Away days: Sheffield United
As the Swans get set to face Sheffield United in their opening game of the new Championship season on Saturday, we bring you a fan's guide to Bramall Lane to improve your matchday experience.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 5.30pm
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone: 0114 253 7200 Website: www.sufc.co.uk
What’s it Like?
Around 3,000 Swans fans are in the lower tier of the Redbrik Estate Agency (Bramall Lane) Stand at one end of the ground. There are TVs on the concourses showing the game going on as well as a betting outlet. Pies, sausage rolls, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and bottles of lager and cider are sold.
You can have a cracking weekend in Sheffield. It has its own version of Swansea’s Wind Street, with a few inter-connecting streets, and although the pubs aren’t nextdoor to each other, they are pretty close.
It is really worth considering spending time there. For some entertainment away from the nightlife, Yorkshire boasts some of the nicest scenery in the country. Like any big city there are loads of hotels to choose from.
Thursday night has speedway at Owlerton Stadium (S6 2DE) with Sheffield Tigers v Scunthorpe Scorpions. Tickets are £16, concessions (over 65s, and students) £13, children £5. Under-5 entry is free.
The Garrison Hotel (S6 2GB) has Motown & Soul Disco on the Friday night. The cost is £12 and includes a hot roast pork sandwich.
Also on Friday at the O2 Academy (S1 2PN) is Pete Gallagher’s Rocket Man (Elton John Tribute). Tickets are £11.25.
The Friday and Saturday night has Pedlars Market at Burton Street (S3 8DA) with craft beer, street food, live music and art. The website is https://peddlermarket.co.uk/
Check out http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit for more info.
Pubs and Grub
Pubs near the ground are home fans only. A 10-minute walk from the ground at the bottom of Ecclesall Road is a Wetherspoons, the Sheaf Island (S11 8HW).
Nearby behind Waitrose is the Beer Engine (S11 8FJ). This pub does real ales and serves food. A little further away is the Devonshire Cat (S1 4HG). This pub has around 12 hand-pulled beers on offer, serves food and has a large screen TV.
Two pubs near the railway station are the Globe (S1 2LX) – a footy pub with a pool table and outside seating – and The Howard (S1 2LW), a good pub for away fans.
In the station itself is the Sheffield Tap (S1 2BP) which serves real ales (no football colours are allowed).
The Rutland Arms (S1 2BS) is a few minutes away from the train station and around a 15-minute walk from Bramall Lane. This pub with a beer garden brews its own beer on site and offers a mix of real ales and craft beers as well as food.
Street parking is available around the ground. If you want to avoid Sheffield city centre, you can park for free at Meadowhall Shopping Centre. Leave the M1 at J29 and follow signs for Sheffield A61. You then take a yellow tram to the city centre and walk to the ground. The tram journey time is 20 minutes and costs £4 return.
The ground is a 15-minute walk from Sheffield train station. Come out of the station, turn left at the island in front of the station and carry on down this street to the ground. Trains leave Swansea at 08:54, 09:29 and 09:54 for the five-hour journey. There are no trains back after the game.