Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs

Just staying up was a miraculous achievement in their first Premiership season and last season's flirt with the play-offs shows how far the Chiefs have come in such a short space of time. Locals enjoyed being mentioned in the same breath as the Northamptons and Leicesters of this world and would dearly love some more of the same. But a challenging Heineken Cup schedule will keep those fans realistic enough to know that a top four placing this season would be a huge ask.

Stands:

Main stand dwarfs smaller ends and low, compact stand on opposite side. Can get cold and wet when it’s windy – which it often is. The ground's current capacity of 10,700 is the lowest of any of the 12 clubs in the Premiership which currently means the Chiefs cannot host matches in the latter stages of European tournaments. But the decision by council planners in October 2012 to allow the club to almost double its capacity to 20,000 shows the ambition the club has to build on the huge strides it has made on the field since earning promotion to the Premiership.

Setting:

Literally right next to the M5. Not ideal. A fair distance from anywhere walkable. Right on the outskirts of Exeter. Once inside the ground, there are some cracking views though.

Food and Drink:

Standard fayre and plenty of it.

Getting there:

There is no on-site parking for supporters on match day. Nearby car parks charge around a fiver and operate a free shuttle service to and from the ground. By train, Digby & Sowton Station is 10 minutes walk away. If you are a Sale fan and plan to make the trip, you are either a) completely mad or b) happy with a 480-mile round trip.

Archetypal local:

Passionate and proud. There is a huge rugby heritage in Devon and, after trying for so long to reach the promised land of the Premiership, they are going to bloody well enjoy it. Couldn’t give a monkeys if Rob Baxter’s side ground out 3-0 wins every week. Friendly and welcoming at the same time.

Atmopshere:

Electric when Sandy Park is full. Very noisy. Fans really get behind their team and with Tomohawk chops and chants in abundance, this is a great place to watch rugby.

Local Expectations:

Just staying up was a miraculous achievement in their first Premiership season and last season's flirt with the play-offs shows how far the Chiefs have come in such a short space of time. Locals enjoyed being mentioned in the same breath as the Northamptons and Leicesters of this world and would dearly love some more of the same. But a challenging Heineken Cup schedule will keep those fans realistic enough to know that a top four placing this season would be a huge ask.

Banter:

These new boys are here to stay and every win over opposition they have not been accustomed to playing in recent years is greeted with sheer delight.

Chants:

The most famous and recognisable chant in the league. A Red Indian tribal chant which sounds like a bunch of warriors are closing in on their prey. Sung with the repeated chopping motion of a plastic, wooden or imaginary Tomahawk. Excellent and slightly surreal viewing when performed by a group of 40/50-something men.


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Sandy Park Stadium
Sandy Park Way
Exeter
Devon
EX2 7NN



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