Hillsborough Stadium, is a 39,732-capacity association football stadium located in Owlerton, a north-western suburb of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. It has been the home of Sheffield Wednesday since its opening in 1899.
On 15 April 1989, the ground was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final. The subsequent Taylor Report into the disaster led to a series of safety improvements at the ground and other stadiums around the country, including the requirement for clubs in the top two divisions in England to have all-seater stadiums, and the withdrawal of perimeter fencing around the pitch.
Hillsborough has hosted home to Sheffield Wednesday since 1899 and despite redevelopment on numerous occasions, still retains much of its traditional charm. The more vocal Wednesday fans are seated opposite the away fans, in the Kop end. Both ends have a number of supporting pillars which can impede your view but the stands either side of the pitch offer an unobstructed view of the action from anywhere.
Hillsborough is the very epitome of an ‘English style’ football stadium, with four distinct stands on each side of the pitch. They have made one concession to modern stadium design, however - the addition of seating in the corner between the West and North Stands.
The North Stand - This stand runs along the side of the pitch and is a single-tiered section that can accommodate just under 10,000 people. Outside of this stand is the club’s ticket office and the official shop.
The Spion Kop - Known merely as The Kop to most Wednesday fans, this stand houses the most vocal of the club’s supporters. It is technically two-tiered but these aren’t seperated, giving it the appearance of being one large tier.
The South Stand - This stand is two-tiered, with the upper tier commonly called The Grandstand. It is the largest section of the stadium, with a combined capacity of over 11,000. It houses both the Director’s Box and the Family Enclosure.
The West Stand - Better known to most as The Leppings Lane End, this section of the ground was where the Hillsborough disaster took place. It is now a single-tier, all-seater stand with a a capacity of a little over 6,500.
Up to 3,750 visiting supporters can be catered for and are situated in the upper tier of the Leppings Lane west stand. The views are restricted from most seats as there are two very prominent supporting pillars throughout the stand and leg room is at a premium. Refreshments are reasonably priced and there's quite a large range including burgers and pies.
Although there are some pubs closer to the stadium, you might be better off staying in the city centre and getting a taxi or the Supertram half an hour before kick off as at least then you have a choice of pubs and don't have to settle for one that has been 'designated' for you. Pubs of note in the city centre are The Howard and The Globe which are near the train station and The Old monk welcomes away fans and serves food.
Parking is freely available in the surrounding areas and there is a car park directly behind the kop open to both sets of supporters. There are other private car parks along the A61.
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