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Old 01.06.2016, 10:39 PM
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Default Twickenham experience................

I waited a while before I posted this as I don't want to be the legion of doom. But! As I have been there tens of times..... (possibly 40?) I was there this weekend to watch the Premiership rugby final. Forget the game, consider the stadium. Seriously, it made Wembley Stadium look efficient! For the last 4 years NFL I have chosen 2 season tickets for Club Wembley (again this season coming) for ease, service, seats etc. Twickenham this weekend reminded me - it has small seats, minimal food outlets which are in impractical locations, appaling service at drink stations (when it's at it's best), a crafty £1 surcharge for "souvenir" glasses (they are plastic and you can take them back empty for a £1 refund if you can be bothered). It has a dreadful train service back to London (Wembley is soooo much better) where you are queing in disorganised chaos for ages and offers what I expect will be a dreadful NFL experience.
My advice (apart from the NFL not playing at Twickenham) is to stay behind afterwards for at least 2 hours as that will probably be the only way to avoid the train queues. That said, the queues for drinks will probaly be massive anyway. In a nutshell my summary is that Twickenham is an awful choice. My fingers remain firmly crossed for the 23rd October.
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Old 02.06.2016, 07:24 AM
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I've never been to Twickenham before (don't really like Rugby Union). Hope they make efforts to improve the organisation there then.
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Old 06.06.2016, 01:32 PM
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The relevant strengths and weaknesses of Twickenham and Wembley have been discussed on here before, however to offer a balanced response to the OP (and yes, I too have been to both venues on many occasions):

Comparing the excellent club seating at Wembley with non-club seating at Twickenham is hardly a fair comparison, nor is it relevant for the majority of spectators. Twickenham does not have a club option.

It is fair to say that Wembley, in general, has invested more in the 'outer' facilities than Twickenham. However the ability to find a hot dog as quickly as possible will be more important to some than others.

A deposit for beer glasses, although not popular, is not unique to Twickenham.

Subjective I know, but Twickenham's construction gives both better views and a better live spectating experience than Wembley. What you lose on comfort you make up for on atmosphere.

The playing surface at Twickenham is far better suited to the sport than the surface at Wembley.

Twickenham stewarding, marshalling etc. is far more relaxed, as is post-match exiting, hopefully planning will allow for post-game socialising. We will have to wait and see if Twickenham will still allow for their traditional picnics and tail-gating, none of which happens at Wembley.

Wembley's more central location clearly allows for better train access, however this is less of an issue if you don't use the train.

Pros and cons, neither are an "awful choice".
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The relevant strengths and weaknesses of Twickenham and Wembley have been discussed on here before, however to offer a balanced response to the OP (and yes, I too have been to both venues on many occasions):

Comparing the excellent club seating at Wembley with non-club seating at Twickenham is hardly a fair comparison, nor is it relevant for the majority of spectators. Twickenham does not have a club option.

It is fair to say that Wembley, in general, has invested more in the 'outer' facilities than Twickenham. However the ability to find a hot dog as quickly as possible will be more important to some than others.

A deposit for beer glasses, although not popular, is not unique to Twickenham.

Subjective I know, but Twickenham's construction gives both better views and a better live spectating experience than Wembley. What you lose on comfort you make up for on atmosphere.

The playing surface at Twickenham is far better suited to the sport than the surface at Wembley.

Twickenham stewarding, marshalling etc. is far more relaxed, as is post-match exiting, hopefully planning will allow for post-game socialising. We will have to wait and see if Twickenham will still allow for their traditional picnics and tail-gating, none of which happens at Wembley.

Wembley's more central location clearly allows for better train access, however this is less of an issue if you don't use the train.

Pros and cons, neither are an "awful choice".
Twickenham is not nearly as bad as the original poster has made out. If your really hungry walk over to Tesco's - 2 minutes from the stadium. Plenty of food options just outside the ground, many houses in the residential area have roasts and various hot foods you can purchase.

And as for transport - you have plenty of Park and Ride buses that will either take you to Richmond station (which services main-line South West Trains, London Overground and the District Line) or Hounslow East (piccadilly line) and you have good road links to M25/M4/M3.

Getting out of Wembley isn't a cake-walk either...
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Seriously??
Twickenham just does not compare to Wembley and is sub-standard in many aspects.
As I say, I have been to Twickenham c40 times including the hospitality & VIP options.
With respect to views, Wembley exceeds just about any lower bowl seat at Twickenham.
If you are attending on the 23rd and have previously been to Wembley then you need to dampen your expectations. If you've never been to Wembley then go and have a great time. As a regular attendee at UK and N America venues and especially my recent visit for the AVIVA Premiership, this experience raises my concerns......

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Seriously??
Twickenham just does not compare to Wembley and is sub-standard in many aspects.
As I say, I have been to Twickenham c40 times including the hospitality & VIP options.
With respect to views, Wembley exceeds just about any lower bowl seat at Twickenham.
If you are attending on the 23rd and have previously been to Wembley then you need to dampen your expectations. If you've never been to Wembley then go and have a great time. As a regular attendee at UK and N America venues and especially my recent visit for the AVIVA Premiership, this experience raises my concerns......
I've also been to both stadiums many times and whilst I will not deny the Wembley experience is better, Twickenham is hardly shabby it is still a world class venue, they've just held the World Cup there and the stadium has undergone a transformation from where it was.

Was more commenting on the getting there and away again, its not nearly as bad and I found Wembley worse. I am sure it will be a good host to the game.
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So if I get a train from Vauxhall to Twickenham, it seems to be a much shorter journey than from London Victoria. We'll be staying in South Kensington.
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So if I get a train from Vauxhall to Twickenham, it seems to be a much shorter journey than from London Victoria. We'll be staying in South Kensington.
You could also do South Ken - Hounslow East - piccadilly line (30 mins). Then get a shuttle bus to the stadium.

I think there are a number of buses you could get from Hounslow Bus Garage (5 min walk from Hounslow East tube station) but obviously Vauxhall-Twickenham should be faster.

I am assuming the same level of service will be provided as for the rugby.

http://www.englandrugby.com/twickenham/getting-here/
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You could also do South Ken - Hounslow East - piccadilly line (30 mins). Then get a shuttle bus to the stadium.

I think there are a number of buses you could get from Hounslow Bus Garage (5 min walk from Hounslow East tube station) but obviously Vauxhall-Twickenham should be faster.

I am assuming the same level of service will be provided as for the rugby.

http://www.englandrugby.com/twickenham/getting-here/
Thanks for the information; quite looking forward to going to a new stadium and even the missus quite enjoys the friendly atmosphere at the International Series games.]

Now if I can just persuade her to go to Chicago....
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Seriously??
Twickenham just does not compare to Wembley and is sub-standard in many aspects.
As I say, I have been to Twickenham c40 times including the hospitality & VIP options.
With respect to views, Wembley exceeds just about any lower bowl seat at Twickenham.
If you are attending on the 23rd and have previously been to Wembley then you need to dampen your expectations. If you've never been to Wembley then go and have a great time. As a regular attendee at UK and N America venues and especially my recent visit for the AVIVA Premiership, this experience raises my concerns......
Seriously.

I have probably cracked the half century on visits to Twickenham, and must be closing in on the quarter century for Wembley.

I guess I am as non-plussed by your views as you are in mine.
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