Silverlake Stadium - Eastleigh FC Ground Guide

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How Easy Was The Ground to Get To (from the station, by car, etc)
By train, it is a15 minutes walk to the ground from Southampton Airport Parkway station. You have to go through Eastleigh Country Park, then over a roundabout and through a business park to get to the ground. The ground is also walkable from Eastleigh station, which is slightly further away.
By car, it looks like there's decent access to the ground from the M27.
If Applicable, How is Parking Near The Ground?

There's plenty of parking at Southampton Airport.
Based on Where You Were Sat, How Was the View?
This is another ground which has been built up very quickly and doesn't quite fit together. From what I know there usually isn't segregation but if there is you'll be given part of the new stand (which they purchased from Exeter Rugby Club) and a bit of the covered side terrace. The stand is by far the biggest structure at the ground and has a bit of a temporary feel. There is a post in the way but the sightlines are pretty good and you'll be fully enclosed and covered. The side terracing is very small and a bit rickety looking!
How Were The Stewards on The Day?

No problems
If You Ate at The Ground, How Would You Rate the Food?
I didn't eat there and the catering arrangements felt distinctly inadequate for our away following. For a club whose fans complained about how things were at Hive, I thought their hospitality was a bit underwhelming. The toilets consisted of flimsy portacabins, there was one female toilet and they ran out of programmes 40 minutes before kick-off.
How Was The Atmosphere At The Ground, From Both Sets of Supporters? Does the Stadium Hold the Noise?
Away fans can build up a good amount of noise in the stand but the home support definitely felt a bit half-arsed. Maybe the fact that a lot of them are Southampton supporters explains it. Also their younger contingent decided to sit in the stand next to us and tried to out-sing us. It was a bit pitiful and their song of "If it wasn't for us, you'd be Krauts," (Eastleigh built Spitfires for the RAF) was not only a shit song but historically inaccurate.
How Are the Pubs and Local Attractions in The Local Area?
There are no bars in the away end. If you are part of a small away following you might be able to get into their social club. I was able to buy a drink and watch some Sky Sports footie at the Concorde Club which is situated on Stonehall Lane, a couple of minutes walk from the ground. I also had quite a good brunch at the café in the country park nearby.
Overall Score Out of 10?
The Eastleigh vision fails to move me, 5.5/10
 
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1. No access to a bar for away fans (wasn't a problem for me admittedly). There was a pub on the main road which served away fans (didn't go in, but saw some Alty fans coming out of there)
2. Stewards were friendly
3. Segregation meant we had a fairly average view from one corner of the ground
4. There was a chip van which I didn't patronise
5. Didn't use the toilets, so can't say what they were like
6. Walk-up entry price had gone up from £12 last year to £15 this.
7. The atmosphere was OK I suppose, but you might have expected a bit more for a team in a playoff position.
8. My son said the new stand looked like half a warehouse.
9. Not much to shout about re the match itself.
10. We walked to the ground from a local hotel. I imagine match day traffic for a big away following would be a nightmare due to the country lane location of the stadium.
 

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