West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
Saturday 2nd January 2016 | Kick Off 3.00pm
West Bromwich Albion FC
WEST BROM have been playing at the Hawthorns for more than 100 years.
The Black Country venue was the first Football League ground to be built in the 20th Century and was opened on 3rd September 1900 after construction work lasting just four months.
It remains the highest stadium above sea level in English football at 551 feet, with the Potters' Britannia Stadium being the ninth highest at 431 feet.
Two full England internationals have been hosted there, the 2-0 win against Ireland in 1922 and the 4-0 victory over Belgium two years later.
The highest attendance at the stadium came in 1937 when 64,815 crammed in for an FA Cup Sixth Round tie with Arsenal.
In its current state and following the latest refurbishment in 2008, the Hawthorns holds a capacity of 26,850, which means it is the closest match to the Britannia Stadium in terms of size in the Premier League.
Away fans are housed in one half of the Smethwick End, with a usual allocation of approximately 2,500.
On leaving the Britannia Stadium head south on the A500 towards junction 15 of the M6.
Follow the M6 southbound and exit at junction 8 for the M5.
Leave the M5 at junction 1 and take the first exit at the roundabout, onto the A41 (Birmingham Road).
The Hawthorns is further down this road on the right hand side.
Car parking is available in Lewisham Park, 500m south of the Hawthorns.
Head down Halfords Lane, which runs alongside the stadium, and turn right at the traffic lights.
Off-street parking will be available from 3 hours before kick-off until 2 hours after the final whistle, in Lewisham Park, located off Dartmouth Road.
39.2 miles from the Britannia Stadium - 1 hour
New for this season, West Bromwich Albion's Fanzone is situated opposite the stadium on the corner of Birmingham Road and Halfords Lane.
The site contains food and drink outlets, entertainment and seating as a place to socialise pre and post-match.
The Fanzone also shows the majority of televised fixtures on a matchday, such as the lunchtime and evening kick-offs on a Saturday.
Both Home and Away supporters will have access to the Fanzone but will be asked to show a valid matchday ticket to gain entry.
Gates open approximately three hours before a 3pm kick off and two hours before an evening kick off.
Visiting supporters can gain access to the Smethwick End from 90 minutes before kick off.
West Brom's catering team offer wide range of food and soft drinks prior to kick off and during half-time.
They also offer combination offers which you can save money on and include food, drinks and even snacks.
Exit gates are opened at half-time to allow supports access to external catering kiosks as well as the smoking area.
Alcoholic beverages are available to visiting supporters at selected matches only, dependent upon policing requirements.
There's usually two connections for journeys from Stoke-on-Trent Station to the Hawthorns Station, which is a five-minute walk away from the stadium.
Either travel via Birmingham New Street and Birmingham Snow Hill or alternatively Wolverhampton and then Smethwick Galton Bridge.
Upon arrival at the station, turn right out of the entrance and the stadium will be in sight.
Check with National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 for more information or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
BBC WM broadcast on 95.6FM whilst Free Radio is available at 96.4FM.