|Clubs||Aston Villa FC|
|Inauguration||17.04.1897 (Aston Villa - Blackburn Rovers)|
|Renovations||1911, 1914, 1922-1924, 1939-1940, 1954, 1958, 1962-1963, 1976-1977, 1992-1994, 2000-2001|
|Record attendance||76 588 (Aston Villa - Derby, 03.1946.)|
|Address||Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE|
Description: Villa Park
The ground became home to Aston Villa in 1897 with the club paying annually 300 pounds. “The Villains” bought it in 1911 and within three years dismantled the cycling track that was initially between stands and the pitch. Further remodeling was halted due to the outbreak of World War I and complete revamp ended in 1924. Even decades later Villa Park was regarded as one of the greatest venues in England created by the famous Archibald Leitch.
In 1939 further works were carried out by Leitch's son who was responsible for the south stand, built in mid-1940. It was soon changed to garrison soldiers during WWII and later bombed by German air force. The damage caused to northern side of the ground wasn't repaired until 1954. Floodlights were installed in 1958 and in 1962-63 roof was added to two of the stands. Most important redevelopment so far came in the 1990's though, after Hillsborough disaster prompted regulation changes. In 1992-94 new north end was erected and later, in 2000-2001, a new west side with 3 tiers.
Apart from Aston Villa games the stadium was host to 1966 World Cup and 30 years later Euro 1996. Starting 1899 England's national team was regularly playing here until 2005 and further games were transferred to new Wembley, thus ending over century of England's game. Other sports also took place here – cycling from the start, rugby since 1909 and boxing from 1942. In 1983 first concert was played by Duran Duran, later followed by Belinda Carlisle, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Steward.
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.
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.
Premier League: Most clubs ‘inflate’ attendances
Here’s another argument for fans claiming there’s something wrong with the game in England. Arsenal alone inflated its attendance for 2013/14 by almost 174,000 fans compared to actual numbers.
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?
England: Fans to protest ticket prices again
On August 14 supporters from across England will demonstrate in London, showing their outrage with pricing policies at Premier League clubs. Some season tickets have risen by 30-40% for the upcoming season and only Manchester City offers any season ticket below £300.
England: Premier League stadiums not fit for disabled fans
Only 3 of the 20 Premier League grounds meet all guidelines in terms of accessibility. World's richest league made little progress despite current guidelines being 10 years old.
London: Supporters protest against ticket (over)pricing
Average price of the cheapest season ticket for 2013/14 Premier League grew once again and stands at over £500. Overall, entry fees have gone up by whopping 718% since 1989, when the reform of English football began ahead of Premier League’s establishment.
England: 2015 Rugby World Cup venues revealed
Only 4 of the 13 stadia are actually used for rugby and only two by rugby clubs. Most of the venues are primarily football grounds, but limiting the selection only to rugby stadiums would decrease overall capacity very significantly. Meanwhile the tournament is to be a real showcase…
Technology: Premier League to introduce goal-line system
The Premier League has confirmed that goal-line technology will be in place for the start of the 2013-14 season. FIFA has already said that goal-line technology will be used at this year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Report by FSF.org.uk.
England: Nationwide campaign to cap away ticket prices under way
It seems recent rejection of away tickets by Manchester City has been a strong signal that change is needed. Largest fan associations in England announced they will soon launch a campaign to cap ticket prices.
England: Further clubs support safe standing
The list of clubs appealing to test and potentially allow standing areas back inside English stadia is growing. Back in January it was just Aston Villa, now it’s 10 clubs in England and Scottish Premier League.
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.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.