Sunday, 21 November 2010

Back to my Scottish roots

Saturday 20th November 2010 - Scotland 21 South Africa 17, Murrayfield

My late father would have been proud, I watched my first Scottish Rugby game at Murrayfield, and what a game to choose - Scotland beating the world champions, South Africa.

Your first view of Murrayfield as you approach from the city centre

Not so great was the number of empty seats, it seems so strange when I had to pay over £50 for a seat, Rugby Union all over the UK sold out to the corporate dollar a number of years ago but all the home nations now struggle to sell all their seats for the Autumn internationals with Scotland and Irland struggling the most, very bad news for Ireland as theses were the first games at their new home.

So they may need to look at reducing prices, cheap tickets for school groups but I feel that the corporate sponsors would not be happy as many have paid for long term contracts and 30,000 at £60 a ticket will earn the RFU boards more than a full house at £20 a throw.

The stadium may not be one of the newest but the views are fantastic, loads of leg room and rare for the UK, all the catering and bars are outside the stands and you can walk around the whole ground from the outside.

The shop was a disappointment and because of the rain and low crowd the outside stalls were not doing a great trade. But it was still worth the visit, for the singing of 'Flowers of Scotland' before the game and the singing of the 'Bonnie. bonnie banks of Loch Lomond' afterwards. it may seem naff but after beating the boks, even this 'famous' Scottish song sounded OK.

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