Image courtesy of geograph.org.uk
Image courtesy of geograph.org.uk

Adams Park, named after Frank Adams, an ex-Wycombe player, has a capacity of 10,284.  Most of the ground is seated, although behind the goal at the home end is a standing area.  The ground consists of the Frank Adams Stand, which is the main stand, the Panache Stand, where the away fans are seated, the Beechdean Stand, a single tier of seating, and the Valley End, where the home fans stand behind the goal.  The ground itself was very nice, with comfortable seating for all away fans and a modern looking main stand.  Away fans were give the whole Panache Stand for the match. which was very good, as many clubs would have only given a fraction away.  The pitch was also in very good condition, and there were no problems with muddy goalmouths or any other areas during the game.  Although the ground is situated on a big hill, the pitch seems to have been designed well so that there is no noticeable slope to disrupt the game.  The surrounding area is mostly countryside on one side, but it is still very easily accessible from the town.

I traveled to the game by car, and it was very easy to park along a sidestreet near the ground.  There were also several away fan friendly pubs in the area, all of which had live sport on.  There was also a pavilion serving drinks to away fans by the entrance to the ground, but alcohol was not allowed inside the ground.  The ground seemed very well organised and away fans were very well taken care of.  From what I could see, the view from all over the ground was unrestricted, with there being no unwanted obstacles that could impair the vision of the away fans.  Pompey were also given about 100 seats in the Beechdean Stand to ensure the away end was not overcrowded.  In terms of the home fans, they seemed very quiet for most of the game.  That is, until they took the lead, then they were perfectly happy to add their voices to those of the 2000 Pompey fans.  There was a fairly low attendance, with 5,816 fans, including the 1,955 Pompey fans.  There was no trouble at all between the home and away fans, and both teams’ players seemed to respect each other just as much.  Food was widely available in and out the ground too, making the experience very enjoyable.

All in all, I felt the experience at Adams Park was a very enjoyable one and felt very well looked after.  Although the home fans were fairly quiet, I thought they treated the away fans with respect.  The stadium is probably the best I have been to in league 2 so far this season, and I would be very open to going again next time the two clubs play each other.  The one slightly unsatisfactory thing about the ground was the condition of the away toilets, but as that is a fairly minor detail, it is not one that mattered much in the scheme of things.  Adams Park is a very nice, if small stadium and I would recommend away fans to go there when next their side travels to Wycombe.

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