Walsall FC - Banks Stadium

Banks Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The Banks Stadium currently has an all-seated capacity of 11,300 following an extension to the Floors-2-Go Stand behind one of the goals in 2003. All three other stands are identical in size and height. They also come complete with plenty of view obscuring pillars. Atmosphere is very good and well kept in, aided and assisted by the 4 corners being filled in.

Away Fans

Up to 2,000 visiting fans can be catered for and they are situated in the Dains stand behind one of the goals. There are a number of supporting pillars meaning that views can be restricted unless you're one of the lucky ones that gets a seat right in the middle! If you buy in advance you'll save £2 on your ticket and its worth doing so as queues can be lengthy at the ticket office on match days.

Stadium Layout

Banks Stadium seating plan:

Banks Stadium seating plan

Where To Drink

More often than not The Saddlers Club allows away fans in for a mere quid, but you might have to get there early as there are few pubs in the vicinity so as you may imagine it will get pretty busy and you might be turned away with a thirst. King George V, is around a 10 minute walk and is another option for a beer.

For food there is a McDonalds at the retail park on the way to the ground. There is of course the option of staying more central where there are more pubs and prospects of food and getting a taxi to the ground perhaps. There is a Wetherspoons called “The Imperial” close to the train station that's worth a look.

Parking

Parking is in great abundance fortunately. There is a large car park at the stadium priced at £3 per vehicle. There is also a small amount of street parking just off Bescot Crescent, toward the Wallows lane end, within a 10-15 minute walk of the stadium.


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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Walsall's Banks Stadium is Bescot rail and is a short 5 minute walk away. Simply exit the station and you'll be able to see the stadium on the other side of the M6 motorway.

Trains from Walsall Railway Station take approximately three minutes to arrive at the ground and on match days all services stop at Bescot Stadium. Remember to allow extra travel time on days when a larger crowd is expected.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: I caught the train from Birmingham New Street and it took about 20 minutes to get to Bescot Stadium Station. The stadium is only a 2 minute walk under the bridge.

    Refreshments: Pubs: I purchased a cheeseburger from the refreshment stall in the corner of the stadium (there's one in every corner I think).

    Impressions: The outside of the stadium looks like a warehouse, and the big Tilechoice stand dominates it. The club shop is fairly small, and the ticket office is easy to find. The ground looks quite neat from inside, and there is only 2 blocks in the Tilechoice stand that sing.

    Facilities: There is toilets inside the stadium, and they are quite nice compared to some other stadiums I have been to. The leg room is quite poor and you will find that your thighs may ache a little after the game.

    Exit: It is easy to get away from the stadium as the railway station is sign posted. If you need directions ask one of the newspaper sellers outside the ground or ask in the club shop.

    Enjoy: I really enjoyed the day to be honest. I think the Bescot is a wonderful away day for those travelling there.

  • Travel: Well known for being so clearly visible from the M6, you're off the motorway literally minutes to get there and its signposted all the way. Big car park at the ground for £3, cant go wrong.

    Refreshments: Chicken & mushroom Pukka pie? Yes please! They don't seem to believe in forks at Walsall though so its a messy eat! Outside the ground, there's only really a McDonalds on the retail park, and to drink there are two bars at the ground. Just as well really, as being one of the first new out of town grounds, along with Scunthorpe, it suffers hugely from its location.

    Impressions: The three tiered Floors2Go Stand has been redeveloped in recent years, dwarfing the rest of the ground, which has three pretty much matching stands, similar height and with a few pillars, while the Floors2Go has perfect views all around.

    Atmosphere: Dreadful first half, the Walsall fans seemed to be a pretty pessimistic bunch, not sure if that's a regular thing or it was just the absolute soul destroying nature of their tactics and performance in the first half, but it picked up hugely in the second half, and despite a reduced crowd, was alright really.With only 96 Dagenham fans in attendance, they didn't make much of an impression from so far away.

    Enjoy: Like so many new grounds that came after it, it suffers hugely from its out of town location.

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Ground Name: Banks Stadium
Capacity: 11,300 (all seated)
Address: Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA
Main Tel No.: 01922 622 791
Team Nickname: The Saddlers
Year Ground Opened: 1990
Site: www.saddlers.co.uk

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