Villa Park Stadium General Info
Villa Park is one of the most recognisable football stadiums in England. It was completed in 1897 and has been the home to the Villans ever since.
Having previously played at Wellington Road, Aston Villa moved into what was the Aston Lower Grounds in 1897 and over the subsequent 121 years have made plenty of changes to the site. The club as of now has planning permission to redevelop it’s North Stand which will increase capacity to 50,000, much more in keeping with modern Premier League stadia should their long term future be in the top flight.
Until they were all played at Wembley, Villa Park was a traditional FA Cup semi-final host for many years and has also hosted the Community Shield and League Cup final.
The pitch at Villa park measures the standard 105 metres by 68 metres and is made up of both synthetic fibres and natural turf, as is the modern way. Undersoil heating is utilised by the club to ensure games are not called off due to cold weather.
Villa Park Capacity
Currently just under 42,700 fans can cram into Villa Park, though this may once again increase in the future should the club get back to the Premier League and stay there.
The famous Holte End stands behind one of the goals, opposite to the North Stand. To the east of that is the Doug Ellis Stand while on the opposite side is the Trinity Road Stand.
Away Fans At Villa Park
Away supporters generally sit in the Doug Ellis Stand over on the east side of the ground with an allocation of around 3,000 generally. When the full allocation is in use, away fans are housed in two tiers of the stand above and below corporate hospitality though for smaller visiting congregations only the upper section is used.
This becomes a problem in some cases as fans have fed back that the upper concourse is tighter and sees bigger queues for drinks etc than the lower tier.
Single adult matchday tickets generally start from £20 at Villa Park for a Championship match and range up to £33, fairly competitive for a club of this size. Concessions are always offered at the ground also for disabled, older and younger supporters as well as family packages for around £55.
Hospitality guests can book season-long package deals, though match-by-match entries are also allowed with the Doug Ellis Boxes, the 82 Lounge and Restaurant, the Heineken Lounge, Trinty Executive Boxes and the Director’s Club all offering packages at varying prices depending on what it ordered and what game is being played.
How To Get To Villa Park
Villa Park stands in the north of Birmingham, around 2½ miles from the city centre and can be accessed by numerous bus routes.
By car you can take the M6 motorway, leaving at junction 6 before following signs for the A38 and then A5127 before seeing signs which will take you to Villa Park.
Public transport is usually best on matchdays however with the stadium reachable by train via Aston or Witton stations, both of which connect to Birmingham New Street station in the city. Aston is a 15-minute walk from the ground while Witton is only 5 minutes away on foot.
Villa’s owner has held meetings with Birmingham City council and hopes to begin work on modernising Villa Park in 2018, especially the North Stand, with the plans meaning an extension to capacity making the overall around 50,000.