And now for something different! A soccer/Olympic stadium! Before TPR’s awesome Oktoberfest trip I spent a few days in London. I don’t know much about soccer, so I chose this stadium because it doubled as the Olympic stadium. One thing I loved was the tour was self guided. Just show up and walk around to the areas they allow access to at your own pace.
It’s a stadium. Home to a soccer team that the fans don’t like very much right now.
See, soccer team!
Also still functions as a track and field stadium. This is a warmup 50m track underneath the stadium. It takes 1 week to switch the stadium back for Olympic events
Rich people club
Instead of a giant press conference room/table or having reporters in the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo room,they have individual booths for all the players post game interviews
The fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo room is Part of the tour...
I was surprised how basic it was compared to fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo rooms and clubhouses I’ve seen in the U.S.
It does have a hot tub though
Tunnel to the field, err, pitch as they say
I don’t understand why the players need racing seats for their Bench?
Bonus: a giant slide (worlds largest) is part of the complex
Bonus 2: shopping center across the street has a Jamie Oliver restaurant (hi Elissa)
Jew wrote:And now for something different! A soccer/Olympic stadium! Before TPR’s awesome Oktoberfest trip I spent a few days in London. I don’t know much about soccer, so I chose this stadium because it doubled as the Olympic stadium. One thing I loved was the tour was self guided. Just show up and walk around to the areas they allow access to at your own pace.
Very cool that the tour is self guided, I really like that idea.
West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium was definitely controversial, with many fans unhappy about moving from their home for more than 100 years into a soulless corporate stadium that was never built with football in mind in the first place. It seems like the fans are now starting to settle in into their new home, in the beginning there was a lot of chaos with also several instances of fighting between fans and stewards. But yes, at the moment their team is also a bit shit and the fans are not happy with the management of the club.
As a bit of a ground enthusiast it was definitely sad to see their old ground Boleyn Ground bite the dust, a proper football stadium with tons of history and character.
I said the exact same thing about the soccer bucket racing seats during the World Cup, it makes no sense and I don't think anyone could possibly give an explanation for it. That bench area in particular there's like 3 feet between each seat, the heck is that? hahaha
It's good to see other stadiums getting adopting the "value" item concept. I read somewhere that it was massively successful in Atlanta last season at the new Falcon's stadium so hopefully more places get on board with it.
Oddly enough, a story was just posted the other day on a website about the origins of them. Apparently the owner of Recaro was on the board of a German soccer team in the mid 90's and their coach had back problems, so he had a custom racing seat made for him to sit during matches. From there it caught on and became a standard.
The Oakland Coliseum is without a doubt the ugliest stadium I have visited.
That being said, I really enjoyed the few games I saw there. You can either sit really close for cheap (we got a package of 4 tickets for $50 and it included 4 hot dogs, 4 drinks, and 4 bags of peanuts) or sit in the bleachers with the diehards for really cheap. Those fans in the bleachers had specific chants for each player and I loved it.
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