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Home to top English football team Stoke City, the Britannia Stadium replaced the club's previous home, The Victoria Ground, in 1997, when it was officially opened by Stoke and England legend Sir Stanley Matthews.
As well as hosting Stoke's home football games, the Britannia is also used for concerts and has welcomed Sir Elton John, Bon Jovi, Robbie Williams (originally from Stoke-on-Trent) and Bryan Adams. It also has several banqueting suites and conference rooms, a club shop and the Delilah's Bar. The stadium seats nearly 28,000 fans, and behind the scenes tours of its impressive facilities are offered throughout the week. The tour includes a visit to the pitchside and dugouts, the Sir Stanley Matthews Lounge, the executive boxes and even the first team dressing rooms, lasting for around 45 minutes. Bear mind that you’ll need to book at least two weeks in advance.
The Britannia Stadium is surrounded by accommodation of all kinds, from high-end luxury hotels to more functional (and affordable) hotels, and is a great base from which to explore Stoke-on-Trent and the rest of the beautiful county of Staffordshire. If you're with a group of away fans, many local Staffordshire hotels offer group discounts, allowing you to enjoy a post-match night out and travel home the day after the match, rather than rushing to catch the last train or being stuck in traffic for hours!
Stafford is easy to access by road or rail, so even if you’re not here for the football, it’s easy to get out and about and explore. Head out to the open countryside for walks and cycling, or scare yourself silly on the rides at nearby Alton Towers and the other theme parks in the area.
If you're staying in the Staffordshire or Derbyshire area, it's well worth visiting the Britannia Stadium, and the surrounding hotels and restaurants that have grown up since its opening in 1997. If football's not your thing, the stadium also hosts many events throughout the year, details of which are posted on the club website.