There are single tiered stands on three sides, similar in size with large windshields at each side. The North and South Stands have a capacity of 1,600, decked out in black with two horizontal white bands of seats.
The 2,200 Main Stand is taller than the others due to the large panel wall which rises up to the roof. This area contains office space, hospitality, press room as well as having the team dugouts at the front.
Opposite is the 2,216 capacity East Stand, which is similar to the stands behind the goals except it has SMFC in white seats in front of the TV gantry.
Outside of the stadium there’s plenty of car park space around three sides and next to the main reception is the club shop with a supporter’s wall of fame. There are also outdoor 5-a-side pitches behind the North Stand.
I arrived at Paisley St James just before 11am, then after doing a lap of the interior of the ground I picked up my press pass and got prepared for the noon SPL clash with Aberdeen.
I don’t know if it was the early kick off or maybe the cold breeze and rain showers but the match produced an uneventful first half. Aberdeen were the better side with Icelandic playmaker Kari Arnason going close with a header and shooting just wide from the edge of the box.
I welcomed the half time interval as I was pleased to get out of the wind tunnel stand and get stuck into the hot drinks, scotch pies and biscuits in the press room. The lads covering the game for ESPN struggled to find anything to discuss, focusing on the disallowed goal in injury time from Ryan Jack who was marginally offside, the linesman getting the decision spot on.
The match improved as both sides looked for a winner and it was the visitors who went closest with substitute Pawlett going close and then Teale had a last minute strike which Brown dealt with comfortably.
After the match I legged it across the road to catch the Gourock train, the 30 minute journey gave me time to defrost before alighting at Cartsdyke for the second leg of today’s double at Greenock Morton.