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"World Cup 1998"

has rated Stade Velodrome 3.0 out of 5.

phespirit's review of Stade Velodrome

Flew in and out of Marseille on an expensive day-trip to see England beat Tunisia 2-0 in their first group match of World Cup 1998. The night before had been a carnage of violence so the twin objectives of this trip were simple: see the match; return unscathed. Stadium appreciation was secondary.

Location

No time for a city orientation. Let out of the coach from the airport still far enough from the ground to require a sprint over some distance to get in midway through the anthems.

View

High up on one of the corners behind the goal, it was all a bit remote and everyone was standing in their seats.

Facilities

No time to buy a souvenir programme before the match, and couldn't find any for sale anywhere afterwards. Very annoying.

Food & Drink

Never saw any. Not so much as an onion seller.

Police & Stewards

All police were in combat gear and carrying automatic rifles. The rioting of the night before had been no joke and all English were considered equally reprehensible as a result; treated coldly if not contemptibly.

Atmosphere

Enthusiastic in the ground, a bit too tense on the outside.

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Ratings for Stade Velodrome

ApsectRating
LocationAspect 1 rating: 2.5 stars
ViewAspect 2 rating: 1.5 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 1.0 star
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 1.0 star
Police & StewardsAspect 5 rating: 3.0 stars
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 3.0 stars
OverallOverall rating: 3.0 stars

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