First Team Star
Aug 2, 2016, 11:25 AM
Location: Didcot, South Oxfordshire.
Team(s): Palace/Epsom and Ewell/Didcot Town and Djurgardens IF.
The World Team Cup Final at the National Stadium, Belle Vue, Manchester, Admission £37.50, Programme £10, 7pm, att circa 7-9,000.
Re: [WestBerksPalace] Where are you going - where did you go? SPEEDWAY!!!
1st Poland 39 2nd GB 32 3rd Sweden 30 4th Australia 22
My first visit to the new National Stadium on Saturday.
I stayed in Leigh on Saturday night, at the Holiday Inn Express at the Leigh Sports Village, 200 yards from the ground! for the RL Challenge Cup SF, very good, excellent value for £25 and a superb programme for £5, I digress. Then an 18 mile drive to Belle Vue, v easy, 30 minutes, and then parked in a side street about 10 minutes walk from the stadium. I left Leigh at 17:35, and was in the stadium less than an hour later.
I sat in the temporary stand between the 3rd and 4th bends, near the top. Great view of the track, which looked in excellent condition, and raced very well, the racing was very good, with a good deal of passing. Sadly, GB, without Woffinden, who was outstanding would not have had a chance in hell of a medal, and his joker double 6 points in heat 12, gave the team the lift to challenge, until Poland turned the screw, their 4 riders all rode and scored consistantly.
> About the stadium.
The screen on the other side of the track was impossible to see, and the PA was very poor. So, in most races I did not know who all four riders were!
Programme £10 !!!! Absolute rip off, and in light of my comments above, for that price, they could have printed 5,000 updated race cards for the final to hand out for free with the team line ups, race line-ups already printed out.
Apparently for the race off the night before, there was no PA at all at this end of the stadium!
Toilets, again a joke, a small number of portaloos, not enough to service those who wanted to use them during the track grading intervals, I gave up, and held it in until I got home. A few tried having a pee behind the temporary seats and were chased by yellow jacketed stewards like they were about to commit some mortal sin. It's wrong, but if you don't have suitable facilities! !
I'd hesitate to commit to watching a big event here again, certainly not in the temporary seats, maybe in the main stand. I suspect the PA was much better along the side, and the screen more visible from along the side.
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(This post was edited by WestBerksPalace on Aug 2, 2016, 11:37 AM)