|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|
Villa Park – stadium description
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.
How Villa Park compares to other Premier League stadiums?
England: Aston Villa among the stadium elite?
Villa Park is not one of the new stadiums - it dates back to the 19th century. During its many decades of existence, the venue was used not only by the Birmingham club, but also on occasions of the World Cup and UEFA Euro. It is very possible that the not-too-distant future will bring back the glory years of The Villans' stadium.
England: Stadium rises will affect Premier League clubs
The value of almost all 20 stadiums owned by teams playing in the Premier League has recently increased. As a result, clubs will face multi-million pound tax increases involving their infrastructure.
United Kingdom: Is football coming home at the Euros?
At a time when most of the chatter is about the World Cup, plans for the next major football events are being clarified. Great Britain and Ireland announced their joint candidacy for hosting Euro 2028 some time ago. A shortlist of stadiums being considered by the federations was also recently announced.
England: Renderings of the revamped Villa Park revealed!
Aston Villa have just unveiled graphics showing what their home ground will look like after redevelopment. The club is already after consultation with local residents about the planned upgrade and hopes to start the first phase of the project by next year.
England: Meet the 2022/23 Premier League stadiums!
Much to the delight of fans, the new English Premier League season will kick off on Friday, August 5. On this occasion, we would like to introduce you to the stadiums where the footballers of the world's best league will soon be playing. Get your English tea in hand and let's get started!
England: Aston Villa looking to expand the stadium
The Premier League club has launched a public consultation on the first phase of a long-term strategy for Villa Park and the surrounding area. The Birmingham-based team's owners are planning to expand the venue to accommodate more than 50,000 fans. The talks will run until July 24.
Birmingham: Villa Park expansion on the horizon
The club from West Midlands joins the ranks of the Premier League clubs that intend to increase revenues by expanding the number of seats at the stadium. There are no details yet, but they are due to be released soon.
England: Safe standing trials in Premier League and Championship
There has been talk for some time about introducing safe standing in the two highest leagues in the country. In 2019, the government assured about the imminent change of the regulations, but these were not introduced until 2 years later.
United Kingdom: Will they bring football home in 2030 again?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently supported the potential candidacy of the UK and Ireland for the FIFA 2030 World Cup. The formal process for a prospective five-association bid will be opened in 2022.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: Safe standing in Premier League and Championship from 2021?
Though physically safe standing is already in Premier League, legally it's still prohibited. But that might change as the government is expected to act quickly, possibly introducing legal standing in 2021.
Birmingham: Villa given green light to work behind north end
New superstore, museum and hotel are on the agenda in Birmingham, where Aston Villa have been granted permission to demolish major current buildings behind the north stand at Villa Park.
Birmingham: Aston Villa's troubling stadium sale
Promotion to Premier League for 2019/20 may actually mean trouble for Aston Villa. In order to avoid penalty on Financial Fair Play issues, the club sold its stadium to a different entity. There might be issues associated with such move.
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.