|What's St Andrews
Future Ground Developments
Tilton Road & Spion Kop Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Gil Merrick & Main Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
A Closer Look At The Tilton Road Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
Gil Merrick Stand (aka Railway End) (photo)
Birmingham Coach Station
Spion Kop (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
St Andrews Location Map
Old St Andrews
|What's St Andrews Like?|
Approximately three quarters
of the ground have been rebuilt since the mid 90's. One large
two-tiered tiered stand, incorporating the Tilton
Road End and Spion Kop, completely surrounds
half the pitch and replaced a former huge terrace.
The new Tilton Road End was opened for the start
of the 1994-95 season, with the new Spion Kop
following in 1995. At the back of the Spion Kop
Stand, which runs along one side of the pitch, are
a row of executive boxes, as well as a central
seated executive area which also incorporates the
Directors 'box'. The other newish stand, the
recently renamed Gil Merrick Stand (previously
known as the Railway End) was opened in February
1999. It is a large two tiered stand and unusual
in having quite a small
top tier, which overhangs the lower area. Again
there is a row of executive boxes in this stand,
housed at the back of the lower section.
The Club are still weighing up the options as to the possibility of a moving to new stadium or whether to further re-develop St Andrews. If the latter option was chosen then this would involve the re-building of the Main Stand. This would increase the overall capacity of St Andrews to around 36,500 at a cost of around £12m.
|Tilton Road and Spion Kop Stands|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away supporters are housed on one side of
the Gil Merrick Stand, which is at one end of the
stadium in the lower tier. The normal allocation
is 3,000 tickets, but
this can be increased to around 4,500
for cup games (when the
whole of the lower tier is allocated). There are
Birmingham fans housed above the away supporters,
as well as to the other side of the stand (fans
are separated by plastic netting). The facilities
and the view from this stand are pretty good. Pies
are supplied by Peters Pies and include; Chicken
Balti, Steak and Kidney plus Potato and Meat (all
£2.80). Cornish pasties (£2.80), Cheese and Onion
Pasties (£2.80), Burgers (£3.30) and Rollover Hot
Dogs (£3.30) are also available. Alcohol
in form of John Smith's Bitter
or Fosters Lager is also served at £3.50
per pint, as well as Bottles of Cider (£3.50),
Smirnoff Ice (£3.60) and Wine (£3.70).
a visiting Burnley informs me; 'The beer inside
the ground was drinkable and the Balti pies were
delicious! On the downside, the seat I had been
allocated was in Row 21 seat 002 which was right
up against the wall. I've had more legroom on a
package tour flight to the Canaries! What really
annoyed me were a small section of the City fans
who spent the entire game screaming abuse and
gesturing to the away fans'. Jordan Cottrell a
visiting Chelsea fan tells me; 'Away fans were
searched by the stewards prior to entering the
ground. I also noticed that any plastic bottles
were being confiscated.'
It is worth bearing mind though, that a certain section of Birmingham fans are particularly passionate about their club and this can make for an intimidating atmosphere for away supporters. I would advise as a precaution to keep your club colours covered around the ground or in the city centre.'
|Where To Drink?|
|Most of the pubs near to
the ground can be quite intimidating for away
supporters and are not recommended. However there is
the Brighton pub on the Coventry Road which does
tolerate away fans in small numbers. This pub is about
a ten minute walk away, going past Woolworths &
Morrisons on your left. Simon a visiting Chelsea fan
adds; 'On our last visit to St Andrews, we managed to
find a friendly pub within proximity of the ground.
The pub is called The Cricketers Arms and is about 10
minutes walk, maybe less. To find the pub (with your
back to the away section) walk along the road ahead of
you going away from the ground (not the road going
right up by the stadium, but the road going towards
Morrisons). Walk through Morrisons car park heading
towards the store then join the road next to it, which
is called Green Lane. The pub is 30 seconds from there
on the left. The pub itself is shared between home and
away fans but all the Birmingham fans were very
friendly. The pub is small but you can drink outside
where there are beer tables'.
It is best to drink in the city centre and get a taxi to the ground (about £6). If you are walking to the ground from the city centre, then you may care to stop at the Anchor Pub on Bradford Street, renowned for its range of real ales on offer, and named Birmingham 'CAMRA Pub Of The Year' on more than one occasion. Although there are a number of Blues fans that frequent the pub they tend to be of the CAMRA bearded variety and therefore as long as you don't turn up mobbed handed, you should be okay. The pub is situated just behind Birmingham Coach Station. Otherwise alcohol is served within the stadium.
If you coming by train, or decide to drink in the city centre beforehand, then if you like your real ale, then you can't do much better than visit the Wellington Pub on Bennetts Hill. With 16 real ales on tap, including 12 guest ales, this is somewhat of a mecca for real ale drinkers. In 2008 alone, the pub served over 2,000 different beers! To find this pub, then assuming that you are coming into New Street Station by train, then as you come onto the passenger concourse at the station, so straight up the escalators in front of you. At the top of the escalators turn left and then proceed towards the 'Foot Locker' outlet. Turn left at this store and then right and proceed down the ramp past McDonalds. At the bottom of the ramp turn left into New Street and walk along the pedestrian area. Bennetts Hill is the fourth turning on the right (there is a Barclays Bank is on the corner). The Wellington pub is about two thirds of the way up Bennetts Hill on the right hand side. There is also a handy Wetherspoons outlet called the Briar Rose (which is no smoking) on Bennetts Hill as well. The Wellington does not provide food, but has no objections to you bringing in your own. There are a couple of taxi ranks nearby that you can use if you wish to get you to the ground. You can get more info on the Wellington pub website , including a live 'beer board' showing which ales they are currently serving.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
|Leave the M6 at
Junction 6 and take the A38(M) (known locally as the
Aston Expressway) for Birmingham City Centre.
Continue past the first turn off (Aston, Waterlinks)
and then take the next turn off, for the Inner Ring
Turn left at the island at the top of the slip road and take the Ring Road East, sign posted Coventry/Stratford. Continue along the ring road for two miles, crossing straight across three islands. At the fourth island (there is a large McDonalds on the far left hand corner) turn left into Coventry Road going towards Small Heath. Birmingham City's ground is about a 1/4 of a mile up this road on your left. The ground is well sign posted on the Inner Ring Road.
There is a small car park directly outside the entrance to the away end, but availability of space for cars is determined by how many away coaches are expected as they park in the same car park, which may mean for certain games that there is no space available for cars at all. There is though plenty of street parking off the left hand side of the ring road. Either around the small park at the third island you cross or along the road next to and behind the BP garage before the fourth island. Bear in mind that if you arrive after 1.30pm these areas are likely to be already full. There are some local schools and firms that offer parking facilities for around £5.'
Location map of the St Andrews football ground (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: B9 4RL
The nearest station is Bordesley, which
is about a ten minute walk away from the ground,
but is only served by trains from Birmingham Snow
Hill and Birmingham Moor
Street. Normally scheduled trains do not stop at
Bordesley, so they don't show up
on national timetables searches. Please
download the local timetable from the London Midland website
|Birmingham Coach Station
is located just over a mile away from St Andrews and
is about a 20 minute walk away. As you come out of the
main entrance, turn right and proceed along Digbeth
High Street. At the traffic lights cross over onto the
other side and continue along Digbeth High Street. You
will pass the Old Crown pub on your left and then the
handily located Deritend Fish & Chip shop. At the
top of the road, the road forks into two. Take the
left hand fork onto Coventry Road. Pass underneath a
railway bridge (where Bordesley Station is located)
and past the Clements Arms (not recommended for away
fans) on your left. Just continue straight down this road,
crossing a large roundabout (with a McDonalds over
on one corner). The entrance to the away section is
further up the road on your left.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers.
|Admission Prices For Away Supporters|
a number of Clubs, Birmingham City
operate a match category policy (A, B C & D) whereby the
ticket prices cost more for the most popular games.
Spion Kop Club Class: Adults £40 (B £35) (C £30) (D £25), Concessions £30 (B £25) (C £20) (D £15)
Spion Kop: Adults £32 (B £28) (C £25) (D £20), Senior Citizens/Students £20 (B £18) (C £16) (D £14), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Garrison Lane Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £32 (B £28) (C £25) (D £20), Senior Citizens/Students £20 (B £18) (C £16) (D £14), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Spion Kop Corner: Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Garrison Lane Stand (Upper Wings): Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Tilton Road Stand: Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Gil Merrick Stand (Lower): Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Gil Merrick Stand (Upper): Adults £27 (£B 24), (C £20) (D £16), Senior Citizens/Students £16 (B £14) (£12) (D £10), Under 18's £13 (£8), Under 12's £11 (£6), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Garrison Lane Stand (Lower): Adults £27 (£B 24), (C £20) (D £16), Senior Citizens/Students £16 (B £14) (£12) (D £10), Under 18's £13 (£8), Under 12's £11 (£6), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
Family Area (Lower Gil Merrick): Adults £27 (£B 24), (C £20) (D £16), Senior Citizens/Students £16 (B £14) (£12) (D £10), Under 16's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 12's £11 (£6), Under 8's £5 (all categories), 1 Adult + 1 Child £35 (B £30) (C £25) (D £20), 2 Adults + 2 Children £70 (B £60) (C £50) (D £40),
Gil Merrick Stand Lower Tier:
Adults £30 (B £27) (C £23) (D £18), Senior Citizens/Students £18 (B £16) (C £14) (D £12), Under 18's £13 (B £11) (C £9) (D £7), Under 13's £7 (B £7) (C £5) (D £5)
* Please note that these ticket prices are for tickets bought in advance prior to matchday. Tickets purchased on the day of the game can cost up to £5 more per adult ticket and £3 per concession.
|Programme & Fanzine|
Official Programme £3
Birmingham City fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
66,844 v Everton
FA Cup 5th Round, February 11th, 1939.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
29,958 v Chelsea
Premier League, December 26th, 2009.
2012-2013: 16,703 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 18,883 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 25,462 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of St Andrews|
Lees (Ipswich Town) 31/8/13
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|Map showing the location of the St
Andrews football ground, railway stations and
Instructions for using the map:
|Old St Andrews|
|To see photos of St Andrews taken during the 1990's, whilst it was still predominantly terracing then visit the Old Grounds and Stands section of the Guide.|
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