Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough

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Hillsborough Sheffield WednesdayHillsborough Stadium has been the home of Sheffield Wednesday since 1899.

It is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of just under 40,000. Hillsborough has missed out on the investment of some other clubs, but remains a ground full of character.

The large, two-tier South Stand dates back to 1914 and is a testimony to architect Archibald Leitch as it does not look out of place in the 21st century. Opposite is the single-tiered North Stand, opened in 1961.

The Spion Kop at the East end of the ground was formerly a very large, banked terrace. Seats were installed in 1993. The two-tier West Stand was opened in 1966, in time for Hillsborough to host World Cup games. The upper tier of this stand, at the Leppings Lane End, is customarily allocated to visiting fans. Outside the ground is a memorial to the fans that died at the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi-final of 1989.

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How to get to Hillsborough

By Road
hillsborough stadium directionsFor satnav purposes, the stadium is located at Hillsborough, Leppings Lane, Sheffield S6 1SW.

Drivers arriving from the North are advised to follow the M1 as far as junction 36, exiting onto the A61. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit to Sheffield (North). Having passed through one roundabout, take the 3rd exit at the next onto Leppings Lane. This is not the shortest route to the ground, but this is certainly the easiest and avoids traffic congestion in the city centre.

Northbound drivers can use junction 34 of the M1, exiting onto the A6178. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, following the A6178 towards Sheffield (Centre). After passing through one roundabout, turn right at the A6102 and follow it through 3 roundabouts. Turn right at Herries Road and follow it through one roundabout into Leppings Lane.


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By Rail
sheffield train stationSheffield Railway Station is situated in the town centre, some 3 miles from the ground. A good method of getting to the ground is the South Yorkshire “Supertram” service, which is signed from the station. The tram for Middlewood stops at Leppings Lane, just a stone’s throw from the ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air
The nearest airport is Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport. There is also Manchester International, about 30 miles from Sheffield. It offers frequent rail and coach connections to Sheffield city centre. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Sheffield that can take you to and from Hillsborough. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

hillsborough parkingLimited on-street parking is available for early arrivals. There are also several unofficial car parks on the A61 which offer parking at a reasonable cost. At the ground, there is the “Wednesdayite” car park located behind the Spion Kop, which is open to home and away fans. Some fans have recommended the “Park and Ride” service which operates from Meadowhall, near junction 34 of the M1. The tram ride to Hillsborough takes about 30 minutes.

Away Friendly Pubs near Hillsborough

pubs near hillsborough stadiumAway friendly pubs near the ground are virtually non-existent. Many visiting fans have recommended pubs on the A61 for a pre-match drink, including The Red Lion and The Norfolk Arms. En route to the stadium from the city centre, The New Barrack Inn is reported to offer an excellent welcome to visiting fans. The New Bridge Inn, on Penniston Road, has also received several favourable reports. The Wadsley Jack and The Rose & Crown, both on Rural Lane, offer a warm welcome, but are a good 20-minute walk from the ground. No alcohol is available to visiting fans inside the ground.

Hotels near Hillsborough

holiday inn sheffieldThe 4-star Holiday Inn Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, Royal Victoria, Sheffield S4 7YE is centrally located, just over half a mile from Sheffield railway station. It has received numerous excellent guest reviews. Guestroom facilities include satellite TV, direct-dial ‘phone and a safe, while the hotel offers a fitness and health club. Free on-site parking is provided. jurys inn sheffield

The 3-star Jurys Inn Sheffield, 119 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QW is a slightly cheaper alternative, but also offers a central location. It is fully air-conditioned, including public areas. Guests have found it excellent value for money. Nearby parking is available.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Hillsborough?

away fans sheffield wednesdayGenerally, visiting fans have been impressed with Hillsborough, in terms of size, layout and character, though many have remarked that its age is beginning to show. However, most have found the seating spacious with excellent legroom, though a few supporting pillars can obscure the view of play. The majority of away fans have found the atmosphere inside the ground excellent, though this tends to vary from game to game.

The major downside reported is the inadequacy of the catering facilities, which leads to enormous queues. The food served is reported to be of poor quality and many fans were disappointed by the club’s refusal to serve alcohol to visitors.

Your comments about Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough


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  1. Bradley Phillips

    Disappointing ground. Was expecting the “traditional, marvelous” stadium mentioned above but all I got was a rusting old ground with poor facilities and no atmosphere. No parking, hard to access and a rubbish away stand. 1.5/5


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  3. pete

    if you have taste buds and like a proper pint then the hillsborough hotel is a must.it is halfway between town and the stadium and is on the tram route.the beer is brewed in there own micro brewery and is great.away fans in small numbers are also welcome,recommended.


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  5. Will McCormack

    Nice traditional ground, but showing it’s age a bit! No atmosphere from the home fans and obstructive and annoying stewards but a worthwile day out with a 4-2 victory!


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  7. Toby smith

    Best ground i’ve visited, full of history and tradition with welcoming stewards and home supporters. Fantastic atmosphere, the team should be much higher up the footballing ladder.


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  9. jk

    Disapointing ground, showing its age and poor facilities for a ‘bigger club’.
    Stewards were friendly and helpful, poor food/drink choice and service.
    View was ok, the two posts didn’t cause too much of an obstruction.
    If the weather is ok then the park by the ground is a good choice as you won’t get in a pub close to the ground.

    Also the long awaited Hillsborough memorial is a poor tribute to the 96 fans that lost thier lives, it should replicate the ‘eternal flame’ that glows at Anfield at the very least!


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  11. Hoyland Common WMC

    Hoyland Common WMC – Located 5 minutes from Junction 36 M1

    Only 15 Minutes from Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Rotherham & Barnsley Football grounds

    Fully Air conditioned / Outside Area

    All parties must book through secretary at least 48 hours before arrival

    Please call Mick on 01226 742402


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  13. James Bannon

    enjoyed the day out in sheffield, first time at the ground after seeing it on tv games from the past hundreds of times, it seems the three home ends are up to date (and very big) but the away end needs updating and a lic of paint, atmosphere was good and cant believe they are this low down, hope the new chairman improves the away stand however, all in all though still one of the best and well known grounds in the country.


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  15. Mr. D . Wilson

    Not only the premier stadium in Sheffield but the best in Yorkshire . 4,000 away fans in the 7,000 capacity away end and the home end sold out weeks ago ,so a massive League One gate of over 36,000. Home fans Loyal and loud with some great songs.


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  17. Chris Hall

    My experience of Hillsborough will be slightly different being a blade. I’ve visited as an away supporter 3 times, getting a win, a loss and a draw.

    The stadium is a good old-fashioned ‘proper football ground’ and on steel city derby day the atmosphere is unreal.
    The food and drink facilities aren’t the greatest but I had worse at the Millennium Stadium!

    The transport in our city is excellent and Hillsborough, as far out of the city as it is, probably has better transport links than Bramall Lane.

    Admittedly, after seeing ‘The Lane’ get re-developed over the last few years, it would be nice for Wednesday to start work updating the ground a bit, especially the away end. But overall the Stadium and city are well worth the visit.


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  19. Steven Smith

    I visited hillsborough on the day they got promoted back to the championship where a club of that size should be possible higher! i mainly went to watch the club get promoted which i thought they would beat the smaller club in sheffield too. I had a few drinks in the city centre before it on right after the castle square tram stop, the supertram link is the best way to get the ground, i didnt experience the away end because we was in the corner which had a great view! the ground was bouncing from start to finish i would go again anyday!


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  21. Fisher

    As a Ross County Fan living in Sheffield for 10 years now I have no particular allegiance to either club. What I would say is that the fans view of their clubs is that they are far larger than they are in reality. When visiting Hillsborough I found the ground to be rather tired. While I do favour traditional grounds like Hillsborough and Bramall Lane I think the ownership of Wednesday could well learn from their City rivals who have managed to maintain the traditional feeling of the ground while updating it in keep with the times.

    If I were recommending a visit to either of the grounds I would have to say Bramall Lane is the best option. While both teams achieve similar size crowds on a week by week basis the 40000seats of Hillsborough often feel very empty while the 33000 at Bramall Lane feel much fuller. Perhaps promotion will stir the Owls support this year but Owls support has been very mediocre in comparison to the Blades fans. Bramall Lane is also only 10mins from the central train station and this gives many more options for shopping eating and drinking. On a positive side for Hillsborough I would have to say that depending on who is visiting Bramall lane can be slightly intimidating for away fans. The games I might include are Wednesday, Forrest, Leeds, and Barnsley.


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    • Dan

      Hillsborough is great – to anybody who says that Bramall Lane has more atmosphere or character needs their eyes testing!

      As a Leeds fan, I’ve been to Hillsborough five times, Bramall Lane three times, and I have to say that Hillsborough overshadows it in everything other than the view of the pitch! It’s a great old stadium – showing its age, and in need of modernization yes, but the character it has is great! It reminds me a lot of Elland Road – not perfect but bloody interesting to go and watch football in.

      I also have to comment on the atmosphere – because it is such a huge stadium, making a lot of noise can be difficult but Wednesdayites, as much as I’m not keen on them, make a lot of noise. Credit where it’s due – Hillsborough is a very good stadium overall.


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  23. mark moorhouse

    great big old ground with lots of history a world cup been played there in 1966 also euro 96 and 28 fa cup semi finals. also 2 league cup final replays played there.record gate of over 72,000 for me its the best ground ive been to great atmosphere.the team should be in the premier league.but was in league in season 2011-2012 and still got a 36 and 38,000 support.one of the great grounds in england from west ham happy hammer.


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  25. steve banks

    I went to the last match of the season and when sheff wed was going to get promoted the home fans where bouncing and great atmosphere even though we lost a great day out and a lovley match.


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  27. bob fields

    A very big ground.Great Fanbase its a Premier League set up.Very easy to get to on the Sheffield tram nice pubs in Hillsborough.But the poiice are abit on top in Yorkshire .Not to far from the city center around 3 miles.Well worth going to One of my Fav Away Grounds,The Sheff Wed fans make lots of Noise and in my view Hillsborough alot better than the other ground in the city Bramall lane. from a chelseas fan


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  29. bob fields

    One of my All time Fav Gound with the great History its had 28 fa cup semi finals,a World cup played there in 1966 and 2 league cup final replays also euro 96 was played there to,Its a very big ground 3 miles outside of the city center but easy to get to on the sheffield tram takes you bang outside Leppings Lane away end,Also theres great shops and pubs in Hillsborough,for me its a Premier League set up,The Atmosphere is rocking and the Sheff Wed fans get behind there team.for me Hillsborough Better than Bramall Lane as the Sheff Wed have more fans than sheff utd and alot better at getting behind there team,From a Chelsea fan.CFC.


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  31. SC

    Honest opinion from a life long Owl (first game 1985 v Liverpool 1v1)

    I love my ground and have seen some cracking games over the years, though it has its faults.

    The Atmosphere is something special (particularly on Sheffield Derby days) other Derbys aren’t bad either but in our eyes there is only one derby match!

    Yes the ground is dated and in places looks shabby. Not securing the World Cup halted a massive re development plan.

    Inside, the view is pretty much spot on. i appreciate the pillars on the Kop and Leppings Lane end don’t help. SWFC looked at removing the pillars at both ends back in the day, but apparently due to the earth content, it wasn’t financially viable to make the stands pillar free.

    Catering and beer offering does vary depending what stand your in. As a North Stand Season Ticket Holder I don’t use the catering facilities as I’m not into drinking lager out of a plastic bottle and being charged the best part of £3.50 for it. Food is the usual and is pretty uninspiring. If you like eating do it before or after the match. I don’t like slagging off my club but the catering in general from the staff (McDonald drop outs) to the food and value IS A JOKE.

    For away supporters coming via train: easy option is to take the 5 minute walk from the station into town where you get all the expected watering holes from a large city. In fact the Sheffield Tap (located within the Sheffield Train Station) is a good starter offering real ale/lager etc.

    From town jump on a tram ( takes 15mins) and drops you off 2mins walk from the away end. Worse case £6.00 in a cab, wouldn’t even contemplate messing with a bus.

    Finally I would add that I totally appreciate why we haven’t invested in the ground. We was on the edge of going out of business until MM saved us. End of the day I’d rather have a club and a half decent team before posh seats and £m in debt. Though some tarting up doesn’t have to cost the earth???

    If you haven’t been to Hillsborough before then make the trip over.


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  33. Rangers FC 1872

    Old traditional stadium but certainly showing its age. Home fans we’re very disappointing due to the lack of atmosphere. £2.10 FOR A COCA COLA! very expenisve and the quality of the food was poor. Stewards we’re good as they let us stand towards the back of the upper tier. Worth a visit because it’ll easily be a win! Police and stewards search you on the way in and YOU NEED A FIRE CERTIFICATE FOR ANY FLAGS!!! make sure you have this… they also will stop you if you are a away fan and ask a few questions.


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  35. joseph berry

    the staduim looks good bit old i want to go and watch leicester play there ive been loooking at the ground sice june i think 🙂 there away end seems nice seating not standing food looks a rip off that whot put me off ill go there to see leicester win and i hope we do


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  37. Barry

    My visit was in October 2014.
    First directions, although it’s a bit further round even coming from the east (and I guess the south) I found it best to stay on the M1 to junction 35A from there it’s just over a mile to turn left onto the A61 and stay on this all the way to the ground.
    Now car parking, There is a massive area right opposite the ground for several hundred cars.

    The shop, just across from the car park, is very impressive and the walk to the away supporters end is when leaving the shop left along the main road, 1st left (with a chippie on the corner) then left at the end and you’re there.

    The playing area looks one of the widest but not the longest. I was surprised that all four corners of the stadium were open apart from some uncovered seating. The stands are showing signs of age and I felt the board should spend some money to update things. The drinks/snacks counters at the away end were of a good size to minimise queues.
    Atmosphere was OK at best and the seating made me think that locals must be fairly trim with short legs.


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  39. PAUL STANDERWICK

    IT IS A TRADITIONAL STADIUM THAT I THOUGHT I WOULD LIKE TO EXPIRIENCE.

    BUT READING THE ABOVE I HAVE DECIDED TO GIVE IT A MISS.
    TO BE TREATED LIKE A CHILD [ie no alcohol poor quality food and service no dedicated away fans pubs no dedicated transport from the station I dont expect to be treated in this way after travelling from DORSET TO WATCH MY TEAM].
    I’D SOONER GO TO MILLWALL

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