TTU Awards 2010/2011: Best Ground
Darren Bent firing over so disastrously at Wembley a fortnight ago will have provided Charlton Athletic fans with only minor consolation. But an alarmingly awful season on the pitch still does little to detract from the match day experience at the Valley. At a community club, those long years of crumbling terraces as the ground lay dormant in the Eighties are now banished to memory, and the new stadium manages to concoct a pleasing blend out of old and new – it’s enclosed and four sided, but the action takes place close to the fans and atmosphere is always sizzling, not least on the occasion of Exeter City’s visit in February.
Brighton and Hove Albion manage to get mentions for both the Withdean and Falmer although I suspect that the “best away trip” category has been more of an inspiration for both voters rather than any distinguishing features of the stadia themselves – certainly the former’s advocate could be accused of contrariness. Of the old school, Cheltenham Town’s Whaddon Road has its apologists.
Last Year’s Winner: The City Ground