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HILLSBOROUGH
 
Hillsborough has been a League ground for 123 seasons;
from July 1st, 1899 to the current day .

Hillsborough was the 63rd
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 39,732

Year opened 1899

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
Wednesday FC moved to Owlerton from the Olive Grove in 1899 and re-installed the stand from their former ground on the north side of the new enclosure. Another roof was added to the front of this building, to cover the paddock, and other facilities included shallow banking around the ground, a cover over part of the west end and by 1905 a small stand had been provided on the south side of the pitch.
 
Just prior to WWI the name of the ground changed to Hillsborough and the venue was considerable altered with the construction of a large embankment at the east end and the opening of a new 5,600 seat main stand on the south side giving a new nominal capacity of 50,000. Following further alterations in the 1920s, the expansion and covering of the west end and installation of a new stand in the north west corner, the capacity increased and the record attendance of 72,841 was set at the FA Cup 5th Round tie v. Manchester City (2-2) on February 17th, 1934.
The ground remained virtually unaltered until 1961 when the original stand on the north side was demolished and replaced by the largest cantilever stand built in Britain to that date with 9,882 seats. In the same decade, a new 4,465 seat two-tier stand was constructed at the west end and a new cover installed at the east end in 1986. Hillsborough was subsequently made an all-seater with the installation of seats on re-profiled terracing around the ground and the capacity, at the start of season 2007/8, was 39,859 with an 115 x 75 yards sized pitch.
 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Hillsborough, Leppings Lane Sheffield, S6 1SW
Main phone number: 0870 999 1867
Ticket office: 0871 230 1867
Ticket prices: Adults Ł22 (Ł21) Over 65's/Under 18's Ł13 (Ł12)
 
If driving to ground: North Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and take the third exit at the Barnsley Roundabout onto the A61 through to the roundabout take the third exit down Leppings Lane to the ground. South Leave the M1 at Junction 34 and Park at Meadowhall Railway Station, near to the Shopping Centre, just by Junction 34 of the M1, which is free, then take the Supertram Blue Line to Leppings Lane and then walk to the ground which is about 4 minutes. There is some street parking to be had if you arrive early, otherwise there are some unofficial car parks along the A61 that charge in the region of Ł4. There is also a car park directly behind the Kop End and the Wednesday Club shop. It is called the Wednesday Car Park and is open to fans of both teams. It costs Ł5 for visitors.
 
If using Public Transport: Take the train to Sheffield then get on the Blue Line Tram to Leppings Lane and its four minutes to the ground the alternative is the 53 First Bus to Hillsborough Park then it’s a four minute walk to the ground.
 
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