for my "cheeseburger" and there was no milk for the teas. But to be fair its the first ever game and these faults were miniscule in comparison to the experience. My favorite was the hand dryers. They sounded like some road sweeper and the moment you put your hands under them they would dry.

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