Date:Sunday July 23 2006
Crossing the bridge towards our new home for the first time yesterday, told me that all the photo's I'd seen on the internet in no way did the new girl any justice.
Even though I'd had a few 'shandies' I still felt like a big kid, having to crane my neck to see the top of this enormous new structure. I couldn't stop staring at it. It's beautiful.
If I thought the outside was a sight to behold then the inside is out of this world. Everything about the place screams class, ok so it doesn't have the history of the real 'home of football' but give it time. As someone said to me yesterday 'all it needs is a trophy or two and maybe a classic derby match'
All true football fans remember the first time the headed up the stairs of their favorite team's stadium, that moment when the hallowed turf comes into view for the very first time, the smell of grass, burgers and cigars, well I have now been lucky enough to have that experience twice, only this time I was more in awe.
The place is awesome, it's massive, but compact, it's modern, yet it feels like home. The views are excellent from all area's of the stadium, the atmosphere is stunning. The volume yesterday was far better than Highbury and that was 'just' for a testamonial, I can't imagine what it will be like when Tottenham, Man utd or Chelsea come to visit.
Thierry Henry claims one of the greatest things about Highbury was the pitch, well believe it or not, this one is bigger and better. The ground staff have had use of all the state of the art technology, the stadium was designed with pitch in mind and we have the best head groundsman in England, all this makes the new pitch one of the best I have ever seen.
Even the seats are unbelievable. Spacious and comfortable, my only gripe would be that the base of the seat is bigger than at another stadium in the world and I kept reaching to far down when trying to pull it down into seating posion after an exciting incident, but I guess I'll get used to that in time.
The King is dead, long live the king. (Although we'll never forget Highbury)
The image above is of the first time I saw the new hallowed turf
Date:Sunday July 23 2006
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