Villa Park

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Villa Park
The Villa Park (2008)
The Villa Park (2008)
Earlier names

Aston Lower Grounds

place Trinity Road Birmingham B6 6HE, United Kingdom
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Coordinates 52 ° 30 '33 "  N , 1 ° 53' 5"  W Coordinates: 52 ° 30 '33 "  N , 1 ° 53' 5"  W.
classification 4th
owner Aston Villa
operator Aston Villa
opening April 17, 1897
First game April 17, 1897
Aston Villa - Blackburn Rovers 3-0
Renovations 1911, 1914, 1922-1924, 1939-1940, 1954, 1958, 1962-1963, 1976-1977, 1992-1994, 2000-2001
surface Natural grass with artificial grass fibers
(Desso GrassMaster)
costs £ 16,400 (now £ 25m)
capacity 42,785 seats
playing area 105 × 68 m

The Villa Park is a football stadium in the second largest British city of Birmingham , West Midlands , England . The football club Aston Villa is the owner and main user of the 42,785-seat venue. The four grandstands are Holte End in the south with a capacity of 13,500 seats (opened in 1994), Trinity Road in the west (consisting of three tiers and a row of boxes), Doug Ellis Stand in the east (two tiers) and North Stand in the north (two tiers) Tiers interrupted by a row of boxes built in the late 1970s).

For several years there have been plans to enlarge the Villa Park to a capacity of around 50,000 with a new construction of the North Stand.


The stadium opened on April 17, 1897 with the friendly game between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers (3-0), the same year Aston Villa won both the championship and the FA Cup . The stadium, then still known as Aston Lower Grounds , was built on the site of a Victorian amusement park , not far from the stately Aston Hall .

In the early years, the field was surrounded by a 7.31 meter wide cycling track and a cinder track . Numerous cycling and athletics competitions were held before the First World War . The two lanes were removed in 1922 when construction began on the Trinity Road stand .

During the football World Cup in 1966 three games were played here and the Villa Park was used four times at the European Football Championship in 1996 . In 1999 the last final of the European Cup Winners' Cup was played here; at that time, Lazio won 2-1 against RCD Mallorca .

Before the renovation, the stadium had floodlight poles with spotlights arranged in the form of the letters A and V.

Visitor record and average attendance

The largest attendance ever achieved was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County on March 2, 1946 in the sixth round (quarter-finals) of the FA Cup 1945/46 . Since the conversion to purely seated stadiums, there has been a record since December 29, 2009 with 42,788 visitors from the 2009/10 Premier League game between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC .


Above the boxes, the following lettering is attached across the entire width of the North Stand .

"SHAW, Williams, prepared to venture down the left. There's a good ball in for Tony Morley. Oh, it must be ... It is ... Peter Withe! "

This quote is an excerpt from the BBC television broadcast by commentator Brian Moore and describes the seconds before the decisive goal to make it 1-0 in the final of the 1981/82 European Cup against FC Bayern Munich at De Kuip in Rotterdam , the greatest success in the club's history .


Panoramic view of the interior from the Trinity Road stand

Web links

Commons : Villa Park  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Stadium capacity (English)
  2. A 50,000 Villa Park and a Rebuilt North Stand Part of the Forgotten 'Bright Future' article from January 25, 2015 (English)
  3. Website about the planned stadium expansion (English)
  4. Visitor records (English)