Stadiums

Darlington Farwells Feethams

*This is the first in a series by Paul Town on his reflections on different stadia and football clubs. Paul has visited hundreds of grounds throughout the UK, as a fan of Bradford City and more recently as a professional painter. I was commissioned by the committee of the new Darlington Football Club to paint…

I Heart Non-League

*Tony Incenzo, a football journalist with Talk Sport and fan of Queens Park Rangers has visited some 2,000 football grounds. By the age of 17, he had visited all 92 grounds in the English Football League (see the video at the bottom of this page). Tony married recently and celebrated the occasion through posing with…

Visiting Stadia

I first learned about the practice of groundhopping through someone who has now become a friend. He is from Kiel in northern Germany and his name is Hendrik. I met him in Prague, where he presented on groundhopping as practiced by Germans and English. I presented a paper about PSIM’s supporter group, the Brajamusti. While…

Footyscape

*This article was originally published on Kunci’s website, here, in June, 2013. Footy is geographical. Footy relates to space. A space that is personal, local and national. Footy¬† occupies the space of its consumer. One watches the game enshrouded by a crowd: swamped by the shouting of others, by the collective flow of the mass…

Groundhopping Hamburg

The term ‘groundhopping’ has been used since the late 1980s and is made up of the two English words ‘ground’ and ‘to hop’. Groundhoppers are people who cross national borders, and travel within their own country, to see as many football stadiums including football games as possible. It is a kind of football-based tourism. ¬†…

Paul Town: Stadium Painter

Around the time of the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City/Valley Parade fire, The Guardian featured a story on Paul Town and his paintings. I went to his website, Stadium Portraits, and liked what I saw. The name itself referred to the human qualities of stadiums. The paintings were inexact imaginings of old stadiums; some…

Kyocera Stadium and Fan Surveillance

Take the train to Den Haag Laan van Nieuw-Oost Indies train station, and then the #3 tram in the direction of Zoetermeer to Forepark. From there, descend the stairs to the underpass, turn right, walk along the dual carriageway and go past the BMW and other car shops. In the distance you will see a…

Amsterdam Olympic Stadium

/1/ A stadium has multiple lives: it’s an architectural structure that can serve grand political interests and ideologies, as well as those more local. In de Certeau’s terms, a stadium is a kind strategy, and within it, and around it, users make it a site of their tactics. A stadium can both serve as a…

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium

Gelora Bung Karno Stadium is one of the great Sukarno-era monuments of Jakarta. It is the home of Persija football club and also the offices of the PSSI – The Indonesian Football Federation. (Official page is here, Persija, and fans page, is here JakOnline). The venue is used for rock concerts – Deep Purple, Metallica…

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