Club: Sheffield Wednesday FC | Opening: 1899 | Capacity: 39,732 seats
History and description
Sheffield Wednesday moved to Hillsborough Stadium in 1899. They played their first match at their new ground on the 2nd of September 1899 against Chesterfield (5-1). At that time, the stadium was still called Owlerton Stadium.
The stadium underwent a series of developments in 1913, including the construction of a new main stand and expansions of the terraces. At completion of the works in 1914, the stadium got renamed Hillsborough.
Hillsborough achieved its record attendance in 1934 when 72,841 people attended an FA Cup match between Wednesday and Manchester City.
In the early 1960s, a new North Stand was built, the second in England with a cantilever roof. In subsequent years further improvements were made to the Leppings Lane End and North West Corner.
Hillsborough was selected as one of the playing venues of the 1966 World Cup, during which it hosted three group matches and the quarter-final between West Germany and Uruguay (4-0).
Few changes were made to the stadium in the following decades, and its state slowly deteriorated. The only noticeable change was the construction of a roof over the Kop in 1986.
In 1989, the stadium was the scene of a stadium disaster that cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans. The fans died in a crush caused by a combination of poor crowd management, police control, and, to a lesser extent, inadequate safety measures.
The subsequent investigation into the causes of the disaster, chaired by Lord Justice Taylor, resulted in the Taylor report. Its recommendations led to, among others, the conversion of all English stadiums into all-seaters and the removal of perimeter fences.
In the early 1990s, Hillsborough too got converted into an all-seater, and in 1996 it was one of the playing venues during the Euro 1996 tournament. The stadium hosted three group matches.
Hillsborough Stadium is located in the north-west of the city of Sheffield, about 2.5 kilometres from Sheffield city centre and 3 kilometres from Sheffield Rail station.
If coming from the M1, exit at junction 36 and take the A61 toward Sheffield. Follow the A61 for about 7 miles until the Leppings Lane roundabout. Take the third exit. The stadium will lie on the left side of the road.
On non-matchdays one can also take junction 33 and follow the A57 (Sheffield Parkway) toward Sheffield city centre. At approach of the city centre follow for A61 Barnsley (turn right before Park Square roundabout). Keep following for A61 Barnsley until you see the stadium on the left side of the road.
If using public transport, one can reach the stadium with the Sheffield Supertram. The tram can be taken from several points in the city centre (e.g. Castle Square, Cathedral, or City Hall). Take the yellow line in the direction of Middlewood. Get off at stop Leppings Lane, from where it is a few minutes walking to the stadium.
From the bus terminal across the Rail station one can also take bus 53 (to Ecclesfield/Parson Cross), or 77 (to Chapeltown). The ride takes about 15 minutes.
Address: Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1SW
Tickets for Sheffield Wednesday matches can be bough online, by phone +44 (0) 871 900 1867, or at the Ticket Office or Megastore at the stadium.
Sheffield Wednesday have divided their home matches into two pricing categories. Tickets for category B matches, the cheapest, cost either £24.00, £26.00, or £28.00, whereas tickets for category A matches cost either £26.00, £28.00, or £30.00.
Sheffield Wednesday organise guided stadium tours that include the dressing room, referee room, boardroom, VIP areas, and players tunnel.
Check online or call +44 (0) 871 900 1867 for exact dates and times, and reservations. The tour costs £10.00.
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