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Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
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Carrow Road (Norwich City FC)
Date: 06/07/03, updated on 06/07/03 (262 review reads)
Advantages: Good Facilities, New Stand, You can see Delia!
Disadvantages: Not in the premier league
In Norwich we have a great deal of development currently going on. Most of is around the place we call Riverside because er, it's by the side of the river. There's a lot of apartments going up as well as retail parks etc. So to keep in line Norwich City FC have finally got the go ahead to finish the redevelopment of Carrow Road and get their hands on some of that fat property development cash.
Norwich City are currently in the Nationwide First Division where they've been since the mid nineties. Before that they scaled the heights of the Premiership before things went a bit sour off the field and leaving us with relegation. A few poor seasons have followed but now the club are on the up with Nigel Worthington taking charge. In his first season we managed to get to the play off final only to lose out to Birmingham on penalties. Last season we finished eighth due to the fact that we couldn't finish teams off and lacked some real firepower. However this didn't matter as Norwich enjoyed amazing support with sell-out crowds for a lot of games and an average gate of around 20,000. With this in mind the club have finally demolished what was known as the South Stand. This in comparison to the rest of the ground was a shoddy stand that didn't even have any yellow and green in it's seats. It was a bit of a joke but now it's gone. In it's place will be a new stand full of yellow and green that will take the capacity over 24,000.
If you get the chance to come to Carrow Road then you'll find it a good sized stadium that is pretty modern in design and has some good facilities. Delia Smith is on the board of directors so you can be sure the half time pies are of a decent standard, in fact they've won accolades. And should you come on matchday then you're bound to see Delia sitting in the directors box as always. See you're not just getting quality football, you're also seeing famous people!
ity of the noise in the ground can be found in the lower barclay stand where there's a section known as the snakepit. Here is where you'll find the hardcore city support who sing the songs, get the team going and also berate the visiting support. I'm sure that most of them will miss that feeling for a few months as the away support will be smaller due to the fact that they were normally in the south stand which is still being built. A few more vocal supporters can be found in the corner infill between the Barclay and the City stand. The city stand is the smallest stand with only one tier. This is where you'll find the dugouts, the directors box as well as the older city supporters who really aren't up to singing anymore. The river end is similar to the Barclay only it's a great deal quieter and you tend to get more families there. There's also a Coca Cola family area where the tickets are cheaper although the views aren't as great.
Tickets for match games are normally between £15-20 depending on who you are and where you sit. I'd say this is about average for most nationwide clubs and isn't bad value at Carrow Road as Norwich in recent years have had a very solid home record with very few losses.
So for some great football come down to Carrow Road, it'll be a quieter place for the rest of this year but come February you should see some great atmosphere and by then we should be on the way back to the Premier League!
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