The Britannia Stadium officially opened on Saturday 30th August 1997, when Stoke City played host to Swindon Town in a First Division clash, although the first ever game was for a League Cup visit of Rochdale on Wednesday 27th August 1997. The safety certificate for the game was granted just five hours before kick-off. During construction, a visitor centre was established in a Portakabin which overlooked the site of the new ground, which included a 3D 'walkthrough' simulation of the new stadium and leaflets explaining the new development were available along with booking forms for buying 'named' paving slabs or bricks in the 'Wall of Fame'. I couldn't miss the opportunity of owning part share of my own football club. (That's how I choose to look at it.) Travelling from Junction 15 of the M6 along the A500 'D' Road, the Britannia Stadium can be seen from far away standing proud high on the hill. Facing the Boothen area of the City, the stand was called the North Stand until being renamed in 2001 to follow the original name of the stand at The Victoria Ground which faced the Boothen area. The Stadium houses 24 executive suites catering for eight people on one floor and on another floor there are 26 sky boxes. 24 cater for eight people and 2 can hold twelve people. There is also a Vice Presidents Club, Matchday Restaurant, Premier Club and Legends Sports Bar. Boothen End taken just prior to the first ever game staged at the Britannia Stadium McEwan's stand on the opening day of the first season