AWAY DAYS: West Brom travel information

13th December

West Brom v Swansea City
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 (8pm)
Address: The Hawthorns, Halfords Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B71 4LF
Telephone: 0871 271 1100   
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What's it like? Swans fans are on one side of the Smethwick End, which is shared with home supporters. The turnstiles have automatic barcode readers, with stewards on hand if you have problems. Alcohol is available within the ground along with burgers, a range of pies, sausage rolls and pasties.

Pubs and grub: There are no away fans' pubs close to the ground. For a great pub and amazing Indian food, head to The Vine (B70 8DB) - there's street parking in the area and it's a 15-minute walk to the ground.
You need to be there a good two hours before kick-off as it gets really busy. Desi Junction pub (B70 6PB) is close by too. The Royal Oak (B71 3RQ) also serves Asian food while The Wagons and Horses (B66 2DD) is an old-fashioned pub, but quite a stretch from the ground.
A little further afield and en-route is Manchester Stores (B69 2AS), just off J2 of the M5.
There's a Fan Zone across the road from the ground on the corner of Halfords Lane and Birmingham Road. It has live music, a large screen showing sport, plus food and drink is sold and welcomes away fans.

Hotels: Hotels near the ground are Premier Inn, The Park Inn and The Hare & Hounds. Birmingham itself has loads of hotels.

Parking: You need to be off the M5 before 5.30pm. If not it can take an hour to do the last mile on the M5. There's street parking or a few private matchday car parks at local industrial units near the ground, or at Hawthorns station for around £5. One such place is The Beeches Road Methodist Church (B70 6QE). It has CCTV and is a 10-minute walk away and easy to get onto the M5 after the match.

Trains and Metro: Trains leave from Swansea at 2.28pm, 2.55pm and 3.28pm arrive at The Hawthorns three-and-a-half hours later. There are no trains back to Swansea from either The Hawthorns or Smethwick Rolfe Street after the game.
The closest stations are The Hawthorns (five-minute walk) and Smethwick Rolfe Street (15-minute walk). The Hawthorns is served by a Metro service from Birmingham Snow Hill station, whilst Smethwick Rolfe Street is served by trains from Birmingham New Street.
The Metro service takes eight minutes to The Hawthorns from Birmingham Snow Hill and trains run every 15 minutes. Train tickets are not valid on the Metro and you have to buy a separate ticket for it (ask for a matchday special adult return). Birmingham Snow Hill station is signposted from Birmingham New Street and is a 10-minute walk away. On Halford Lane just below the train/metro stop is a chip shop called The Hawthrones, which also serves pies and kebabs.