Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fantastic Fredrikstad

The U.S. match against Norway on Wednesday night (ussoccer.com MatchTracker at Noon ET) will be played at the 13,000 seat Fredrikstad Stadium, a fantastic little venue that opened just last year, replacing an ancient stadium on the same site that was apparently ready for the wrecking ball. The stadium is set right on the Glomma River, and fans for the Premier League matches often sail their boats right up to the stadium, dock for a little pre-game tailgating (or is it stern-gaiting?), then enter the stadium for the match. We hear there is also some post-game stern-gaiting so we hope the VĂ¥lerenga fans from Monday night were able to make it back to Oslo and didn't end up in Denmark. The stadium has excellent modern amenities and is just a fun place to watch a game, as the U.S. team found out on Monday when saw the local side come away with a 2-1 win. The bench areas are unique as well. They feature cushy leather seats. This is probably the best game ever not to see your name on the start sheet, 'cause it's sure to be a luxurious sitting experience. The U.S. team trained for about an hour on the stadium pitch today and everyone is excited to play tomorrow night. Check out some blog video from today's practice.

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