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Old November 25th, 2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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SHEFFIELD - Hillsborough Stadium (39,732)


Sheffield Wednesday FC

4x League:
1903, 1904, 1929, 1930

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1896, 1907, 1935

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The first stadium in England to have a cantilever roof that ran the full length of the pitch. It is remembered for the Hillsborough disaster, one of the main reasons as to why English clubs have the 'All Seater' rule. It was also the venue for a number of games in Euro 96.

Hillsborough Stadium is the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in Sheffield, England. Football has been played at the ground since it was opened on 2 September 1899, when Wednesday moved from their original ground at Olive Grove. Today it is a 39,814 capacity all-seater stadium, making it the largest stadium in the city. The vast majority of the seats are covered. It is located in the Sheffield suburb of Owlerton, but takes its name from the parliamentary constituency in which it lies.

On 15 April 1989, the ground was the scene of one of the worst sporting tragedies of all time when 94 Liverpool fans were crushed to death in an FA Cup semi-final in the infamous Hillsborough disaster. The final death toll was 96. This prompted a series of improvements to safety at the ground.

Although the ground has received little investment since Euro 1996, it is still regarded as "a beautiful ground oozing character." It has two large separate two tiered stands and two large single tiered stands, all of which are covered. All four stands are of a similar size in terms of capacity, but with the South stand being the largest and the West stand (used for away fans) the smallest. Only one corner of the ground is filled, between the West and North Stands. This area, known as the North West terrace, is uncovered and is only used for visiting supporters when the West stand upper and lower tiers are full. On the other corner of the West stand is an electronic scoreboard.


Photos of Sheffield Wednesday's home stadium Hillsborough;

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The cantilever stand as mentioned above (in the middle) away end on the left, home end on the right.

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Opposite it is the Main stand upgraded for Euro 96.

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Home end with the seats.

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Home end the kop before it became all seated.


This stadium may be getting on its old age but it is still has a lot of charactor and the stands a lot of history which is slowly disappearing all over in English football.

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Old November 25th, 2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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Probably the last remaining traditional English ground along with Goodison. But to be honest as much as I love the tradition of this stadium it desperately needs an upgrade the facilities are shocking, and it is looking extremely dated.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 10:22 AM   #3
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Home end with the seats.

This stadium may be getting on its old age but it is still has a lot of charactor and the stands a lot of history which is slowly disappearing all over in English football.
I really do like this stadium, it's a hotch potch of different stands from different era's that truly characterises what a proper British stadium should be. However saying that, I've never understood why the Kop end is so disfigured as above! Anyone with any insider knowledge as to why? Geographical constraints maybe?
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Old November 26th, 2008, 11:59 AM   #4
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Stood outside once and been inside twice, once for filming and the other time for a match, a truly brilliant classical stadium.

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A tribute to the 96 people who lost their lives at this stadium.
That is the memorial outside of Anfield, the one at Hillsbrough is this one.

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Old November 26th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #5
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That is the memorial outside of Anfield, the one at Hillsbrough is this one.
Since you're a Spurs fan, a little known fact for you regarding the Hillsborough tragedy - one of the 96 wasn't actually a Liverpool fan. She was a teenaged Spurs fan.

I only discovered that when I happened to turn on the TV a few years ago when "This Is Your Life" featured Gary Mabbutt. The girl's mother was one of the guests and she talked about how Gary, as captain of Spurs, attended her daughter's funeral.
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Old November 29th, 2008, 01:27 PM   #6
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Thanks wearethefuture for this. Glad to see my teams stadium up here.

The kop is so disfigured due to the hill it is built on, and also the angle the stadium meets the road behind.
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Since you're a Spurs fan, a little known fact for you regarding the Hillsborough tragedy - one of the 96 wasn't actually a Liverpool fan. She was a teenaged Spurs fan.

I only discovered that when I happened to turn on the TV a few years ago when "This Is Your Life" featured Gary Mabbutt. The girl's mother was one of the guests and she talked about how Gary, as captain of Spurs, attended her daughter's funeral.
Mabbutt, what a captain of a Football Club should be, on and off the field.

I remember watching that, can't remember who was on it, pretty sure Gazza was, but that was time ago, we're talking at least ten years ago.

Thanks for telling me that, wish I knew whilst I was making my documentary, close to two years ago now.
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I went here over a year ago to see them at home to Blackpool, I left my phone at my mate's house, that hurt!!! So wanted to take pictures and film celebrations. Having said that though I did some good filming here nearly two years ago for my documentary, but it's with the college.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 05:28 PM   #9
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Anyone got any good exterior pictures?

Back of the North stand? Kop Hill?
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:50 PM   #10
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Anyone got any good exterior pictures?
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jevssandham (flickr); Back of the Kop and the mentioned hill.

Another Photo of the Kop
Back of the Main Stand
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Old December 11th, 2008, 02:52 AM   #11
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Doesn't look like a 39,814 seat stadium.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 04:50 AM   #12
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"With a current capacity of 39,812, Hillsborough Stadium is one of the finest stadiums in the country, with a tradition to match. Since the War, it has been a host venue for a World Cup and a European Championship, and has staged two League Cup Final replays and an incredible 28 FA Cup semi finals. The record attendance is 72,841, for an FA Cup tie against Manchester City in 1934." - http://www.swfc.co.uk/page/Hillsboro...024984,00.html - Official SWFC website

The leg room isn't very generous as you can see in the pics, the kop being a good example, as they have had to attach seats onto what was once a terrace, i think it helps the atmosphere packing them in like that.
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Doesn't look like a 39,814 seat stadium.
Because of the tier angle..it's very low.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 07:22 PM   #14
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Anyone know the steepness of all 4 stands? (Should be 6 different ones due to Leppings Lane and the Kop having 2 different angles of the stands.).
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 11:48 PM   #15
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Leppings Lane end is a big hole but other than I like Hillsborough, visually, as a ground. Facilities wise......hmmm....
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Old January 3rd, 2009, 07:03 AM   #16
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i've taken a couple of my university exams in Hillsborough, its certainly and odd atmosphere sitting exams in a football stadium! Unfortunately didnt get a pitch view though! When I have been there it certainly has a lot of character, its a shame the atmosphere wasnt so good. It wasnt exactly full but I can imagine derby day it is full of noise!
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That gable looks more romantic from afar but proves to be useful once you see why it's there.

Nice ground
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Old January 31st, 2009, 11:19 PM   #18
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You can just about see my house in that pic - and I'm a Blade!

Pains me to say it, but visually, Hillsborough is a beautiful ground - just a shame about the facilities. By contrast, Bramall Lane is still very nice, but has had some of the character stripped out of it in favour of better facilities.

That is, unless you sit on the Kop
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I don't see how SWFC can expand its facilities and operations and retain Hillsborough's visual beauty. I guess sooner or late it might be lost or SWFC may expand off-site.
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MP Clive Betts is calling for Sheffield Wednesday to honour those who died in the Hillsborough disaster with a new memorial.Mr Betts – himself a Wednesdayite – says he is disappointed there is no tribute inside the stadium where 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives. Speaking just days before the 20th anniversary of the disaster he said: "I hope the club will now produce some sort of memorial inside the ground.

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