Stoke City on Tuesday, 8 February 2022 at 7:45
Distance from the Liberty Stadium: 173 miles ~ 3.5 hours.
Address: bet365 Stadium, Stanley Matthews Way, Stoke on Trent ST4 4EG
Telephone: 01782 367 598
Web Site: www.stokecityfc.com
What’s the bet365 Stadium Like
The stadium is high on a hill with no buildings close, so looks impressive from a distance, especially at night.
The home fans can make a big noise, so the atmosphere should be pretty good. Up to 2,800 Swans fans can be housed in the south stand at one end of the ground.
Excellent facilities are available in the ground with good views of the pitch as well with Carlsberg, Pedigree, cider, wine, spirits, pies, pasties and sausage rolls sold in the bars.
Be wary of wearing club colours around the ground and in the pubs.
There is quite a bit to do in the Stoke-on-Trent area, from learning about its famous pottery heritage to visiting the air museum at RAF Cosford, some 24 miles away, which is well worth a visit.
If you’re planning on making a weekend of it, the ‘North Stafford Hotel’ (ST4 2AE) is right outside the train station, with ‘The Plough Motel (ST4 4EN), Kenwood Guest House (ST4 2DP), ‘Wheatsheaf Hotel’ (ST1 4LW), ‘Victoria on the Square (ST1 4JH) and ‘Quality Hotel (ST15NB) not far away.
What’s On in Stoke
Alton Towers (ST10 4DB) and Trentham Monkey Forest (ST4 8AY) are popular attractions nearby but unfortunately are closed during January.
From February 8th to 19th at Regent Theatre (ST1 1AP) it’s the Jersey Boys, with tickets from £13.
Spider’s Web, a comedy, is at Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre (ST4 2TR) between February 8th – 12th, get tickets by calling 01782 209784.
On the Saturday at Regent Theatre (ST1 1AP) there is the 020 Dance, a drama with tickets starting at £14.40.
Middleport Pottery (ST6 3PE) has pottery classes and making your own pot. It costs £30 for an hour, which covers 4 people and includes bisque (clay to ceramic, no decoration) and firing.
Pubs and Food in Stoke
There aren’t many pubs near the stadium other than Holiday Inn and Harvester next to it. Parking at Harvester is £10 but takes ages to leave after the game.
On the canal behind the main stand are two barges, one sells traditional oatcakes, the other sells beer; both are very popular.
Power League (ST4 4TN) is 0.2 miles away has a bar with Sky TV, parking is £4.50 or Longton Rugby Club (ST4 8WG) is a mile away, with parking costing £5.
Near the train station is The Terrace (ST4 2BW) which is 2.5 miles away. A shuttle bus to the stadium stops outside the pub (£4 return), back there after the game.
Parking near the Bet365 Stadium
There is little parking near the ground and you need to book the official car park, which is a nightmare to get out of after the game.
There’s parking (about £5) at the industrial units on Great Fenton Business Park (ST4 4LZ), a signposted 10-minute walk.
To the north of the stadium, there’s street parking on Grove Road (ST4 3AY), a 15-minute walk along a footpath.
There are limited parking spaces (£4) at Screwfix Direct warehouse (ST4 8GR), which is one mile from the ground with easy access onto the A50 after the game.
There are shuttle buses from Glebe Street near Stoke train station with street parking at the former PMT bus garage and £4 return on the bus, taking 5 minutes.
After the game, the buses are behind the Novus Stand and getting out of Stoke onto the A500 should be easy.
You can also choose from a selection of private car parking spaces near the bet365 or Britannia Stadium – including on-street parking, off-street car parks and around 8 reservable parking spaces from just £4.00 per day.
Buses to Stoke
Swansea City and National Express have reached an agreement to provide a service specifically for the travelling Jacks journeying to cheer on the Swans.
There will usually be a minimum of two coaches – with one of the coaches being designated specifically for families and supporters who prefer a quieter journey.
Supporters who would like to purchase travel for the quieter service should select the coach which departs one minute later than the first coach.
- Normal service – Departing the Swansea dot com Stadium.
- Family service – Departing the Swansea dot com Stadium.
After departing the Swansea dot com Stadium, there will be additional pick up points in Briton Ferry (McDonald’s) and Port Talbot.
Fans can purchase return coach tickets for the game online from National Express.
Tickets will be sent via email/e-ticket to fans directly from National Express, and will need to be shown to the driver before boarding.
All coaches are fully accessible, with toilet provisions available on board. All coaches will depart and return to the Swansea dot com Stadium, with two stops along the way.
Fans should be aware that buses will not depart until after the fixture has finished.
Trains to Stoke
Stoke railway station is two miles away from the ground by foot or £7 by taxi.
Trains leave Swansea High Street for the 4-hour trip at 11:22,11:53, 12:23, and 12:52.
There are no rains back to Swansea after the game, so you’ll need an overnight stay or a lift home it your going by train!
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!