Thousands of fans head to The Hawthorns every season to see their side in action against West Bromwich Albion.
For the hardcore fans, away days are what make the season and as such they are quick to formulate their opinions on the ground they are visiting.
Most fans will always compare the ground to their own home grounds, and the stadiums they have recently visited.
They will also look at what might have changed at the ground since the last time they were there.
We have had a look at Football Ground Guide to see what visiting fans think of The Hawthorns.
These views are written by away fans and cover everything from parking to the quality of the pies.
Here are a few excerpts from the reviews…
Michael Smith, Luton
Outstanding view of the pitch, we was about half way up the away end and you could see the entire pitch unrestricted. Seeing the ground looked nice as well from the outside but I am a sucker for grounds in urban/residential/industrial areas as opposed to grounds in the middle of nowhere. Inside the grounds the stands are all 4 different heights and compliments each other really well
Atmosphere was good from the Luton fans, went a bit subdued with the West Brom fans as the game went on. Didn’t have any pies or anything, stewards ok The game itself started as a shambles, going 1-0 down in under 5 minutes and then going 3-0 down further on. Also big old Clicker (Jordan Clark) suffered a horrific injury, also my young son’s favourite player so it was extra hard. After that, the game shaped up, we pulled it back to 3-2 and could have made it 3-3 in the 16 (sixteen) minutes added on at the end, alas West Brom held on for an exciting injury time to say the least
Charlton Athletic fan Matt, wrote:
A good away day, and we were happy to take a point against a team expected to be up there at the end of the season. The heavy-handedness of the stewards beforehand, and then the Police when getting away from the ground was a shame, and was unnecessary. But all in all a good ground to visit and a worthwhile trip to the Midlands.
Huddersfield fan Paul Evans wrote:
“The Hawthorns is surprisingly small for what purports to be a major club. It means, though, that it’s nearly full for most games which produces a cracking atmosphere at the away end. This is shared with the most vocal home support, which causes a lot of not always friendly banter.
Norwich City fan John Holland wrote:
“The first impression was that the Hawthorns has changed a lot in the last 40 years.
“It felt both modern and traditional at the same time.
“The view and legroom were fine even though two of us are over six foot tall.”
Luke Smith was a neutral fan attending the game against Sheffield Wednesday in December.
“Wandered along Birmingham Road, looked at the famous Jeff Astle Gates and grabbed a quick bite to eat from a local shop. The fans were friendly enough.
“The ground is fairly unremarkable from the outside, though when you do get into the stadium it’s quite impressive. I like that each of the stands has their own character, with the home end behind the goal being packed it was a sight to behold.”
Jack Richardson a Mansfield Town fan wrote:
“The Hawthorns is an impressive ground and one I’ve wanted to visit for a long time! The views from the away end of excellent and the stand is split into two tiers.
“The concourse area though is very small and with our 1,200 away following it felt cramped. So I would hate to think what it was like when the away end was full.
“We headed straight for the ground as time wasn’t on our side however friends of ours went to The Vine which they said was excellent, had a mix of home/away fans and served Indian food!”
Spurs fan Paul Elphin reviewed the Hawthorns earlier this year:
“The away end view is fantastic, unobstructed views of the pitch and a bit of room for me as well being 6″2′. The away end is split into half between home and away and the home fans in that stand were loud.
“The Hawthorns is a nice ground, is fairly easy to get to but a bit harder getting out. My advice being to get an any time return if you are getting the train or buy a train ticket that is some time after the final whistle. Will miss it if West Brom go down though.”
Dave, a Watford fan who visited on 30/9/17, wrote:
“This was my second visit to the Hawthorns and the stadium is nice. The away end is decent and the views were brilliant. The limited leg room wasn’t really an issue as we were allowed to stand for the whole game.
“The West Brom fans were in fine voice throughout and really got behind their team – their singing section is right by the away end and the atmosphere was rocking. It was a brilliant away day at the Hawthorns and one I will do again due to the cheap transport cost and matchday ticket price.”
Paul Sheppard, an AFC Bournemouth fan who visited on 12/8/17, wrote:
“A decent view in a decent ground. As we were about half way up the view was excellent. The Baggies fans were friendly as usual.
“Home fans and stewards always friendly at the Hawthorns.”
Darren Gilbert, a Peterborough United fan who visited on 30/1/16, wrote:
“We popped into the Vine pub which welcomed away fans. Inside both home and visiting supporters mixed freely. The home fans who all seemed friendly. The pub was excellent and even offered an indoor BBQ and selection of curries!
“The Hawthorns ground and surrounding training academy is excellent. Inside the away end there were plenty of food and drink outlets. The only grumble was the leg room when seated. I am 6’4” so it was cramped!
“The game itself was a belter and ended with the Posh getting a 2-2 draw the atmosphere was fantastic. Stewarding and policing seemed fine on the whole. Overall I would describe my day as a ‘proper’ away day; great pub, great ground and a good result for the Posh in a superb atmosphere!”
Steve, a Bristol City fan who visited on 9/1/16, wrote:
“The ground was smaller than I expected. But it was well maintained and although compact it was enclosed.
“I would recommend (if a large away following) to eat and drink before entering the stadium as there are only a couple of food and drink servers either side of the gangway. The queue for this was horrendous.
“It’s a nice ground, easy to get to and easy to get away from. The fans are friendly, the staff are friendly and the prices are very reasonable.”
David Dougal, a Sunderland fan who visited on 17/10/15, wrote:
“It’s a nice enclosed ground, a lot smaller than the Stadium of Light but nice all the same.
“I was disappointed with the result as West Brom won 1-0, but there were some positives for Sunderland from the game. I bought a cheese burger and a bovril for about £6. Stewards were a canny bunch. Good day out apart from the result. West Bromwich Albion is one of the better grounds to visit and no bother for single travelers or families.”
Kevin Gallagher, a neutral fan who attended the match against Chelsea on 18/5/15, wrote:
“We took a London Midland train from Birmingham Moor Street to The Hawthorns. The ground is in full view when you reach station and is only a five minute walk away.
“The Hawthorns is an impressive ground with three imposing stands towering above the smaller West Stand. We were in the East Stand near the away section. It was ideal for watching the game and taking in the atmosphere. The ground is fully enclosed which is another positive feature.
“Very enjoyable match day experience. Hassle free by train. If the chance arose I would certainly make another visit to The Hawthorns.”
Joe Fowler, a Chelsea fan who visited on 17/11/12, wrote:
“We got to our seats just before kick off. Very good seats too. The away end is good, with a large concourse, and good views of the pitch. The rest of the ground is really tidy. There is a giant stand to your right, and a really small stand to your left. This gives the stadium a uniqueness that you don’t get at a lot of modern day stadia.
“I found it to be a great day out, definitely one of the best this season. All pubs are away friendly, and not overly pricey!”
Robert Bury, a Blackburn Rovers fan who visited on 7/4/12, wrote:
“The stadium itself is a mismatch of different shaped stands but which try to retain the same style and doesn’t look too shabby considering. Inside it is completely enclosed in all corners even if these corners are not filled with seating.
“The away end has ample room even though we stood for most of the game. An interesting look about the away end is that it seems to curve upwards rather than go straight up like most stands, this leads to a good feeling when you are stood at the back as you can better see and feel the entire atmosphere in front of you.
“There is something more appealing to me about older mis-matched stadiums that have a real feeling of history about them rather than many of the soulless new concrete bowls being built these days.”