Port Vale – Vale Park

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vale park port valeVale 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.

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How to get to Vale Park

By Road:
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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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By Rail:
port vale train stationStoke-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

By Air:
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?

port vale parkingThere 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

pubs near port vale stadiumVale 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. quality hotel stoke on trent

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.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip?

away fans port valeThe 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.

Your comments about Port Vale – Vale Park

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  1. Eddie Woodbine

    Correction ref bus service from Stoke Station. Either walk to Stoke Road (opposite Signal radio – 5 mins walk) and catch the number 21 (every 20 mins) to Burslem, or use Longport Station and either have a lengthy walk up to Burslem (approx 30 mins) or catch bus 94 or 98 (approx every 15 mins) to Burslem from right outside station. Service 21 also runs very close to Best Western Hotel if you’re staying there (stop opposite Toys R Us). Stoke PlusBus added to your rail ticket gives unlimited bus use in the city for £3.00.

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  3. les baron

    I visited vale park last season and thought what a nice stadium but that changed when we were kettled into the area behind the goal and also behind the scoreboard which hangs down under the roof and stops you seeing the ball if it goes much over the crossbar. hopefully they will have more of the away end open for viewing and comfort reasons.

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  5. Dom

    1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
    Despite us having played them plenty of times over the past few seasons I still hadn’t made it to Vale Park! Vale were flying high in the league and we have a decent away form, and a decent record having beaten all of the favourites for promotion so far

    2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? Drove to the game, straight forward and parking was right next to the ground, £4 in the Co Op carpark. Didn’t take to long to get out of the car park either which is a plus.

    3. What you did before the game pub/chippy…. home fans friendly? No time for pub or chippy. Plenty of pubs on the way through town but most are HOME FANS ONLY

    4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? Incredibly strange looking ground. Externally the place resembles a prison. Inside nothing matches. One of the stands is unifinished. Seats were uncomfortable, leg room crap and the rain came in on us. View is obstructed by both the scoreboard at the back of the away end and the crossbar in the middle of it. All a bit sh*t to say it was £20 in.

    5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. Vale on top for the first half and went 2-0. Had a player sent off and we pegged it back to 2-2. Throughout the game the Vale fans booed. Not a fantastic atmosphere even when they were winning. A very quiet ground.

    6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: As mentioned, escaping the car park was fine. Did hear reports of the supporters coach having rocks thrown at it and groups of men threatening the Rochdale fans. Didn’t see it myself so won’t comment too much.

    7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: Not a place I’d rush back to.

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  7. steve mitchell

    Good game, some disgusting and disgracefull fans that bricked our mini bus, smashing two windows and denting some of the panels. also chipped the windscreen, which would hahave been dangerous if it had gone through.

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  9. Chris

    Didn’t visit any pubs but as I walked into ‘town’ several had ‘home fans only’ signs. One or two did have ‘away fans welcome’ though. Had to resort to KFC for lunch, not much else going on.
    I drove there from Bradford (where I live). Main travel issue was getting from M56 to M6. After that was ok.
    I had been I contact via twitter with some Vale fans who were very helpful. They told me where to park. I got there early enough to park in the club car park (area C) a limited space behind the away fans stand on Hamill Road. Cost £5. Had a good chat to some of the stewards there.
    Didn’t need hotel or nightclub. Tourist attractions? In Burslem? Are you mad?
    At 5′ 11″ tall the seats were not too bad for space. The 373 Iron fans were herded into one corner of the away end, not directly behind the goal, which was strange. No beer as I was driving. Had a pie (limited choice, dry crusts) a coke (plastic bottle with the top off…) & some chocolate, £6 I think, £3 programme was standard fare.
    Atmosphere was quiet to begin with from Vale fans but once they scored they were more vocal. As the game progressed it was clear we would struggle & duly lost 3-1. Very bad ref did not help… we ended up with 9 men due to sending off & late injury after all 3 subs were on. Vale fans were in good voice & lifted their team. Not easy in what felt like a soulless place in all honesty. Seems the unfinished stand has been that way for some time reading other comments…
    Getting away from the ground was relatively easy must slow traffic going through Burslem to get back to the M6.
    Bad result for us but we cheered the team as they worked hard to keep the score respectable & were attacking late on even with 9 standing!

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