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Birmingham City FC - St Andrew's Ground Guide

Friday 19th June 2015
Rob Wildey provides a ground guide for St Andrew's, if you anything to add or suggestions please send a tweet or use the comment box

The Facts

Team – Birmingham City FC

Stadium Name – St. Andrew's

Address – Cattell Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B9 4RL

Capacity – 30,016

About the Ground

St. Andrew's has been the home of Birmingham City since Boxing Day in 1906. The clubs previous owners, David Sullivan and David Gold, oversaw various renovation works in 1993 and 1999.

The stadium is structured with four stands, Tilton Road, Spion Kop, Main Stand and Gil Merrick Stand. Tilton Road is joint to the Spion Kop and both stands consist of 40 rows. The Main Stand is known by many Blues fans as ‘the old stand' as it was formerly the only stand with seated areas. The Gil Merrick stand (previously Railway End) is the newest stand in the stadium, being rebuilt in 1999.

Most of the atmosphere comes from Tilton Road. The Blues fans can be as passionate as they come and used to be known for the intimidating noise level. However, in recent years, the club's struggles off the field has contributed to the lack of atmosphere and dwindling attendances. The Gil Merrick Stand lower houses the away fans and is often the loudest end. Don't be fooled though, as Blues fans can still create a wall of noise when they are feeling up to it.

Disabled facilities at St. Andrew's are very good. The Tilton Road has a specialist disabled area at the back corner (behind block 15) and the Kop has a disabled area approximately half way up. The way the stadium is built makes it easy for wheel-chair users to gain access with the assistance of steward's.

The Birmingham faithful are proud of their St. Andrew's home. A few years back, the previous owners started a project looking into moving sites to nearby Saltley. Many fans voiced their disapproval of the plans. The same owners will soon lead West Ham into the Olympic Stadium.

The Away End

The Gil Merrick stand which houses visiting supporters is opposite Tilton Road, the most popular home stand. Often, the segregated netting is moved to accommodate larger away followings. The lower part of the stand holds around 6,000 with the upper holing around 2,000. The upper is a home stand, but is only opened for games with larger than average attendances.

Ticket Prices

Tickets for home supporters at St. Andrew's vary in price. On average, they cost between £20 - £25. From time to time, the club will endorse a ticket initiative and special offers seeing ticket prices for selected games drop to £10 and £1 for concessions. Season ticket prices are very competitive but vary dependant on which area of the stadium you sit.

Away fans are, more often than not, charged slightly more than home fans and can sometimes pay up to £32.

Transport and Parking

St. Andrew's is accessible from the north via the M5 or M6 or frim the south via the M1. A police escort is usually on hand to lead coaches to the stadium from a pre-stated meeting point.

The nearest train station to the ground is Bordesley. This can only be accessed on match day's but it's worth checking the times beforehand. Birmingham New Street, the city's main train station, is around a 20 minute walk. Nearby Moor Street and Snow Hill stations are also walkable. A taxi from the City centre will cost between £7-£10.

Buses regularly run to St. Andrew's. From the city centre, take the 17, 60 or 97. If you are catching the 900 or 957, ensure you get off under the bridge opposite Bordesley station, as these buses do not directly pass the ground.

Car parking areas are available in the vicinity of the ground but do fill up fairly early. Prices vary. Road parking is available on certain streets, please check signs before leaving your vehicle.

The Pubs

St. Andrew's has an array of pubs within a short distance. The Roost and the George are popular, but strictly home fans only. The Emerald Club and Bainsey's Bar are also busy on match days. Unfortunately, The Garrison (as seen on BBC's The Peaky Blinders) is closed down.

For away fans, I wouldn't recommend drinking in the ‘home fans only' pubs. Digbeth (Birmingham's Irish quarter) is located between the City centre and St. Andrew's. The Kerryman is popular amongst away fans, as is Hennesey's. However, most of Birmingham's pub's are located in the City centre. Briar Rose (Wetherspoons) on Bennett's Hill has been known to house away fans. Broad Street has a huge congregations of bar's including Walkabout and Lloyds. The nearest ‘away friendly' pub is the Ibis Hotel on Bordesley Circus.

Where Is There To Eat?

Food can be purchased inside the ground. The usual football grub of pies, burger's and chips is on offer. There is many burger stands outside the stadium and McDonald's and Dixi Chicken are a stone's throw away.

Hotel Accommodation

The nearest hotel the St Andrew's is Ibis on Bordesley Circus. Birmingham City centre has hundreds of hotels for all budgets.

Rob Wildey

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