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Iconic Stadiums – Villa Park

Iconic Stadium – Villa Park

Situated a mile to the North of Birmingham City Centre, Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club since 1897, is one of the UK’s most cherished football stadia. The iconic, symmetrical red brick façade of the Holte End, with its two staircases leading up to the turnstiles, is one of the most famous exteriors in European football.

Outside London, Villa Park has long been the English Football Association’s go-to venue, hosting the most FA Cup semi-finals, 55 in total, as a neutral venue, as well as matches during the 1966 World Cup, and Euro ’96. 

Historical Design

The current capacity of 43,682 ranks it as the 8th largest stadium in the Premier League, and the closeness of the crowd to the playing surface ensures a fantastic atmosphere during the matches. As with so many of the historic football stadiums of British football, renowned architect Archibald Leitch played a significant part in making Villa Park such an iconic venue. In fact when he completed his work in 1924 it was widely considered to be the jewel in his crown. The main Trinity Road Stand was palatial, and included stained glass windows, murals, and the first restaurant at
any British football ground. This part of the ground has undergone radical change, and the original fascia was replaced at the start of the 21st century with a huge glass and steel structure, which extends over Trinity Road itself. Although a necessity in terms of expanding the stadium, and increasing box office revenue, the demolition was met with sadness in many quarters, as one of the finest examples of stadium architecture was torn down.

Modernisation throughout the years

The redesign and expansion of Villa Park mostly came under the tenure of the late Sir Doug Ellis, who had two spells as Chairman, from 1968-1975, and again from 1982-2006. His decisions were not always well-received by the Villa faithful, but the current stadium, with its restaurants and hospitality boxes is testament to his vision for the club. The current owners are keen to build on his legacy, with planning permission in place for a redevelopment of the land behind the North Stand, to create an entertainment and retail space, as well as changes to the Doug Ellis Stand and Holte End, which will increase the capacity to over 50,000 over the coming years.

Easily accessed by rail from Birmingham City Centre, Villa Park is well worth a visit. We have a private box in the Doug Ellis Stand, overlooking the pitch, for groups of 8 guests; and also fine dining hospitality packages in the Directors Club, part of the redeveloped Trinity Road Stand. Give us a call on 01454 201210 to discuss your requirements, or check out the package information here.








Give Us a call on 01454 201210 or email to see how we can help you.


Churchill Barn, The Street, Olveston, Bristol, BS35 4DR United Kingdom

01454 201210


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