Yesterday's promotion and a crowd of 3,000+ revealed one major problem. If you are going to attract families in any number then there are going to have to be more toilets in the ground. Mrs T has been moaning to the club about the lack of ladies loos for years now. Just one block at the south end of the ground is not acceptable.
As you know, Tony, I had a probable first timer with 2 young boys sitting next to me at the game. They needed the loo at half time and with only 3 urinals & 2 cubicles available to the main stand and Mackoy in the south west corner, it was inevitable there would be a very long queue. I suggested they try those just outside the Hangar and they got back before the restart which was fine. There were also very long queues for food. It's a subject I wish I'd raised for the forum, but it does need to be looked at over the summer.
Post by unknownquantity on Mar 3, 2019 17:41:48 GMT
I can concur with this. I arrived a bit later than I normally would and had to wait several minutes before being served my pint. This however meant that by the time I finished drinking this and got in the queue to enter the ground it was almost 2.55 and such were the queues to get in that me and a number of other people did not get in until 3.05.
I usually join the toilet queue at the end of the first half and although I sometimes have a small wait, yesterday was the first time that the players were back on the field when I came out.
I did notice that quite a small percentage of the crowd went into either of the bars after the game and for me win, draw or lose this is an important part of the match experience, even though I drink less alcohol than I used to.
The ladies toilets are terrible. I’ve been to festivals that are better! The ones in the block have never flushed properly in the 2 + years I’ve been going to Eastleigh matches. Hopefully this will be something that will be looked at in the summer.
At the forum Kenny was informed about an issue on that night he was unaware of, so it helps as fans if we make the club know how we feel about issues at the club and they will try and improve where possible.
The issue of the hot food was mentioned by tyreman on the other forum, but not on here.
What Were they having a fry up on a camping stove*
* for the benefit of our younger readers a "camping stove" was a small portable butane or propane cooker.
Camping stoves still exist, Tony. Of many different sizes. So any younger readers who know a bit about camping will know it. And they're not cookers (enclosed cooking device), but burners or grills. Just to be precise about things.
The "no hot food" rule is fairly standard with the bigger coach companies I think. www.nationalexpress.com/coach/ourservice/safety_card.pdf I think it's a general rule rather than being aimed at any particular set of passengers and I would guess they have had all sorts of hot food debris trodden into their nice carpets and deposited on and down the side of their seat upholstery in the past. Apart from the greasy and difficult to clean mess that leaves, it also encourages vermin and other pests. Regarding the two too short stops on the way to Chesterfield that seems odd. I did the Salford trip on the coach and we had one good stop each way with plenty of time for getting something to eat and drink. i can't imagine why the Chesterfield coach driver had his own two stop strategy.