Bramall Lane

Bramall Lane is a football stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is the home of EFL Championship club Sheffield United. As the largest stadium in Sheffield during the 19th century, it hosted most of the city's most significant matches including the final of the world's first football tournament, first floodlit match and several matches between the Sheffield and London Football Associations that led to the unification of their respective rules. It was also used by Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield F.C. for major matches. It has been the home of Sheffield United since the club's establishment in 1889. It is the oldest major stadium in the world still to be hosting professional association football matches.[2][3]

Bramall Lane
Bramall Lane in 2003
LocationHighfield
Sheffield
S2 4SU
Coordinates53°22′13″N 1°28′15″W
Public transit Granville Road/The Sheffield College or Park Grange Croft
OwnerSheffield United F.C.
Capacity32,050[1]
Field size101 by 68 metres (110.5 by 74.4 yd)[1]
SurfaceDesso GrassMaster
Construction
Broke ground1855
Opened30 April 1855
Renovated1966 (Bramall Lane Stand built)
1975 (South Stand built)
1991 (Kop seated)
1994 (all-seated)
1996 (John St Stand rebuilt)
2006 (concourses in Bramall Lane Stand redeveloped)
Expanded2001 (Kop Corner built)
2006 (Westfield Health Stand built)
Architect(John St Stand) Ward McHugh Associates
Tenants
Yorkshire CCC (1855–1893)

Sheffield F.C. (1873-1884)

Sheffield United (1889–present)
Ground information
International information
Only Test3 July 1902:
 England v  Australia
As of 1 January 2017
Source: Cricinfo

The stadium was built on a Sheffield road named after the Bramall family (who were file and graver manufacturers). The Bramalls owned The Old White House on the corner of Bramall Lane and Cherry Street, and subsequently built the Sheaf House, now a public house that still stands at the top of Bramall Lane. The stadium originally opened as a cricket ground. It was used for football games in the 19th century by Sheffield F.C. and Sheffield Wednesday, but since 1889 has been the home of Sheffield United.

Bramall Lane is one of only two grounds (the other being the Oval) which has hosted England football internationals (five games prior to 1930), an England cricket test match (a single Test, in 1902, against Australia) and an FA Cup Final (the 1912 replay, in which Barnsley beat West Bromwich Albion, 1–0). It also regularly hosted FA Cup semi-finals and replays between 1889 and 1938.

The ground has also hosted rugby league games for the Sheffield Eagles,[4] and has also been selected to host England v Greece in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.[5] The ground also hosted a Billy Graham Evangelist meeting in 1985, a pair of rock concerts by Bruce Springsteen in 1988 in front of 88,000 people, a friendly match for the 150th anniversary of the world's oldest football club Sheffield F.C., where they played Inter Milan in 2007. Also hosting a Travis Pastrana Motor cross event in 2016, an IBF Welterweight title boxing match featuring Sheffield United fan Kell Brook, in front of 27,000 people in 2017, the Women's League Cup final and a Rod Stewart concert both in 2019. The stadium has also been used several times to host England men's and women's senior and youth teams in friendly and competitive matches.

The record attendance for the ground is 68,287 set at an FA Cup 5th Round tie between Sheffield United and Leeds United on 15 February 1936. The ground was extensively renovated in the wake of the Taylor Report, and has an all-seated capacity of 32,050.[1]