Getting to St. Andrew’s:
Clean Air Zone updates
Birmingham City Centre has recently brought a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) into effect, meaning a limited number of vehicles may be charged for travelling directly through the centre of the city. St. Andrew’s falls just outside of the boundaries of the CAZ, with Bordesley Circus roundabout marking the end of the payment zones. This means it possible, should your vehicle need to pay to enter the city, that you can navigate around the outskirts without needing to pay. As a rule of thumb, diesel cars manufactured before 2015 and petrol cars manufactured before 2006 will not meet the relevant emissions standards, however, all cars can be checked quickly on www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones.
To see which parts of the city are affected by the CAZ, view our map here.
The largest car park for fan usage is Birmingham Wheels Park, found on Adderley Road South, B8 1AD. This also lies outside of the CAZ so no additional fees will be incurred to park here. Alternatively, street parking is still available near to the stadium, however, with road closures all around the stadium being reintroduced before and after matches, we would recommend using the designated Club car park.
A full closure starts one hour before kick-off and stretches from Bordesley Circus (McDonalds Island), along Cattell Road up to the junction on Garrison Lane with all intermediate roads leading in closed. The closure remains until the majority of fans have entered the stadium, and then lifted approximately 20 minutes after kick-off.
The closure is reintroduced 15 minutes before final whistle and remains in place until all major footfall has exited the stadium and away coaches have left. This is usually at least 30 minutes after the match has ended.
As with previous seasons, Bordesley Train Station will continue to operate on matchdays for both weekend and midweek games. To check rail travel to Bordesley on matchdays visit the National Rail Journey Planner. All usual rail routes into New Street, Moor Street and Snow Hill continue as they did prior to lockdown.
The Club has a designated bike lock area by Blocks 36-40, to the left of the Kop Ticket Office, allowing for fans to cycle to games if they wish. This area is manned for the duration of games by a steward and is free to use. However, bikes stored here are left at the owner’s risk.
At the ground:
At Blues, we’re very proud of the relationship our players have with the fans, and we understand the importance the fans support has on the players. However, whilst we are still recovering from a global pandemic, we must discontinue any interaction between fans and players. As players arrive or leave the stadium, we kindly ask that supporters do not approach them for photographs or autographs. The players still operate in controlled bubbles, and should Covid-19 make its way into the squad, this would have a severe detrimental affect on our Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Red Zones on matchday
Due to Covid-19 regulations, there has been a change in access to the pitch area on matchdays. A “Red Zone” that is off limits to anyone without a pass, Club staff included, will operate three and a half hours before kick-off and for two hours post-match. See the ground map below which details where is off limits as Red Zone areas.
In-line with our player interaction policy, we are currently not operating a designated Family Zone prior to kick-off. With the nature of the area relying heavily on non-socially distanced activity – face painting, sharing of equipment etc – we have decided to pause the Family Zone, however, this will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
Incursion on to Lower Tiers
With the Upper Tilton now open for supporters and work continuing on the Upper Kop, it is important for supporters to understand the severity of incursion on to the Lower Tiers and what that could mean for the Club going forward. If encroachment was to occur, further measures would have to be put in place to prevent this from happening again, which could result in supporters not being allowed in whilst work is completed. Further to that, it could delay the ongoing work. Any supporters who do attempt to breach the safety measures will be issued with a banning order.
Kiosks and catering
As you may have heard, through our new catering partner Elior, Pukka Pies have returned to St. Andrew’s for the next three years. Along with the pies, Elior has implemented a completely cashless system to the stadium, with all debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay accepted. American Express is not supported.
Fans may notice a slight change to the matchday programme, with a reduction in pagination for the time being. This is a decision made by the Club over the close season, as a way to reduce the monetary losses currently seen by the matchday programme. Despite it being a loss-making area of the Club, everyone at Blues recognises the programme is an institution of a matchday and wanted to do all they could to keep it in production. The content included will remain at an extremely high standard, offering exclusive interviews and insight from first team players and staff, as well as celebrating fan and community-led work.
Mascots and Guard of Honour
It is with regret that we are currently suspending both our mascot packages and our guard of honour at all home matches. This is down to the Red Zone access and the player interaction rules we have put in place. When mascot packages resume, all outstanding agreements will be honoured before going on sale again. We will be reviewing this very soon, and we thank you for your patience.
The Club has implemented the following guidelines in order to reduce the impact of Covid-19 has at Birmingham City FC. We would implore all fans read the regulations before attending a matchday.