Brentford Community Stadium: No Beer, No Atmosphere – Ground Review

The writing is on the wall when you need to walk under a motorway to get to the ground.

For those that don’t know London well, Brentford’s new ground is next to the Chiswick Roundabout which signifys the end of the M4 as it comes into the capital.

The walk to the stadium is not an inspiring one.

As we exited Gunnersbury station, there was no murmur of fans exited for the home teams first top flight game in god knows how long. Infact there were no fans around at all. The only noise was from the cars on the dual carriageway.

The walk to the ground was soulless. No burger vans, flag or scarf sellers. Not single pub bar the one directly opposite the station. Not even a tout.

You cross under the motorway and head to the ground. And what a soulless place it is.

Surrounded by a new build housing estate still under construction; there is not a soul to be seen bar Arsenal fans.

And then you get to the turnstile.

A 30 minute queue to get into the stadium as there were only 5 turnstiles available to away fans. This will only cause problems later in the season and is an accident waiting to happen.

The inside of the ground is no better.

The best way to describe it is “a little bit shit”. And that is probably an understatement.

God knows what the architects were thinking when they designed this for awful stadium.

With the huge TVs in the roof and a corner that just collapses; it is one of the worst grounds I have been too.

At least Fulham is on the edge of a beautiful park, next to the river and is a cracking ground.

And the atmosphere. You wouldn’t think it was Brentford’s first top flight on god knows how long (the second time I have said that).

The crowd was a bit like what you get at Fulham. Bunch of students and locals who probably didn’t realise Brentford had a team until they got promoted.

But what can you expect from a team that are basically Leyton Orient of South and West London.

With Chelsea, Fulham and QPR drawing in fans, Brentford have never had much of a following.

I imagine they will hope to draw in a new fan base from the thousands of new build flats rising in and around the area. A bunch of key workers who fancy a day out. They will probably try and take Fulham’s tag of being “London’s friendly club” and have “neutral end” for most games.

Brentford’s fan base looked like they were there were at the game for an appetiser before a night out. Not their first football game in 18 months.

Any ground that “doesn’t serve beer at half time to away fans” can immediately get in the bin. And Brentford is in that bin.

Not only was alcohol a big NO in the away end, but there was no pies, burgers or anything; bar coke, sprite or water.

And to top it all off, Gunnersbury station – the nearest to away fans – is shut after the game leading you with a 10 minute trek to Chiswick Park where you have to head West to Acton before heading back East.

No beer, no atmosphere, a ground under a motorway. I won’t be itching to return.

Keenos

63 thoughts on “Brentford Community Stadium: No Beer, No Atmosphere – Ground Review

  1. Silentstan

    Well, what a bitter childish whinge. A 10 minute trek! Oh dear oh dear. You wait 4 times that just to get into Arsenal station. No beer? Could that be because of restriction?
    No atmosphere!!!!!!!Admitted I only saw it on TV, but it was rocking. Far better than the bowl. And it houses a tram who know how to play

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  2. Jacky, Chris and Patrick

    Great new ground close to the Thames, Kew Green & Chiswick with numerous friendly boozers. Only 15k home fans but all close to the pitch and good acoustics made it so loud the Sky team repeatedly commented on it – it sounded more like Fratton Park than The library.

    Bees fans have always been quirky and family oriented, more into music/a chat than confrontation and accepting of their lot supporting “A bus-stop in Hounslow”. I enjoyed 3 pints and a pie in the ground, only thing missing was any noise from the travelling library after the first twenty minutes. Sadly many of them left early.

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  3. Malcolm John Hobday

    Went to Emirates 3 year ago nice ground no atmosphere crowd even cheered when they got a throw in. Really thought were playing in a library. As for no burger vans, why need them on main road have take away shops they were doing a roaring trade. Doubt if ever been to Emirates so for his information there are blocks of flats around the ground. Cannot survive for 90 minutes without a drink should go to A.A. instead of football.

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  4. feelingsreally

    Awwww little bit bitter that the Bees beat you last night, so you feel you need to slate our new ground and fans!! Hilarious!!! Hope you get relegated this season!!! Don’t be bitter, be better! UP THE BEES!!

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  5. Rod Davidson

    How can you post such a lot of dumb rubbish such as this. And to think you have presumably thought about it before hand probably means you need to get your one brain cell polished.
    Just tune in to expert comment for a change and stop wasting everybody else’s time.

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  6. Charlie the bee

    You don’t have a clue lot’s of pubs bars on all the concourses i’ve been going since ‘66 and only parkhead or the old upton park has an atmosphere. To match maybe you should go back to your libary and grow up you were 2 nd best live with it 🐝😊

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  7. Martin

    Dear She,
    Firstly, I so hope that you forgive the familiarity of using your first name. Secondly, the best approach to our ground is the slightly longer one from Kew Bridge Station, which takes you over the Thames via the stoney elegance of Kew Bridge after a walk through tolerably middle class suburbs and past the cricket hosting Green. You can also get that desperately needed alcohol fix at riverside taverns within easy distance at Strand. Not a patch on the architectural splendour of my old stomping ground on the Holloway Road, but you can’t have everything.
    More seriously, poor refreshments for away fans is embarrassing, but so is rank snobbery

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  8. Adrian

    You couldn’t be factually more wrong about so many things. It’s a disgrace you’re able to post such utter rubbish, spreading mis-information about the stadium and Brentford fans. I feel sorry for you and hope your blog doesn’t get any more readers in the future. Focus on supporting your boring Arsenal team at your boring Emirates stadium with its boring atmosphere. You’re the kind of people I never want to see around a football ground, you’re a disgrace to football.

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    1. Max

      Must of been proper gutted he couldn’t buy a wooly scarf in August. Much more disappointing than the shambles that is the once great team he supports. Not laughed so much in ages.

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  9. Derek

    Poor Arsenal fan crying after losing to a team that was four divisions below the mighty Gunners not that long ago. You’re so wrong about so many things and you shouldn’t be allowed to write stuff like this. Just as an example the ticketing was done in such a way that essentially no one who hasn’t supported the club for many years was able to go to the game… so no the people attending weren’t a bunch of people who ‘didn’t realise Brentford had a team until they got promoted’. Actually, you’re probably someone who didn’t realise Brentford existed until they got promoted because you only know the Premierleague and don’t know anything outside it. Enjoy your season being miserable at the Emirates, I won’t miss you.

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  10. Steve

    Quite frankly if it was the “Shit” why did tou bother to sat … other than to watch the Gunners get thumped. Radio 5 said on more than one occasion the noise inside made it hard to concentrate … perhaps your hearing aids were turned down or you simply didn’t wear them !!! one word TWAT

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  11. Mark Soudan

    What a first class prat.Throwing his dummy out of the pram because we didn’t just roll over and let them walk all over us.Sorry mate, that’s not the way football works and if they persist with a workmate and attitude like that they will struggle to finish in the top ten ,let alone top 4!!

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  12. Mark Soudan

    What a first class prat.Throwing his dummy out of the pram because we didn’t just roll over and let them walk all over us.Sorry mate, that’s not the way football works and if they persist with a workrate and attitude like that they will struggle to finish in the top ten ,let alone top 4!!

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  13. BeeHappy

    Watch your blood pressure mate. All that salt is very bad for you. Anyway, when you turn 15 you might get a better appreciation for grown up things. Maybe until then stay off the Internet. It’ll save you loads of cringe moments like this later in life. Two nil on your big day out eh?

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  14. Ad

    I think you walked to the wrong ground and plenty of beer in the home stands. Sounds like we have designed it perfectly if it’s a shit day out for away fans.

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  15. Ecstatic Brentford Fan

    This review seems a little sour after the way Brentford dealt with a crumbling Arsenal who are nowhere near the level they once were.

    True the burger vans and lack of food options in the stadium were noticeable but I can assure you the home end had beer, it was cold, refreshing and went down a treat, much like the Brentford performance from last night.

    Everything else in this review is just a sad attempt to belittle a club that’s run in a way an Arsenal fan can only dream their club would be. You speak of a lack of atmosphere before the game and during the game. The lack of scarf sellers and fans cheering before kick off. I actually have to wonder if you was even there last night. I was and I heard fans chanting and singing on our approach to the stadium and yes there were scarf sellers.

    I would remind you that this is the first game hosted to a capacity crowd in this stadium and most of the issues you have listed can be easily fixed and I’m sure they will be.

    You say you won’t be itching to return but we would rather not have you back. Go to the atmosphere-less Emirates and watch Arsenal lose there instead.

    Speaking of soulless, I will give the Arsenal fans their due, for the first 20 minutes you were loud, but once we scored I could barely tell you was there, a stunned silence is how I would describe it. And after the second goal went in, well, we definitely didn’t hear a peep out of you.

    Such a shame that you cannot be humble in defeat and give Brentford the respect to write a decent review and consider that this is a team that works on a budget smaller than what you paid for Ben White (great investment btw, absolutely bullied and schooled by Ivan Toney last night). We run our club well, we have got a brand new stadium that didn’t cost us years of performances and “top four” spots because of budgets and not having the money. We have done a great job and built a great stadium. The fact that you couldn’t enjoy a beer while watching your pathetic team get beat by “little old Brentford” is laughable. Take your review and put it in this “bin” you speak of, also take your sour grapes, your feelings and the whole of Arsenal Football Club and put them in the same bin while you’re at it…

    Absolutely pathetic!

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  16. Terry H

    This is the most rediculous article I’ve read for a long time.
    I can only imagine the writer walked to the ground at 5pm. I walked to the ground an hour before kick off and there were lots of supporters from both clubs milling around. No queues apart from the merchandise kiosk.
    You’ve only got to look at the sky coverage before, during and after the game to see this article is total fiction.
    I know Arsenal fans won’t be happy about the way they were beaten but this one must be still crying in their drink.. oh yeah there wasn’t any food or drink in the away section. Surely you could make a dry white wine with those sour grapes! Hahaha!

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  17. Peter Wilson

    OMG this is the most deluded, inaccurate nonsense I’ve read in a very long time. No atmosphere? If you wrote that then it means you weren’t there last night. The Brentford fans were absolutely deafening before the game and for the whole 90 mins. Sky and BBC a radio commented repeatedly about it. Sad to see someone lie like this article. Just because your team got raped repeatedly live on global TV doesn’t give you the excuse to write such drivel. Pathetic,

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  18. Sean Algar

    Bitter, sad loser would sum up your report nicely. You are in the minority calling it soulless as the football World and virtually every football pundit and paper has said it was a fantastic atmosphere.

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  19. NB

    ‘there is not a soul to be seen bar Arsenal fans’, your cover is blown! Good luck for the rest of the season Gooner. Also just Google’d the meaning for ‘Gooner’, to expand ‘One who is completely and miserably addicted to porn but embraces and loves it’ and ‘Gooners are often total weirdos with bragging about being addicted, and call pornstars goddesses’. See, it’s not nice when someone looks for the worst in something, so let’s all be friends, good luck with Arsenal for the rest of the season and up the Bees!

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  20. Ed

    This was fun to read…as a Brentford fan. Glad you did not enjoy your visit. Glad you did not show up early to mingle with the friendly and welcoming crowds at Brentford. Glad you walked in the wrong way. Glad your section was silent after twenty minutes. Glad to never have you come again.

    In the end I am happy and you are just one big sour grape. Works well for me.

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  21. Andy Allsopp

    Bit salty. Did you lose? 😉 TBH anyone from Highbury trying to describe an atmosphere at a football match might be a bit lost.

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  22. JB

    Went back via Kew bridge a 2 minute walk from the away end. Straight to Waterloo
    However, you are right, it was souless outside before the game. It was the only the inside of the pubs that made you realise there was a game on in a short time. No beer in an away end is ridiculous

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  23. Tom Murphy

    Did you go to the right place l wonder? Plenty of atmosphere from a Bees perspective. Why use (Gunners)bury station, its in Chiswick? Get on National rail to Kew Bridge Station, your little legs won’t have far to trot back to when you leave at half time. See you next season salty?

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  24. Sam

    Can confirm that this post is complete bull. Was there last night and t’was electric. Couldn’t hear the Arsenal plastics in the corner passed the 22nd minute after canos scored.

    People like this give fans a bad name. Absolute plastic.

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  25. Shaun Garmonsway

    Lack of burger vans? Eat before you leave home.
    Lack of Beer? Loads of pubs around the ground and within walking distance. Scarf sellers? The half & half scarf is an abomination to all REAL football fans and should be eradicated. As for the fans…as a somewhat older supporter, attending Brentford games for 50 years this is quite offensive from some spotty oik as yourself. No atmosphere…l suggest you were at the wrong game mate. Outsung, outplayed, out muscled and outclassed by a team hungrier than an arsenal team with no class, no idea and no passion.

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  26. Two Nil

    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    It’s sounds like the way we treat away fans worked a treat 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 chin up 2-0 can we play you every week!!! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

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  27. B Smith

    Putting aside the factual inaccuracies and general sour grapes, the only way to describe your writing is “a little bit shit”. It’s utterly bland, uninteresting and not remotely funny other than perhaps an ironic “is this bloke for real” kinda way. I’m not even sure who you’re trying to appeal to here? Very strange.

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