Upper Tier Tour
Just try saying that when you’re hungover!
Just a brief update from yesterday’s tour of the upper tier. I’ll do it in words first, and then having failed majestically to recreate any of the genuine splendour, I’ll stick some photos up that will hopefully help.
It’s beautiful up there. It really is. The views are incredible for a start – it’s much higher than it looks from down below, it’s much steeper and it’s much, much bigger than it looks. The concourse is so much bigger than I’d imagined it, so much so that it really makes it a different stadium to the one that I’d imagined. In my head, the upstairs concourse was really small, with a bit of cramped concession space, but with no real space. I’d expected that people would just head for their seats. Not so. Really, really not so. There’s tons of space, and the clever bit is that none of it is in sight of the pitch, so the drinkers will be able to mingle with the rest of the world, instead of being hidden away behind closed doors.
The tours were well organised – there were probably three or four running at any one time, and our guide was really helpful. Answered every question, including which decade we might ever get to use the upper-tier, and didn’t rush us around at all.
We got to see the arena from above, though it’s still very difficult to work out what it’s going to look like when it’s done. I asked about plans for permanent seating or staging, and the plan is that to keep the venue as multi-use as possible, so there are no plans for either. It’s apparently the norm for promoters and the like to bring in everything themselves.
While we know it’s going to be a while before we get to use the upper-tier ourselves, it’s going to be a fantastic asset for Inter:MK and the community as a whole. It’s beautiful.