The Hawthorns is an all-seater football stadium in West Bromwich, Sandwell, England, with a capacity of 26,500. It has been the home of West Bromwich Albion F.C. since 1900, when it became the sixth ground to be used by the club. The ground was the last Football League ground to be built in the 19th century. At an altitude of 551 feet (168 m), it is the highest ground among those of all 92 Premier League and Football League clubs.
Inauguration: 3 September 1900
First match: West Bromwich Derby 1-1
Capacity: 27,900 seats
Record Attendance: 64,815; West Bromwich vs Arsenal, 1937
The stadium is served by The Hawthorns station, which is both a railway station and Midland Metro (tram) stop. The station is approximately 400 metres from the ground. Due to the large amount of fans travelling in both directions to and from The Hawthorns on matchdays, trains run more regularly at these times, and have been known to depart every ten minutes. This has helped to reduce the time taken for travelling fans to leave West Bromwich and return home.
Bus routes 74 and 79 pass the stadium along the A41 Birmingham Road, with services running between Birmingham and Dudley/Wolverhampton. The 450 bus stops on Halfords Lane but is rerouted approximately 1 hour before kick off as police close Halfords Lane. The ground is less than half a mile from Junction 1 of the M5 motorway.
With Car leave the M5 at junction 1. Take the A41, signposted Birmingham. The stadium is visible from here, and stands about 600 metres to the Birmingham side of junction one. Turn right into Halfords Lane for the stadium.