I recently had the opportunity to visit St Andrews football stadium on a non-match day, and it provided a unique perspective on the home of Birmingham City Football Club. While I couldn't experience the electric atmosphere of a live game, the visit had its own merits.
The stadium itself is an impressive structure, and even without the bustling crowds, it exudes a sense of history and tradition. The exterior of St Andrews is quite iconic, with the club's colors proudly displayed, making it easy to identify.
Inside the stadium, I had the chance to explore areas that are typically off-limits during matches. The tour allowed me to visit the changing rooms, the tunnel leading onto the pitch, and even the VIP hospitality areas. It was fascinating to see where the players prepare and the route they take onto the field.
The tour guides were knowledgeable and passionate about the club's history, sharing anecdotes and insights that added depth to the experience. They also provided an opportunity to learn about the club's community involvement and its impact beyond the pitch.
One highlight of the visit was sitting in the stands, imagining the roar of the crowd and the excitement of a game day. It made me appreciate the importance of the fans in creating the vibrant atmosphere of a live match.
In summary, visiting St Andrews football stadium on a non-match day offered a different perspective on the club and its facilities. While it may lack the energy of a game, it's a great way to gain insight into the history and inner workings of Birmingham City FC. Whether you're a die-hard fan or simply interested in football culture, it's a visit worth considering.
Incredible experience. Wonderful people and excellent football. Fresh paint and renovated seating is looking great, the effort in match day experience was clear.
The food and drink offerings for the Main stand and family area are however still totally inadequate. An hour before kick off I queued 35mins for a drink, which was dumped into a pair of plastic cups (a single pint sized cup would have worked). Service staff were poor, but this was an exception to an otherwise fantastic experience.
My first ever visit to St.Andrews with my son Saad my younger brother and his son and i can say a we had a great experience.
Getting to the club wasn't as daunting as expected (travelling with young children during match day can be a problem).
Finding our stand and seats was efficient and we had a good viewb of the whole pitch.
Unfortunately i didn't get the chance to use the amenities within the club and so cannot give an opinion.
Match tickets excellent cheap priced (in comparison to premium league club prices)
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. It has also been used as Coventry City's home ground since the 2019–20 season. Constructed and opened in 1906 to replace the Muntz Street ground, which had become too small to meet the club's needs, the original St Andrew's could hold an estimated 75,000 spectators, housed in one grandstand and a large uncovered terrace. The attendance record, variously recorded as 66,844 or 67,341,[a] was set at a 1939 FA Cup tie against Everton. During the Second World War, St Andrew's suffered bomb damage and the grandstand, housing a temporary fire station, burned down in an accidental fire. In the 1950s, the club replaced the stand and installed floodlights, and later erected a second small stand and roofed over the open terraces, but there were few further changes.
The ground became dilapidated: a boy was killed when a wall collapsed during rioting in the 1980s. When new owners took the club out of administration in 1993, they began a six-year redevelopment programme during which the ground was converted to an all-seater stadium to comply with the Taylor Report into safety at sports grounds, and all areas apart from the Main Stand were completely rebuilt. The seating capacity of the modern stadium is 29,409. It has function rooms suitable for business or social events and a club store selling Birmingham City merchandise. A 2004 proposal that the club should sell the ground and move into a multi-purpose City of Birmingham Stadium came to nothing. In 2013, the ground was listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011.
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.