1. Port Vale FC is a professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. The club was founded in 1876 and their nickname is The Valiants.

2. Port Vale FC plays its home matches at Vale Park, a stadium with a capacity of around 15,000 spectators. The stadium has been the club's home since it opened in 1950.

3. Port Vale FC has primarily competed in the lower divisions of English football. Their highest Football League finish was 5th place in the Second Division (second tier) in 1930/31.

4. The club's main rivals are Stoke City they first played each other in 1882. Other rivals include Crewe Alexandra, Walsall and Shrewsbury Town.

5. Over the years, Port Vale FC has had notable achievements, including winning the Football League Trophy (known as the EFL Trophy) in 1993 and 2001. They reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1953/54.

Home of Port Vale FC

Opened 1950

Capacity 19,052

Rating: 4.2

(1234) Google Reviews

Good views from stands. Looking old in parts. A word of warning if you have been here before the away end is now in the opposite end. If it’s you first time and you are coming by train add a plus bus ticket to it as well for £3.50. A daily bus pass. Turn left out of the station bus stop is 1 minute walk away. Catch no 9 bus and get of at Hamal road 19 stops by a Asda garage. It’s got subway and Greggs inside. It’s then .8 walk away.
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2 months ago
Decent stadium. Recommend parking at the Dimensions Leisure Centre. Rather than getting food at the kiosk in the away end head down the slope and behind the stand to the little fan zone where there's a stall selling steak and chips. You can also get draught beer and cider here rather than the cans available at the kiosk. Staff and stewards were friendly and helpful.
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3 months ago
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Vale Park, the esteemed home of Port Vale FC, on a non-match day, and the experience left an indelible mark. Even without the roaring crowd and the excitement of a game, Vale Park revealed its charm and hospitality in ways that exceeded my expectations. The Port Vale FC merchandise shop proved to be a haven for fans, offering a delightful array of memorabilia, jerseys, and unique items. The selection showcased a commitment to providing supporters with diverse and high-quality merchandise. It was a fantastic opportunity to browse and indulge in the rich history and pride of Port Vale, even on a quieter day. The Social Club at Vale Park emerged as a hidden gem, creating a sense of camaraderie that extended beyond match days. The welcoming atmosphere, coupled with the friendly staff and fans, made it a true hub of community spirit. Engaging conversations about the club's history and shared passion for Port Vale added a personal touch to the visit. Exploring Vale Park without the bustling energy of a match day allowed me to appreciate the stadium's architecture and the well-maintained surroundings. The attention to detail and commitment to cleanliness were evident, reflecting the club's dedication to providing a top-notch facility for fans. In conclusion, my non-match day visit to Vale Park was a delightful experience that showcased the heart and soul of Port Vale FC. The outstanding merchandise shop, the warm and welcoming Social Club, and the overall ambiance of Vale Park made it clear that this is more than just a football stadium; it's a community and a source of pride for supporters. I highly recommend a visit to experience the genuine spirit of Port Vale beyond the excitement of the game. #UpTheVale #PortValeFC #ValeParkExperience
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4 months ago
Brilliant evening, in the valiant suite at Portvale, live entertainment singing soul and motown, burger and chips included in the price, disco afterwards but the volume was a bit too high. Would go again.
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6 months ago
Lovely friendly club. Away fans are welcome in the club house and there was no hassle from the home fans. This welcome extends onto the terraces. The only downside, is that the away terrace has a gentle rake to it, making the pitch seem further away than most grounds. On a positive note a Diet Coke was £2 (Jan 2023) and juices (cordial?) were available for a pound.
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a year ago

History (from Wikipedia)

Following the club being informed that they would be evicted from The Old Recreation Ground by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, plans for a new stadium in a new area began to be made.[12] In 1944 Hamil Road – the site of a former clay pit – was chosen,[13] a site opposite Burslem Park, where the club had played its football in the early years of its existence.[12] The development became known as The Wembley of the North due to the planned size of the stadium,[14][15] plans which included an 80,000 capacity with room for 1,000 parked cars.[12] The club's leadership had not allowed the club's third tier status or their lack of money to curb their ambition.[12] Life-time seats were sold for £100 (the price of admission for roughly 200 matches) but fewer than 100 fans bought them.[12] Also costing £100, the pitch was the most expensive ever laid in the country at the time.[12]

The ground opened in 1950 having eventually cost £50,000, and boasting a capacity of 40,000 (360 seated).
[12] The original ground consisted of just two stands, the Railway stand and the Lorne Street main stand, with banks of terracing at the Bycars and Hamil ends of the ground. The Bycars end was originally the Swan Passage stand from the Old Recreation Ground, which was taken apart, moved acros the city and re-erected as the funds for an entirely new stand had ran out.[16] The first match was a 1–0 victory over Newport County on 24 August 1950 in front of 30,196 rain-soaked spectators.[12] Walter Aveyard took the honour of being the first to score at the ground. On the same day the stadium's name was revealed for the first time – Vale Park.[12]

Vale Park initially had problems with drainage, causing many games of the 
1950–51 season to be postponed.[17] The problem was finally resolved in summer 1960, when new drains were installed to help ease the winter mud spots.[17]

summer 1951, 578 seats were installed on the Railway Terrace, bringing the seated capacity of Vale Park to 1,010.[17] In 1954 the Railway Stand was built, as capacity gradually increased to 50,000 by the end of the decade.[12] On 24 September 1958, Vale Park saw its first match under the new £17,000 floodlights, as the club beat West Bromwich Albion 5–3.[17]

summer 1973, the club erected a 2.5 feet high steel fence around the Bycars End to help combat hooliganism.[18] A rare event occurred on 17 January 1976, when the Vale directors permitted rivals Stoke to play a home game against Middlesbrough at Vale Park.[18] This happened because a severe gale severely damaged the Victoria Ground, whilst the gale also caused £2,000 worth of damage to Vale Park, the damage to Stoke's ground was much more severe.[18] A crowd of 21,009 saw Stoke win 1–0.

summer 1985 new safety regulations reduced Vale Park's capacity down to 16,800, and later again to 16,300.[19] The summer of 1988 saw Vale Park given a £40,000 upgrade to repair the floodlights and a £20,000 electronic scoreboard was installed at the Hamil End.[19] Three executive boxes were also purchased from Newcastle United, whilst facilities were opened to the local community.[19] The following year the stadium was upgraded at a cost of £250,000, though grants helped to halve the cost for the club itself.[19] In November 1989 a £100,000 disabled stand was installed –the first purpose built enclosure of its kind in the country.[20] Despite this effort, inspectors closed the Bycars End down due to safety issues, and reduced the stadium's capacity to 12,000 after cutting the capacity of the Railway Paddock by two-thirds.[19]

summer 1990, 3,750 yellow and white seats were fitted in the Railway Paddock, and 1,121 seats were added to the upper tier of the Bycars End.[19] The Bycars End roof was also removed for safety reasons, whilst a police box was constructed between the Railway Paddock and the Hamil End.[19] The paddock at the front of the Railway Stand was later made into an all-seated area, with just the Lorne Street side left as a standing area. Vale fans stood for the last time on Lorne Street at the end of the 1997–98 season, with the stand being demolished before work began on a new £3 million structure. Work has yet to be finished on this, due to lack of finances and a change in ownership of the club. Despite the building work remaining uncompleted, the work done on the stadium under Bill Bell from 1985 had vastly improved the ground, as proven by the fact that sheep were once housed in the Railway Paddock toilets and allowed to graze on the pitch in the night; the toilets were notoriously unhygienic, and were replaced under Bill Bratt's reign in 2006.[21]

The Valiant 2001 Charter stated that Bratt's management team would invest £400,000 to install under-soil heating in mid-2002, and to also quickly complete the Lorne Street stand.
[22] However it took until 2020 for the seats to be installed.[23] Chairman Norman Smurthwaite separated Vale Park from Port Vale after taking the club out of administration in 2012.[24] New high-tech floodlights were fitted in March 2019, paid for by the club's shirt sponsor.[25] The stadium's ownership was returned to the club after Smurthwaite sold the club to Carol and Kevin Shanahan in May 2019.[26] Five months later it was declared an "asset of community value status" by Stoke-on-Trent city council.[27]

Things to do near the stadium.

Frankie & Benny's.

12 Reviews
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Pretty Good food and vibe is insane. Good variety of food and great service. Would recommend to most people in stoke. Read More

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Amazing food, amazing service time and amazing staff. One of my favourite place to eat when I visit home, the staff honestly make this place. Each and... Read More

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Frankie & Benny's is one of my favourite restaurants. It has got good access for disabled. The place is always clean and tidy. The staff are polite and... Read More

La Bella Napoli.

9 Reviews
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Our family favorite goto Italian food. This place is friendly family oriented vibe. Chef is amazing. Read More

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Superb authentic Italian cuisine and wonderful friendly staff. We had spaghetti Bolognese and bruschetta for starters with a delicious side salad. The... Read More

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La Bella Napoli is a great Italian restaurant just around the corner from BBC Radio Stoke. The interior design is quite traditional and cosy, making one... Read More