Molineux Stadium is an English football stadium situated in Wolverhampton, West Midlands. It has been the home ground of Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club since 1889 and was the first stadium ever built for use by a Football League club.
At the time of its multi-million pound renovation in the early 1990s, Molineux was one of the biggest and most modern stadia in England, though it has since been eclipsed by many other ground developments.
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Molineux is one of the most distinctive stadiums in the country, being one of the earliest post-Taylor-report grounds. There are four large stands named after historical Wolves figures; the Billy Wright and Steve Bull stands running the length of the pitch, and the Stan Cullis and Jack Harris stands behind the goals. The more vocal fans are situated in the Jack Harris stand. Molineux is dominated by the modern Stan Cullis Stand at one end of the stadium, which was opened in 2012.
This impressive looking structure towers over the rest of Molineux and the roof steelwork can be seen from miles around on the Wolverhampton skyline. The stand is two-tiered, with a larger lower tier, with the upper tier having a large windshield on one side. The stand extends partly around one corner towards the Steve Bull Stand and some seats in the upper tier in that corner will have a restricted view of the playing area, due to the roof of the Steve Bull Stand being directly in the line of sight. It is hoped that at some point the Steve Bull Stand will be replaced by a similar structure and will extend around to meet the new Stan Cullis Stand.
The oldest of these is the Steve Bull Stand, which was opened in 1979, whilst opposite is the Billy Wright Stand which was opened in 1993. This stand is the Main Stand at Molineux, which contains the Directors area, team dugouts in front and a television gantry below its roof. At one end is the Sir Jack Hayward Stand, which was also opened in 1993, four months after the Billy Wright Stand.
Situated in the corner between the Sir Jack Hayward and Billy Wright stands, is a temporary stand that has a capacity of 900 seats. The seats are green coloured which makes it look a little out of place to the rest of the stadium. This is affectionately known as the 'Gene Kelly' stand (or officially known as the Graham Hughes Stand - named after a former club historian). That is because this area is open to the elements so you could end up 'singing in the rain'. There are a couple of video screens located in opposite corners of the stadium.
An allocation of 2,750 tickets are available to visiting supporters and are located in the upper and lower tiers of the Stan Cullis Stand at the North end of the ground. The view of the playing action is unobstructed and generally very good. Refreshments are various and not overpriced whilst facilities are very good. Much as you would expect from a new stand.
Parking is limited in the surrounding area but the best option seems one of two. You can drive towards the town centre and parking is available in many pay and display car parks here ranging between £3 and £6 for five hours. The other option is to travel up to the stadium and use one of the official football parking car parks which are signposted. Both options are a short walk back to the ground.
The best fish and chip shop close to the ground is in Staveley Road. Be aware that there is nearly always a queue but it's certainly worth the wait once you're there. The special meal deals are particularly good value and very tasty. Elsewhere there are a few burger stalls dotted around the stadium.
There are a number of pubs dotted around the ground, but they tend to be for home supporters only. The Great Western, behind Wolverhampton train station is a great pub but it is sadly quite small, and away fans must not wear colours. The Litten Tree in the city centre is away fan friendly. The Prince Albert pub also nearby to the station should be avoided.
I have been to the Molineux Stadium once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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