An introduction to English football
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December 18th, 2004 – by: kiwicarol
I enjoyed the city of Manchester, although it was FREEZING cold, but I was excited to be in the home of Coronation Street! Our tour of Old Trafford was well worth taking the time to do, where we learned about not only the history of the club and the stadium, but also things like the fact that there are no rubbish bins anywhere in the stadium (because of bombs) and that every single section has its own exit stairwell, so the stadium can be completely evacuated in a matter of minutes.
On gameday we headed out to the stadium early to get situated and soak up the atmosphere. The road leading up to the stadium is completely blocked with 60,000+ people making their way to the gates. The police presence is huge, with a row of police manning the last rubbish bins about fifty meters before the gates. Once inside the stadium you drop your rubbish on the ground, where it is immediately swept up by staff... I've never seen a cleaner stadium anywhere! The fans at English football games are seated according to which team they support. About 80% of the stadium was red, and one small section was reserved for the Crystal Palace supporters and completely surrounded by a ring of police... you see firsthand that they take security seriously and are making every effort to ensure tragedies of the past are not repeated.
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