This post is definitely not aimed at Sheffield Eagles supporters but I would appreciate it if any supporters can pass on my comments to those who organise the stadium and the pre-match hospitality.
1. When we arrived we were told that tickets were £16 - but if we had ordered on-line on the previous Monday we could have had tickets for £12. A heads up e-mail/ facebook message/ forum message would have been appreciated by our supporters, and I am sure that other travelling supporters would appreciate any early notification of ticket deals. £14 pound gets you a decent seat with a fabulous view in the Glyndwr Racecourse - £16 is asking a lot for terraced standing.
2. We arrived about an hour before the game, expecting to be able to have a pint and sit in a bar in the stadium - but the big glass=fronted bar was only for those with hospitality tickets and the Hare and Hounds bar was restricted to Season Ticket Holders only. We asked and were refused service in both bars. The only bar available to us was the small bar in the ground. Some of our supporters and elderly and would have appreciated a seat and their drinks in comfort. We felt totally unwelcomed and as a consequence left immediately following the game and took our custom to the nearest pub.
3. The matchday prices are rather pricy. Our nearest pub - The Turf, reduces it best selling bitter and lager to £2 on matchdays and his normal prices are £2.70 per pint. Cefn Druids have kept their matchday prices to under £3 for a pint.
4. The stewarding was rather aggressive. One supporter who was in the ground at 13:00 with only a handful of people in the stadium was asked to move from a yellow hatched area as he was 'a fire hazard'
Crusaders fans can put up with poor facilities if they feel welcomed into the stadium and are treated like valued customers. Unfortunately this wasn't the case at Owlerton.
I would like to add a massive thank you to the Eagles Supporters who did offer a warm welcome and provided some great banter - some even offered their season tickets for us to get a pint in the Hare and Hounds. Its always nice to hear the home supporters getting behind their team - and that has been lacking in several stadiums we have visited.
Best of luck for the remainder of the season,