|813 (VIP seats)|
|76 (Press seats)|
|9255 (North Stand)|
|5772 (Leppings Lane End)|
|3700 (away) (North West Terrace)|
|11 354 (South Stand)|
|11 210 (Spion Kop)|
|Clubs||Sheffield Wednesday FC|
|Other names||Owlerton (1899-1914)|
|Inauguration||02.09.1899 (Sheffield Wednesday - Chesterfield 5-1)|
|Renovations||1914, 1960-1961, 1994|
|Record attendance||72 841 (Sheffield Wednesday - Manchester City, 1934)|
|Address||Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1SW|
In spring 1898 it was still a meadow with a dandelion flowerbed. A year later, out of necessity, it became home to Sheffield Wednesday. They had to move from the former Olive Grove which was used for railway expansion. However, part of the ground prevailed in new location as a 3,000-people stand was transported to Hillsborough estate in Owlerton (thus the club’s nickname “The Owls”), outside city limits. Until 1914 the ground bared the second name, but was later changed to Hillsborough.
This name today is commonly associated with the place of one of football’s largest disasters, but the ground’s history is much richer. However, not only positive. As it was first revamped in 1914, a wall fell on spectators, injuring 75 people. Later it was only better with Hillsborough growing rapidly and becoming one of England’s largest and most important venues. It played host to 27 FC Cup semifinals as neutral venue and several national finals in both the FA and League Cup. But most importantly it became a magnet to fans nationwide. To make the scale of changes visible, let’s just say that in 1898 it could accommodate some 5,000 people. Less than 2 decades later, in 1914, it was already 43,000. And another 2 decades later, in 1934, the record crowd of over 72,000 was seen.
No wonder that as one of the most important stadiums it was included both in the 1966 World Cup and Euro 1996. Unfortunately it’s not the sporting events, but tragedy of April 15th 1989 that brought the ground to the spotlight. Due to very poor policing and crowd management on the day of yet another FA Cup semifinal 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives. Though police tried to put the blame on supporters/hooligans, official inquiry has indicated it was in fact the police who were responsible and no hooligan incidents took place.
These events left the ground empty and closed for safety improvements, of which installing seating and gates opening towards the pitch for evacuation were the most important ones. Similar changes were implemented across the country and later worldwide, making this venue one of the most important ones in the history of football stadia. First major tournament after the disaster was Euro 1996 which was not called off in Sheffield. Ironically, to this day the ground does not fulfill all the recommendations of Taylor Report published after Hillsborough disaster. One of these being that all seats should be covered, while there is one section without any roof over it – though opened only for largest away groups, when regular sections are not enough.
Though the stadium has not changed significantly since the 90’s, it’s still very popular among fans of Wednesday who provide large following of not less than 20,000 people per game – impressive if we take into account that the club is struggling to get back in the top two divisions. And though it’s been years since the golden era for this stadium, it’s still the largest venue outside of the Premier League.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
England: Justice? 6 criminal charges for Hillsborough
Manslaughter, negligence, perverting the course of justice and abuse of trust in public office are the most crucial criminal charges facing those allegedly responsible for Hillsborough.
Liverpool: Hillsborough victims „unlawfully killed”
The jury in new Hillsborough inquest found that it was primarily the police who led to 96 people losing their lives on April 15, 1989. Decades of lies now straightened up, at least a bit.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
Hillsborough: Duckenfield apologises for lies and mistakes
He was in command when 96 fans were dying at Hillsborough. Now David Duckenfield apologises for what his mistakes and lies had caused in 1989. Far too late for many of those affected.
Hillsborough: “We were putting injured on one side, dead on the other”
Despite coordinating the work of 30 officers at the heart of the disaster, inspector Anthony Humphries was never called as a witness before. Now his statement gives evidence of what happened at Hillsborough.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?
Hillsborough: Quarter of a century without relief
Liverpool FC may win their first championship since 1990, but that's meaningless today. Both stadiums at Stanley Park are commemorating 96 victims of the tragedy that changed football.
Hillsborough: 13 policemen facing charges for stadium tragedy
Most of them were already interviewed. All 13 are suspected of various offenses, from perverting the course of justice to manslaughter.
Hillsborough: Invitation to join the unique 96 Tribute
Liverpool FC send out an open invitation to all sports fans worldwide who wish to pay their respect to 96 victims of Hillsborough. Everyone may send their scarf, which will decorate Anfield on April 15.
Sheffield: Jury to visit Hillsborough as part of new inquest
Latest inquest to English football's most horrific tragedy will see 3D model of the stadium used, while jurors will be taken to Hillsborough stadium and view the site first hand. Yorkshire Post report.
Hillsborough: First anniversary without lies, but another without justice
Reading memories of survivors still leaves us speechless, just like browsing photos and videos. The more hard it is to believe that it wasn't until last year that people affected by this disaster heard an official apologies. Indicating people responsible for the extent of the tragedy and following manipulation campaign is yet to happen.
England: No minute’s silence for Thatcher
Football governing bodies decided not to ordain a minute’s silence after the passing of Margaret Thatcher. Imposing it might cause harm to the good intentions, as Thatcher was extremely controversial.
England: New inquest into Hillsborough to begin
High Court has overturned a ruling that the death of 96 Liverpool fans in the Hillsborough disaster was accidental, and a new criminal investigation into the 1989 stadium tragedy was ordered by the government on Wednesday.
England: Chief Constable resigns after Hillsborough cover-up accusations
It's been years since first public accusations were raised against him, but only now, forced by his superiors, he resigned. Sir Norman Bettison assures he will assist the investigators to prove he didn't work on pushing the blame on fans after Hillsborough disaster.
England: All police officers connected to Hillsborough disaster to be checked
Independent Police Complaint Commission received names of 1,444 police officers who either were at Hillsborough on April 15 1989, or have been involved in investigation afterwards.
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
Hillsborough: Families demand new inquest
Relatives of 96 victims met yesterday to discuss further steps in the wake of last week’s shocking report on the disaster. Today their lawyers officially requested a new inquest to bring those responsible to justice.