Club Update: March 2022

Club Update: March 2022

Birmingham City is able to issue the following Club Update.

Ahead of the final weeks of the season and during the current Men’s international break, we are keen to inform supporters of the latest goings-on throughout Blues.

March has been another month of activity in both B9 and at Wast Hills Training Ground, with information regarding some of the key developments covered below.

This includes continued progression across the Football Club, aiming to keep you abreast of the work that goes on behind the scenes and often impacts you as fans on a matchday.

We will continue to inform supporters through our official Club channels, as well as monitor the feedback and sense of feeling towards such changes. It is this, along with our own in-house expertise, that will be utilised to deliver further positive change and improvement.

Everyone at Blues wishes to thank you for your continued support, whether that be at St. Andrew’s, up and down the country to follow the team, or across the globe – something we will be specifically marking in the near future.

Lower Tiers

In order for the Club to establish the exact method of repairing the lower tiers, we must conduct a site investigation.

Three options were discussed with supporters back in January (FOUND HERE) and to determine which of these methods is the most appropriate in terms of cost and completion time, the ground beneath the stands must undergo a period of testing.

The testing will look to establish the quality of the ground beneath the stands, with preparation for the testing scheduled to begin on Monday 28 March and completed in mid-April.

As a result, seats will be removed in sections of the lower Kop and Tilton stands, to allow contractors to begin core drilling into the concrete and gain access to the ground below.

Providing the ground beneath St. Andrew’s is rendered as adequate, the Club will then seek to proceed with our preferred method to complete the repairs. Further details on this body of work and the final build plan will be released once the Club are in receipt of the test results.

We are keen to reiterate that over recent weeks we have been planning, liaising and meeting on a daily basis with third parties to ensure that this complex issue is resolved in the quickest and safest way possible.

Whilst it may appear from the outside that little progress is being made, rest assured that Club staff are working tirelessly to ensure that this, the most important of issues for our supporters, will be resolved at the earliest possible time.

The Club will issue another update on the lower tier repairs once we have more information on the outcome of the testing.

Matchday Experience

Turning St. Andrew’s into a more welcoming, entertaining and exciting venue for our supporters, is something we all want. The Club is aware that lots of improvements have to be made to transform our home into a stadium to be proud of again. And whilst it is going to take some time, effort and resource to make those necessary changes, the work has already begun.

Independent street food vendors have been introduced around the Stadium, serving up some fantastic culinary options which cater for all tastes and likes.

We can reveal that our street food positioning for our Sky Bet Championship fixture with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 3 April (3pm) will be:

  • Brum Mi (Vietnamese Street Food) – Gil Merrick
  • Fat Snags (Hot Dogs) – Kop/Tilton Corner
  • Street Kitchen Brothers (Greek Street Food) – Kop
  • Smokey Joes (Classic Street Food) – Main Stand/Changing Room

In addition, fresh signage has been installed in concourse areas across the Stadium, Main Stand reception and the Kop and Tilton directing supporters to the appropriate blocks.

A TV audit was conducted and as a result of our findings, new TVs have been installed in the Tilton concourse so supporters can tune in to the action before and during our fixtures.

With help from the Club’s Community Trust, family activities have been introduced, including a penalty shootout competition and a PlayStation hut at all 3pm kick-offs for the remainder of the season.

The Club also plan to introduce additional bar areas in the Gil Merrick and Kop/Tilton Corner whilst new beer options are being explored, with live music in select areas of the Stadium to help bring matchday to life.

The task of improving the matchday experience and general upkeep of the Stadium remains ongoing, with further ‘larger’ projects pencilled in for the summer.

Blues Women playing at St. Andrew’s

We are delighted to announce that Blues Women will spend a second season at St. Andrew’s.

The decision to fulfil our 2022/23 home fixtures in B9 forms part of the Club’s renewed commitment to the Women’s side.

St. Andrew’s will play host to our Women’s fixtures, regardless of what division we will be participating in.

Despite a challenging season in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League, the Club fully support the efforts of our Women’s team. We have a proud history in the Women’s game and hope that a second season at St. Andrew’s will coincide with a campaign of positive results.

New Staff

This month the Football Club has made a number of new staff appointments across a variety of departments.

We have made a concerted effort to seek out candidates who will help to drive standards in their given area of expertise and considerably improve our current offering.

Amongst them, is former Blues midfielder Paul Tait, who returns to St. Andrew’s as a Player Mentor. He will provide a confidential environment to support players and develop the Club’s Player Care Provision, leaning on his own life experience to help our next generation of players.

List of appointments:

  • Player Mentor
  • Digital Marketing Manager
  • Facilities and Health & Safety Manager
  • HR Officer x2