Details of summer developments in and around HawthornsALBION are informing supporters on the eve of the big kick-off about close-season developments that may affect them on matchdays.
The Baggies begin their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Liverpool on Saturday (ko 3pm) and the first change will be noticed by East Stand regulars.
The club have installed an extra 175 seats along the lateral gangway, which will affect supporters’ access to and from the concourse and seating area.
Fans are strongly advised to use the vomitory closest to their seat as they will no longer be able to walk from one side of the stand to the other while inside the stadium bowl.
However, the wheelchair bays along the lateral gangway remain unaffected.
Supporters with an East Stand ticket for Saturday’s game are advised to arrive a little earlier than usual to familiarise themselves with the new layout.
Staying with the East Stand, corporate customers in the Richardson Suite will spend matchdays in new-look surroundings, as the suite has been completely refurbished this summer.
The other main changes concern parking.
Sandwell Council have reclassified several roads in the vicinity of The Hawthorns as ‘red route’.
Supporters driving to Saturday’s game are strongly advised to check where these restrictions apply before setting off. They can do so by clicking here and downloading the information file.
The club are pleased to report that further ‘paid parking’ will be available opposite the stadium on Birmingham Road. This is due to the reopening of the old ‘Pipeline’ car park, adjacent to McDonald’s.
This will help to offset the loss of parking availability on the Albion Foundation site, where spaces have been reduced by the impending work to create a floodlit, full-size, artificial pitch under the new Elite Player Performance Plan.