Vale Park is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 19,000. It is the home ground of Port Vale FC.
At one end of the ground is a single-tiered, all seated stand, complete with an electric scoreboard on the roof. This Phones4U Stand replaced a former open terrace and houses the away supporters.
Opposite, the Big AM Stand is covered and all seated. The Tricell Stand (also known as the Railway Stand) on one side is fair sized, covered and all seated. All three of these stands have supporting pillars halfway up, which may impede the view.
The other side, the Lorne Street Stand, is an attractive, all seated stand, complete with 48 executive boxes. However, the stand is not finished, so there is still a large area of concrete on one side, rather than rows of seats. The original clock from the old stand has been incorporated into the new construction.
The pitch is one of the widest in the League and the crowd are further set back from the playing action by the surrounding cinder track.
How to get to Vale Park
The Vale Park Stadium is located in Hamil Rd, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1AW.
Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M6 at junction 16, taking the A500 towards Stoke-on-Trent. After about 6 miles, take the exit for Tunstall (A527). At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit, signposted Tunstall A527 / Longport Road. After ½ mile, take the 2nd exit at the small roundabout onto the B5051. Go straight on at the next roundabout and straight across the crossroads into Moorland Road. Take the 2nd left into Hamil Road and the ground is on the left.
From the South, leave the M6 at junction 15, joining the A500 towards Stoke-on-Trent. Follow the A500 as far as the A527 exit, joining the A527 towards Tunstall. Directions are then as above.
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Stoke-on-Trent railway station is the most convenient for Vale Park. However, it is over 4 miles from the ground and visiting fans recommend getting a taxi. Alternatively, the no. 24 bus runs from the station to Burslem town centre. Near the traffic lights, go past the Red Lino pub on the left and Hamil Road, where the ground is located, is the 2nd left. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Manchester, at a distance of 21 miles. The airport has regular rail connections to Manchester Piccadilly, which connects to Stoke-on-Trent. Overall journey time is about 80 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in the Potteries that can take you to and from Vale Park. 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 large, reasonably priced car park next to the ground in Hamil Road. Otherwise, street parking is available within walking distance of the ground.
Away Friendly Pubs near Vale Park
Vale Park is a 10-minute walk form the town centre, where there are several away friendly pubs. One of those recommended is the New Inn, which offers a friendly atmosphere, real ale and reasonably priced food. From outside the away end, turn right and go down to the bottom of Hamil Road. Turn right at the T-junction and go straight across the traffic lights at the crossroads. The New Inn on the right. Also recommended is the nearby Bull’s Head in St. John’s Square. This CAMRA-listed pub is an outlet for the local Titanic brewery and offers a good range of real ales.
Hotels near Vale Park
The Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House, Etruria Hall, Festival Way, Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5BQ is located just off the M6, ideally based for the city centre and just 1½ miles from Vale Park. Guest reviews note modern, clean rooms and facilities, supported by friendly staff.
The Quality Hotel Stoke-on-Trent, 66 Trinity Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 5NB, within 2 miles of Vale Park, is central to many popular locations and offers free guest parking. The hotel has restyled rooms and boasts a leisure club with swimming pool, spa, sauna, steam room, gym and sports-massage facility. Bennett’s Bar shows live sports and has a pool table.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
The majority of away fans have been impressed by the accommodation provided in the Phones4U Stand. The views of the action are good and the excellent acoustics allow a small number of fans to generate some real noise. The catering facilities on the concourse at the rear of the stand are also good, serving tasty hot dogs, pies and sausage rolls. Most visitors report their trip to Vale Park to have been relaxing and enjoyable, though some have been intimidated by the huge Police presence in and around the ground.