Visited Friday 5th December - War Of The Worlds
It's an impressive arena, very well organised on the inside. Can't comment on parking issues as we stayed in a hotel on the other side of the tracks and walked there. However, judging from where the crowds went when they left, lots of people used the British Rail car park on the other side of the subway, or indeed a few picked up their cars at our hotel car park and drove off.
We'd already eaten by the time we got there, well aware that once inside prices for food and drink will be on the high side, but there seemed to be plenty of outlets for both. During the interval of course the queues at every bar and counter were stacked! Plenty of loos at regular intervals so no issues there.
Picking up on what a previous reviewer said, the lights dimmed, we heard the first familiar bars of Jeff Wayne's magnificent score, and still we had - "'Scuse me. Scuse me. Is this our row?" as late comers found their seats. Why do people do this, and why doesn't the venue shut the doors with a couple of minutes to go? Harsh, but it might drag a few people away from the bar in time, and not inconvenience the thousands of others who managed the feat. The couple next to us were even in the wrong row and had to move to the row behind. The late arrivals who replaced them even managed a repeat at the start of the second half.
We were situated in block 15, but had a good view of the actors and musicians. Not such a great view of the video wall as part of it was obscured by a large lighting fixture. Liam Neeson's hologram was not always visible from the side, but that's to do with how WOTW is laid out rather than anything the LG could sort. However, if I came again I would consider a less side-on view.
Overall then, impressed with the LG and its facilities and would consider it again as opposed to say a London venue ( we're about the same distance from both ). Knowing the parking issues as highlighted by others, if I was arriving by car and not staying at a hotel, I would certainly consider parking near the International rail station and walking from there.
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