Stoke City vs Hull City
Saturday 25th August | Kick-Off 3pm
Postcode For Sat Nav: ST4 4EG
Distance from the KCOM Stadium: 125.4 miles
Nearest Train Station: Stoke-on-Trent
The bet365 Stadium has been the home of Stoke City since the summer of 1997, when the Potters moved from their former Victoria Ground base.
Built at a cost of around £15million, the ground was originally known as the Britannia Stadium as a result of a sponsorship deal with the Britannia Building Society and a similar deal struck in 2016 gives the stadium its current bet365 livery.
Rochdale were the visitors for the first competitive game at the new ground which has since hosted Premier League and European football. The stadium’s elevated location on land rising towards Heron Cross and looking across the valley of the River Trent and the Trent and Mersey canal means it commands superb views of the City and the site of the Club’s previous home, the Victoria Ground. Its lofty position means it can be seen by visitors as they arrive into the City on both the A500 and A50.
As well as football, the stadium has staged funfairs, firework displays and music concerts. The likes of Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Busted, Elton John and Rod Stewart have all played out on the pitch at the ground in addition to numerous summer music concerts.
Did You Know...
Former Tiger Jonathan Walters created a little bit of history at the Britannia Stadium when he netted Stoke’s winning goal in a UEFA Europa League qualifying tie against Hajduk Split in 2011 – it was the first time a goal had been scored in European competition at the stadium.
How To Get There…
The bet365 Stadium is just shy of 130 miles away from the KCOM Stadium, taking around 2.5 hours given a good run. Take the A63, M62, M18 and then the M1 (south). Exit at junction 24a and take the A50 all the way into Stoke-on-Trent. Exit at the final slip road on the A50 with the stadium on the left. Take the third exit (straight on) at the first roundabout and third exit (right) at the second to reach the main entrance to the stadium.
Where To Park…
Stadium car parks are for permit holders only, but there are a number of ‘pay on the day’ car parks located within a short walk of the ground including Autoneum Great Britain (ST4 4GR), Hem Heath Cricket Club (ST4 4TN) and Trent (ST4 8GR). Stoke-on-Trent train station is just a two-minute walk away from a frequent matchday shuttle bus service to the bet365 Stadium.
Where To Eat And Drink…
The away concourse is said to offer a good range of refreshments and food, including pies, pasties and sausage rolls. Off site, there is a Harvester pub close to the ground which admits both home and away supporters, whilst there is also a Lucozade Powerleague complex close by which houses a bar area. Exploring further options will require a bit of a walk.