|The Villa Park (2008)|
Aston Lower Grounds
|place||Trinity Road Birmingham B6 6HE, United Kingdom
|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|
Natural grass with artificial grass fibers
|costs||£ 16,400 (now £ 25m)|
|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 .
- 2012/13 : 35.060 ( Premier League )
- 2013/14 : 36.081 (Premier League)
- 2014/15 : 34,133 (Premier League)
- 2015/16 : 33,690 (Premier League)
- 2016/17 : 32.107 ( EFL Championship )
- 2017/18 : 32.097 (EFL Championship)
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 .
The game for the FA Community Shield 2012 in Villa Park
- The Villa Park on the official website of Aston Villa (English)
- Stadium guide , footballgroundguide.com (English)
- Villa Park , stadiumdb.com (English)
- Picture gallery , stadionwelt.de
- Visitor report from 2004 , groundhopping.de
- Data on Villa Park , stadiumguide.com (English)
- footballgroundguide.com: Stadium capacity (English)
- myoldmansaid.com: A 50,000 Villa Park and a Rebuilt North Stand Part of the Forgotten 'Bright Future' article from January 25, 2015 (English)
- skyscrapercity.com: Website about the planned stadium expansion (English)
- footballgroundguide.com: Visitor records (English)