Hillsborough Stadium has been the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club since it opened in 1899 and currently has a capacity of 39,732. The stadium was officially opened as the Owlerton Stadium on the 2nd September 1899, with Wednesday defeating Chesterfield 5-1.
The Owlerton Stadium hosted its first FA Cup semi-final in 1912 between West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn Rovers, going on to host 34 semi-finals with the last being in 1997 as Middlesbrough beat Chesterfield 3-0. The stadium underwent a renovation project in 1913 and a year later was renamed Hillsborough.
A record crowd of 72,841 watched Wednesday face Manchester City in an FA Cup Quarter-final on the 17th February 1934.
The first international match at Hillsborough was a British Home Championship fixture between England and Scotland, with England winning 5-4. The second came 42 years later as England drew 1-1 in a UEFA Euro 1964 qualifier. The stadium would host three group matches at the 1966 FIFA World Cup, involving Argentina, Spain, Switzerland and West Germany. The Germans returned for a quarter-final in which they defeated Uruguay 4-0.
The first of two EFL Cup Final replays were played at Hillsborough in 1977 as Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Everton. The second was 20 years later with Leicester City defeating Middlesbrough 1-0.
In 1989, the stadium was the scene of the worst stadium disaster in English sporting history during an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest as 96 Liverpool fans tragically lost their lives. The subsequent inquiry, led to major safety improvements across stadiums throughout the United Kingdom that led to a large number becoming all-seater.
Hillsborough became an all-seater stadium in the early 1990s and would host three group matches at UEFA Euro 1996. They all featured Denmark as the holders drew 1-1 with Portugal, lost 3-0 to Croatia before defeating Turkey 3-0.
Tickets at Hillsborough Stadium
Sheffield Wednesday Tickets
Sheffield Wednesday tickets for the 2021/2022 season ranged from:
- Adults – £20 to £32
- Concessions (Over 65s & 17-20) – £10 to £22
- Under 17s – £5 to £15
- Under 11s – £5 to £10
- Under 5s – £5
Tickets are available to purchase from the Owls Megastore (10.00am to 4.00pm), online here or by telephone on 03700 201867.
Hillsborough Stadium Tour
Sheffield Wednesday offer stadium tours of Hillsborough, which uniquely usually only take place on matchdays. Booking and future tours is available on the official website here.
Location & Travel to Hillsborough Stadium
Hillsborough Stadium is located in the suburb of Owlerton, approximately three miles northwest 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 7, 8, 18, 86, 97 and 98.
Coach: The Sheffield Interchange is the main bus station in the city, located within the city centre and approximately three miles from the stadium. Bus number 53 to Ecclesfield runs to the ground every 10 minutes .
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 36, follow signs to Sheffield on the A61 for 8 miles and you will see the stadium on the right. Unfortunately there is no parking at the stadium on match days but there are some unofficial car parks nearby.
Train: Sheffield Train Station is located approximately three miles from the stadium, with bus number 53 or 77 running to the ground every 10 minutes from the bus station across the road. 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: Leppings Lane on the yellow line of the Sheffield Supertram is located next to the ground, or alternatively Hillsborough station on the blue line is a 10 minute walk away through Hillsborough Park.