Worcester Wolves venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at the University of Worcester Arena, home of the Worcester Wolves in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation? Previous visits

? Address

University of Worcester Arena, Hylton Road, Worcester, WR2 5JN

? The venue

Worcester Arena was opened in 2013 and built at a cost of £13m by the University. The venue is a national centre of excellence for disability sports and has regularly hosted GB wheelchair basketball games.

The Wolves marked their arrival in their new home with their most successful season to date as Paul James’ team beat Newcastle Eagles in the 2014 finals of the BBL Trophy and the playoffs.

Worcester was my first road game following the Lions (during the Wolves’ run to the 2014 playoffs), and the venue – just next to the River Severn – remains a favourite to visit. It has good facilities, feels well run, and the darkened arena – despite there being some gap between the stands and the court – is one of the most hospitable places to watch a BBL game.

? Seating

Capacity: 2,000. Flip-down seats on either side of the court.

? Tickets

The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Where seating is allocated, tickets bought through the visiting team are usually grouped together behind their bench. Worcester is not normally allocated seating.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home venue. Prices are a little more expensive this way and cost more if buying on the door, but savings can be made if buying a family ticket.

? Food and drink

A concession across the corridor from the arena sells a limited range of food, including hot dogs, snacks and beer on draught and in bottles, all of which can be taken to your seat.

There’s a very basic cafe in the Grand Stand Road car park over the river facing the venue, open only until 4:30pm. McDonald’s along Hylton Road is open until 3am.

The city centre has previously disappointed in its food offerings and the chances of ending up with a hot dog and/or Big Mac are sadly high. Boston Tea Party cafe (open until 6pm) is the most appealing but the wait time for food has always been too long. Bill’s in the CrownGate shopping centre was a good find for dining after the game.

The Old Rectifying House is a smart pub just over the river from the arena with an upmarket food menu but it’s best to contact them in advance as table availability has often been an issue. They also have an upstairs bar with outside terrace, for drinks only.

? Izzy’s vegan choice: The Old Rectifying House has an extensive vegan menu and also caters for vegetarians and meat eaters, if you can get a table. Not previously visited, Chesters is a Mexican restaurant and bar with many vegan options on its menu. If you’re going early or staying over, try the meat-free Karmic Cafe (daytime only), upstairs in the Gallery centre on The Shambles street. For other suggestions, visit HappyCow or download their app. ??

? Entertainment

The Wolverines line dancers, who also cheer from behind the basket. Children’s half-time shootout. Raffle, for which a new vacuum cleaner was the prize on a previous visit. Wolfie is the Wolves’ mascot. But Wolfie, what big eyes you have.

? Public transport

Worcester is served by two railway stations, both of which offer easy access to the venue.

From Worcester Foregate Street, it’s a 15-minute walk. Turn left out of the station and then take a right, walking through the city centre. Cross the River Severn via the Worcester Bridge (at the busy junction of Deansway and North Parade next to the Old Rectifying House) and find the venue on your right. Or cross via the pedestrian-only Grand Stand Bridge (by the car parks) and the venue is just on your left.

From Worcester Shrub Hill, head straight ahead for 10 minutes into the city centre, and then follow the same course.

(N.B. There is a Worcester Park railway station but don’t be confused as this is elsewhere in Kingston-upon-Thames!)

? By car

Sat nav reference: WR2 5JN

? Parking

£3 to park at the venue. Over the road, Croft Road and Cattlemarket car parks charge similarly.

? Accommodation

A number of hotels are available nearby on the river – most prominently the Premier Inn – and in the city centre.

? Previous visits

  1. Sat 26/04/2014: Worcester Wolves 86 – 88 London Lions (BBL Playoffs Quarter Final 2nd Leg)
  2. Sun 27/12/2015: Worcester Wolves 79 – 75 London Lions (BBL)
  3. Fri 17/02/2017: Worcester Wolves 99 – 91 London Lions (BBL)
  4. Fri 14/04/2017: Worcester Wolves 94 – 90 London Lions (BBL)

I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.