Away days: Sheffield Wednesday
As the Swans get set to face Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup on Saturday, we bring you a fan's guide to Hillsborough to improve your matchday experience.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 – 12.30pm
Address: Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 1SW
Telephone: 0370 020 1867 Website: www.swfc.co.uk
WHAT’S IT LIKE? Away fans are in the upper tier of the West Stand (Leppings Lane) although, should there be demand, sections of the lower tier can be made available too. However, there are a few supporting pillars in this stand which could spoil your view.
Pies, sausage rolls, burgers and hot dogs are sold within the stadium, as are bottles of Carling, Kingston Press and Bulmers, along with cans of John Smith’s and Guinness and miniature bottles of wine and spirits.
Outside Leppings Lane, there is a programme and football memorabilia shop, while there is also a Beres pork sandwich shop on Middlewood Road.
VISITING SHEFFIELD Jason Manford is performing at Sheffield City Hall (S1 2JA) on the Saturday night, with tickets costing £30.80. Meanwhile, you can watch Last Laugh Comedy Cabaret there on the Friday and Saturday for £18, and tickets are priced at £10 for The Bon Jovi Experience at The Plug (S1 4QD) on the Saturday night.
Sheffield is one of the main cities in the north of England and, as such, has plenty of nightlife, restaurant and bar options.
There are also plenty of hotels are available including chains of Premier Inn, Travelodge, Novotel, Hilton and Mercure.
Sheffield is a great place for a weekend. For more information, check out: http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/visit.
PUBS AND GRUB The Horse & Jockey (S6 4EF) is a 10-minute walk from the ground while, 20 minutes away, the Wadsley Jack (S6 4BJ) has a good choice of food and, just past there, the Rose & Crown (S6 6BR) welcomes away fans.
The New Barrack Tavern (S6 2GA) serves a good selection of real ales and imported lagers. A 15-minute walk from the ground, they have local pork pies behind the bar.
There are also plenty of pub choices in the city centre including The Howard (S1 2LW), which is just opposite the train station and welcomes away fans. Also a 10-minute walk from Castle Square tram station, it has draught beers and three ales on tap as well as a good selection of food.
PARKING Street parking will be available if you arrive early. Otherwise, there are some unofficial car parks along the A61 that charge around £4. There is a car park directly behind the Kop End and Sheffield Wednesday club shop which will cost £7. You can park for free at Meadowhall Shopping Centre by junction 34 of the M1 before taking a yellow tram to Leppings Lane, which costs less than £3 for a return and takes around 35 minutes.
TRAIN The train station is in the city centre, three miles from the ground. From there, you can get a taxi to the ground or, alternatively, the bus station is one minute away.
Bus number 53 to Ecclesfield runs every 10 minutes to the ground and takes around half an hour.
On matchdays, shuttle buses (marked ‘football’) run from the road at the far side of the bus station.
Meanwhile, the Sheffield Supertram has a stop next to the train station, running every 10 minutes.
Leave on a blue tram, going towards Malin Bridge, and you will reach the Hillsborough stop, which is a 10-minute walk from the ground. It is recommended that you buy an all-day ticket on board as it is cheaper than two single tickets.
Trains from Swansea leave for the five-hour journey to Sheffield at 5.26am and 6.15am, while the return trains leave at 2.55pm, 3.24pm and 3.55pm and arrive at 8.05pm, 8.28pm and 8.53pm respectively.