Stands: Adams Park is a quirky ground which has done well to maintain its cleanliness and appeal, despite being shared by both Wasps and Wycombe Wanderers FC. Plenty of standing behind the goals, one huge stand on one side, one tiny stand on the other.
Setting: A short distance from busy roads, businesses and housing estates but, when in the ground, the trees and countryside make you feel like you could be in the middle of nowhere. Nice.
Food & Drink: The club have done really well creating a food/drinks village outside the ground on the walk down from the car park. There’s usually a band on or a shooting game or some form of entertainment going on as well. Enjoy some big burgers in the village. Food options more limited inside the ground.
Getting there: One of the more, let’s say, interesting trips of the season. The final mile to the ground is one of the weirdest trips to a sporting venue of this size you will ever make, driving/walking uphill past a myriad of factories and industrial units with virtually no sign of the ground whatsoever until you are almost there. There’s parking but it’s limited and parking in the nearby vicinity is scare and very pricey. Free park and ride services are in place from just off junction 4 of the M40 and High Wycombe’s train and bus stations to avoid such problems.
Archetypal local: Well-dressed and well off but very passionate about their club. Most have them have tasted a great deal of success with Wasps in the professional era and love the trappings that went with that. Big eaters. I am yet to see a Wasps fan before kick-off without some form of food in their hands!
Atmosphere: Buzzing (no pun intended) in its pomp when Wasps were winning European titles. Not quite as noisy this season as the club rebuilds but the nature of the ground and the passion of the home fans means the good times should not be far away.
Local expectations: The year started with fans just thankful to be in the Premiership after last season's all-too real flirt with relegation. Not only that but the threat of extinction hung over them for much of the summer with the club up for sale. Since then, the off-field problems have been sorted and director of rugby Dai Young has recruited well and put together a squad with a lovely mix of experience and youthful exuberance. On paper, there is no reason to see Wasps finishing outside the top eight this season and, if they stay healthy, they could be a well-priced outside bet for the Heineken Cup slots.
Banter: Good. The locals are fiercely proud of their club and will defend its honour at any cost. Like to remind visitors of their Heineken Cup win.
Chants: “Wasps, Wasps, Wasps!”.
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