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Villa Park: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The Villa Park pleasure ground was first established in the late 1800s and consisted of a football pitch, cricket pitch, athletics track, and a small grandstand. Aston Villa played their home matches at the Perry Barr ground until 1897 when they moved to the more superior Villa Park. Prior to their move-in, they had already erected a new main stand and accompanying open terracing on the remaining sides of the stadium. The stadium at that time was bowl-shaped, and could hold about 40,000 people.

The new Aston Villa ground opened its doors on April 17, 1897 with a friendly match against Blackburn Rovers.

In the next two decades, Villa Park got gradually expanded, and in 1913 lost its bowl shape when the cycling track got removed. Plans were made to expand the stadium to a capacity of 130,000, but the First World War brought these to a halt.

Work on the stadium continued after the war, and it was finally completed in 1923. At that time, the stadium could hold about eighty thousand people.

The record was broken in 1948 when 87,574 people attended a match against Liverpool.

In the next few decades, only smaller changes were made, including the cover for the Holte End and a refurbishment of the Witton Lane Stand in 1964.

Uruguayan teams contested against Brazil and Poland, while Villa Park also played host to Spain and Chile in the Round of 16. Villa Park was one of the playing venues of the 1966 World Cup. Three group matches were played there, including Uruguayan teams against Brazil and Poland and Spanish and Chilean teams in the Round of 16.

In 1976, a new North Stand opened in place of the Witton Lane End, causing heavy debts. However, no further changes were made until the 1990s.

The new Doug Ellis Stand opened in 1993. The demolition and reconstruction of the Holte End lasted until the North Stand got fitted with seats in 2004.

The Villa Park hosted three group matches, and a quarter-final during the 1996 European Championships.

In 1999, the European Cup Winners' Cup final between Real Mallorca and Lazio Roma was held at the stadium.

In 2000, the Trinity Road stand from the 1920s was demolished and replaced by a new stand. In recent years, tentative plans have been made to expand the stadium to a capacity of 50,000 by rebuilding the North Stand, but it is unlikely that these will be executed any time soon.

(photos of the present Villa Park below)

Getting there

Villa Park is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Birmingham and has a population of approximately 12,000. Villa Park is located north of the city of Birmingham, approximately 2.5 miles from the city center. Villa Park has a population of approximately 12,000. If arriving by car from outside of the city, the stadium can be best reached from the M6 motorway. Take exit 6 and follow the signs for the A38 (not the A38M). On the island, turn right (A5127), and follow the signs to Villa Park.

If coming from the east, one can take exit 7 on the same motorway and then follow the A34 south for a few miles. Passing Alexandra Stadium, make sure to stay in the nearside lane and leave the carriageway before the flyover. Follow the signs for matchday parking.

If traveling by public transport, the best way to reach the stadium is by train. Aston Station and Witton Station are just short train rides away from Birmingham New Street Station. Witton Station is closest, a five-minute walk to the stadium, whereas it takes fifteen minutes to walk from Aston Station.

Bus 11 leaves from the city's harbour.

Address: Trinity Road, Birmingham, B6 6HE

Eat, drink, and sleep

Villa Park is located in an English urban area. There are a few pubs around as well as some easy eating options, though if you have more time on your hands, Birmingham's city center might be a better option. If you arrive by car, you could stop at the Star City shopping centre off exit 6 of the M6. It has the typical food outlets and various entertainment options typically found at a shopping centre as well as various nightlife options in Birmingham's city centre. The nightlife in Birmingham's city centre is mostly located west and south of Birmingham New Street Station.

There are few hotels near the stadium. The Holiday Inn Express located across Star City shopping centre is probably closest, but is mostly convenient if you get in by car. You can just walk to the stadium from there.

Further toward the center of Birmingham, there is a Campanile Hotel and Premier Inn. They are both affordable and have good reviews, but they are most convenient for those arriving by car. If travelling by public transport, it is likely best to find a hotel in Birmingham's center, and take a bus or train to the match.

For all hotels near Villa Park, please click here. For all options in the city centre, please go here.

Tickets

Tickets for Aston Villa matches can be bought online, by phone, or at the Villa Village store at Villa Park. Tickets can be bought at the store before the start of the match if Aston Villa only occasionally sell out.

For category M matches, which are mid-priced, tickets range in price from £16.00 to £26.00. Aston Villa have divided their home games into three pricing categories: A matches, VV matches, and M matches. Tickets for A matches are the most expensive and range in price from £25.00 for a lower-tier seat at the North Stand to £45.00 for a central seat at one of the long sides. Tickets for VV matches are the cheapest and range in price from £20.00 to £37.00. For M matches, which are mid-priced, tickets range in price from £16.00 to £26.00

Stadium Tours

Aston Villa organise guided stadium tours that run three times a week. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and selected Sundays. They do not run on match days, the afternoon before, or the morning after a match. Tours cost £12.95 and can be upgraded with a lunch on Sundays. Tours can be booked online, by phone, or in person at the tourist office.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Aston Villa Football Club is avfc.co.uk, while the website for Birmingham tourist information is visitbirmingham.com. The website for London Midland railway company is Londonmidland.com, and the website for the Network West Midlands bus company is networkwestmidlands.com. The Villa Park is the grand old lady of football, not just in England but worldwide. She was founded in 1874 and has been participating in organized football since that time.

Villa Park is the grand old lady of football, and it is considered a founding fathers of the sport in England and worldwide.

Tony Hill wrote: 22 June 2016 at 7:34 pm As a Villa fan of 40+ years, it has always felt special entering this great stadium. A full Holte End is a sight to behold, and when it's in full song it takes some beating. A fitting ground for a great club!

As a Villa fan for over forty years, it has always been special entering this great stadium. A full Holte End is a sight to behold, and when it's in full song it takes some beating. A fitting ground for a great club!

David Cullen wrote: Villa Park is the best English stadium I have been to. Unfortunately, they don't have a team to go with it.

villa park the best english stadium i have been to

pity they dont have team to go with it

I've been on most of the big grounds, old and new, but I prefer Villa Park any time. This is hard to admit as a Baggie Boy!

I have been on most of the big grounds, old and new, but I prefer Villa Park any time. This is hard to admit as a Baggie Boy!

If you are a fan of any club playing in a global football league, then Villa Park is worth a visit. This is where the game as we know it began - this is the birthplace of football. For those interested, research William McGregor and delve into Villa Park and football history deeply.

The Home of League Football, the Birthplace in three different centuries of England international fixtures, this place is the Stadium.

A club followed by Prime Ministers and Kings, it is tempting to wax lyrical about the Football Club itself alas now is not the time to talk about Aston Villa's many sporting achievements? Let's instead focus on why this ancient ground is of universal significance. Other grounds rightly claim their own histories but no club ground can claim Villa Park's history: quite simply this is the birthplace of the world's most popular sporting competition and format.

If you are a fan of any club playing in a league, Villa Park is worth a visit. This is the birthplace of football as we know it. Here, it all started - for all of us who love this game!

It has been proposed that the William McGregor who helped found Villa Football Club in 1874 was the same individual as the Scottish footballer William McGregor who is best known for his exploits with Glasgow Celtic. Both men were born in 1838, though it is unclear whether they are actually related.

Steve wrote: 14 May 2014 at 8:09pm A true British traditional football ground with a great atmosphere. Every stand is different and stands alone with its own character. The sheer size and noise of the Holte End really does have to be experienced.

Historically there have been some great matches played here.

! Lee writes: I've visited every Premier League ground following United and Villa Park is by far the best. It has character, history, and a certain look to it that stands out. You can create a excellent atmosphere in the away end and the view is quality. Villa fans can be loud on occasions. It must go for any proper football fan!

I have visited every Premier League ground following Manchester United and Villa Park is by far the best. It has character, history and a certain look to it that stands out. You can create an excellent atmosphere in the away end and the view is quality. Villa fans can be loud on occasions.

Must go for any proper football fan

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