davidwatkins visited Whaddon Road (World of Smile Stadium) on 06/08/2016
Game watched: Cheltenham Town 1-1 Leyton Orient
A solid day out at the football! It was more exciting for me no doubt as it completed the current 92 for me having done the new West ahm stadium in the week. A crowd of 3,912 was in to see the Robins first game back in the League and there was a decent crowd in for the O's too. I parked in the social club just around the corner (first left then on the left as you go past the stadium on your left). The parking was £4 and the club was not busy. Had sandwiches and a bar and a TV showing the lunchtime BT Sport game (Maidstone v York).
The front of the stadium has a large car park and doesn't look particularly inspiring but inside the ground is decent with three newish stand on three sides all linked together around the corners and then one old 50s or 60s style main stand in the middle of the fourth side. The home end where I was was nicely full without being crushed and the atmosphere was good once the home side got going! They were quiet and negative in the first half as the Os raced into a 3rd minute lead and bossed the game. Second half was totally different as the RObins bossed it and they deservedly got an equaliser late on. Premir League ref Lee Probert did a good job too. Good day out!