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“Bring your own food and drive there!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Emirates Arena

Emirates Arena
Ranked #75 of 270 things to do in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
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Scotland
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“Bring your own food and drive there!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2012

As a sports complex, this place is amazing. You enter into a central lobby and one side is a velodrome and the other side is the sports arena. However it's not yet the finished article.

We came to watch the Badminton a couple of weeks ago and dared to come by public transport. Arriving on the recommended 62 bus, 5 minutes from the train station, it was then a cold, unsignposted, 15 minute walk past Celtic's football ground and when we got there the main (signposted now) doors were locked. We had to go round the other side, to the car park, to get in.

As the event started at 1pm we hoped to get some food there. But the food kiosk served only re-heated hot dogs and a poor version of pizza. Cold drinks were just of the fizzy variety. For a sports cenrte I would have hoped for cereal bars and smoothies as a bare minimum, and hopefully some healthy food too. I can see how Glasgow has its reputation - definitely a "could do better" here.

Returning, we had that long walk back to the bus stop. "It's not far" said someone, but I doubt very much anyone would tolerate a car park that far away. There is a station about the same distance but we didn't try that.

Very much a pity because as a building, it's superb. As an overall experience, it needs to do a lot, especially as it's catering for sports fans.

For info the badminton was enjoyable apart from an irritating attempt to rouse thr crowd with singing, clapping and dancing with a giant squirrel and a green thistle-like man "Clyde" at the start. I have a horrible feeling we'll be seeing these characters again at the Commonwealth Games.

Visited November 2012
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