Bramall Lane is the home of Sheffield United Football Club. Opened in 1855 originally as a cricket ground, it is the oldest professional football ground in the world having hosted its first football match in 1862.
The first match was on the 29th December 1862 between Sheffield F.C. and Hallam F.C., finishing in a 0-0 draw. The ground hosted a number of significant moments during this period including the final of the world’s first football tournament (the Youdan Cup in 1867) and the first floodlit football match (1878). Sheffield F.C. and Wednesday Football Club (now Sheffield Wednesday) used the ground during this period for their most important home matches but it wasn’t until 1889 that Sheffield United were formed and became permanent tenants.
Sheffield United’s formation came about after a crowd of 22,688 watched the FA Cup semi-final at Bramall Lane, it was decided to to create a new team based at the ground. A number of FA Cup semi-finals were held at the stadium until 1938, whilst the FA Cup Final replay between Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion was played there in 1912. England played five international matches at Bramall between 1883 and 1930.
Originally opened as a cricket ground, it hosted its first cricket match on the 30th April 1855 between “The Eleven” and “The Twenty Two”. A number of local cricket clubs used the ground and it was the headquarters of Yorkshire County Cricket Club until 1893. A single test match was held there in 1902 as Australia defeated England by 143 runs. Cricket continued to be played at the ground until 1973, when a new South Stand was built over the cricket square with Yorkshire playing their last match their that same year.
A number of subsequent renovations has seen capacity reach its current limit of 32,050. At its peak, a record attendance of 68,287 watched an FA Cup 5th Round tie between Sheffield United and Leeds United in 1936.
The Sheffield Eagles rugby league club have used the stadium for home matches in the past and the England v Greece pool match at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup is due to be held there.
Tickets at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United Tickets
Tickets for Sheffield United matches are available to purchase online or at the ticket office at the stadium. The ticket office is open Monday to Friday (9am-5pm), Saturday (9am-12pm on non-matchday or 9am-half time on matchday).
Location & Travel to Bramall Lane
Bramall Lane is located in the district of Highfield, approximately 1 mile south of Sheffield’s city centre.
Airport: The closest international airport is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, approximately 18 miles from the city centre. The airport mainly serves holiday destinations across the Mediterranean and cities across Eastern Europe.
The X6 is a direct, regular service from Sheffield Interchange to the Airport, with a journey time of approximately 65 minutes. Alternatively, catch the 57a or 57c bus to Doncaster Interchange, walk a few minutes to Doncaster Station and catch a train Sheffield Train Station.
Alternatively, East Midlands Airport is within an hour’s drive whilst there are direct trains to the larger Manchester Airport every hour.
Bus: There are a number of bus services that run the ground including the 47 and 48 (from the Sheffield Interchange), 33, 43, 44/44a or 252 (from Arundel Gate) or 20/20a, 25/25a, 75, 76, 97 and 98 (from the High Street).
Coach: The Sheffield Interchange is the main bus station in the city, located within the city centre and being about a 20 minute walk from the stadium via Shoreham Street. Alternatively take bus service 47 or 48.
Alternatively, Megabus offers cheap travel to Sheffield and offers over 10 routes from Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth and Southampton. You can search and book your tickets here.
Driving & Parking: Exit the M1 motorway at junction 33, follow signs to Sheffield on the A57. Keep going until you reach the Park Square roundabout and take the third exit for the stadium. Unfortunately there is no parking at the stadium on match days and parking within the local area is controlled. The club recommends using the APCOA Car Parking Eyre Street (S1 4QW) which costs £3.50 for all day parking when you show your match ticket.
Train: Sheffield Train Station is located approximately a 15 minute walk from the stadium along Shoreham Street, alternatively take the number 1 or 11 bus. The station is the busiest in South Yorkshire and has services going across the country, including to: Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool Lime Street, London St Pancras, Manchester Piccadilly, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading and Southampton.
Tram: The stadium is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Granville Road (Sheffield College) tram stop.
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Bramall Lane Stadium Tour
Sheffield United offer stadium tours of Bramall Lane, further information is available on the official website here.