Thoughts on the Bet365 Stadium

Welcome to blog to Ben Thompson. The Gillingham fan is making very good progress with his 92 and shares some thoughts on a recent trip to the Potteries…

Ground 75/92: The Bet365 Stadium
Stoke City 3-1 Hull City

Thoughts about the ground

I thought the Bet365 Stadium was a really nice ground and on a very scenic route. It’s a bit of a walk to the ground from the station, but most of the walk I took (as the weather wasn’t bad) was along the canal; nice to see some ducks and boats! The ground is nice without being spectacular and I would easily go back again; Stoke are currently extending the ground by filling in the corner between the Sharp Stand and the DPD Stand.

Walk from Stoke City train station to the Bet365 Stadium Stoke City Bet365 Stadium

Thoughts about the game

It was a very scrappy game. There were sloppy passes at times but Stoke took their chances well; especially the 3rd goal from Shaquri’s. The Swiss produced a fantastic strike from 30 yards, which was worth the admission price alone.

Overall, Stoke probably just edged it and deserved the 3 points. Mark Hughes made a bizarre change taking off Berahino, which drew a negative reaction from the crowd. However the 2 subs Crouch and Walters certainly made the difference.

Stoke City v Hull City at the Bet365 Stadium in the Premier League


Atmosphere 3/5: Wasn’t the greatest of atmosphere but Stoke can get behind the players at times. The rendition of “Why why why Delilah” was decent.

Location 2/5: Not in the best of locations if arriving by train as it’s a good 30-40 mins walk to the ground. But if you have plenty of time on your hands, the walk along the canal to the ground us quite a nice route.

Value for money 4/5: I paid £25 for my ticket, at most Premier League grounds it’s around £30-£35. £25 to watch a Premier League game is a good price I’d say.

Pie and Pint Rating N/A

Programme 4/5: A good read, £3.50 for a programme which was expected but an enjoyable read.

Character 4/5

Stewarding 4/5: No problems with the stewards inside the ground, didn’t see any where I was standing. Only thing I did get annoyed with was just before going in the ground; I understand checking people’s bags etc, but the stewards kept thoroughly checking my bag for a good 5 minutes, even though I had nothing dangerous. But other than that, no problems.

Overall 5/5: A decent day, 75 of 92 grounds done, 4 goals seen and a fantastic 30 yarder for Stoke’s 3rd goal from Shaqiri, can’t complain! I’d recommend a visit to The Bet365 Stadium for sure.

You can keep up with Ben on his journey to the 92 club through his blog “The Rainham End” and on Twitter @ThommoGFC.

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