Our Impressions of The Hawthorns
The Hawthorns is a very impressive stadium with much redevelopment taking place in recent years. The ground is now totally enclosed, with the last addition being the replacement of the old Rainbow Stand at the start of the 2001/02 season, with a new East Stand at a cost of £5.25 million.
Away fans are normally located in the Smethwick stand behind one of the goals, and are normally allocated part of the seating with this stand. When larger or local teams visit (Wolves, Birmingham City etc), visiting supporters are likely to be allocated the whole Smethwick End.
Directions to The Hawthorns
Exit the M5 at junction 1. Take the A41, signposted Birmingham. The stadium is visible from here, and stands about 600 metres to the Birmingham side of junction one. Turn right into Halfords Lane for stadium.
The Hawthorns railway station is situated on Halfords Lane, 250 metres south of the stadium itself. There is also a Metro tram link which services the main route from Birmingham to Wolverhampton. Otherwise, from New Street, head for Smethwick Rolfe Street (10 min walk).
74, 77-79 and 450 all pass by the ground.
Local Area around The Hawthorns
Parking at the ground is mainly for season-ticket holders only although there are places behind the Family Stand, off Halfords Lane, and alongside the Tom Silk Building in Halfords Lane. This car park is supervised, and costs ?4, although it gets full very early.
There is some parking on the Halfords Lane industrial estate. Bradfords Bakery (Birmingham Road) open up part of their facility for parking. Note, Halfords Lane is closed on matchdays from 13:30.
On matchdays, there is also car parking available at The Hawthorns railway station, a further 50 metres down Halfords Lane.
Street parking is limited. None is allowed on the Birmingham Road.
Disabled Facilities at The Hawthorns
WBA should be commended for their efforts on behalf of disabled spectators. The stands behind each goal have disabled areas, with the front row of seats in each of these stands reserved for wheelchairs to be parked in front. The disabled fans also have their own entrance, with ramped access, located on Halfords Lane.
Pubs Near The Hawthorns
There are only really two pubs close to the ground, and both operate a members only policies on matchday. Therefore, your best bet is to try West Bromwich High Street, as this offers plenty of pubs. Do recommend that you don't wear away colours though! The easiest way to get to the High Street is on the Metro link, or by catching a no 79 or 74 bus from Birmingham Road.
The Poacher's Pocket
This pub is located on Albion Road, West Bromwich [B70 8QX], and is descibed by the manager as 'an away supporter friendly pub.' The Poacher's is a fairly large family friendly pub with a decent size car park. Coaches are welcome, [but please let the manager know, so he can ensure there is enough staff on]. Food ranging from sandwiches/burgers to a 20oz Mixed Grill is served from 12 - 2.30 & 6 - 9 Mon to Sat & 12 - 6 on Sunday. There is a small beer garden & the bar has a pool table & dart board.
Located in Roebuck Street, this pubs comes highly recommended and is an ideal family pub serving excellent food - go in the opposite direction to the ground after leaving the motorway and head towards the town centre. Street parking is also available here
The Waggon and Horses
Located on Halfords Lane.
The Royal Oak
To find this pub head towards Birmingham on the A41, and you can't miss it! The Royal Oak provides a selection of beers and lagers and also welcomes kids. It is asian run hence the selection of cuisine available.