St Andrew's, officially known since June 2018 for sponsorship reasons as St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, is an association football stadium in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, England. It has been the home ground of Birmingham City Football Club for more than a century.
St Andrew's has been the venue for England international football matches at all levels below the senior national team, and for semifinal matches in the FA Cup and finals of lesser competitions. It has played host to events in other sports, including rugby union and professional boxing, and more recently has staged music concerts.
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.
St. Andrew’s has been refurbished numerous times since it first opened in 1906, but it still maintains its English style layout. There are four different stands at the ground with two of them, The Spion Kop and The Tilton Road Stand, virtually joined together to form something of a curved ‘L’ shape.
The Main Stand - Located to the North and first opened in 1954, this is split into two tiers and normally welcomes club guests, families and the media.
The Tilton Road Stand - Located behind the goal and built in a single-tier, this stand normally houses the club’s most vocal supporters.
The Spion Kop Stand - Normally Kop stands are located behind one of the goals, but Birmingham like to be different so their Spion Kop runs along the side of the pitch. It houses a large section of corporate seating.
The Gill Merrick Stand - Renamed in honour of the club’s record appearance holder, this used to be known as The Railway Stand. It is a two-tiered stand, with the top tier being smaller than the lower one. This is the stand that normally houses the away supporters.
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.
Birmingham is a brilliant place to go for a drink, with the city offering the friendliness of the North and the constant redevelopment of the South. Here are some places for a pre-match pint:
The Cricketers Arms - Arguably the most welcoming pub near to the ground for away supporters, The Cricketers Arms promises good food, a variety of drinks and an excellent pre-game atmosphere.
Jekyll & Hyde - More of a cocktail bar than a traditional pub, The Jekyll & Hyde promises good food, exciting drinks and a top atmosphere.
The Shakespeare - Located just a short walk from Birmingham New Street Station, The Shakespeare is a period pub that does delicious food, cask ales and shows football on large screens. The perfect place to fill up before you amble to St. Andrews.
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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