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BRAMALL LANE
 
Bramall Lane has been a League ground for 128 seasons;
from July 1st, 1892 to the current day .

Bramall Lane was the 23rd
ground to be used for a League game.

Current Capacity 32,702

Year opened 1889

 
GROUND HISTORY adapted from "The Ultimate Directory of English & Scottish Football League Grounds"
 
The venue opened in 1854 initially as a cricket ground and became the headquarters for Yorkshire CCC in 1863. It rapidly became the focus of a number of sports in the area with cricket, bowls, lacrosse, tennis, cycling and athletics taking place as well as football which made its debut at the arena on December 29th, 1862 with a match between Hallam and Sheffield FCs.

The football-playing branch of Wednesday CC (one of the summer occupiers of the ground) used Bramall Lane on many occasions from 1868 and during the 1880s the facilities included a covered stand on the north side, terracing on the west side and a new pavilion on the south side. Wednesday FC moved to the Olive Grove in 1887 and with Yorkshire CCC moving their headquarters to Headingley, the Ground Committee quickly formed their own club, Sheffield United FC, to utilize the venue.

Two stands were constructed in the 1890s, a cover over the narrow terracing on the east side and a 2,000 seat replacement at the north end, the latter itself being replaced in 1902 by a 3,000 seat stand and paddock following a fire in 1900. Further developments in the early 1900s included the covering of the west end, linking up with the north stand, and, following the destruction of its roof in 1903, the enlargement and terracing of the east end. By this time all the covered accommodation was near the football pitch at the north end of the ground, whilst the southern end, which still accommodated standing spectators was uncovered and somewhat remote from the action.

Just prior to WWII the east end was roofed (only at the north end!) and the record attendance of 68,287 was set at the FA Cup 5th Round tie v. Leeds United (3-1) on February 15th, 1936. During hostilities the ground suffered bomb damage with the destruction of half of the north stand and the cover over the east end and, although the latter was re-roofed in 1948, it was not until 1954 that the north stand saw full restoration.

Although a new stand was constructed at the west end in 1966 it was in the 1970s that the greatest changes were undertaken when the cricket club was given notice to quit. The last County Championship match at Bramall Lane was played on August 7th, 1973 and within two years a new all seated south stand was constructed on the cricket square, finally enclosing the football pitch some 75 years after Sheffield United first took to the field.

Subsequent improvements include the installation of seats and re-roofing of the east end and a new 7,000 seat stand on the north side. In 2007 the south and west stands were joined by an in-fill giving an all-seated capacity of 33,000 at the start of the 2007/8 season. The pitch size was 113 x 72 yards.

 

GROUND DETAILS adapted from "The Extreme Groundhoppers Guide"
 
Ground address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Main phone number: 0871 995 1899
Ticket office: 0871 995 1889
Ticket prices: Adults Ł34 (B Ł25) (C Ł10), Concessions Ł24 (B Ł18) (C Ł5), Under 16's Ł12 (B Ł10) (C Ł5)
 
If driving to ground: North Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and take the third exit at the Barnsley Roundabout onto the A61 through one roundabout into Sheffield City Centre. Then at Shalesmoor roundabout take the third exit onto Netherthorpe Road which is the ring road around the western side of the city centre. Take the second exit at the next two roundabouts and at the third roundabout take the third exit at St Mary’s roundabout onto Bramall Lane. The ground is a short way down on the left. South Leave M1 at Junction 33 and take the first exit onto A630 till Castlebreck where it joins the A57 and carries on till Sheffield City Centre. On reaching the inner ring road keep in the left hand lane then at Park Square Roundabout take the third exit into Sheaf Street follow this onto the one way system and at the bottom of Sutton Road get into the right hand lane and take a right into St Mary’s Road go past Pure Gym then at St Marys roundabout take the first exit and follow the signs for A621 Bakewell, the ground is about a 400 yards down Bramall Lane. The best place to Park is at Meadowhall Railway Station, near to the Shopping Centre, just by Junction 34 of the M1, which is free, then take the Supertram to Granville Road and then walk to the ground which is about 10 minutes. You walk straight on at the first set of lights and carry on down St Marys Road till the roundabout then take a left and walk down to the ground.
 
If using Public Transport: The walk to Bramall Lane from Sheffield station is twelve minutes. As you come out of the station, walk left along the main road. Where the road splits take the right fork which is Shoreham Street and continue at St Mary’s Road cross over and down this road to the ground. The bus for the ground is the 252 TM Travel from Pond Street/Howard Street it drops you of at Bramall Lane its 3 minute walk up to the ground
 
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