|Clubs||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC|
|Inauguration||07.09.1889 (Wolverhampton Wanderers - Notts County, 2-0)|
|Renovations||1923, 1932, 1953, 1957, 1991-93, 2011-?|
|Record attendance||61 305 (Wolverhampton Wanderers - Liverpool, 11.02.1939)|
|Address||Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR|
|Notice||Capacity reduced due to revamp.|
Description: Molineux Stadium
Although not among the biggest in England today, Molineux Stadium has a rich history reaching… the 18th century. It was then, in 1744, that the Molineux family bought the plot of land on which they’ve built Molineux House, later changed into Molineux Hotel. In 1860 another owner came in and made the place a leisure centre, retaining traditional Molineux name, but making it Molineux Grounds. Finally in 1889 local brewery bought the land and leased it to Wolverhampton Wanderers for their permanent stadium. Yet again, Molineux family name prevailed, this time joined by ‘Stadium’.
First game was played already in September 1889 in front of some 4,000 people. In 1923 “Wolves” bought the ground and soon afterwards began to build a new main stand. In1932 another one came, marking a historical moment – for the very first time Molineux had four stands. These were in use for the next 50 years. In 1953 floodlight masts came, replaced by new ones in 1957. Being among the first venues in England with artificial lighting Molineux became host to many prestigious international games.
New eastern stand was built in 1979 for a massive sum of Ł10 mln, beyond what others were spending at that time. It could accommodate 9,500 fans and had 42 skyboxes. Ironically, this lead to a decline as “Wolves” were heavily in debt because of their investment, getting close to bankruptcy twice. Understandably all renovations were brought to a stop for several years, resulting in two stands being closed in the 80’s. The club was relegated down to 4th tier by that time so crowds were much smaller anyway.
The municipality came with a helping hand, buying Molineux in 1986. “Wolves” were bought by a new owner in 1990 and soon afterwards came the largest revamp so far. Starting in October 1991, one stand after another all four were replaced by December 1993. They remained nearly unchanged for two decades. In 2011 the Stan Cullis Stand was torn down to be replaced by a new structure, this time with 2 tiers of seating. Similar moves are to happen to two other parts of the ground and possibly to the main one as well. This is dependant from demand, though, as capacity would rise to 50,000 seats with this move.
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Wolves made their stadium more colourful and gave the colours a meaning. Now instead of dull passageways fans walk by large graphics that illustrate what the club means to people.
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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.
England: Wolves open new stand
Though not with the kind of performance they were hoping for. Poor result on the pitch was a bit of a spoil for the shiny stand in black and yellow that replaced former Stan Cullis Stand.
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