Banks’s Stadium (Bescot Stadium)
|Inauguration||25.08.1990 (Walsall FC - Torquay United, 2-2)|
|Cost||4,5 mln Ł (1990)|
|Record attendance||11 049 (Walsall FC - Rotherham United, 09.05.2004)|
Banks’s Stadium – stadium description
Though erected in 1990, this venue needed a revamp soon afterwards. This was due to stricter safety regulations implemented after Hillsborough disaster. Meanwhile most of the ground’s 9,400 spots were standing, thus needed to be closed or changed into much more space-consuming seating. After a period of reduced capacity the stadium was enlarged to 11,300 in 2003.
There are two large banqueting/conference rooms and three bars at the ground. It is known for rather unsympathetic exterior. One façade, the most seen one, is located adjacent to M6 motorway and covered in advertising, which only adds to the cheap cladding.
Coventry: City to leave Ricoh Arena for 2013/14?
Strong words were used by both sides, as Coventry City director claims his club is ‘locked out’ of Ricoh Arena and the stadium authority accuse him of acting against the club. Will Walsall be Sky blues’ home next season?
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.