Hull City

KC Stadium

Capacity: 25,404 (all seated)
Address: The Circle, Walton St, Hull, HU3 6HU
Telephone: 01482 504 600
Fax: 01482 304 882
Ticket Office: 01482 505 600
Pitch Size: 114 x 78 yards
Club Nickname: The Tigers
Year Ground Opened: 2002
Shirt Sponsors: flamingo LAND
Kit Manufacturer: Umbro
Home Kit: Amber and Black
Away Kit: Black With Amber Trim
Third Kit: White and Sky Blue

External View
External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
North Stand
North Stand
Main and South Stands
Main and South Stands
East and South Stands
East and South Stands

The Club moved to the KC Stadium in December 2002 after leaving their former Boothferry Park home where they had been resident for 56 years. It cost almost £44m to build, by Birse Construction and is home to both Hull Football & Rugby League Clubs. I'm not a fan of most of the bland new grounds, but the KC Stadium is an exception to this rule. Built in a parkland setting, the stadium can be seen for some distance around and has won a number of awards for its impressive design. 

The stadium is totally enclosed, with the West Stand being around twice the size of the other three sides. The roof rises up and curves around the West Stand, giving the stadium an interesting look. Inside the curves continue as each of the stands slightly bow around the playing area, drawing the eye to sweep panoramically around them. Apart from the West Stand, each of the other three stands is single tiered. The West Stand also benefits from having a row of executive boxes running across its middle. There is a large video screen at the North End of the stadium, where the Police Control Box is also situated. The P.A system within the stadium is also excellent.

Craig Harper informs me; 'The Club have plans to add an additional tier to both the East & South Stands, which will increase the capacity of the KC Stadium to around 34,000'. However, no firm timescales have been announced as to when this may take place.

Away fans have been moved for the 2014/15 season and are now located in the North East corner of the stadium, where up to 2,600 supporters can be housed, although the initial allocation is half that number. This initial allocation are for seats in the East Stand itself. If the allocation is increased to the full 2,600 then the away section extends around the North East Corner into the first couple of blocks of the North Stand. The facilities available are good, plus there is an unobstructed view of the playing action, although fans are a little set back from the pitch. I found the atmosphere to be also generally good within the stadium. On the concourse alcohol is available, plus burgers, Hollands pies (£3) etc..

Dave Winsor a visiting Nottingham Forest fan adds; 'Our seats were roomy and comfortable with a raised behind the goal view. Plenty of leg room and helpful stewards along with a nice fat matchday programme and a really good selection of food and drink from the concourse all contributed to the favourable impression. An interesting ground with much more to it than the usual depressing flat pack stadium of some other designs'.

Please note that the stadium has been designated a no standing area, which on the face of it seems a little ridiculous. This has led to some unpleasant confrontations between away fans and stewards, so you have been warned. Craig Waites a visiting Bradford City fan adds; 'On my last visit I felt the Policing was over the top. It was like going back to the 1980's'. Owen Robson a visiting West Ham United fan informs me; 'The West Ham fans stood up throughout the entire game, without any hassle from stewards or Police. I presume this was because of the huge away support on that day.'

Tim Jones a visiting Aston Villa supporter informs me; 'The Brickmakers pub virtually opposite the stadium car park entrance allows in away fans. It has a good atmosphere and the Hull fans there were friendly. It also has a big screen showing Sky Sports and a burger van outside'. Whilst fellow Villa fan Neil Tate adds; 'There is also the nearby Walton Street Social Club that also admits away supporters. Although it costs £1 to go in, it has good cheap beer, is of a good size and offers a separate area for sale of food such as burgers and chips etc.. There were plenty of fellow Villa fans in there during our recent visit. Turn right out of the main car park entrance and it is down the road on the left hand side.' Further down Walton Street, on the corner with Anlaby Road, is a pub called the Boot Room. This pub also admits visiting supporters and has the benefit of showing live sports on five large screens.

There are a number of other pubs within a few minutes walk of the stadium, but these are all designated as being for home supporters only. Most Hull fans still seem to be heading for pubs situated around Boothferry Park. These are best avoided by away fans particularly the Silver Cod pub. Otherwise you can head for the nearby City Centre, where there are plenty of pubs to be found. Sam Carroll suggests Sam Carroll suggests 'Bowers' (formerly called the 'Linnet & Lark') on Princes Avenue. As Sam says; 'It has lots of TVs showing Sky Sports, making it perfect to watch the early or late kick off games. It is a 15 minute walk away from the stadium, going across the pedestrian footbridge over the railway line. Also there are a number of other bars dotted along Princes Avenue, which should be okay for away fans to drink in. These include PAVE, which has a great selection of beers from all around the world and quality food. Look out for their "matchday special"  pint, pie, peas and mash for just £6. There is ample parking in the streets off the avenue. Closer to the stadium around a 15 minute walk up Walton Street, is the Avenues pub on Chanterlands Avenue, that welcomes both home and away supporters.'

Robert Walker adds; 'If you are walking to the stadium from the City Centre there are several pubs on Spring Bank, including the Editorial and the Tap and Spile. Or there is the Admiral of the Humber (a Wetherspoons outlet) on Anlaby Road near Hull Paragon Railway Station'. This Wetherspoons pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Andy Beill adds; 'I'd recommend The Punch Hotel pub. It is situated in the town centre next to the Princes Quay shopping centre, so not far from the train station. It does great homemade food'.

Otherwise alcohol, Carling & Marstons are served within the stadium at £3.20 per pint. However for some high profile matches, the club do not provide alcohol to away supporters.

From The West: 

At the end of the M62, continue onto the A63 towards Hull. Stay on the A63 and the stadium is clearly signposted (KC Stadium and a football symbol) as you approach Hull. About one mile from the centre of Hull leave the A63 (just after you pass B&Q on the opposite side of the carriageway and is sign posted Local Infirmary) and take the 2nd exit at the roundabout. Turn left at the lights and then over the flyover, right at the next lights and the ground is down on the right.

From The North:

Leave the A164 at the Humber Bridge Roundabout and take the first exit into Boothferry Road.  The stadium is 3 miles down this road on the left.

From The South:

Take the M1 to Junction 21A take the A46 exit to Braunstone Frith/ Kirby Muxloe/ B5380 then keep right at the fork, follow the signs for A46 Newark and merge onto A46 and follow it to just past Lincoln and at the roundabout take the first exit for Humber Bridge and  then at the third roundabout after about 21 mile onto the A15 take the Third Exit for the M180/ Humber Bridge and then take the M180 to Junction 5 and take the sign for Hull/ Hull Airport then at the roundabout take the second exit onto the A15 and cross the Humber Bridge (cost £2.50 for Cars £4 for Buses) then at the roundabout take the third exit (Signposted City Centre) and then turn left at the lights and then over the flyover, right at the next lights and the ground is down on the right.

Thanks to John Aitken from the Wanderers Annual for providing the 'From the South' directions.

Car Parking

Jo Johnson informs me; 'the stadium has its own massive car park right next to the stadium, with access from Walton Street. It is floodlit, with a covered surface (that is, not a mud bath) and open to home and away supporters alike. If you get there early and want to go into the City centre, there is a park and ride bus to and from the car park. The cost of parking at the stadium is £5. It's easier to park at Hull than at any ground I know of - but there is one drawback, namely, getting away again at the end of the game. It can take up to half an hour or more, if you park a long way from the exits'. Tony adds; 'There are two exits from the car park onto Walton Street after the game. The right hand exit is often the quickest to leave by. As you turn right out the car park, this leads to Spring Bank West, where you have to turn left. Follow this road onto the next roundabout and turn left into Calvert Lane. Cross one set of traffic lights into North Road then at the next set of traffic lights turn right onto Boothferry road (you'll see the old Boothferry Park floodlights just off to your left). This takes you onto the A63'.

Alternatively there is a Park & Ride facility signposted off the A63 (shared with home supporters). Many fans opt to park in one of the many town centre car parks and then walk out to the stadium. Chris Bax adds; 'It is perhaps easiest is to park at the Infirmary (clearly signposted from the A63) where parking is only £5 for 4 hours.  It's a 10-15 minute walk to the ground from there'. 

Whilst Robert Walker adds; 'The most convenient car park in the city centre is the Pryme Street multi-storey car park, which is open to 7.30pm. Leave the A63 at the Myton Street exit and head North towards the city centre. You will pass Paragon station on your left. At the next traffic lights turn right into Spencer Street and then immediately left into Prospect Street and follow road round to the right into Pryme Street. Car park entrance is on right. There is also an NCP car park at the end of Pryme Street and Council surface car parks off Freetown Way. To walk to Stadium cross over Ferensway and walk along Spring Bank. Turn left onto Derringham Street by Polar Bear pub and then right onto walkway to the stadium'. Marcos Brown-Garcia tells me; 'The housing estate directly opposite the Hull Royal Infirmary offers lots of free on street parking spaces. This estate has no parking regulations.'

Please note that some residential areas near to the stadium have been made residents only parking zones, so don't park there as you may well end up with a parking fine. John Womersley adds; 'There is some street parking less than five minutes walk away. Leave the A63 at the Humber Bridge Roundabout and take the first exit into Boothferry Road. Pass Boothferry Park and forward onto Anlaby Road towards the Hull Royal Infirmary, You will pass the KC stadium on your left. Go over the flyover, and turn right at "The Eagle" pub into Coltman St then take the 2nd right into Cholmley St then 4th right into the Boulevard. There are many side streets without parking restrictions. To get to the ground simply walk to the top of the Boulevard and go up the pedestrian walkway to the stadium. To Get home simply go the other way down the Boulevard, then left into Hessle Rd, after 1/4 mile you'll come to a roundabout which takes you onto the A63 (Clive Sullivan Way) and M62.

Post Code for SAT NAV: HU3 6HU

The Stadium is around a 20 minute walk away from Hull Paragon station. Turn left at the end of the railway station platform and then left into the bus station (without going outside the station). Exit the bus station at the far end. Walk past Tesco on your right, cross over Park Street at the traffic lights. Following blue pedestrian signs to KC Stadium go along Londisborough Street (where there is a handy fish and chip shop). Cross Argyle Street and onto pedestrian walkway and bridges over railway lines to stadium. For away end turn right at the bottom of steps. Thanks to Brian Scott a visiting Ipswich Town supporter for the directions.

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Like a number of Clubs Hull City operate a category system (A,B & C) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B & C prices in brackets:

All areas of the stadium:

Adults £50 (B £35) (C £16)
Over 65's/Under 23's £30 (B £25) (C £10)
Under 16's £20 (B £12) (C £8)
Under 11's £12 (B £8) (C £5)

Hull City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Official Programme: £3.

Leeds United, Scunthorpe United and Grimsby Town.

Paul Robinson informs me; 'The disabled facilities are state of the art. Every stand in the stadium has a purpose built Disabled user platform, easily accessible from the wide concourse that circumnavigates the inside of the whole stadium. Stewards patrol every Disabled access area on the outside of the stadium, and if assistance is required it’s there on hand. Once through the entrance and up the lifts, the concourse awaits with its bars, food kiosks and betting shops. Throughout the concourse are TV’s showing Sky Sports as well as highlights of Hull City games. Once through the entrance into the arena, (curiously titled ‘Vomitories’) the Disabled platform awaits with plenty of space for wheelchairs, and seats for their companions. The St Johns ambulance are stationed at the platforms which is also a good idea, as they are immediately on hand.

The platforms themselves have a great position in each of the stands. Each stand has two platforms, and there is easy access seating and space for a wheelchair at pitch side. The Kingston Communications Stadium has arguably the top facilities in the country for disabled supporters and provides 304 spaces for wheelchair users and their helpers. There are also a further 300 spaces for the ambulant disabled. Wireless audio commentary is also available. Admission is free for wheelchair users while the carer pays the admission price for the relevant area of the stadium. Wheelchairs can also be hired if required to assist from their car to the seating area. Proof of ID, car registration number, and a refundable £5 deposit are required. Half time refreshments can be pre-ordered and delivered to the disabled areas. For home fans who are in receipt of DLA a parking space immediately outside the stadium is available, and visiting fans who wish to book a space should contact the club.' Admission prices for wheelchair and helper are £16 in the West Stand and £14 for other areas.

For further details of the disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

 

Record Attendance

At The Kingston Communications Stadium: 25,030 v Liverpool Premier League, May 10th 2010.

At Boothferry Park: 55,019 v Manchester United, FA Cup 6th Round, February 26th, 1949.

Average Attendance 
2014-2015: 23,557 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 24,117 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 17,369 (Championship League)

Visit the Old Grounds and Stand section of the Guide to see photos of Boothferry Park football ground, the former home of Hull City FC.

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Special thanks to:

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of the KC Stadium.

Owen Pavey for providing an external photo of the stadium.

Hull City v Southampton
Premier League
Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 7.45pm
By Steve Ridgley (Southampton fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had done many long trips away from home but never done Hull. I like to do all the newly promoted teams just in case I won’t get to do it again in the near future. Also, with Hull being so far away, it gives you a proud, loyal feeling when you do a 12 hour round trip on a cold, windy, February, Tuesday night. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went on the official supporters coach with most other fellow fans due to the fact the weather conditions were not great around the country at the time. The coaches park in a caged off area, at the KC Stadium, totally separated from the home supporters with great steel fences surrounding this area. This penned off area is to prevent the home supporters coming near, this area really did have a sense of security about it. Where the coaches do park, you are right next to the stadium which is very handy. Behind the away end is a massive car park covering acres of land. Here, home and away supporters were parking here for a fair fee of £5. Be warned though, as the car park has an un-even surface and didn’t look all too great prior to kick off.

Finding the stadium was fairly hard when on the roads. Some newer stadiums are now built a little ‘out of town’ like Colchester and the ‘old’ Ricoh Arena for example. With the KC Stadium, it is really within Hull and is surrounded by many buildings and not far from the city centre.  

3.What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Before the game we went into a social club just across from the massive car park behind the away end named something like Walton Rd Social. You have to pay £1 to get in but in there you have about 6 big TV’s showing Sky TV, a massive pool table, cheap drinks and cheap food up for grabs too. In here there are a lot of home fans who kept themselves to themselves but were in high spirits.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

First of all I was very surprised at how different the KC Stadium looked to other stadiums I had been to e.g. Derby, Cardiff etc.. One side of the stadium is in amongst woodland which is very unusual as you’d normally expect an industrial estate plonked in front of these modern stadiums. The woodland hosted numerous pathways to get to the stadium. The way they’ve incorporated the stadium in this park was something special, and I admire the creators for not just dumping the stadium on that car park I was saying about. Another thing that was noticeable was the floodlights. They had two circular shaped structures on top of the East Stand that was the stadiums dominant aspect.   Once in the stadium I was even more impressed. The Main Stand, named the ‘West Stand’ is a two tiered affair that curves over slightly to fit in with the rest of the three stands that are single tiered. The West Stand was the stadiums eye-catcher that impressed Saints fans. The other three stands are near enough identical and are slightly raised from the playing action. So if you get row A, don’t be fooled, as you’ll be a little above the playing surface. At either end there are two massive TV screens that are very interactional when the 90mins is not ticking by. Another thing to note is the P.A system; this is one of the clearest I’ve heard. One thing that was funny was when the teams came out onto the pitch, the song ‘Eye of the Tiger’ is played full blast. The concourse has some character about it too. It was a nice gesture to put permanent signs around saying ‘thank you for visiting Hull’ and ‘Enjoy the game’. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was nothing spectacular. We (Southampton) ran out 1-0 winners within what was a spicy atmosphere. Both sets of fans were vocal all match. Towards our left is the East Stand where half of that stand is made up of the ‘hard core’ fans who like to stand and sing all match. However I thought this area of the stadium has unsavoury aspects as they were taunting at us all match which made it, in parts, a little intimidating. In fact, half of this stand were not there to watch the football, but were there to hurl abuse, something I’ll be mindful of in future visits. Reading through other reviews it mentions the stewards being a little over the top. I have to say, I tend to agree as many were getting involved in scuffles and were quite rude to some of the visiting fans. However, nothing was said to get u to sit down as 900+ Saints fans stood all match. I got my hands on one of the pies and, as what you’d expect from up north, it was very good! 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the stadium itself took a lot of time as the entrances to the stand are at the back of the stand. The coaches wait in the pens a small while to make the Hull fans clear from the surroundings. It does take a while getting back onto the motorway. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a good day out in one of the best stadiums I’ve been to. The atmosphere was great but a little unsavoury at times. Highly recommend visiting this stadium.

Hull City v West Ham United  
Premier League
Saturday, September 28th 2013, 3pm
By Philip Pegram (West Ham United fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Never travelled to Hull Before. Not heard many good reports about Hull in general so wanted to visit to see what it was like. Always love travelling away with West Ham.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We stayed in Hull for the week end and travelled up to Hull from Essex on Friday afternoon. Took 3 hours to drive. From the centre of Hull only a 15 – 20 minute walk away.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had a few drinks and food in Wetherspoons in the Centre 1st then a mini pub crawl round the town centre. Many pubs to choose from. We then headed to the Brickmakers arms before the game for a few. Mixture of home and away fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I was pleasantly surprised when seeing the ground. Hull not being a massive Premier league Team the ground was very impressive. Great view of the ground where the away fans were. In General great ground.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was very poor and could have gone either way. Hull managed to snatch win. Atmosphere was very good wit great banter between home and away fans. Lager £3.50 a pint

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game we walked back into town that took around 25 minutes heading through the shopping centre.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

My overall thoughts for the day were very good. Had a great day/weekend, the football was good, and the food and drink were reasonable. Would recommend any one to go for a visit.

Hull City v Crawley Town
FA Cup 4th Round
Saturday, January 28th 2012, 3pm
By Joshua Biggs (Crawley Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Going to a ground of such size was a rareity for us, and in that sense, I could hardly wait. I was aware of how modern the Stadium was and greatly anticipated the visit as a result. In terms of the occasion itself, the fact that we had an opportunity to reach the 5th round for the second year running (having been narrowly defeated by Manchester United at Old Trafford the year before) was very exciting. I could not wait. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking:

Being on an away supporters coach, I wasn’t actually involved in terms of the finding of the ground or car parking as would have been suitably arranged beforehand. We did, however embark on a far more scenic route than had been anticipated owing to a collision on the motorway. This meant our journey was even longer than the 4 hours or so that we had expected. However, this did not dampen the lively mood of the 40 or so supporters on the coach and we reached the stadium feeling as though time had passed rather quickly. We parked in the extremely large stadium car park located within seconds of the ground which would have meant no fans would have found any trouble with finding a spot to park.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

With an hour or so to spare, we made our way over to the social club that was happy to accept away fans. This one only a few minutes away from the stadium. Although rather cramped there was a friendly atmosphere and the drinks were reasonably priced. There was also a full sized snooker table available for use. The home fans were extremely friendly and one even offered me his programme as well as his compliments on Crawley’s performance on getting this far in the cup.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The stadiums' exterior was matched by the impressive nature of the interior. Both were extremely modern and interesting to look at. Even for a Championship side there was a mutual agreement amongst the away fans that the stadium was a real spectacle within itself. Even the way ‘Hull’ was written out across the South stand with its vivid orange colour and slanted font did well to impress. The away end was fantastic in terms of view, leg room, and comfortable nature of seat. Before the match begun, the large electronic scoreboard showed live coverage of the remaining minutes of the tie between Liverpool and Manchester United, though our positioning did not provide us with the greatest view.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Although not fully concentrated on taking in my surroundings due to the tense nature of the affair, the stewards seemed to be as friendly as you would expect and were happy to participate in the friendly natured banter that the Crawley fans were giving. The home fans were notably quiet, despite them not turning up in quite the numbers they would do on a weekend league tie. In terms of the match itself, I was positively overwhelmed following a game in which we matched the Championship side all the way and came away with a fully deserved 0-1 victory, well missed Matt Tubbs providing the winner. The catering facilities were fine with the food priced at a reasonable level. All was also well in the toilet facility department.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We were back on the coach within minutes of the final whistle though there was some congestion when it came to navigating through the streets of Hull and emerging back out onto the motorway. A police escort ensured that there was no trouble on the way out, though it seemed unlikely that we would have encountered any if the escort had not been provided. However, it was a welcomed gesture by the local police.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

In summary, the stadium itself would probably have been enough to make the trip worthwhile. The accessibility of the stadium and the fact that it was well sign posted, in addition to the large car parking availability meant that the arrival was easy in a practical sense. The good prices and friendly locals just added to what made a great all round away experience.

Hull City v Portsmouth
Championship League
Saturday, October 23rd 2010, 3pm
By Josh Brennan (Portsmouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

It was potentially Portsmouth’s last ever match as the night before the game there were reports that Pompey were about to get liquidated (thankfully we didn't in the end) I was also looking forward to this match because we were on a run of good form after winning the past 4 out of 5.

2. How easy were your journey/ finding the ground/ car parking?

We left Portsmouth at about 10am and it was straight up the M1 then the M18 & M62 from there the ground was signposted which was very easy to find, we were at Hull for around ten past two. Parking was no problem either, there is parking right outside the away end but we parked in car park opposite the stadium which cost £5. 

3. What you did before the game pub/ chippy... home fans friendly?

By the time we had parked up, we just headed for the stadium, I bought a programme for £3 and just outside the turnstiles for the away end was a refreshments van. I bought a burger, which was also £3. The home fans seemed friendly as there were no problem before or after the game, what I mean by that is you could walk with them wearing your colours to ground and back to the car park with no problem.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I thought ground was nice to look at from the outside and the inside, the view from where we sat were very good considering you a little bit far away from the pitch. The other sides of the ground looked very smart too, the end opposite and to the left of us looked very symmetrical to our end but the end to the right had 2 tiers, this gave the stadium a stand out effect.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

It was a pretty even match throughout the first half, Hull having a couple of chances, David Nugent hitting the bar from Portsmouth, but on the stroke of half time, John Utaka sent David Nugent through on goal and he finished neatly past Matt Duke. The second half was mainly all Portsmouth with Greg Halford doubling the lead straight after half time with a deflected free kick which confused Matt Duke and went into the corner; However Hull did pull a goal back from a Nick Barmaby header but from then on Hull never looked threatening. 

As Pompey fans our noisy on the road, it was no different here, Hull did sing quite a bit though and there were was a bit of banter which was very enjoyable. There were no problem with the stewards, we stood up throughout the whole of the game and didn't get told to sit down. I can't really comment about the food as I got some outside the away end, the wasn't many toilets though, there were use’s at half time and you just had to wait a little bit.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was very easy getting out after the game, as my dad wanted to leave five minutes before the end. It took five minutes to walk to the car and we were out of Hull by five o'clock. We got back in Portsmouth at half 8 (we drove very quickly on the way home) which meant we could watch the football league show and see the highlights.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I thoroughly enjoyed my day out to the KC Stadium, it's a fantastic ground, it generates a brilliant atmosphere and the fact that we won 2-1 made the journey back a whole lot nicer. The news got even better as we found when were back in Portsmouth, we had exited administration and our football club was safe.

Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday, December 6th 2014, 3pm
Lee Jones (West Brom fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

We went to Hull City the previous season and thought we were harshly done by in the 2-0 loss so hoped to do better this time around. We had also enjoyed our previous trip and liked the places we visited. Also this time we didn’t have any children with us so were not restricted in where we were able to go, plus it was one our travelling party’s first away match!

2. How easy were your journey/ finding the ground/ car parking?

We set off earlier than the Club Coaches in order to leave us enough time to park and enjoy the hostelries in the Hull area. We set our destination as the Linnet & Lark pub we’d visited briefly the previous season. To be honest, the stadium itself is pretty easy to find as it is adjacent to the main route into Hull from the West. The pub itself is located past the ground, towards the City Centre, leaving us about a 20 minute walk. We were able to park on the Pub car park for a £2 fee for the day, which we thought was reasonable. The 2 hours 15 minutes it took to get there from the West Midlands was more than acceptable.

3. What you did before the game pub/ chippy... home fans friendly?

There were a number of bars/pubs in Princess Avenue and we intended to visit a few. As it was, when we got to our intended destination, we saw it had been refurbished and was now called “Bowers”. There are still TV’s to watch the early/late games but the Pool tables have gone. They have a range of real ales and do food too. The bar staff were also very friendly as were the locals and we ended up staying there as we had seats and a view of the TV screens. After warming ourselves there (it was a pretty cold day outside, the first cold one of the season) we headed off for the ground stopping at a Burger van for a double cheeseburger at £3. Again good value we thought. There was no problem with any home fans and after the game we ended up discussing who were most likely to go down. They thought their chances were greater than ours…. we will see!!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

We hear that Hull City like to encourage supporters to walk to the Stadium and it certainly is easy to do just that. Access is gained over a series of footbridges and leads to the side of the stadium. I do like the look of the KC Stadium though, to my shame, I never visited Boothferry Park but the new stadium is pretty tidy and impressive for a new build. The surrounding area is park land but I must say that I didn’t really notice that fact, I suppose being cold and dull isn’t great for the aesthetics. The away section has been moved slightly from last season and is more on one side but access is good and the queues moved quickly. The concourse seemed adequate and service was pretty quick but there were no TV’s working inside our section on the day. This might be remedied for other team’s visits. The away section seems quite large, our allocation being 2,400 and the rest of the ground looks good when it fills up. The Stadium is a little like Bolton or Huddersfield with the curved roof but has its own style.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We had the pies last year which were very good but as we had already eaten on the way in I didn’t partake this year. There seemed to be a moderately high Police presence which was a little surprising but they all seemed in good humour and more than ready to have a laugh with the Baggies fans. Stewards were around but didn’t interfere with us standing throughout the match and all seemed fairly laid back and relaxed. The toilets were very cramped and though there were a couple of gents toilet areas, queues here were quite long. The half time queues were worrying if you left it to the last minute.

As for the atmosphere, it was more subdued than the previous season. Whether the change in location has had an effect is hard to say but their supporters rarely made much of a noise until just before the end. The atmosphere in the away section is usually pretty good with Albion fans and this was no exception with singing pretty much throughout the game.

The match was a turgid affair and we thought there would be pretty good odds on it being last on Match of the Day (though it wasn’t!!) and after we missed an early penalty it was pretty awful. Apart from a free kick in the second half for us and a couple of wayward shots, both teams looked short of attacking ideas. 0-0 was a fair reflection and I think we were the happier side with the away point.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The 20 minute walk back to the car and a beer to enable the traffic to disperse worked well. The area was pretty much clear of traffic when we set off. After another enjoyable chat with the bar staff and a nice relaxing pint, we set off home. Even after the delayed start back and after dropping the others off en route, we were still back home by half past eight. We even caught some of the Albion coaches up before we got to West Bromwich!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I like going to Hull and though the game was not the best (to say the least), it was a good day out with some good company in the car there and back and always great to go away with the Baggies. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. Hopefully we can both survive and we might get to visit some of the other bars in the area next year.

Updated 23rd July 2015

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