The Hawthorns Stadium – General Info
West Bromwich Albion’s home, The Hawthorns, has been home to the Baggies since as far back as 1900. By this time the ground was already the sixth to have played host to West Brom but is their spiritual home now having been around for 118 years.
The original Hawthorns was built to accommodate over 35,000 people and the site even saw crowds of over 50,000 back in the 1920’s and 30’s. Since all-seater stadia became mandatory though and prices went up sharply in football, the ground has seen crowds closer to 20,000 for most home games in recent times.
As for the playing surface; it measures the Premier League standard 105 metres by 68 metres, benefits from undersoil heating and is made up of both synthetic fibres as well as natural grass.
Just a shade under 26,700 fans can these days get into the Hawthorns for home Premier League games and currently there are no serious plans to increase this, though the ground is capable of taking redevelopment.
The Hawthorns is ostensibly made up of the Smethwick End and the Birmingham Road End behind either goal along with the East and West Stands which run along the length of the pitch. Three of the corners are filled on the lower tiers.
Away Fans At The Hawthorns
Visiting fans at West Brom are situated in one half of the Smethwick End behind the goal in close proximity to home fans. The general allocation for Premier League games is 3,000 though this may change for cup games and with opposing fans very close, the atmosphere tends to be good.
Views from all around the away end are unrestricted at the Hawthorns and reviews from away fans are generally favourable all-round, other than the concourse area being on the small side.
As is standard in the Premier League, matches at the Hawthorns are categorised and therefore different prices are charged based on the opposition.
A typical single adult ticket costs £25 for a Category C game, £30 for Category B and £35 for Category A. Concessions are also offered around the ground at all fixtures and cup prices will vary.
The general package on offer at the Hawthorns in terms of hospitality is the very popular Richardson Suite package which, for most Premier League games, is priced up at £175 plus VAT per person.
The package includes quality food and drinks, padded seating, VIP parking and a visit from a West Brom player. The suit can also be booked for what West Brom called ‘Platinum Graded Fixtures’ priced at £375 plus VAT.
How To Get To The Hawthorns
The stadium is easily accessible by bus with direct services from across the West Midlands serving the area. Those wishing to drive themselves should use the M5 motorway, take junction 1 (West Bromwich) before taking the A41 East signed for Birmingham. The stadium comes into view almost immediately.
The stadium is accessible from the Hawthorns train and Hawthorns Metro stations which are linked from Birmingham New Street Station.
Although the club made tentative plans to gradually increase the size of the Hawthorns, average attendances and the club’s position in potentially being relegated to the Championship in 2018 mean these plans are shelved for now.