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23/11/14 - Atmosphere - everybody's job

Another important game coming right up, and we need people to be loud in support of the team.

Borussia Dortmund are rightly known for their amazing support - and as a fans group interested in atmosphere, we of course admire what they do at their games. When we ask for ideas and suggestions on how to improve the atmosphere at Arsenal, by far the most common response is "we should be more like Dortmund fans". We agree - we'd love Arsenal fans to be more like Dortmund fans.

There are some things at Dortmund we can't replicate in the short term (like huge steep stands, safe standing, 100ft square yellow flags, plus the number of fans watching games on affordable tickets) BUT other things we can.

The good news is that the most important part of creating a fantastic atmosphere is the noise fans make whilst in the stands. Flags may look great, but they don't make any noise. Sadly, neither do lots of our fans - we have far too many who are content to sit in silence. This isn't just an Arsenal problem, it is a Premier League wide problem. We can try to blame tourists and day trippers all we like, but we also have thousands of season ticket holders who make no noise at all.

REDaction is led by half a dozen people who think football stadia are better when they are noisy places. We know we have a significant number of fans (if you have read this far, you are probably one of them) who care about this too. Here's how you can help bring the noise back into our stadium.

  • When you hear somebody near you trying to start a song, join in and help them out! Too many songs never get off the ground because the person starting the song gets no support from those immediately around them.
  •  Start your own song when things are quiet in your area.
  •  Join forces with people near you, to take it in turns starting and supporting songs. It is usually pretty obvious within 5 minutes of a game starting, who is up for making a noise - look out for those people and work with them to start songs in your area.
  •  It isn't only about songs - even if more people shouted COME ON ARSENAL a few times a game, it all helps.


The best way to overcome the silent majority is to make them a minority - if everybody around is singing, they may even start to join in! That's what Dortmund fans do - everybody is responsible for helping to create the atmosphere. If we want to have an atmosphere like Dortmund, we need to start seeing it as everybody's job. There are too many people in the stadium who do not contribute to the atmosphere, and it is up to the rest of us to get the noise levels to a point where it is easier for those people to join in than not.

Final thing to say - we are always on the lookout for your ideas. You can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or tweet us @REDactionAFC.

Victory Through Harmony

REDaction

 
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20/11/14 - Manchester United ...

Hi all

Big game on Saturday - and we hope that, whatever your frustrations at the moment, you come to the stadium and make a lot of noise in support of the team. Here's what we have going on this weekend.

The Rocket will be open from midday - no early game, but we'll have some old Arsenal DVDs and Sky Sports on the telly, as well as music, hot food, and booze of course! After the game, we'll be back open, with 4-pint Amstel jugs for a mere £12.

As ever when the teams come...

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29/10/14 - Burnley, old flags and new flags

Hi all - a fair bit to tell you about this week, starting with what's going on around Saturday's game.

Before our game, The Rocket will be open at noon - with Newcastle vs Liverpool on TV, the courtyard open, and food available as usual. After the game, the Rocket has an (Arsenal related) private party from 7pm. This means there will be a reduced capacity from 5pm - we will be letting people in on a 'first come, first served' basis - apologies in advance if we don't have space when you arrive.

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16/10/14 - Football's back

Back to proper football, albeit after a more entertaining than average international break! Here's what's happening around the Hull game on Saturday.

The Rocket will be open from midday, showing the early kickoff (Man City vs MK Spurs). The courtyard will be open (with TVs also showing the game), and hot food available as usual. After our game, there's no late match on TV - but we will have Sky Sports on, and 4-pint jugs of Kronenbourg for £12.

Inside the ground, we plan to use the...

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