“A Stadium Hopper is any fan who has a passion for their sport and the stadia that houses it, wherever they are in the world and whatever they go to watch”
Stadium Hoppers was born in Summer 2015 when founder and co-owner Richard Crick went looking for an online map to track his 92 journey, particularly for when he was following the mighty Colchester United! Some relentless searching the world wide web followed but eventually he decided there was nothing of merit there. After a little more mulling over he decided, why not make his own?
For that he would need more deep stadia knowledge and a team mate to bring the idea alive. After a little persuading, he managed to recruit Richard Blaxall to join him on his quest to bring a scratch football map to life!
This is where Stadium Hoppers was born. Two genuine football fans passion for the beautiful game, the stadia that housed it and a way to meet others in the football family. We define a Stadium Hopper as anyone who has this same passion, wherever in the world you maybe, whatever your sport and whoever your team.
We have already brought the Stadium Hoppers map experience to other sports such as Rugby League and Cricket but we aim is to one day grow the Stadium Hoppers experience beyond our maps and Battle Cards and to wherever our following feels could be next.
For both of us Stadium Hoppers is a sideline to our day jobs but also a huge passion. We're both fortunate enough to have football related full time jobs. Richard Blaxall being a professional sports photographer and has scratched off many of the 92 through his matchday work. Richard Crick is Head of Business Development for a Thrive Tribe and MAN v FAT Football, a men's weight management programme currently sweeping the nation.
For us though Stadium Hoppers is a huge passion, it's been a way to meet some fantastic people and our opportunity at running our own small company! We’re thrilled at the buy in we’ve had from some of our football heroes. 1966 World Cup Winner Gordon Banks kindly launched our map with us on a cold night on an FA Cup tie at The Britannia. England U21's shot stopper Jordan Pickford, Fulham legend Barry Hayles, Bolton hero Nicky Hunt and cult hero George Elokobi have all done our map and we’re currently working with a number of professional clubs at home and abroad on various projects.
Through a variety of blogs, competitions and tweets word of Stadium Hoppers has grown! We've featured on a huge number of YouTube reviews, Fanzines, matchday programmes and even on ITV news. Guinness World Record Holder Ed Wood used our map to keep track of his World Record progress of "Doing the 93 in the shortest time" (that's the 92 we all know and love, plus Berwick Rangers). We even a Lego Stadia enthusiast who uses our map to track of which of the 92 they've built!
We hope this is just the start for Stadium Hoppers and we love seeing pictures of our products through our Facebook and Twitter from those who are enjoying them. We’ve already tried to bring unique products by fans to fans and hope to continue to do so. We’re always open to new ideas and projects so please feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com or follow us on Twitter @StadiumHoppers