Bescot Stadium

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Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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Bescot Stadium Main Entrance

Stadium Overview

Team: Walsall

Address: Bescot Crescent, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA

Capacity: 11,300

Opened: 1990

Bescot Stadium or Bank’s stadium for reasons of sponsorship, is a purpose built football stadium located in the West Midlands industrial town of Walsall. Home to Walsall Football Club, the 11,300 capacity ground opened on the 18th August 1990 at a reported cost of £4.5 million.

Stadium Guide

History

Bescott Stadium first opened on 18th August 1990 with a preseason friendly against West Midlands neighbours Aston Villa. The ceremony was conducted by former Stoke player and footballing icon Sir Stanley Matthews, attracting a near sell out crowd of an estimated 9,551 spectators.

Built at a cost of £4.5 million by GMI Construction, Bescott Stadium replaced the Saddler’s previous home of Fellows Park. Dating back to 1896, the old ground was located a quarter of a mile away from the current one and is now the site of a Morrisons supermarket.

Upon opening, the ground consisted of two seating stands and two goal-end terraces which gave Bescott a capacity of around 11,000. After the publication of the Taylor Report in 1990 however, the capacity was reduced as the club opted to convert the terrace used to house away fans into seating. This reduced the capacity to 9,800.

A decade after opening the original capacity was essentially restored when the Tile Choice Stand was expanded during the 2002-2003 season. The addition of a second tier sandwiched between hospitality lounges increased the capacity to 11,300, which was a slight improvement.

As for the future of Bescott Stadium, Walsall have twice tried to sell the stadium to the local Council once in 2008 and again in 2011, although the council have voted against the proposal on both occasions. This means that plans to develop the southern part of the ground in the same mould as the Tile Choice Stand remain abandoned for now unless the club raise additional source of finance.

Seating Plan

Below is a seating plan of Walsall’s Bescot Stadium:

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Stands

The four stands are as follows: Tile Choice Stand (North), Community Stand (East), Kia Stand (South) and The Mainstand (West).

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Click the thumbnails above to enlarge an image of each stand and to read a more detailed description of each part of the stadium.

The Matchday Experience

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are housed behind the southernmost goal-end in the KIA Stand, which is named after the Korean automobile manufacturer. Pretty much uniform in size with the two side stands, the KIA Stand consists of a single tier of seating enclosed within what appears to be a relatively low roof.

The Away Stand, which sits opposite the much larger Tile Choice Stand towards the north, is capable of welcoming an estimated 1,900 supporters and whilst many visiting fans aren’t that impressed with the location of the ground, they are impressed with the acoustics within Bescot Stadium which seem to travel well on matchdays.

The concourse does feel slightly dated and queues can sometimes feel too large for the toilets at have time, but this is balanced by the two fast food kiosks which well decent grub efficiently and at decent prices.

Lastly, the KIA Stand does suffer from the occasional poor sight-lines due to existence of no less than four support beams, but this imperfect is part and parcel of visiting the less glamorous grounds in England!

Best Pubs

At the stadium itself, towards the south-west, there is the club run Saddlers Club which is an excellent space for both home and away supporters to enjoy a prematch pint.

Consisting of two decent sized function rooms, one for each set of fans, the Saddlers Club can accommodate around 450 fans, and is available to enter for at an entrance fee of £2.00 although under 16’s enter for free.

Otherwise there really aren’t many other feasible drinking options…

Food

Located next to the M6 in a far from commercialized area, there really isn’t much choice on offer, although there is a McDonald’s to be found less than 10 minutes away. This can be reached by following Bescot Crescent road west of the stadium as it takes you north past Halfords.

You’re probably off better sticking to the fast-food on offer at Walsall’s Banks Stadium instead.

Club Shop

The Saddlers operate a club shop at Bescot in addition to their own official online site,  Walsall FC E-Store. The opening times for the store at the ground are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 4:30 am
  • Match Days only: Open
  • Weekends: Closed
Walsall shop

Walsall shop

For more information, to confirm opening hours or to see if the new shirt is in stock yet feel free to fire a message to wfcshop@walsallfc.co.uk or phone the store on 01922 651 410.

Stadium Tour

It doesn’t appear as if Walsall FC currently offer fans the chance to undertake a stadium tour of Bescot Stadium. If this changes, we’ll be sure to update this section.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to see Walsall FC at Bank’s Stadium can be bought by phoning the ticket office on 01922-651 414/416 or visiting it in person at the stadium Monday – Friday between the approximate hours of 9.00 am – 5.00 pm. The easiest way to compare seats and to get the cheapest prices is to visit the club’s official E-Ticketing Page.

Prices are divided into categories A and B depending on the opposition with club offering a small incentive in the form of a discount for those who book their tickets ahead of the matchday.

All prices below are for “Advance” i.e booking before matchday:

Home Serve Stand

  • Adult: Category A (£22.00), B (£20.50)
  • Seniors: Category A (£17.00), B (£15.50)
  • Junior: Category A (£17.00), B (£15.50)

Family Stand

  • Adult: Category A (£22), B (£20.50)
  • Seniors: Category A (£16), B (£14.50)
  • Junior: Category A (£14), B (£12.50)

Tile Choice L

  • Adult: Category A (£18), B (£16.50)
  • Seniors: Category A (£14), B (£12.50)
  • Junior: Category A (£12), B (£10.50)

Tile Choice M&U

  • Adult: Category A (£22), B (£20.50)
  • Seniors: Category A (£16), B (£14.50)
  • Junior: Category A (£16), B (£14.50)

Matchday Travel

Bank’s stadium is located two miles south of Walsall city centre within the area of Bescott which is where the non-sponsorship name of the ground is derived from.

The M6 underpass fans walk through to get the stadium from the station.

The M6 underpass fans walk through to get the stadium from the station.

Train

Bank’s Stadium is served by its very own station known as “Bescot Stadium” with London Midland operating services from both Walsall and Birmingham.

Walking to the stadium couldn’t be easier and takes less than five minutes: exit the station cross the River Tame via the footbridge and proceed across the motorway via the path underneath it. The stadium will be immediately visible once you have crossed the M6.

Bus

Bank’s stadium has a number of buses coming to and from it on matchdays such as the 401E, 45 and 4. All buses depart from the Bradford Place Bus Station and run every 15 minutes or.

Driving

The stadium’s address for satnav is as follows:

  • Bescot Stadium Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 4SA.
A group of Walsall Fans

A group of Walsall Fans

Car Park

The car park at Bank’s stadium charges a reasonable £4 per vehicle with spaces issued on a first come first served basis meaning that you should try to get to the ground early in order to ensure your space.

Long stay parking s not permitted at the retail park so therefore it is not suitable for those attending the match, with those who choose to ignore this potentially facing parking tickets. Just a heads up.

Hotels

The closest hotel is the Park Inn located less than 2 minutes south-east from the stadium on Bescot Crescent. The rest of the options depend on how you initially travelled to the stadium.

If you drove and have a car for example, just off the M6 near the Walsall Exit there is a congregation of hotels such as the Holiday Inn and Premier Inn, whereas if you came in via train your options are either within Walsall city centre or Birmingham.


By Football Tripper

Last Updated: August 12, 2015

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