Birmingham City FC - St Andrews

St Andrews Guide

Stadium Info

Since the latest re-development, the all-seated capacity of St Andrews is just over 30,000. Three of the stands were re-developed in a period from 1993-99 and the views inside from all areas are very impressive. It has function rooms suitable for business or social events and a large impressive club reception underneath the Spion Kop. A potential move to a multi-purpose City of Birmingham Stadium remains a real possibility with the sale of the current stadium going some way toward funding the new build.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are seated in the Gil Merrick Stand, in the section closest to the Spion Kop. Approximately a quarter to a half of the Lower Tier is reserved for away fans although for games when the away allocation is increased to 10% of the total capacity, the section extends down towards all but the last section of the lower tier. You can expect a decent bit of banter with the home supporters. You'll come to the away turnstiles first when walking up from the city centre. The quality of the seating and views of the game from the Gil Merrick Stand are both excellent, though there can be a problem with legroom.

Stadium Layout

St Andrews seating plan:

St Andrews seating plan

Where To Drink

There are a whole host of places to eat and drink in the city centre with all budgets catered for. Despite the fact that there are a few pubs in the area, they do fill up quickly and often it takes quite a while to be served. You will find that the majority of pubs in the vicinity of the ground are home supporters only and can be quite intimidating for away fans so the recommendation is to drink in the city centre.

Parking

Parking at the stadium itself is very limited, but a secure outdoor car park is available at Birmingham Wheels Park, less than 15 minutes walk away, and parking is also permitted in the streets surrounding the ground although you'll need to arrive 90 minutes or so before to guarantee a good spot.

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Directions

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Birmingham City's St Andrews Stadium is Birmingham Moor Green. If you're coming into Birmingham by train, you will arrive at New Street Station, the city's main railway station, which is just over two and a half miles from the stadium. The city is fairly well served by rail from most British cities. Birmingham Moor Green station is 20 minutes walk away from the ground.

Most supporters will generally stop off for a beer in town before jumping on any of the buses, of which numbers 57, 57A, 58, 60, 900, 97, 97A all go up to St. Andrews. A taxi should only set you back around £6, but if it is close to kick off, journey time can be slow and you should allow 15 minutes or so.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: Went by coach the first 3 times, the first out of necessity, the second two as I felt the coaches were kept in a little compound for a good reason! My last 2 visits though, I have drive and found it is one of the best around! Head straight towards the ground, find St Andrews Street, which backs onto the Main Stand, and there is free street parking literally yards from the ground!

    Refreshments: I remember being tempted by the tastiest smelling steak pie on my first visit only to fight my way to the front of the scrum downstairs and find none left! Gutted isnít the word, ended up with a Balti which while it may be popular, isn't exactly my taste! Outside the ground, now I've had a look around with driving, plenty! Head down Coventry Road and there's a ton, the obligatory Morrison's plus cafe, the Cricketers pub down the next street, keep going and an absolute abundance of takeaways. Went in one called Al Forno I think, a fair way down. One hell of a tasty chicken burger, and only a quid as well because I don't have salad! Sweet!

    Impressions: The away end is decent, a little bit cramped underneath, but the fact it has a little burger van and an outdoor area means if you want space and still want something to eat, it's there! The view from the seats is decent too, so no real problems there.

    Atmosphere: Unfortunately, this has dwindled with each visit due to a variety of problems at Brum. My first visit was a Saturday night match, near full house, both clubs going very well and surprisingly, we had a smaller allocation of 1,600 as it's all Everton took. It was well and truly the hardcore though, as the atmosphere from both sets of fans can only be described as raucous. The whole ground just swelled with aggression, and it was the closest I'd seen to Goodison at its aggressive best. Next visit, due to Birmingham clamping down on the fans that sit nearest the away end getting a bit too rowdy, had a decent atmosphere but nothing overly special. Last time I went, the ground was half empty, and Birmingham fans barely seemed to give a crap. They have had a lot of issues with the ownership of the club, and a fairly comfortable mid table side being derailed by boardroom problems and alienation of fans. It has really really showed. Even now though since the Carsen Yeung takeover and a lot of good feeling around the club on and off the pitch, the atmosphere hasn't returned and neither have the crowds.

    Anything Else: Pre kick off atmosphere at Brum is awesome, and for one good reasonÖMr Blue Sky!

    Enjoy: On their day, Birmingham can make a great atmosphere and so can we. One I always look forward to a fair bit, but definitely disappointed last time. Now I've had a bit more of a look around outside the ground, one of the better away days in the Prem these days. No hassle from coppers or stewards, the fans seem to get on pretty well with us, and a decent ground.

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Ground Name: St Andrews
Capacity: 30,016 (all seated)
Address: St Andrews Ground, Birmingham B9 4RL
Main Tel No.: 0844 557 1875
Team Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1906
Site: www.bcfc.com

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Birmingham City FC, St Andrews Stadium Panoramic
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Reception, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Spion Kop, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Main Stand, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Kop & Gil Merrick Stands, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Gil Merrick Stand, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Tilton Road Stand, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC
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Directors Box, St Andrews, Birmingham City FC