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Hillsborough Stadium: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

Sheffield Wednesday moved to the Hillsborough Stadium in 1899. They played their first match at their new ground on September 2, 1899 against Chesterfield (5-1).

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

Sheffield Wednesday moved to Hillsborough Stadium in 1899 and played their first match there on 2 September against Chesterfield (5-1). At that time, the stadium was still called Owlerton Stadium. The stadium underwent a number of developments in 1913, including the construction of a new main stand and expansions of the terraces. At completion of the works in 1914, the stadium was renamed Hillsborough.

On Wednesday, Hillsborough set its record attendance when 72,841 people attended an FA Cup match between Wednesday and Manchester City.

In the early 1960s, a new North Stand was built at Leeds United Football Club with a cantilever roof. In subsequent years, further improvements were made to the Leppings Lane End and North West Corner.

The 1966 World Cup was held in England, with Hillsborough being one of the venues. It hosted three group matches and the quarter-final between West Germany and Uruguay (4-0).

After a few minor changes were made to the stadium over the years, it gradually deteriorated. The only noticeable change was the construction of a roof over the Kop in 1986.

In 1989, a stadium disaster occurred that cost the lives of 96 Liverpool fans. The disaster was caused by poor crowd management, police control, and inadequate safety measures.

Following the disaster, Lord Justice Taylor chaired an investigation which resulted in the Taylor report. Its recommendations led to, among others, the conversion of all English stadiums into all-seaters and the removal of perimeter fences.

In the early 1990s, the Hillsborough Stadium was converted into an all-seater, and in 1996 it was one of the playing venues during the Euro 1996 tournament. The stadium hosted three group matches.

Over the years, Hillsborough's effective capacity has slowly decreased due to safety measures and currently less than 33,800 tickets can be sold for any match. However, the club hopes to increase this again to over 36,000.

How to get to Hillsborough

The Hillsborough Stadium is located in Sheffield in the north-west of the city. It is about 2.5 kilometers from Sheffield city centre and 3 kilometers from Sheffield Rail station. You can reach the stadium with the Sheffield Supertram. The tram can be taken from several points in the city centre (e.g. Castle Square, Cathedral, or City Hall). Take the yellow line in the direction of Middlewood and get off at stop Leppings Lane. It is a few minutes walking to the stadium.

From the bus terminal across the railway station, you can also take bus 53 to Ecclesfield/Parson Cross or bus 77 to Chapeltown. The ride takes about 15 minutes.

Address: Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 1SW

Sheffield Wednesday Tickets

Tickets for Sheffield Wednesday matches can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 871 900 1867, or from the Ticket Office or Megastore at the stadium. If tickets remain available, the tickets can be bought at the ticket office on the day of the match. Wednesday's attendances tend to be among the highest in the Championship, but tickets will be easily available for most matches.

Sheffield Wednesday have created seven different price categories for home matches. Tickets in the cheapest category, G, cost £20.00 for all stands. Prices for matches in more expensive categories increase significantly, ranging from £27.00 to £33.00 before increasing by £3.00 for each additional category until reaching £42.00 and £49.00 for matches in the most expensive category, A.

Hillsborough stadium tours

Sheffield Wednesday organise guided stadium tours that include the dressing room, referee room, boardroom, VIP areas, and players tunnel. The tours allow guests to see the stadium from different angles and learn more about how it is run. Tours typically run during match days. Check online for the exact schedule and bookings.

Relevant Internet links

Swfc.co.uk is the official website of Sheffield Wednesday FC. Sheff.gov.uk provides tourist information about Sheffield. Travelsouthyorkshire.com provides public transport information about Sheffield and the surrounding area.

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