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    Posted: 13 November 2018 at 10:41pm

Not a strictly Scarlet post but, I went to the Australia game on Saturday and thought the atmosphere at the stadium was pants. 

It never used to feel like such a library - no matter who we were playing - but recent fixtures there I feel are no better than watching a game at Twickenham.

At the risk of inviting a winge fest, I was wondering what others on here thought of the atmosphere at the "Principality"?
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The days where the entire crowd would break into calon lan seamlessly and tunefully like a mass choir seem to have watered down ....Nowadays we have a vast amount of part time fans holding inflatable vegetables and waving dementedly at the cameras when they see themselves ar y teledu
The WRU should print the song lyrics in the programme and write in their to encourage synchronised singing. The wru could also blast a few of the first few notes of men of harlech or cwm rhonndda, calon lan, hymns yn arias over the loudpeaker every 10 minutes or so to see if if catches fire with the crowd
last sat was a bit flatter due to no tries too and the anthem was played far too quickly too....that happens every now and again, its pretty bizarre tbh
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote minded Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 November 2018 at 12:38am
"Not strictly a Scarlet post" ie. don't post it in Scarlets General then.
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internationals used to be special occasions but because of the amount of games it has become boring and tedious,
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Did you book tickets online? If so, at some point the WRU will send out a match day experience survey probably this week sometime. I filled in mine for the Scotland game. Plenty of characters to write your grievances and suggestions in.

On a side note, I think the atmosphere in the Millennium Stadium was much better than in the Principality Stadium.
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I went as a had some freebies - what really bothered me is that there wasnt really any hush whilst the 1/2p & Biggar were taking kicks. Everyone around me just kept talking like they were down the pub. 

I was on the third tier row 8 and you can pretty much hear everything behind you. The further you sit back the worse it gets
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Agreed totally on atmosphere. There was a lot of chatter and disinterest when the presentation on those players who had fought for their country was on the large screen, including the huge bravery of Sir Tasker Watkins former President of the WRU who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery. I wanted to hear his story and it was a bit of a struggle with the chatter. Very disappointing although the respect for the bugler and the Silence was superb apart from a little baby crying a bit and dad took the child out the back then -well done on that crowd tbf
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I have been fortunate to have been to many internationals. The only internationals that still have GREAT atmosphere at the Pricnipality Stadium are Wales v All Blacks and Wales v England. Every other fixture is not a patch on those two. If theres a grand slam or 6N championship riding on any fixture, they can still be pretty good too. But through the autumn its usually a bit of a lul. despite even a bit of a historic win, even the final whistle cheer wasnt great!
Atmosphere was pretty dire. To my recollection, one of the biggest cheers of the day was when England scored the try v All Blacks on the big screen (which was later disallowed)! I was baffled by that!!! a huge cheer for England at the Principality! unheard of!
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Perhaps the time has come to offer fans an alternative, a big screen and fanzone where everyone can drink to their heart's content whilst we can watch rugby next door?
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Originally posted by PE SA PE SA wrote:

I have been fortunate to have been to many internationals. The only internationals that still have GREAT atmosphere at the Pricnipality Stadium are Wales v All Blacks and Wales v England. Every other fixture is not a patch on those two. If theres a grand slam or 6N championship riding on any fixture, they can still be pretty good too. But through the autumn its usually a bit of a lul. despite even a bit of a historic win, even the final whistle cheer wasnt great!
Atmosphere was pretty dire. To my recollection, one of the biggest cheers of the day was when England scored the try v All Blacks on the big screen (which was later disallowed)! I was baffled by that!!! a huge cheer for England at the Principality! unheard of!

What was great about that was that the England game was being shown with sound muted as the choir had to start on time and they finished their first song just as the score was turned down so it also sounded a massive cheers for the choir as well - hopefully they were chuffed 😉

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Originally posted by reesytheexile reesytheexile wrote:

Originally posted by PE SA PE SA wrote:

I have been fortunate to have been to many internationals. The only internationals that still have GREAT atmosphere at the Pricnipality Stadium are Wales v All Blacks and Wales v England. Every other fixture is not a patch on those two. If theres a grand slam or 6N championship riding on any fixture, they can still be pretty good too. But through the autumn its usually a bit of a lul. despite even a bit of a historic win, even the final whistle cheer wasnt great!
Atmosphere was pretty dire. To my recollection, one of the biggest cheers of the day was when England scored the try v All Blacks on the big screen (which was later disallowed)! I was baffled by that!!! a huge cheer for England at the Principality! unheard of!

What was great about that was that the England game was being shown with sound muted as the choir had to start on time and they finished their first song just as the score was turned down so it also sounded a massive cheers for the choir as well - hopefully they were chuffed 😉

No!! blatant cheers for England, jumping out of their chairs, shouted things like "Get In", "Come On" and all were completeley deflated when the try was disallowed. Nothing to do with the choir unfortunately!
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Originally posted by PE SA PE SA wrote:

I have been fortunate to have been to many internationals. The only internationals that still have GREAT atmosphere at the Pricnipality Stadium are Wales v All Blacks and Wales v England. Every other fixture is not a patch on those two. If theres a grand slam or 6N championship riding on any fixture, they can still be pretty good too. But through the autumn its usually a bit of a lul. despite even a bit of a historic win, even the final whistle cheer wasnt great!
Atmosphere was pretty dire. To my recollection, one of the biggest cheers of the day was when England scored the try v All Blacks on the big screen (which was later disallowed)! I was baffled by that!!! a huge cheer for England at the Principality! unheard of!

Have found over the last few years, the french fans create a real but about the places as well in fairness
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Originally posted by roy munster roy munster wrote:

The days where the entire crowd would break into calon lan seamlessly and tunefully like a mass choir seem to have watered down ....Nowadays we have a vast amount of part time fans holding inflatable vegetables and waving dementedly at the cameras when they see themselves ar y teledu
The WRU should print the song lyrics in the programme and write in their to encourage synchronised singing. The wru could also blast a few of the first few notes of men of harlech or cwm rhonndda, calon lan, hymns yn arias over the loudpeaker every 10 minutes or so to see if if catches fire with the crowd
last sat was a bit flatter due to no tries too and the anthem was played far too quickly too....that happens every now and again, its pretty bizarre tbh

Yes good idea. I wonder whether they could implement a Red Wall/y wal goch, like the Football Assosication have, for fans who want to sing and bring an atmosphere when watching the game.

Just needs a part of the stadium who prefer singing over selfies.
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Cardiff on international days is like the wild west. Lot of fans so pissed they miss most of the game. They arrive late up and down to the toilets spilling drinks, simmering aggression.
Cardiff has developed a bad rep with the Valley commandoes getting pissed up in witherspoons and then looking for a fight.
Public transport is a disaster.
Hotels way overpriced.
Much more fun following the scarlets abroad, more than happy to give games in Cardiff a wide berth.
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Originally posted by Cofi Cofi wrote:

Perhaps the time has come to offer fans an alternative, a big screen and fanzone where everyone can drink to their heart's content whilst we can watch rugby next door?

This is a very good idea. 

Arms park plastic pitch could finally come in handy
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Originally posted by thommo thommo wrote:


Public transport is a disaster.
Hotels way overpriced.
Much more fun following the scarlets abroad, more than happy to give games in Cardiff a wide berth.

Spot on.

Got an English rugby fan coming to Belfast with us cause he was at the Bath game last year and said the atmosphere was brilliant.
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