End of an era.
Sheffield United have waved goodbye to their virtual ground Ivy Lane, which played host to the Blades on video game FIFA until their promotion to the Premier League this summer. Sadly, this means the computerised Ivy Lane faithful will take their somewhat fragile allegiances to the next promotion hopefuls in search of console-based glory. Plastics.
It’s not the immense pot of television rights money handed to recently promoted sides that excites them anymore, nor the glory of playing in one of the most popular competitions in the world. Rather, it’s the added bonus of having your beloved football stadium constructed in complete detail by FIFA 20 publishers EA Sports.
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The latest ground to have enjoyed its FIFA makeover is Bramall lane. Fans can now score with Billy Sharp and friends and pinpoint the very seat they occupy every other week from the comfort of their own home; there’s no need to go to a game ever again! Sometimes it’s the small things in life, hey.
Unfortunately, as previously mentioned, this transformation does mean the bond with Ivy Lane has been severed. The club’s official Twitter paid homage to its former home in the only way possible, via a tweet…
Thanks for the memories ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OCZLMYP9a1
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) September 17, 2019
It’s safe to say, you won’t find architecture like that anywhere else in the world. No, seriously, it’s made up.