Cub: Sheffield United FC | Opening: 1855 | Capacity: 32,609 seats
History and description
Bramall Lane is the oldest stadium in the world still hosting professional football matches.
It opened on the 30th of April 1855 as a cricket ground and was in its first 7 years only used for cricket purposes. The first football match at the ground was played on the 29th of December 1862 when Sheffield FC took on Hallam FC (0-0).
In the following years the stadium was regularly used for football matches of the local Sheffield teams. It got a permanent occupant in 1889 when Sheffield United was formed and moved into the stadium.
Bramall Lane also hosted the first ever floodlit football match in 1878. The stadium underwent a series of expansions in the late 1890s when two new stands were built.
Smaller improvements were made in the decades following, for example roofs were added, and a record attendance was set in 1936 when 68,287 spectators visited an FA Cup match between Sheffield United and Leeds.
In 1966 a new two-tiered Bramall Lane Stand opened, but due to the fact that the ground was still being used for cricket matches, the stadium had a rather odd shape with a pitch about double the width of a standard football pitch. This meant in practice that one side of the stadium was just an empty field with the cricket pavilion in the back.
This finally changed in 1975 when a new South Stand was built on the cricket pitch. From then on Bramall Lane was a proper football stadium.
In the early 1990s Sheffield United started a redevelopment program that would slowly convert Bramall Lane into an all-seater. The works started with the conversion of the Kop Stand into an all-seater, continued with the construction of a new John Street Stand, and were completed in the early 2000s with the construction of stands in two of the four corners.
(photos of the present Bramall Lane below)
Bramall Lane is located just south of Sheffield city centre. The walk from either Sheffield Rail station or the city centre takes 10 minutes at most.
By car, from the M1 motorway (which runs east of the city), exit at junction 31 or 33, and take the A57 toward the city. Follow until you reach the Park Square roundabout, just before the city centre, and take the third exit. From there follow the signs to the stadium.
From the M1 south, one can also take junction 29, and drive via Chesterfield and the A61 to Sheffield. Following the signs for Sheffield city centre will make you automatically pass by the stadium.
Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU
Tickets for Sheffield United matches can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 871 995 1889, or at the Box Office at the stadium.
Tickets can also be bought at the turnstiles of the stadium on the day of the match. Sheffield United sells out rarely in League 1.
Matchday tickets are divided into two pricing categories. Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive category, range from £22.00 for a seat at the Kop to £26.00 for a seat at one of the long sides. Prices for category B matches range from £18.00 to £24.00. A few matches will be assigned as Family Day matches with a special flat rate of £10.00 for all stands.
For more information call +44 (0) 871 995 1889 or email email@example.com.
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