Britannia Stadium Like?
Britannia Stadium (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
The Seddon And Marstons Pedigree Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
The Boothen End And Seddon Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
Q-railing Stand (photo)
A Closer Look At The Marstons Pedigree Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Britannia Stadium Tours
Victoria Ground Photos
View From The Away End (video)
Britannia Stadium Location Map
|What's The Britannia Stadium Like?|
The Club moved to the
Britannia Stadium 1997, after playing for 119
years at their old Victoria Ground. The stadium
looks imposing from afar, as it is perched upon
a hill with hardly any buildings around it. It
especially looks good at night when it is lit
up. The ground is of a fair size. One large
single stand, incorporating the Boothen End and
Seddon Stand, completely surrounds half the
pitch as it extends around one corner. Whilst
the other two stands on the other sides are
‘free standing’ having open corners to either
Tim Green adds; 'Behind
the Boothen End there are three statues of the
legendary former player Sir
Stanley Matthews, which were originally
unveiled by Kevin Keegan'. The club also have a couple of unusual looking mascots, with a blue coloured hippo called 'Pottermus' and his white girlfriend 'Pottermiss',
obviously this is what happens to hippos when they
visit the Potteries!
|The Club have announced that they are
going to put in a planning application to seek
permission to 'fill-in' the corner between the
Seddon and Marstons Pedigree (South) Stands. This
part of the ground currently houses a large video
screen. It is hoped that around 2,000 seats could be
installed in this area, increasing the capacity of
the Britannia Stadium to over 30,000.
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
Away fans are
housed on one side (towards the Players
Tunnel and Main Stand) of the Marstons
Pedigree (South) Stand
at one end of the ground, where around 2,800
supporters can be accommodated. This stand
is shared with home fans
on the other side. At first I was quite
perturbed by a large sign advising fans
that persistent standing would result in
ejection from the ground, however the
facilities and view of the action from this
stand are good. The
concourse is adequate and there is a large
choice of refreshments available such as
Wrights pies, sausage rolls,
cheeseburgers, rollover hot dogs and
chips. Alcohol is also available in the
form of Carlsberg lager (pint),
Bitter (pint), Strongbow cider (can) and
Smirnoff Ice (bottle).
|Where To Drink?|
Next to the stadium is a Holiday Inn and a Harvester Pub/Restaurant that do allow in away fans. You can also park at the Harvester itself for a cost of £3. A bit further away on Dennis Viollett Road (off Sir Stanley Matthews Way) is a Power League complex that also has a bar, which also allows in away supporters, shows SKY television and you can even park in their car park for £4.50. Further down Sir Stanley Matthews Way (and turning left along Eastern Rise) is the Longton Rugby Club, which has two bars also showing SKY Sports. Parking is also available at £5 a car. It is around a 20 minute walk to the away turnstiles from the Club. Otherwise alcohol is available on the concourses at the back of the away end, but queues can be lengthy, especially if there is a big support.
If arriving by train then the Terrace Bar on
Leek Road has been designated as an official away
fans pub. The pub which is only five minutes walk
from the railway station (turn right out of the
station entrance, left at the crossroads and the pub
is down on the left) also shows Sky Sports and
offers food too. The shuttle bus to the ground
(return cost £3 adults) that runs from near the
station, also stops at the pub and returns after the
|How To Get There By Car And Where To Park|
Leave the M6 at Junction 15 and then go straight across the roundabout onto the A500 towards Stoke. Continue along the A500 passing the junction with the A34. Leave the A500 at the slip road following signs for the A50 towards Derby. At the top of the slip road turn right at the roundabout (still A50) and then move into the second from left lane (signposted Britannia Stadium). You can see the stadium over on your right. Turn right at the top of the slip road and then right at the next roundabout for the stadium. The Britannia is quite well signposted. Car parking at the stadium costs £5. Andy Fenwick a visiting Sunderland fan adds; 'Don't be tempted to park on wasteland around the stadium, you may well end up as I did with a parking ticket waiting for you on your return'.
Matt Goldstraw adds; 'If you have a ticket for the official south car park, then after going onto the A500 towards Stoke from junction 15 of the M6, leave the A500 at the first junction and turn right at the large roundabout and onto the A34 towards Stafford. Go past the Bengal Indian Restaurant and after about a mile you will reach a small roundabout that on the right has the entrance to Trentham Awakes (previously known as Trentham Gardens). Turn left at the island and then continue straight up this road for about three miles. You will pass a golf club, a Toby Carvery, go over a railway bridge, over the canal and past an Esso garage. Then at a set of traffic lights where there is an obvious industrial estate to the right, turn left on to Stanley Matthews Way for the stadium'.
Just off Sir Stanley Matthews Way is a Power League complex that allows parking at £4.50 per car. Nearby on Eastern Rise is Longton Rugby Club which also has parking available at £5 per car.
are still some parking spaces at various commercial
sites between the old Michelin Car park and the
site of the old Victoria
Ground. Bear in mind though
that if you do park in this
area then allow a good 20 minutes to walk
(mostly uphill) to the stadium. If you are
intending parking in
this area then from Junction 15 proceed along the
A500, passing the junction with the A34. The
stadium will appear over on the right and then leave the A500 at the
next junction and turn left to go down to this
Robert Hardy a visiting Norwich
City supporter informs me; 'We've been to watch
the Canaries play at the Britannia Stadium on
numerous occasions, and have tried parking at
several places in the vicinity of the ground.
Although there's a good choice of places to park
- usually charging about £5, we've always found
that getting away after the game is a total
nightmare. You just seem to get stuck in never
ending queue's of traffic trying to get away,
and it takes an eternity to get anywhere. For a
change, I tried instead using the shuttle buses
from Glebe Street near Stoke Railway Station,
and was well rewarded for my effort. I found a
nice bit of on street parking nearby at the
former PMT bus garage, walked around the corner,
and paid just £3 return on the bus, which had us
at the ground in about 5 minutes or so. After
the game, the buses back to Stoke line up behind
the Novus Stand - which is just a short walk
from where the away fans are situated. From the
final whistle blowing, and walking out of the
ground, I was back to my car in 20 minutes.
Getting out of Stoke and back onto the A500, was
also completed in a matter of minutes. An
absolute piece of cake, and far less hassle!'
showing the location of the Britannia Stadium
(at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: ST4 4EG
Stoke station is just
over two miles away from the stadium, so
unless you are feeling fit, it maybe best to
hire a taxi. Tim Rigby a visiting
Wolves fan adds 'there are some shuttle buses
than run from Glebe Street in Stoke up to the
Britannia Stadium, which depart every 15 minutes
before kick off. There are return buses after
the game back to Glebe Street from behind the
Sentinel (East) Stand'.
|Port Vale & Crewe Alexandra.|
|Stoke operate a three category system of ticket
pricing (A*, A & B) whereby the most popular
matches will cost more to watch than the least popular
ones. A & B category prices are shown below in
Q-railing West Stand (Upper Tier Centre): Adults £50 (A £40) (B £35), Over 65's £35 (A £29)
(B £27), Under 17's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 11's £24 (A £18) (B £16)
Q-railing West Stand (Upper Tier Wings): Adults £47 (A £37) (B £32), Over 65's £32 (A £26)
(B £24), Under 17's £26 (A £20) (B £18), Under 11's £23 (A £17) (B £15)
Q-railing West Stand (Lower Tier Centre): Adults £47 (A £37) (B £32), Over 65's £33 (A £27)
(B £25), Under 17's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 11's £21 (A £15) (B £13)
Q-railing West Stand (Lower Tier Centre Wings): Adults £44 (A £34) (B £29), Over 65's £30
(A £24) (B £22), Under 17's £26 (A £20) (B £18), Under 11's £20 (A £14) (B £12)
Seddon Stand (Centre): Adults £45 (A £35) (B £30), Over 65's £31 (A £25) (B £23), Under 17's £24 (A £18) (B £16), Under 11's £21 (A £15) (B £13)
Seddon Stand (Wings): Adults £42 (A £32) (B £27), Over 65's £28 (A £22) (B £20),
Under 17's £23 (A £17) (B £15), Under 11's £20 (A £14) (B £12)
Boothen End: Adults £40 (A £30) (B £25), Over 65's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 17's £23 (A £17) (B £15), Under 11's £20 (A £14) (B £12)
Marstons Pedigree (South) Stand: Adults £40 (A £30) (B £25), Over 65's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 17's £23 (A £17) (B £15), Under 11's £20 (A £14) (B £12)
Potteries Shopping Centre Family Area: Adults £40 (A £30) (B £25), Over 65's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 17's £23 (A £17) (B £15), Under 14's £20 (A £14) (B £12), Under 11's £16 (A £10) (B £8)
Marstons Pedigree South Stand: Adults £40 (A £30) (B £25), Over 65's £27 (A £21) (B £19), Under 17's £23 (A £17) (B £15), Under 11's £20 (A £14) (B £12)
|Stoke City FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Programme and Fanzines|
|Official Programme: £3.
The Oatcake Fanzine: £1.80.
|For details of disabled
facilities and club contact at the ground please
visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
the Britannia Stadium:
28,218 v Everton, FA Cup 3rd Round, January 5th 2002.
At the Victoria Ground:
51,380 v Arsenal
Division 1, March 29th, 1937.
2014-2015: 26,137 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 26,722 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 27,226 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Britannia Stadium|
Gosbee (Chelsea) 7/12/13
|Britannia Stadium Tours|
|Tours of the stadium are
available by request. The cost of the tours are: Five
people or less £25, 6-10 people £35, 11-20 people £45.
Tours must be booked in advance by calling 01782
|Victoria Ground Photos|
|To see some photos of
Stoke's previous ground the Victoria Ground then visit the Old Grounds & Stands
Section of the Guide.
|If you require hotel
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|View From The Away End|
Thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the above video.
|Map showing the location of the Britannia Stadium, Station and Listed Pubs|
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