Molineux Stadium, home to Wolverhampton Wanderers since way back in 1889, holds a few bragging rights such as the being the first stadium to be built by the Football League and being one of the very first to install floodlight in order to host football games in the hours of darkness.
Local merchant Benjamin Molineux purchased land in 1744 on which a hotel and eventually Wolves’ stadium was built and that is where the famous old ground gets its name.
Undersoil heating is utilised beneath a playing surface that is made up of a mixture of natural grass and synthetic fibres. The pitch measures 100 metres by 64 metres, rather on the small side for a top level club.
Having been developed to some degree during Wolves’ last season in the Premier League, Molineux currently holds a maximum 31,700 for home league games.
Behind each goal are the Sir Jack Hayward Stand and the Stan Cullis Stand. The Stan Cullis corner leads onto the Steve Bull Stand and opposite is the Billy Wright Stand. The corners at the Sir Jack Hayward Stand are not filled in and could be part of any future development of the stadium.
Away Fans At Molineux
Visiting supporters at Molineux are housed generally in the Steve Bull Stand, though for larger allocations the lower Stan Cullis corner is also used bringing the total away congregation to around 4,500.
Given the lack of beams for an older stadium meaning unfettered views of the action, away fans generally give Molineux a good review and all supporters are looked after to the same standard on the concourses in terms of food and drink.
Tickets for a typical Championship match at Molineux for a single adult tend to be around £25 – £30, though concessions for younger supporters and pensioners are offered on all general sale tickets.
Those looking to watch Wolves in a bit of style can take advantage of hospitality packages in the WV1 Restaurant, WV1 Bar, President’s Lounge, Steve Bull Executive Box, International Restaurant or the WV1 Quadrant.
Typical prices in these places are from £90 per person plus VAT to £105 per person plus VAT though these are bound to increase when the club joins the Premier League.
How To Get To Molineux
Molineux stands in the north of Wolverhampton, close to the city centre and right next to the campus of Wolverhampton University which makes it easy to find.
Train connections from Birmingham New Street are numerous and will arrive into Wolverhampton Station, taking around 20 minutes. Connections to Wolverhampton via Birmingham run from Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and the walk from Wolverhampton station to Molineux takes only around ten minutes.
Drivers heading to the stadium from the north should use the M6 or the A38, follow the signs for Wolverhampton and then for Molineux Stadium. From the south take the A449 before following the same signs.
The club have had long standing plans to expand Molineux but since 2010 those plans have been pretty much on hold. Those plans involved taking the ground up to a capacity of 37,000 but having stalled on those due to relegation from the Premier League, Wolves may be thinking even bigger.
With a bright future predicted for the club in England’s top flight, new plans have been drawn up which could take Molineux up to a capacity of 41,000 in the near future.