A Guide to Walsall Football Club...
Walsall Football Club moved to the Banks's Stadium in August 1990 from Fellows Park, our home of 94 years. The Banks’s, originally known as Bescot Stadium, is an all-seater venue comprising four stands, with a total capacity of 11,300.
The two-tiered HomeServe Stand (Green Sector) was extended in 2003 and is the largest stand in the ground, accommodating just under 5,000 supporters. The remaining three stands – the Main Stand (Red Sector), St Francis Group Community Stand (Yellow Sector) and University of Wolverhampton Stand (Blue Sector) – 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 HomeServe and Main Stands, with disabled facilities at the front of the Community Stand. The Ticket Office and Club Shop are located at the front of the Main Stand.
The Banks’s Stadium is less than a mile from junction 9 of the M6.
From 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.
Postcode: WS1 4SA
The Banks's Stadium is well served by buses. All buses leave from the Bradford Place Bus Station. Service number 401E, operated by Diamond, runs every 15 minutes during the daytime on Monday to Friday and stop on Bescot Crescent outside the ground. The 45 runs every 20 minutes during Monday to Friday daytime, as well as Saturdays, and every hour after 9pm. The 4 service runs every eight minutes and stops on West Bromwich Road, a short walk from the ground.
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.
Car parking is available at the stadium at a cost of £4 per car, £6 per minibus and £12 per coach, including disabled supporters.
Parking is also available at the nearby Bescot Stadium Railway Station (£2).
The Banks's Stadium also has free parking facilities for cyclists outside the Main Reception.
Please Note: The Green Zone car park will be locked two hours after the final whistle. Any vehicles left on the car park after this time will be locked in.
Away fans are situated in the University of Wolverhampton Stand behind one goal.
There is a licensed bar area for visiting supporters in the stand, with hot and cold snacks/drinks available and live football shown on the TVs.
For away fans looking to purchase tickets, there will be a 50p credit card charge per transaction when booking tickets by telephone, and 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.
Our newly opened Junior Fan Zone is located within the DSM St Francis Group Community Stand and available to all supporters with a valid matchday ticket, opening from 1.00pm on a Saturday matchday.
The Fan Zone is fully-equipped with a soft play area for under-7s, a game area where older children can play PlayStation 4 and lego tables.
There is also a selfie zone, where supporters can tweet their images into the Community Programme's Twitter (@WFCCP), and a snack and bar area serving hot food and drinks and items of merchandise.
The Stadium Suite is open before every home match to all Saddlers fans, with entry FREE OF CHARGE.
The suite opens at midday for a 3pm Saturday match and 6pm for a 7.45pm Tuesday night game.
The live televised fixtures are screened on the TV's around the room and we also conduct interviews with former Saddlers players.
Both bars and kiosk areas are available for supporters wishing to eat or drink.
Fans who have a season ticket or match ticket for the HomeServe Middle and Upper tiers still gain access through the turnstiles.
However, Saddlers fans with a season ticket, match ticket or paying cash in one of our other stands must gain access through the main Stadium Suite entrance.
The bar closes at 2.45pm on a Saturday and 7.30pm in midweek.
Fans situated in any stand other than the HomeServe Stand exit through the main Stadium Suite entrance and re-enter the ground through their designated turnstile.
The Stadium Suite is for home supporters only.
The Banks's Stadium Ticket Office is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am to 4.30pm and from 10am onwards on Saturday home matchdays.
The Ticket Office, located at the front of the Main Stand, is also open after all Saturday home league games for the sale of forthcoming match tickets. After 2.00pm on Saturday home matchdays, only tickets for that day's game will be available.
Call the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office on 01922 651 414/416. Alternatively, purchase tickets on our e-ticketing website.
Savings are available if you purchase tickets in advance of matchday. Match tickets are usually available four weeks prior to each league game.
There are no cash turnstiles available for home fans, except 340 seats in Block 6 of the HomeServe Stand Lower Tier that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis (entry via Turnstiles 13 & 14).
Tickets for all other areas of the ground must be purchased from the Ticket Office.
The Banks's Stadium Club Shop, located at the front of the Main Stand, is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 4.30pm, as well as all Saturday home matchdays from 10.00am.
There is a plethora of official Saddlers memorabilia in store, including replica kit, training gear, DVD's, books and car accessories.
You can also purchase items online by visiting walsallfcstore.co.uk
Baby changing facilities are available in the Savoy Lounge, the Main Stand, the Community Stand and the Homeserve Stand Lower Tier female toilets. Supporters in the others areas of the HomeServe Stand, and the University of Wolverhampton (Away) Stand, should ask the nearest to steward to be escorted to the Community room.
Ponchos have been donated to the club for wheelchair disabled supporters to use in adverse weather conditions; these are booked on a match-by-match basis.
A wheelchair has also been donated for ambulant disabled supporters who are unable to walk from their car to their seat.
Please contact Laura Greenhouse, Disabled Supporter Liaison Officer, for more information – email@example.com
Our official matchday programme can be purchased around the ground, and from the Banks's Stadium Ticket Office and Club Shop, for just £3.
Packed with content, this season's programme contains exclusive interviews with a current Saddlers player and a member of the 1998/99 promotion-winning team. There are columns from manager Dean Keates and club legend Mick Kearns, a comprehensive visitors' section and quirky stats in 'Stats Zone' - plus much, much more!
The programme was voted runner-up for League One by the Midlands Programme Club. They said: “The quality of the matchday programme for the 2018/19 season is excellent. However, yours stood out from the others and received some excellent feedback from the panel of judges for its layout, informative articles, pages with plenty of reading material, great use of colour, eye-catching first impression of the cover. Pages dedicated to the younger fan, features of the opposition and inclusion of community feature. Overall, a brilliant issue and great value for money at only £3.”
Supporters are reminded that only food and drink purchased from the Banks's Stadium can be consumed inside the ground. We have had problems with supporters bringing in their own food and drink, which is not allowed under our ground regulations and we ask for your cooperation. Certain items can be seen as a missile threat, therefore any food and drink that is attempted to be brought into the stadium will be confiscated by our stewards.
Hot Food: Chicken Balti Pie £3.20, All Steak Pie £3.20, Cornish Pasty £2.70, Jumbo Sausage Roll £2.20, Cheese and Onion Pie (V) £2.70, Beefburger £3.40, Cheeseburger £3.60, Hotdog £3.60
Cold Food: Yorkie £1.00, Aero £1.00, Kit Kat Chunky £1.00, Crisps £1.00.
Drinks: Pepsi £2.20, Pepsi Max £2.20, Tango Orange £2.20, Water £1.20, Fruit Shoot £1.00, Coffee £2.20, Tea £2.20, Hot Chocolate £2.20, Bovril £2.20.
Kids Snack Box: £3.50 for a Small Hotdog, Pom Bears, Fruit Shoot and a Freddo
Kiosk 7 (HomeServe Stand Upper and Middle tiers)
All products from the above menu are available, as well as the following:
Portion of Chips £2.50, Chips and Curry Sauce/Mushy Peas £3.00, Pie with Chips and Curry Sauce/Mushy Peas: £5.50, Jumbo Sausage and Chips: £3.50
By entering the Ground, all persons are acknowledging that photographic images and/or audio, visual and/or audio-visual recordings and/or feeds (and/or stills taken therefrom ) may be taken of them and may also be used, by way of example and without limitation, in televised coverage of the game and/or for promotional, training, editorial or marketing purposes by the Club, the EFL or others (including commercial partners and accredited media organisations) and entry into the Ground constitutes consent to such use.
You further acknowledge that photographic images and/or audio, visual and/or audio-visual recordings and/or feeds (and/or stills taken therefrom) may be used (by the Club or by a third party, such as a law enforcement body) to identify you as an individual, where permitted by data protection laws, for the purposes of preventing or detecting crime, or any breach of these Ground Regulations.
The retail park is adjacent to the Banks's Stadium, with key tennants including Matalan, Halfords and McDonald's.
The Saddlers Shopping Centre is the social hub of the community, in the heart of the town. It's the ideal place to meet friends and family, eat, drink, work, and enjoy your leisure time. Situated on Park Street, the centre is home to over 50 stores, including a variety of cafes and eateries. Postcode: WS2 9NW.
Discover why Walsall became the British leather goods capital in this fascinating working museum, housed in a restored leather factory. For 200 years, Walsall people have been making some of the world's finest saddles and leather goods. Walsall Leather Museum celebrates this great tradition and reflect the achievements of the leather craftsmen and women of Walsall.
The Arboretum is the premier park within Walsall, located immediately adjacent to the town centre. It is one of the oldest parks in the borough, having been originally developed around two flooded limestone quarries, opening as a public park in 1874.
The New Art Gallery Walsall presents, collects and interprets historic, modern and contemporary art in innovative and challenging ways, welcoming visitors from all over the globe as well as their immediate locality.
Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham Walsall (0.03 miles from the Banks’s Stadium)
Located just off the M6 motorway and a two-minute walk from the Banks's Stadium, the Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham Walsall is an inviting accommodation in an ideal location. It's just 14.5 kilometres from Birmingham city centre and within walking distance of the Bescot Stadium railway station. The hotel is a 30-minute drive from Birmingham Airport (BHX).
The Bescot Hotel (0.57 miles)
Just off junction 9 of the M6 motorway, with great access to Walsall, Birmingham and the rest of the West Midlands, this small family-run hotel provides clean, good-value accommodation.
Metro Inns Walsall (1.27 miles)
Metro Inn Walsall is just 24 minutes from the National Exhibition Centre and an eight-minute drive from the centre of Walsall, with the Birmingham International Airport 18 miles away.
Premier Inn Walsall Town Centre (1.46 miles)
A fantastic central location just moments from the New Art Gallery Walsall and the train station.
Holiday Inn Express Walsall M6, J10 (1.6 miles)
A comfortable hotel offering free WiFi and an inclusive breakfast, with easy access to Birmingham city centre and the NEC, close to the M6 motorway and two miles from Walsall town centre. It is a 20-minute drive to the shops and theatres in central Birmingham.
Village Urban Resort Birmingham Walsall (1.63 miles)
With a health and fitness club, Village Hotel Birmingham Walsall is packed with facilities and just a short drive from Birmingham city centre and one minute from junction 10 of the M6 motorway.