Bramall Lane

Sheffield United Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.sufc.co.uk
Address: Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone No: 0114 253 7200
Ticket Office No: 0114 253 7200 or boxoffice@sufc.co.uk

General Info
Bramall Lane is the home of Sheffield United Football Club and is one of two top level football stadiums in the city along with Wednesday’s home, Hillsborough. United have played here since their establishment in 1889 and it is the world’s oldest major stadium to still be hosting professional matches today.

The road which gives the stadium its name was named after the Bramall family and beside it was built what was initially a cricket ground. It was used for football games towards the end of the 19th century with Sheffield FC and Sheffield Wednesday having also played here.

Bramall Lane

The Lane was used for international matches before England had a national stadium as such and the world’s first ever floodlit game took place at Bramall Lane in 1878 in front of 20,000 people. When England played Scotland at Bramall Lane in 1883 it was the first match between the two nations played outside of either Glasgow or London.

Undersoil heating is deployed at Bramall Lane to ensure games are not called off specifically because of a frozen pitch, though arguably the heating helps the grass to grow between games as well.

The heating churns away beneath a playing surface made up partly of synthetic fibres, as is the modern way, and mostly of natural grass. The pitch itself is measured at 102 metres by 66 metres which in fact is a little smaller than most modern, top level English pitches.

Capacity
Currently, 32,700 is the capacity at Bramall Lane but this could rise to around 37,000 should further modernisation occur.

Stands
The modern names for the stands at Bramall Lane are; the Malta Family Stand (running along the length of the pitch at the John Street side of the ground) and opposite is the Gac Stand. Behind each goal stands the Kop and the Halliwells Stand (Bramall Lane Stand) with two of the corners of the ground filled in.

Away Fans At Bramall Lane
Visiting fans at Bramall Lane tend to be housed in the Bramall Lane Stand behind the goal at the western side of the stadium. Usually, away fans are given a 3,000-strong allocation though this can change for cup games.

Unlike at the opposite end of the ground, the away fans in the upper tier of the Bramall Lane Stand have unrestricted views and no beams. Feedback from visitors is generally favourable and the atmosphere described as good.

Ticket Prices
Typical single adult matchday tickets cost from £22 – £34 for a home Championship match at Bramall Lane, though pricing is categorised and staggered as normal. Concessions are available for older, younger and disabled fans and cup games are priced individually.

Hospitality
Guests on matchday can book packages in the 1855 Restaurant, the Director’s Box, the TC10 Restaurant, the Platinum Suite and the 125 Room from £75 to £150 per person, per game plus VAT.

How To Get To Bramall Lane
Bramall Lane sits south of Sheffield city centre, around a mile away, and only a 15-minute walk from Sheffield’s main train station which is connected with London St Pancras as well as Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

Drivers should follow signs for Sheffield city centre before heading for Highfield and then looking out for signs for Bramall Lane.

Future Developments
The Blades have planned a redevelopment of the South Stand at Bramall Lane with proposals seeking to add more than 5,000 new seats as well as executive boxes and a new media centre.

Carrow Road

Norwich City Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.canaries.co.uk
Address: Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, Norwich, NR1 1JE
Telephone No: 01603 760 760
Ticket Office No: 0844 826 1902

General Info
Norwich City FC have been playing their football at Carrow Road since 1935 after the stadium was purpose built for them in just 82 days. Before that the Canaries played their games at Newmarket Road and then The Nest. Carrow Road is positioned nicely within the NR1 postcode and very close to the main train station and the River Wensum.

Naturally the stadium has been modified several times to keep up with the times but never more dramatically than following a fire which destroyed the City Stand in 1984.

Carrow Road stadium

Although crowds are smaller these days, Carrow Road once attracted just under 44,000 people for an FA Cup match against Leicester City back in 1963, though the modern all-seater record is 27,137 against Newcastle United in the Premier League in 2016.

The playing surface at Carrow Road is a modern mixture of natural grass mixed with some synthetic fibres. This gives a good appearance and keeps the pitch in good condition, as does the undersoil heating system which is in effect. The playing area itself measures a fairly standard 104 metres by 68 metres.

Capacity
Just over 27,200 can be seated within Carrow Road for home league matches these days, though that includes varied amounts of seating in corporate areas.

Stands
Running along the length of the pitch are the Jarrold Stand and the Geoffrey Watling Stand. The former houses the main reception to the stadium. Behind each goal are the Norwich and Peterborough Stand and the Barclay Stand. The Jarrold Stand on the eastern side of the ground is the largest of the individual structures, the corner of which with the Barclay Stand is the only one of the four not fully filled in.

Away Fans At Carrow Road
Away supporters at Carrow Road are situated in the Jarrold Stand. This is a large stand and so given the 2,500 standard allocation it means the structure is shared with home fans.

The stand is modern and was opened fully in February 2004 and given this fact it’s no surprise that the views are excellent and the seats and facilities are generally given very positive feedback by travelling supporters.

Ticket Prices
Typical single adult matchday tickets for a Championship game at Norwich run from £20 to £45, though tickets for various lounges with a more private bar and facilities run from £30 to £50.

Hospitality
Hospitality and sponsorship packages at Carrow Road are available in a number of suites and boxes ranging from £100 plus VAT per person, per game, right up to £2,250 for multiples guests.
All packages include food and drink, a comfortable seat with an excellent view as well as half-time refreshments and other perks.

How To Get To Carrow Road
Carrow Road is only 1¼ miles from the centre of Norwich and just a 25-minute walk. The main train station is Norwich is barely half a mile from the stadium and takes only 10 minutes to walk to. There are plenty of direct trains into Norwich.

Those wishing to drive to the stadium can take the A11 road into the city and simply follow signs for ‘Football Traffic’. Various bus routes from around the area serve Carrow Road and the train station nearby.

Future Developments
No firm plans exist to significantly modernise, extend or redevelop Carrow Road at the moment. A sustained run in the Premier League for the East Anglian club could change that however.

Ashton Gate

Bristol City Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.bcfc.co.uk
Address: Bristol City FC, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol, BS3 2EJ
Telephone No: 0117 963 0600
Ticket Office No: 0117 963 0600 or supportservices@bristol-sport.co.uk

General Info
Ashton Gate in Bristol is home to both Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Rugby and sits just south of the River Avon. The stadium was originally the home of Bedminster FC who merged in 1900 with Bristol South End, previously located at St John’s Lane, with the merged side eventually moving here in 1904. Bristol Rugby permanently moved into Ashton Gate in 2014 and so far the groundshare is working well.

The stadium has hosted two England under-21 games, both of them friendlies, with a match against Romania in 2007 especially memorable as the ground attracted over 18,000 people for the fixture.

Ashton Gate

The Robins took the chance to install undersoil heating during their recent redevelopments and laid a pitch consisting of both synthetic fibres and natural grass to protect the playing surface from bad weather and a 23-game home Championship season as well as rugby games. As is standard now; the pitch dimensions are 105 metres by 69 metres.

Capacity
Following redevelopments which took place before the 2016/17 season, Ashton Gate can now host 27,000 on matchdays and is unlikely to change in the near future.

Stands
The Williams Stand runs the length of the field at Ashton Gate and houses the corporate hospitality guests as well as the director’s box. Opposite is the Dolman Stand with the Wedlock Stand sitting behind one of the goals with its corner joining the Williams Stand lower level. At the other end is the Atyeo Stand, the corner of which houses the club shop.

Away Fans At Ashton Gate
Visiting supporters at Ashton Gate are located in the Atyeo Stand which, having only been in existence since 1994, is a relatively modern structure offering unrestricted views of the action. Just 1,100 away fans are usually permitted entry into this section which is relatively low, or at least would be should the club achieve promotion to the Premier League.

Ticket Prices
For home Championship matches, Bristol City fans can pay anywhere from £21 in the Family Area to £31 in the Lansdown Stand for ‘Silver’ matches, or from £26 to £36 for ‘Gold’ games for an adult. Concessions for juniors, pensioners and the disabled exist in most areas.

Hospitality
Labelled as being for those serious about sport, Bristol City’s corporate packages are bundled as Platinum, Diamond and Gold Options with prices to suit most people.

Guests in the Heineken Lounge can pay £75 per person, per game plus VAT while those in the Executive Boxes are looking at a bill of £1,800 plus VAT for 12 guests.

How To Get To Ashton Gate
Ashton Gate is located on the outskirts of Bristol to the south west, only around two miles from the centre of the city and from Temple Meads train station from which a shuttle bus can be used on matchdays to get to the stadium.

Other buses serve the area also while the walk from Temple Meads station is around 40 minutes. Supporters can hop onto a local train from Temple Meads to Parson Street station which takes around 5 minutes and is a to-15 minute walk from the stadium.

Future Developments
After a failed bid to build a new ground at Ashton Vale, Bristol City went ahead with a redevelopment of Ashton Gate which brought capacity up to 27,000 for the start of the 2016/17 season. Following this, there are no plans to further redevelop the ground as yet.

City Ground – Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.nottinghamforest.co.uk
Address: Nottingham Forest Football Club, The City Ground, Nottingham, NG2 5FJ
Telephone No: 0115 982 4444
Ticket Office No: 0115 982 4388 or tickets@nottinghamforest.co.uk

General Info
Nottingham Forest moved into a new ground in September 1898, a full 33 year after their formation, in what seemed like a new dawn at the City Ground. This though has been the home of the Tricky Trees ever since and the stadium remains one of the game’s most iconic locations.

The City Ground was used as a venue for the European Championships when hosted by England in 1996. Another claim to fame is the fact it stands just a few hundred yards from the home of Meadow Lane (Notts County), making them the closest professional stadiums in England ahead of Liverpool/Everton and the second closest in the UK behind those in Dundee.

 City Ground

The pitch at the City Ground is purely made up of natural grass and is served by undersoil heating, a crucial tool in the winter months to guard against losing games to frozen pitches. The playing area is measured at 105 metres by 71 metres – standard length but a little wider than most pitches at this level.

Capacity
Just over 30,500 is the current capacity of the City Ground and this is something unlikely to change in the near future.

Stands
The Bridgford Stand and the Trent End sit behind each of the goals at the City Ground, while the Main Stand and the Brian Clough Stand run the length of the field. The Bridgford Stand corners come to meet the Main and Brian Clough Stands these days though the corners at the opposite end are not filled.

Away Fans At The City Ground
Visiting fans at Nottingham Forest tend to be housed in the lower tier of the Bridgford End, a section which is capable of seating around 1,000 fans. On occasion when demand is high enough, away fans are given the upper tier of the stand as well.

Views are generally good and the facilities are seen as adequate, though this remains one of the grounds where away fans have reported unsavoury behaviour including home supporters throwing objects and stewards being rather quick to throw away fans out of the stadium for minor “misdemeanours”.

Ticket Prices
Prices are not staggered at Forest and are typically available for £23 for a single adult to see a standard Championship game. Concessions are available while heavy discounts are in place for junior supporters and the disabled.

Hospitality
A range of hospitality packages are available at the City Ground including a seat in the Castle Club at £50 per person, per game. The Robin Hood Suite is available at £60 as is the 1865 club while there is a VIP package at £130. Executive Boxes will cost £700 per person. All prices are exclusive of VAT.

How To Get To The City Ground
Located right on the banks of the River Trent and well within view of the city’s other football stadium at Meadow Lane, the City Ground is only 1½ miles from the main train station and just a couple of miles from Market Square.

As well as being close to Notts County’s Meadow Lane, the City Ground is also right over the road from Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and so many buses serve this area from all around the city and take only around 10 minutes from the city centre.

Future Developments
No plans exist to significantly extend, redevelop or modernise the City Ground although some fans want a new stadium to be on the agenda at the club.

Elland Road – Leeds United

Leeds United Club Contact Info
Official Website:  www.leedsunited.com
Address: BLeeds United Football Club, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES
Telephone No: 0871 334 1919
Ticket Office No: 0871 334 1992

General Info
Surprisingly to most, Leeds United were only formed in 1919 and Elland Road has been the home of The Whites ever since then.  Back in its peak the stadium could host well over 50,000 and set a record attendance of 57,892 in the FA Cup against Sunderland back in 1967.Elland Road stadium

As an all-seater venue following the Taylor Report however, the record stands at 40,287 for a top flight league game against Newcastle United in December 2001.  Despite the changes though, the stadium remains the 13th largest football stadium in England and the fourth largest outside of the Premier League currently.

The playing surface is a mix of natural grass and astroturf, while it measures a bang on standard 105 metres by 68 metres.  Undersoil heating is deployed in the case of cold weather to ensure games can go ahead.

Capacity
37,900 people are seated within Elland Road these days though in the past crowds were much larger.  Rarely is capacity reached now since the club’s extended stay outside of the Premier League.

Stands
Elland Road is an older stadium, though the corners are filled in between the East Stand and the John Charles West Stand running the length of the pitch as well as the North and South Stands behind each goal.

Away Fans At Elland Road
Visiting supporters at Elland Road are housed in the John Charles Stand, a two-tier structure featuring around a 3,000-strong allocation of away fans.

Ticket Prices
Matchday tickets around Elland Road are staggered in price based which part of the ground you sit and what the level of opposition is.  The cheapest Category B game tickets are £26 while for Category A they are £29 and £34 for Category A*.

The most expensive are for Category A* games at £44 in the East Stand but are slightly cheaper at £39 for Category A and £37 for Category B.  Concessions are of course in place for juniors and older supporters.

Hospitality
Many packages are available at Elland Road for those wishing to entertain guests or simply watch the football in style.

The Gary Speed Suite has a seasonal price of £1195 per person plus VAT and is now an American style buffet restaurant.  This equates to only £52 per game (plus VAT) and is probably among the better value packages around in the larger clubs.

An Executive Box package comes with an inclusive drinks allowance of up to £100 plus VAT per box, per game and all packages come with excellent views of the action from comfortable seats outside the box itself.

How To Get To Elland Road
Leeds United’s home stands in the south-west of the city around two miles from Leeds station and the city centre.  Walking from the station to the ground will take around 40 minutes, however many buses serve the area with the 51 and 53 lines running regularly from Kirkgate Market.

Elland Road lies close to the M1, M62 and M621 motorway intersections and so is easy to get to by road.  Once on the M621, take junction 1 and the stadium is signposted immediately.

Future Developments
Now that owner Andrea Radrizzani has bought the stadium back from private owners at a cost of £20million, plans are afoot to modernise Elland Road.

Radrizzani plans to relocate the club’s training centre from Thorp Arch to near the stadium, while a planning application as also been submitted asking permission to hang horizontal and vertical banners proposing to include details of past and present players.

As of yet it’s unclear as to how much redevelopment of the actual stands and seating will take place.

Griffin Park – Brentford

Brentford Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.brentfordfc.com
Address: Brentford Football Club, Griffin Park, Braemar Road, Brentford, TW8 0NT
Telephone No: 0208 847 2511
Ticket Office No: 0208 847 2511 (option 1) or tickets.brentford.com

General Info
Griffin Park has been home to Brentford Football Club ever since it was built in 1904. The ground sits in a heavily residential area and, rather charmingly, has a pub on each corner.

The name Griffin Park comes from the fact that the orchard on which the stadium was built was owned by Fuller’s Brewery who featured a griffin in their logo.

Griffin Park

Undersoil heating is not in existence at Griffin Park and leaves the pitch open to the elements. That pitch is also a natural grass surface and measures 100 metres by 67 metres.

Capacity
Brentford’s current capacity is just 12,300 and while it would be relatively simple to extend this, no more work will be done on Griffin Park.

Stands
Griffin Park, with all its charm, is made up clockwise from the north of the New Road Stand, the Ealing Road Stand, the Braemar Road Stand and the Brook Road Stand to the west. None of the corners are filled in and in fact the Brook Road Stand does not quite fill the width of the pitch.

Away Fans At Griffin Park
Away fans at Brentford are given space in the Brook Road Stand which sits in the western part of the stadium, behind the goal. There are two tiers and an allocation of 1,600, the top tier seating 1000 people and the bottom accommodating 600 fans in a terrace.

Although many fans reliving their past prefer to stand on the lower section, the terraced area, sadly this area offered restricted views for some fans due to support beams in the structure.

The atmosphere inside the ground and the friendly nature of the club both come through on matchday and has led to very positive feedback from most visiting groups.

Ticket Prices
Standard adult single ticket prices for Championship games are split into Category A and Category B games, these depending on the level of opposition and the time of year. Tickets for the former range from £25 to £30 and for the latter £23 to £28. Concessions are offered around the ground for juniors, seniors and the disabled.

Hospitality
Corporate and hospitality guests at Griffin Park are entertained either in the Legends Lounge or the Boardroom. Prices in the former tend to be around £150 per person, per game plus VAT while in the Boardroom they are £216 plus taxes.

All guests can expected special treatment ranging from welcome drinks, a pre-match meal, half-time refreshments and a comfortable seat with the best views in the house.

How To Get To Griffin Park
Griffin Park sits in the heart of west London, right near the north banks of the River Thames and around 7½ miles from Westminster.

As always with stadia in London; Griffin Park is best reached by public transport with the train being the best option in this case. Brentford train station sits just a 5-minute walk from the ground with trains connecting via Waterloo station.

Alternatively the Tube on the Piccadilly Line can take you to South Ealing station which is around a 20-minute walk to the stadium.

Future Developments
Griffin Park as it turns out may not be the long term home of the Bees. In October 2002, Brentford FC announced their plans to move to a 20,000-seater stadium near Kew Bridge, close to their current home. Years of negotiation went by however without ground being broken.
In August 2017 though it was announced that work would start on the new development in 2018, though now with a lower capacity of 17,250 and as a groundshare with rugby union side London Irish.

Deepdale – Preston North End

Preston North End Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.pnefc.net
Address: Preston North End FC, Sir Tom Finney Way, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 6RU
Telephone No: 0344 856 1964
Ticket Office No: 0344 856 1966

General Info
Recognised by many as the oldest continuously used football stadium in the world, Deepdale has been the home of Preston North End since 1878.
As the crowds began to arrive, terraces began to form in the 1890’s and by 1900 over 10,000 people were attending the Lilywhites’ games and more expansion was necessary – the Spion Kop was built and the West Paddock was extended to meet it.

Deepdale stadium

Preston laid a plastic pitch in 1986 and were one of four teams along with Luton Town, Oldham Athletic and QPR to utilise such a surface for commercial gain and to protect against weather, but by the time the fans eventually got their way and the pitch was ripped up it was the last of its kind in use in 1994.

The playing area at Preston is a standard size at 101 metres by 69 metres and is made up of natural grass. While that sort of traditional is admirable, crucially Preston do not have undersoil heating and so growing the grass and keeping fixtures on in particularly cold weather can be a challenge.

Capacity
Just over 23,400 people can attend Preston North End home games and do so in a structure which facilitates noise.

Stands
To the east is the Invincibles Pavilion Stand which runs the length of the field and stands opposite the Sir Tom Finney Stand. The Bill Shankly Kop, named after the famous Liverpool manager and Preston player, is in the north while behind the opposite goal is the Alan Kelly Stand.

Away Fans At Deepdale
Away fans at Deepdale are generally housed in the North Stand, known as the Bill Shankly Kop, with half of the stand (around 3,000 seats) kept for visiting supporters.

The feedback from Deepdale is generally good with the single tier structures ensuring that noise levels are high and the atmosphere competitive throughout the game.

Ticket Prices
Single adult prices at Deepdale for a Championship match range from £24 in the Family Area to £30 in Premium sections. Heavy discounts are offered for Seniors (65 and over), Full-Time Students (22-24) and under-21’s. Under-11’s in fact are charged £1 – £2 for each game, a terrific gesture from the club.

Hospitality
Corporate guests are welcomed into the Guild Lounge, Sir Tom Finney Lounge, Greats’ Room, Invincibles Lounge and the Executive Boxes with prices ranging anywhere from £65 per game plus VAT for an adult, to £995 for 12 guests or £18,000 for the season.

How To Get To Deepdale
Just a mile north east of the centre of Preston is Deepdale Stadium, only 1½ miles by foot and a 30-minute walk from the main train station in the city. Bus routes 5, 6 and 19 run from the city centre towards Deepdale and take only around five minutes.

Trains from Liverpool Lime Street, London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly connect directly with Preston with the journey from the main stations in the north west taking only around 45-60 minutes.

Drivers from the north, south and east can take junction 31 of the M6 and move onto the A59 west. From there, turn onto the A5085 (Blackpool Road) and the stadium will appear on your left. From the west the A583 and the A5085 (both Blackpool Road) will connect you to the stadium.

Future Developments
With the plans to redevelop Deepdale now complete and the capacity up to 23,000 there are no current plans to further modernise, extend or redevelop the stadium.

KCOM Stadium – Hull City

Hull City Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.hullcitytigers.com
Address: Hull City Football Club, KCOM Stadium, West Park, Hull, HU3 6HU
Telephone No: 01482 504 600
Ticket Office No: 01482 358 418

General Info
Although synonymous with the Tigers as far as football fans are concerned, the KCOM Stadium is actually a multi-purpose arena which was completed at a cost of £44million back in 2002.KCOM StadiumThe stadium is owned in full by Hull City Council and managed by SMC with football games featuring Hull City and rugby league games featuring Hull FC both hosted here.

To be able to handle the rigours of a multi-purpose venue, the pitch at the KCOM is made up of a mixture of natural grass and the now popular synthetic fibres which are woven through at the very bottom of the surface to improve the overall look and feel of the playing area.

That area measures a slightly shorter than standard 104 metres by a wider than normal 78 metres and is served in the winter months by an undersoil heating system.

Capacity
Over 25,000 people can gain access to the KCOM on matchdays.

Stands
The stadium is essentially made up of the North and South Stands behind each goal with the East and West Stands running the length of the pitch. The KCOM is a bowl however and so all stands join up in the corners with the West Stand the one to have an upper tier and playing host to directors, corporate guests and the players.

Away Fans At The KCOM Stadium
The north-east corner of the KCOM is used to house away fans with a lowish standard allocation of 1,300 tickets. This can be increased at times to 2,600 for certain games.

Given the stadium’s modernity it isn’t surprising that feedback as regards seat pitch, food, drink and service tend to all be positive with the concourse areas noted as being particularly large.

Ticket Prices
As is the modern way, Hull’s ticket prices are staggered but they do it in a very simplistic way easy to follow for all fans. Games are tiered into Category A, B or C games while the seats around the ground are simply placed into Zone 1, 2 or 3 depending on how good they are.

Single adult matchday tickets then for Category A games in Zones 1, 2 and 3 are £24/£27/£30. For Category B this is £18/£24/£27 and for Category C £12/£18/£24. Concessions are also offered for younger and older visitors.

Hospitality
A range of restaurants and suites can accommodate corporate or hospitality guests for anywhere between £1,000 and £2,000 for the whole season. Executive Boxes offer a whole different level of service and are priced at £14,000 for the season (all prices plus VAT) though for match-by-match prices you will need to contact the club directly.

How To Get To The KCOM
The KCOm Stadium sits only a mile west of the city centre and the main train station serving Hull, around a 20-minute walk for most people. Many major cities connect with Hull via rail, especially Leeds.

Buses serve the area well and run to Anlaby Road while drivers may take the M64 motorway before following the A63 towards the city of Hull. Exit the A63 following signs for Local Traffic and Infirmary before seeing signs for the KCOM Stadium.

Future Developments
In terms of the playing area, stands and regular facilities there are no immediate plans to modernise or develop what is still a pretty new stadium, though the management company running the stadium are thought to want a 32,000 capacity before long.

Hillsborough – Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.swfc.co.uk
Address: Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, Hillsborough, Sheffield, S6 1SW
Telephone No: 0370 020 1867
Ticket Office No: 0370 020 1867 (option 1) or ticketenquiries@swfc.co.uk

General Info
The famous Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield has been home to Sheffield Wednesday since opening in 1899. Although also hosting internationals during World Cup 1966 and Euro 96, Hillsborough is known best as the home of the Owls.

Hillsborough Stadium

Undersoil heating is deployed beneath part synthetic pitch, the playing area of which measures 106 metres by 69 metres.

Capacity
Currently 34,800 fans are permitted entry as a maximum on safety grounds, though even as an all-seater the ground is in theory capable of hosting 39,700 people.

Stands
Simply put; Hillsborough is made up of the North, South East and West Stands though the West is also known as the Leppings Lane End and the East as the Kop.

Away Fans At Hillsborough
The West Stand of Hillsborough tends to be the temporary home of visiting supporters, known now as the Leppings Lane End, a poignant part of the stadium for reasons football fans will know all too well.

The standard allocation in here is around 3,700 which is fairly generous and occupies the upper-tier, though for certain cup games are derbies the lower tier can be used by away fans making the total allocation around 6,000.

The atmosphere tends to be good and it’s nice to visit a famous stadium however the negatives outweigh these factors, namely the old structure having support beams which obstruct views of the game and the concourse being less than inviting with its steel mesh food and drink hatches.

Ticket Prices
Sheffield Wednesday’s matchday ticket pricing is more staggered than with other Championship clubs. Not only are tickets priced differently in three parts of the ground; Kop, South Stand, North Stand & Grandstand, but also their tiered pricing goes all the way from Category A games right down to Category G.

Category G-A in the Kop then for a single adult match ticket is £20 – £42. In the North and Grandstand this is £20 – £45 and in the South Stand £20 – £49. This means an increase of up to 145% for the same seat depending on the level of opposition which seems a harsh pricing structure for a club a long time out of the Premier League.

Hospitality
Various executive boxes and lounges are available to book seats in around the stadium with packages offering the best food and drink along with the best seats in the house. A hostess is on hand to tend to your needs and half-time refreshments and a bar are offered to make sure you watch the football in style.

Those interested in hospitality at Sheffield Wednesday should contact the club directly or download a brochure to find out which package will suit and what the final price will be.

How To Get To Hillsborough
Hillsborough sits in the north-west of Sheffield and unusually for a football ground, the train is not the best way to reach it. The main train station in Sheffield is a good 3½ mile drive away so walking is not an option for most fans, though the Supertram can be caught at various points in the city.

Taking the tram on the yellow line in the direction of Middlewood, fans can jump off at Leppings Lane before facing a walk of just a few minutes to the stadium.

Many buses serve the area while drivers should head north of Sheffield on the A61 where the stadium will become visible on the left hand side.

Future Developments
There are no current plans to modernise, redevelop or extend Hillsborough and in fact back in April 2017 the club were forced to reduce the capacity of the stadium from 39,700 to 34,800 on safety grounds.

Loftus Road – QPR

QPR Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.qpr.co.uk
Address:Queens Park Rangers FC, Loftus Road Stadium, South Africa Road, London, W12 7PG
Telephone No: 0208 743 0262
Ticket Office No:08444 777 007

General Info
Loftus Road Stadium in west London has been home to Queens Park Rangers FC since 1917, though the stadium has been in existence since 1904 when it was used by Shepherd’s Bush FC.

Famously, QPR and Loftus Road were one of four clubs and stadiums to employ plastic pitches in the 80’s along with Preston, Oldham and Luton Town. The R’s ditched their artificial surface in 1988 having played on it for seven years.

Loftus Road Stadium

The ground was shared with rugby union side London Wasps between 1996 and 2002 and with Fulham FC from 2002 to 2004. Other sports have played here including boxing as well as international football matches, however Loftus Road will always be synonymous with QPR.

Undersoil heating is deployed beneath what is an all natural grass surface. The playing area itself measures a relatively tight 102 metres by 66 metres.

Capacity
Just under 18,500 fans are permitted into Loftus Road these days, given the stadium’s very small overall size and the fact that only seating is allowed.

Stands
The South Africa Road Stand to the north houses the corporate guests and directors as well as the players tunnel etc. To the west of that is the School End, the upper tier of which is only for away fans. To the south lies the Ellerslie Road Stand and finally in the east behind the goal is the Loftus Road Stand, the lower section of which is the designated family area.

Away Fans At Loftus Road
Supporters arriving at Loftus Road for QPR away are put in the School End with a standard allocation of around 1,800 for league games. This can be increased to 2,500 if the demand is high and the home end is not sold out.

When this happens the whole of the School End is taken by visiting supporters, a structure which is the smallest around the ground but often generates the most noise.

Ticket Prices
As is the case all over, QPR stagger their prices based not only on which part of the stadium you sit but also on the level of opposition and interest in the specific game. Seats are split into Gold/Silver/Bronze and are priced for a single adult at £34/£29/£26 for Category A games and at £33/£28/£25 for Category B games. Concessions are offered for older and younger fans as well as disabled visitors to Loftus Road.

Hospitality
Corporate and hospitality guests are welcomed into the W12 and CClub, as well as the Executive Boxes on matchday with a range of packages available. Interest parties should contact the club directly to find out prices game-by-game or for a whole season.

How To Get To Loftus Road
Standing in Shepherd’s Bush, Loftus Road is around two miles from Hyde Park and is accessed easily by the underground. White City Tube station (Central Line), Wood Lane (Hammersmith & City Line) and Shepherd’s Bush Market (Circle Line) are all around a 10-minute walk from the stadium.

Many buses serve the area, though driving yourself is not recommended. If you do wish to travel by car however simply turn off from the A50 at White City, south onto Wood Lane and then right onto South Africa Road where the stadium will come into view.

Future Developments
With Loftus Road deemed as unsuitable for the long term, QPR are looking into the possibility of moving to a new stadium on the site of the Linford Christie Athletics Stadium in White City. A capacity of 30,000 is mooted for the project.