Away Supporter Information
Directions to The Hawthorns
The Hawthorns is one of the easiest grounds in the country to find
Visitors have the use of up to 2,800 seats in the Smethwick End Stand. Excellent view with perfect sightlines, modern toilets with hot water and paper towels (unheard of here!) and a Ladbrokes betting office all to hand. Segregation from home supporters used to be two narrow nets and two lines of stewards, but for the 2004/5 Premiership season this was rerlaced by a new metal barrier to avoid wasting hundreds of seats underneath the netting. Sitting in any of the rest of the stands is not advised unless you avoid wearing your team colours and keep quiet as the fifth goal goes in past our hapless defence - there have been one or two almost-ugly incidents recently where away supporters have irked some of the more vocal home lot by sitting next to them, but it's really a matter of using common sense.
The car parks in Halfords Lane are convenient if you don't mind paying £5, getting well blocked in afterwards, and having to go on an unscenic detour to get back to the motorway. There are many other car parks around the ground now, and more are being added all the time - full details can be found on the official web site. Generally speaking, the closer you can park to the M5 junction, the quicker you'll get away after the match. Kenrick Way, just off the motorway island (second exit from roundabout if you're coming South down the motorway, last exit if North) offers free street parking and an almost immediate getaway. It's 10 minutes walk to the ground - straight down the Birmingham Road. There are other areas for street parking on the opposite side of the motorway to the ground.
Anyone fancy a pint?
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Something for the weekend ?
The City of Birmingham boasts a wide range of shops, clubs, restaurants, cinemas, theatres and so on if you fancy extending your stay past the customary 90 minutes. A full description is well outside the scope of this page (i.e. I can't be arsed to write any more). There's a "What's On" section in the Birmingham City Council Web Page where you can find out more, failing that try the Tourist Office (if there is one!) or just turn up and nose around town...
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