St Andrews Stadium in Bordesley Green, Birmingham has been the home of Birmingham City F.C. since 1906.
Having undergone major refurbishment in the 1990s, it is now an all-seater venue, with a capacity of 30,000. The two-tier Main Stand, on the North side of the ground, dates back to 1954. The upper tier has standard seating and a media area, while the lower tier (“the Paddocks”) consists of a limited number of seats placed on the terraced area in front of the stand. The club plans £1.3 million worth of restructuring work during the 2009 close season.
Relegation to the Third Division freed the club from the 1994 Taylor Report deadline for conversion of all stadia in the top two divisions to all-seater. However, Birmingham continued with their planned £4.5 million development scheme. At the end of the 1993-94 season, the Kop and Tilton Road terraces were demolished, to be replaced by all-seater, single tier stands forming a continuous L-shaped structure around half the pitch. Construction of the two-tier Railway (West) Stand was delayed by a lack of planning permission and only opened in 1999. The lower tier houses away fans. Family areas are available in the lower Railway Stand and Main Stand Paddocks, though from 2009-10 onwards, a single family area is planned in the Kop Stand.
How to get to St. Andrews
For satnav purposes, the required address is St Andrew’s, Bordesley Green, Birmingham B9 4NH.
Away fans driving from the North should follow the M6 as far a junction 6, exiting towards A38 (M) / Birmingham. After about ½ mile, merge onto the A5127 / Aston Expy, taking the ramp onto the A38 / Aston Rd after about 500 yards. After about a mile, take the 1st exit at the roundabout (A4540 / Dartmouth Circus) towards Lichfield / A45 / A47 / B’ham. After passing through 3 roundabouts, take a slight left onto St. Andrew’s Road.
From the South East (e.g. London), the recommended route is via the M1 / M6. Exit the M6 at junction 6, towards Birmingham (cen.) / A38 (M). Merge onto the A5127 / Aston Expy, and then follow directions as above.
From South West (e.g. Bristol), follow the M5 as far as junction 3, exiting onto the A456 (signed Birmingham Cen. / Birmingham W. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit towards Birmingham, following the A456 through 2 roundabouts. Take the ramp onto Hagley Road West. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A4540 / Islington Row. Follow the A4540, taking the 1st exit at the roundabout, signed A4540 / Highgate Middleway. Pass through 2 roundabouts, continuing on the A4540 as far a Garrison Circus and taking the 4th exit, signed A4540 / Watery Ln. St. Andrew’s Road is the next left turn.
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The nearest railway station to the stadium is Bordesley, on the Birmingham-Stratford Line which has regular services on match days. The stadium is a 20-minute walk from Birmingham New Street station, which is served by direct trains from most parts of the country, and slightly less far from Birmingham Moor Street, which is served by trains from London Marylebone. Additionally, Digbeth Coach Station is a 15-minute walk away, with regular services to the stadium. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Birmingham International, about 10 miles away, with 9 trains per hour connecting to Birmingham New Street, with a journey time of 10-20 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Birmingham that can take you to and from St Andrews. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
There is a small car park at the away end, but this is shared with coaches, so space can be very limited. Limited on-street parking is available for early arrivals. Several fans have recommended parking at the “Birmingham Wheels” racing circuit in Saltley. Secure parking is offered, within a 15-minute walk of St. Andrews. Some local schools and businesses also offer reasonable priced parking facilities.
Away Friendly Pubs near St. Andrew’s
Most of the pubs near St. Andrew’s are not recommended for away supporters. For those arriving by train, many away fans have recommended The Wellington, on Bennetts Hill. This pub specialises in real ales, with about 15 different types. It does not serve food, but has no objections to patrons bringing their own. The Briar Rose, also on Bennetts Hill, has received favourable reviews.
En route to the ground, The Anchor, on Bradford Street (behind Digbeth bus station) is frequented by some home fans, but the welcome is reported as friendly. The Cricketers Arms is a 10-minute walk from the ground and is another pub shared by home and away fans. It is small and crowded, though there are tables outside. Otherwise, alcohol is served within the stadium.
Hotels near St. Andrew’s
The 4-star Thistle Birmingham City, Saint Chads Queensway, Birmingham B4 6HY is 1½ miles from the city centre and has received excellent reviews with regard to service, comfort, cleanliness and value for money. It is adjacent to an NCP car park.
The Ramada Birmingham City Centre, 160 Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RL is located in the Mailbox leisure and shopping centre, about 1½ miles from St. Andrew’s . The hotel is a glass-fronted building overlooking Birmingham’s canals. The rooms have airy modern décor, TV with pay movies, direct dial phones with free local calls, coffee/tea makers and wireless internet connections. Satellite TV is provided in the bar lounge.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to St. Andrew’s?
Many visiting fans have found the atmosphere within the ground intimidating. With only plastic netting separating the rival supporters, many away supporters were made to feel uncomfortable by abuse and gestures from the home support. Several visitors have had altercations with home fans and advise keeping colours covered in the city centre and near the ground.
Away fans have been universal in their praise of the view of the action from the North Stand, though several have found legroom limited. Catering facilities have been reported as excellent in terms of range and quality of products on offer, though the concourses become extremely crowded and queues are very long.