Our second visit to St Mirren Park for away game.
Firstly I want to say the St Mirren staff member who deals with tickets was great.
Unfortunately once at the stadium things don't improve.
The away stand (North) was mostly sold out 2000 supporters, St Mirren knew this but they made the decision to only open 2 sets of turnstiles which were digital Gates (staff less). The queue wrapped around the stadium.
The support staff came out and rather than try to alleviate the problem decided to belittle supporters and blame us for not turning up early enough! When asked what time they would suggest she rudely shouted at least 20 min - when told that we had she accused us of lying.
Obviously this is a cost cutting measure, but at £25 a ticket should be sufficient to ensure a good service.
Subsequently there was only one small food counter.
Lastly (probably due to cost again) they don't allow fans out for a smoke. Regardless of how you feel about smoking it is surely a better situation to have fans smoking outside in a designated area, rather than in the toilet block. (very intelligent security tried to infiltrate the toilets by taking off their yellow high vis - but left their radio earphone in...).
St Mirren you can really do better.
A ground too small for its team which maybe signifies its limited ambitions. It’s be located in one of the poorest communities in Scotland. I wish I could warm to St Mirren but I can’t.
See pictures of large queues to enter (fans had bought tickets) and deflated wet fan zone. Pictures really are worth a thousand words!
The club moved into the St Mirren Stadium (Also known as The Simple Digital Arena) in January 2009 after spending the Majority of their history at Love Street Stadium.Its a smart all seater stadium comprising of four separate stands with windshields at either end of the stands with a capacity of just over 8,000
Talks over a new stadium began on 15 January 2003, when the club met representatives from Aldi and Lidl. The club were looking to sell their ground at Love Street for retail development. Selling Love Street would secure the necessary funding to build the new stadium. Planning applications for a retail development at Love Street were passed on 24 May 2005 and the club subsequently sold the ground to Tesco on 25 April 2007 for £15 million. The new stadium site broke ground on 7 January 2008 and was officially opened on 31 January 2009 at a cost of £8 million. Before the first game at the new stadium there was a parade from Love Street to Greenhill Road to celebrate the opening of the stadium. Club chairman Stewart Gilmour and First MinisterAlex Salmond were also present at the first match at the new ground. Alex Salmond unveiled a plaque before the game to commemorate the opening. The game between St Mirren and Kilmarnock finished in a 1–1 draw, with the first goal at the new stadium being scored by Kilmarnock striker Kevin Kyle.Dennis Wyness scored St Mirren's first goal at the new ground, in the same match. The opening match set the record attendance of 7,542, and was only surpassed in the Scottish Premiership play-off match against Dundee United, when 7,732 fans attended on 26 May 2019. St Mirren Park has also become the regular home of the Scotland national under-21 football team. In November 2015, St Mirren agreed a two-year sponsorship deal with Renfrewshire Council to rename the stadium as the Paisley 2021 Stadium. This was to promote Paisley's bid to become a UK City of Culture in 2021. In June 2018, the stadium was renamed as The Simple Digital Arena as part of a four-year deal with Glasgow-based IT firm Simple Digital Solutions. In November 2020, the stadium was renamed The SMISA Stadium in reference to the St. Mirren Independent Supporters Association. The gesture is designed to mark what will be the last season before the club becomes majority fan owned in 2021.  Construction St Mirren Park is built on a 12.5-acre site on Greenhill Road in the Ferguslie Park area of the town. The previously unused site is less than a mile from the club's former ground.Barr Construction were responsible for the design and construction of the stadium. Their design consisted of four grandstands with a total capacity of 8,023. The East Stand is the Main Stand. The North Stand is used by away fans. Larger away supports can also be seated in a section of the West Stand. The West Stand has the largest capacity of all the stands. Whilst the South Stand is the Family Stand.
East Stand (Greenhill Road) – capacity 2,220. (Main Stand)
West Stand (Craigielea Drive) – capacity 2,516. (2 sections for Away Stand Overspill or small away support)
North Stand (Ferguslie Park Avenue) – capacity 1,633. (Away Stand)
South Stand (Drums Avenue) – capacity 1,654. (Family Stand)