St. Andrew’s Stadium
|Clubs||Birmingham City FC|
|Renovations||1956, 1958, 1993-1999|
|Record attendance||66,844 (Birmingham City - Everton, 11.02.1939)|
|Address||St Andrews Ground, Birmingham B9 4NH|
Description: St. Andrew’s Stadium
The ground was built by club's initiative app. 1 km from the previous stadium that was impossible to expand. In 1906 four stands were erected in the Bordesley district, one of which was covered and equipped with benches, remaining ones terracing. It could accommodate over 60,000 people and record attendance was set in 1939 FA Cup game against Everton.
Soon the venue suffered damage during WWII German bombings and a fire that took place in similar time. In 1950's several renovations took place with floodlights being set in 1956, giant screen mounted in following years, just like roof over The Kop. A new main grandstand was also built.
Following decades brought little changes though, which caused the standard to fall dramatically. In 1980's only two thirds of the light bulbs were working and construction was very week. Critical moment came on May 11th 1985, when riot caused a wall to fall, killing a boy. Soon a huge shift took place nationwide after disasters prompting regulation changes and the stadium had to be rebuilt. This however could not happen until 1993 when the club, then in administration, was bought by new owners. From 1993 to 1999 three stands were built from scratch and the only remaining one, the main grandstand, had a facelift.
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