Club: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC | Opening: 1889 | Capacity: 30,852 seats
History and description
Wolves moved into Molineux Stadium in 1889, having played at various grounds in the previous decade.
On the 7th of September 1889, Molineux was the site of the first ever league game in English history, in which Wolves beat Notts County 2-0.
In 1923, Wolves were able to buy the ground, and soon after started building a new main stand, the Waterloo Road Stand, which had been designed by Archibald Leitch.
Developments continued in the next decade with the opening of the new Molineux Street Stand in 1932 and the renovations of both end terraces in 1935.
In 1939, Molineux recorded its highest attendance when 61,315 fans saw Wolves play Liverpool in an FA Cup match.
Molineux remained practically unchanged in the following decades, and slowly fell into a state of disrepair. In 1975, the Molineux Street Stand failed to meet safety requirements and a new luxury grandstand was built instead.
This new stand however severely impacted Wolves’ finances and brought the club on the brink of bankruptcy. By the 1980s, only two stands were in use and the club lacked the finances to make improvements to the ground.
Only after Sir Jack Hayward bought the club in 1990, funding became available for the redevelopment of Molineux. Between 1991 and December 1993, the three remaining old stands were demolished and replaced with new ones.
In May 2010, Wolves announced a £40 million redevelopment programme of Molineux. Under the plans, three stands would gradually get rebuilt and linked up, which would lead to a capacity of 38,000 seats.
Works started in 2011 on the Stan Cullis Stand, which was completed in 2012. The next two stages, however, were postponed as the club stated to want to use the limited funds available for the development of the Wolves youth academy.
(photos of the present Molineux Stadium below)
Molineux Stadium is located on the northern edge of Wolverhampton city centre, next to the Wolverhampton University campus.
The walk from Wolverhampton Rail Station (or bus stations) will only take 10 minutes. When coming out of the rail station, turn right onto Wolverhampton’s city centre ring road and follow until you see the stadium on the right side of the road.
If arriving by car, drive in the direction of Wolverhampton city centre, and, right before the centre, turn onto the ring road. The stadium and junction with Waterloo Road are signposted from the ring road. Turn north onto Waterloo Road and follow until you see the stadium on your right.
Address: Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR
Tickets for Wolves games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 871 222 1877, or in person at the ticket office at the stadium.
Ticket prices range from £24.00 for a seat at one of the ends to £30.00 for a seat at the upper Bill Wright Stand.
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