DATE: Saturday 1st December 2012
KICK OFF: 3.00pm
GROUND NAME: Bramall Lane
Address:Bramall Lane Ground, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Pitch size:112 x 72 yards
On sale from Port Vale Ticket Office to all supporters from Saturday 17th November.
Cash only payments. Card payments by arrangement only.
COACH TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Exit the M1 at J29 and take the A617 (Chesterfield). Take the 3rd exit at the roundabout onto the A61 and continue to the Earl of Arundel and Surrey public house. Turn left and continue into Bramall Lane.
OVERVIEW OF BRAMALL LANE
Bramall Lane has to me been one of the most under-rated grounds in the country. The construction of three largemodern lookingstands, plus the filling in ofthecorners(albeit one corner is filled with administrative offices), makes ita great ground and one that has character. Both sides of the ground have large single tiered stands. Whilst the GAC (South) Stand is a fairly plain looking stand, the Vista Malta Stand which sits opposite, isprobably the smartest looking standat Bramall Lane.This stand hashadthe cornersto either side of itfilled in, by offices on one side and a family seated area on the other, called the Fortina Spa Corner, in a corporate sponsorship deal. At the back of the stand are a row of executive boxes and on its roof is a small gable, reminiscent of when many older grounds featured them.At one end is theKopStand, which is slightlydisappointing as it hastwo large supporting pillars. Opposite is the188BET (Bramall Lane)Stand, which during the summer of 2006 was extended around one corner of the stadium to meet the GAC. Also the roof was replaced with a new cantilever structure, allowing the supporting pillars of the old roof to be removed; giving fans more cover and an unimpeded view of the playing action. This stand is two tiered andalso has an electric scoreboard, perched between the two.Thestadiumis balanced, with all four stands being of the same height.
WHERE THE VALIANTS WILL BE SEATED
Away fans are housed in thelower tier of the 188BET (aka theBramall Lane)Stand at one end of the ground, wherearound 3,000supporters can be accommodated. Be prepared to be searched on entry to the ground. The club has automatic turnstiles requiring you to insert your ticket into the bar reader.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
The adjacent London Road is full of culinary wonders, from greasy fast food to noodle shops and Turkish, Thai, Greek, Chinese and Mexican restaurants. In the city centre you will find the Moor Fisheries on Cumberland Street – a highly rated chippy. There are a number of pubs near the railway station which welcome away fans, including the Globe, the Howard, the Sheffield Tap (on the station itself but no football colours!) and the Rutland Arms on Brown Street, a real ale pub only a few minutes walk from the station and on route to the ground. Avoid The Railway, The Cricketers Arms and The Sheaf House Hotel, home fans drinking places!