Modern new-build with all the trimmings you would expect of a purpose-built sports stadium
Salford. So close to the M6 that you can hear the traffic and, if you are late to the game and stuck on said road, it's probably possible to watch what you are missing as you sit there in first gear
Food and Drink:
Nice food village next to to fans' bar area with excellent choice of food and drink. Particularly good fish & chips which will delight those away fans who used to make a pilgrimmage to the wonderful Friary Chip Shop in Stockport when the club was based at Edgeley Park.
Getting there: They may have moved grounds but Sale still have a penchant for playing on Friday nights which is not great for access. Leave in plenty of time if you can. And I mean, plenty of time.
Realist. Good rugby heritage. Recently, long-suffering, especially this season.
As with a similar comparison to London Welsh's Kassam Stadium, when the new ground has plenty of people in it, the atmosphere is excellent with good acoustics. When empty, it struggles.
Even the locals have absolutely no idea what to expect from this lot. Last season they confounded the critics to finish a wonderful sixth and earn Heineken Cup rugby. This season, with a summer full of positive talking from top brass, they have struggled to get it right amidst a host of changes and are down in the mire facing the very real threat of relegation.
Sharp when winning. Gallows humour in defeat.
“Sale, Sale, Sale.”