Some coaches prefer playing in an empty stadium to focus their players on the environment. Richard Scudamore, the chairman of Premier League soccer club the Manchester United FC, likes to introduce some indoor games into a condensed schedule of 38 games.
He has also invested large sums in stadium blocks, usually steel, where the office of Premier League soccer is located, offering employees a warmer climate. The United’s executive chairman has a love for adding a touch of cinema and inner workings to every corner of the stadium, as well as having his own personal state-of-the-art office fitted with a full-size, full-service bar, in addition to his office space. The Cakini Bar staff are hired by Scudamore himself, from Eastern Europe, bringing order and professionalism to the Cakini Bar.
And some people, even Scudamore, feel that the matches are ending too soon on the first days of the Premier League season, when there are not enough home fixtures.
The retractable roof in the top tier of Manchester United’s Old Trafford Stadium, which can be opened and closed during the Premier League. Image: Stuart MacFarlane – AMA/AMA/Getty Images
After all, it isn’t just the reporters and fans that expect more games on time, teams expect time, too.
The game time is not as important as the fans, but the mood is that it should start at the announced starting time, no matter what the sports experts may say.
The league has been working hard to accommodate fans and some of the best examples are at Man U, who have recently put up a video on Twitter confirming that no matter the length of the match, a few minutes of extra time is offered to satisfy a large section of fans who want an extra period of football.
The 10th minute of the regular season game between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London at the end of August 2019. Image: Getty Images
It’s not only a place where the game should be rekindled. It’s an atmosphere. And more often than not, when there is a game in a short period of time, fans try to make a little noise and that cheers on the players, and fans sing and dance on their way to their seats.
Manchester United’s forward Anthony Martial celebrates after scoring against Wolverhampton Wanderers during their English Premier League football match at Old Trafford Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Manchester, England. Image: Stuart MacFarlane – AMA/Getty Images
As the game goes on, there is no time to do anything else but have fun at the stadium.
The first time is always a little awkward and it is actually quite frustrating, but once you have been here for some games you realise it really is a place where you just want to be and play football.
Digger, Nine Crowns and Sky Sports may all have Top Gear channels as part of their lineup, but it is the Barclays Premier League that dominates the TV schedules, and that dominates the lives of football fans. It is what the whole nation turns to.
Manchester United’s Jessica Griffins celebrates her goal during the first half of the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford Stadium on August 11, 2018 in Manchester, England. Image: Stuart MacFarlane – AMA/Getty Images
Barclays Premier League games mean games: they mean cheers, drinks, restaurants, restaurants, parks, cities, cities, cities and even nations. It means modern-day football taking to air and making football culture more prominent than ever.