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A GUIDE TO WALSALL FC...

PUBLISHED

12:06 7th November 2015

by Daniel Briggs

General Information and Directions...

AGTWFC - Stadium
Walsall Football Club moved to the Banks's Stadium in August 1990 from Fellows Park, our home for 94 years. The Banks’s, originally known as the Bescot, is an all-seater venue comprising of four separate stands, with a total capacity of 11,300.

The two-tiered Tile Choice Stand, which was extended in 2003, is the largest stand in the ground, accommodating just under 5,000 supporters. The remaining three stands – the Homeserve Stand, the St Francis Group Community Stand and the University of Wolverhampton Stand (away) – are of the same height and follow a similar single-tiered design.

The corners are filled in with advertising hoardings and refreshment kiosks, with a large TV screen situated between the Community and University of Wolverhampton Stands. Corporate hospitality areas are available in the Tile Choice and Homeserve Stands, with disabled facilities at the front of the Community Stand.

The Banks’s Stadium is less than a mile from junction 9 of the M6.

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AGTWFC - Travel Information
By Road…
From The M6 North: Leave the M6 at Junction 9 and take the A461 towards Walsall. Turn right onto the A4148 (Wallowes Lane) and turn right at the second set of traffic lights. The ground will appear on your left.

From M6 South: Leave the M6 at Junction 7 and take the A34 towards Walsall. At the end of the dual carriageway, turn left at the Bell Inn pub into Walstead Road and continue straight on this road for two miles. The stadium will appear on your right.

By Bus...
The Banks's Stadium is well served by buses. All buses leave from the Bradford Place Bus Station. Service numbers 401E (operated by Diamond) and 45 run every 15 minutes during the daytime on Monday to Friday and stop on Bescot Crescent outside the ground. The 45 now runs every 20 minutes during the daytime on Saturdays and every hour after 9.00pm. The 4 service runs every eight minutes and stops on West Bromwich Road, a short walk from the ground.

By Rail…
Bescot Stadium Railway Station is just a two minute walk from the stadium. It is served by trains from Birmingham Grand Central (New Street) and Wolverhampton.

AGTWFC - Parking
Car parking is available at the ground (cost £4) and the nearby Bescot Stadium Railway Station (£2).

The Banks's Stadium also has free parking facilities for cyclists outside the Main Reception.

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AGTWFC - Tickets
Match tickets can be purchased in advance from the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office, alternatively you can order by telephone, with credit card, on 01922 651 416.

Savings are available if you purchase your ticket in advance of matchday.

There are no cash turnstiles available for home fans, except 340 seats in Block 6 of the Tile Choice Stand Lower Tier that will be available on a first-come-first-served basis (entry via Turnstiles 13 & 14).

You can still purchase tickets for all others areas of the ground on the day of the game, but only from The Ticket Office.

The Banks's Stadium Ticket Office is open after all Saturday first-team home games (closed after midweek home games).

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AGTWFC - Club Shop
The Banks’s Stadium Club Shop is open Monday to Friday, from 9am until 4.30pm. 

The shop is also open on Saturday home matchdays, from 10am until 3pm, and then 4.45pm until 5.30pm. 

We have a wide range of products, including replica kits, t-shirts, coats, scarves, mugs, books, car accessories and DVD’s. 

You can also shop online by visiting our online store

AGTWFC - Young Supporters
We have a designated family section in the St Francis Group Community Stand here at the Banks’s Stadium. Family ticket offers are also available - please visit our Tickets section for more information. Baby changing facilities are available in the Savoy Lounge, the HomeServe Stand and the Community Stand.
 
SNACK PACKS
Snack Packs are available for children on matchdays around the Banks’s Stadium. For just £3, children will get a delicious mini hotdog, a Freddo, a packet of Pom Bear crisps and an orange Fruit Shoot. These meals deals are only available at home kiosks.

TEAM SADDLERS
Young Walsall supporters can visit our Team Saddlers website for competitions, cool downloads, news abouts events and more! Team Saddlers members can also enjoy free entry to every home game. For more information visit www.team-saddlers.co.uk

SWIFTY'S POST BOX
Young Walsall fans can now write their letters to club mascot Swifty by posting in ‘Swifty’s Post Box’ in the club shop. When writing your letters, please include your name, address and a message for Swifty, who will respond to all of your letters!

AGTWFC - Enjoy the Match
Walsall Football Club, along with all other EFL clubs across the country, are reinforcing a league-wide commitment to saying no to bad language and aggressive behavior in family areas on matchdays. Junior and family attendances across the EFL has risen significantly over recent seasons, a ringing endorsement of clubs’ extensive work to reach out, attract and engage with families. 

Supporting all of this work is the EFL’s Enjoy the Match Campaign, an initiative that for many seasons has helped clubs to promote a zero-tolerance policy on anti-social behaviour in family areas. The Enjoy the Match campaign can be seen across all EFL league stadia and, alongside the EFL’s Family Excellence Awards Scheme, it plays a crucial role in helping clubs to attract families and young supporters to EFL matches. 

Here at Walsall FC, we want our fans to feel safe and part of a vibrant exciting matchday experience. We ask all supporters to encourage the players, respect the match officials and help to create a great atmosphere inside the Banks's Stadium.

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AGTWFC - Visiting Supporters
Tickets…
There will be a 50p credit card charge per transaction when booking tickets by telephone. 
There will be a £1 charge if ticket(s) are posted out. 
In the event that advance ticket sales are not available from your own club, tickets can be purchased direct from the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office on 01922 651 414/416. 

Bar facilities…
There is a licensed bar area for visiting supporters in the University of Wolverhampton Stand at the Banks's Stadium. 
Hot and cold snacks/drinks are also available. 
Live football on Sky Sports and BT Sport will be shown around the ground. 

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AGTWFC - Programmes
Our official matchday programmes are on sale for just £3 around the stadium. 

The 76-page publication is packed with a whole host of new features for the 2016/17 season, including ‘Team Mates’, ’60 Seconds’, ‘A Decade Ago’ and ‘My Walsall’. 

This season, we are also reproducing pages of an old programme in ‘The Programme Vault’ and there is a dedicated ‘Team Saddlers’ section for young supporters. We also have a quiz, a feature interview and action images from recent matches, plus much, much more! 

The Walsall FC Programme Shop is located in the University of Wolverhampton Stand and is open on all home matchdays.

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AGTWFC - Hotels
Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham Walsall (0.03 miles from Banks’s Stadium)
The Bescot Hotel (0.57 miles)
Metro Inns Walsall (1.27 miles)
Premier Inn Walsall Town Centre (1.46 miles)
Holiday Inn Express Walsall M6, J10 (1.6 miles)
Village Urban Resort Birmingham Walsall (1.63 miles)

AGTWFC - Local Attractions
Walsall Leather Museum
Walsall Arboretum
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Walsall Museum
Saddlers Shopping Centre

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