Last week’s poll about the best Premiership grounds was supposed to be as objective as possible, but there were clearly some strong feelings about various rugby stadia.
Fans of some clubs were competing to generate the most votes for their beloved ground, and with over 1,100 votes, it turned into one of the most popular polls we’ve ever run.
The Quins fans were the first to catch on, and The Stoop was the early frontrunner with a lead that looked unassailable for a time, with Alan citing it’s good accessibility and that the prices are reasonable – and 180-odd people clearly agreed.
It wasn’t long though before Kingsholm and Franklins Gardens emerged as the two favourite grounds, much to the delight of traditionalists like Rob Watson who was “glad to see the top two both being proper rugby grounds rather than shared football grounds.” The general consensus was that these are two fine grounds, and few would argue with the results.
Northampton’s ground was lauded for its unobstructed views with no columns in the seats, the fact that’s easy to get to, and the quality of the pork rolls were the subject of more than one comment.
But the winner of the poll is Gloucester’s ground at Kingsholm, with one third of the total vote. The atmosphere was regarded as a key strength – particularly under the lights according to LOTA, and on a “crisp winter’s day to warm the cockles” according to Tom – whilst the quality of the pubs around the ground was also a factor.
Other honourable mentions must go to Sandy Park, which probably would have been higher had more people actually been there, and to The Rec and the Madejski Stadium which both had plenty of support.
In a strange quirk of technology, Vicarage Road ended up on -1%. Even Saracens fans could not build a case for their ground, and EC1 could not wait for the club to move away, whilst waltham was “not looking forward to another cold winter’s day there this season.”