“ Broadhall Way is a multi-use stadium in Stevenage, England. It is currently used mostly for football matches and is the home ground of Stevenage Borough F.C. „
Broadhall Way, Stevenage is probably at present the best ground in the Nationwide Conference. Now that's real praise coming from such a hardened adversary as a Woking fan like myself! I have been to the ground three times, and not that I like to gloat, but we've won each game, scored 8 goals and conceded one. Each time I have travelled by train through London, from Woking to Waterloo, and then the underground to King's Cross. When you arrive at the station, it's roughly a 20 minute walk down the main road alongside the retail park consisting of such helpful places as McDonalds, and further down, Burger King. Walking under a subway, the path divides into two, home fans to the left and away fans such as myself to the right. The ground itself: For the first two visits to 'Boro's' ground, us Woking fans ha the delight of an steep, open terrace of about 20 steps. To the right - the East Terrace, populated by the home 'singers' (I won't go into details of how we seem to always outsing them!). This is a big terrace, going back further than ours, with a roof (luxury) and what looks like the players tunnel half way along, though the players come out from the left hand side. Don't ask me why! On the left is a very nice stand, red seats with white seats spelling BORO along the four sections. While the TV camera is to the left, the radio commentary position is on this side, in what looks like a glass box at the back of the stand. The pull out tunnel comes out half way along, and visitors must be warned of the annoying voice of the one known to us as 'Microphone Man'. Beware his loud and penetrating voice, the way he attempts to annoy away supporters (maybe he just does this for us) and whips the home crowd into a frenzy of sorts. HE MUST BE DROWNED OUT AT ALL COSTS. Opposite to our end is probably the worst bit of the stadium, a smal terrace with a roof covering 2/3 of it, and a bit sticking off the end - it looks a bit scruffy. Now, however, the nicest bit of this impressive ground is in fact the away supporters stand. It is about 20 - 30 rows deep (this may be wrong - sorry!) and Is mainly white seats with red spelling SBFC - we try to avoid sitting in these ;) In fact, most of u were standing, jumping, chanting, singing, as..."Scott Steele whips in the corner from the left, plenty of players in the area, Perkins gets a head to it....GOOOAALLL! The Woking fans are going mad, the Boro fans stream out of the exits, and what a story we have here! Woking without a point away from home in 9 games, now lead Stevenage Borough, their fierce rivals by four goals to nil!" Nice ground, happy memories.
As an away supporter my view will be different to a 'Boro regular, but will be more useful to your average away fan. Stevenage's recent rise to fame prompted a revamp of what was a small ground, but is now ready for the Football League, should it get there. One of the more 'fussy' clubs, it sticks to the rules. I feel like I have to wipe my feet when I go in, and not be criticle of their players . It doesn't stop me, mind. This is an easy one to get to. Just off the A1 and signposted! A large car park opposite the ground is a relief, as no wasting time looking for a place to park is required. Crossing the busy dual carriageway is about as difficult as it gets. It is always segregated. To get to the away section you turn right out of the car park, cross the road and turn left to around the back of the main stand. The away entrance is on the left. Straight on is the club bar, but as I've never been in it I can't comment on it. You have a choice of covered seating in the main stand or an uncovered terrace behind the goal. The average Conference prices apply. The view is excellent whatever you choose. Stewards are present in large numbers and competent and helpful. There are basic facilites, toilets, refreshments etc, and the access to these is also excellent for the able bodied and the less fortunate. The range of refreshments is ok. Well worth a visit.