|Address||105 Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England|
|Club||Sheffield United F.C.|
|Build Date||30 April 1855|
|Architect||Ward McHugh Associates (John St Stand)|
|Average Attendance||26,854 (Season 2017 – 2018)|
|Record Attendance||68,287 (Sheffield United v Leeds United, 3–1, F.A. Cup fifth round, 15 February 1936)|
|Roof||Completely covering the seats|
|Who is the owner of Bramall Lane?||Sheffield United F.C.|
|Pitch Size||112 x 72 yards|
|Where is Bramall Lane located?||53°22′13″N 1°28′15″W|
|Nickname||Heart of the city|
Bramall Lane’s history is quite extraordinary. It’s not a surprise since I am talking about the world’s oldest stadium which still hosts professional football matches. The ground was broken in 1855 and Yorkshire’s Cricket Team was its first occupant. Sheffield United has been using it as its home ground since 1889. Yorkshire CCC played at Bramall Lane until 1975. The stadium had been renovated quite a few times. Currently Sheffield United has ambitions to increase its capacity even further. They want to have over 44,000 seats in the nearest time.
The legendary stadium which is also known as the “Heart of the city”, was built in the classic English style with four separate stands. However, it currently has two corner infill stands which make its shape unproportioned. It has the following stands:
- The Redbrik Estate Agency Stand (west) aka the Bramall Lane Stand is the oldest existing stand. It has got two tiers. The first tier belongs to the away fans, while the second one is connected to the south-west corner infill.
- The Kop Stand (east) is currently the largest stand. It attracts the most vocal Blades fans and its noise is often referred to as the “Bramall Roar”. The stand is connected to the next one listed below by the Kop Corner (north-east corner infill).
- The John Street Stand (north) is the most family-friendly and wheelchair accessible stand. Tunnel Bar, the Marstons & Malta Executive Suites, and a small club shop are located there.
- Main Stand is also known as the South Stand, the Laver Stand, and the New Stand. It didn’t exist until 1975 due to that the area was used as the cricket pitch’s outfield.
Speaking about the seat categories, each stand has seats belonging to the categories A*, A, and B. For example, your seat can be marked as:
- The Bramall Lane Stand: Category A*, Category A or Category B;
- The Kop Stand: Category A*, Category A or Category B;
- The John Street Stand: Category A*, Category A or Category B;
- Main Stand: Category A*, Category A or Category B.
The status of Bramall Lane Stadium is firm due to its inimitable history. The world’s first ever floodlight match was held at the stadium in 1878. Another record: it’s one of only two stadiums in the world that has hosted the England football international match, the England cricket test match, and the FA Cup Final. This is quite impressive! From time to time, the stadium also hosts rugby games.
If you want to visit a home game of Sheffield United, one of the options is to buy tickets via StubHub. This website is quite popular these days. As for me, it’s an awesome timesaving solution. It always helps me to get tickets to any match at any stadium from anywhere in the world. That’s a great resource for a person who travels a lot or lives abroad. The drawback of this excellent service is the price which is usually more expensive than the official ticket prices.
But of course, you can always use the traditional means to buy tickets for a matchday at Bramall Lane. In order to do this, you can use the following options:
- Buy tickets online at the official platform;
- Order tickets via phone in the United Kingdom – +44 (0) 114 253 7200;
- Go to one of the two little ticket booths located at the stadium entrances.
The approximate ticket prices usually range within the following frames:
- The Bramall Lane Stand: 27-44$;
- The Kop Stand: 27-41$;
- The John Street Stand: 32-47$;
- Main Stand: 32-47$.
Discounts are available to the students, youth under 22, youth under 18, and seniors over 60 years old. Buying the tickets on a matchday is 3$ more expensive compared to the regular prices.
The legendary fortress of the Blades is located only 1 mile to the south from Sheffield’s downtown. Therefore, you can easily find hundreds of accommodations within walking distance from Bramall Lane. As usual, not all of them are equal and each person has his or her own requirements for the hotel rooms. Booking.com provides the greatest number of options in Sheffield with a convenient interface and the ability to sort out what’s necessary. I always use this website myself and I recommend it to my friends. Below you’ll find some good examples of hotels located not far from the stadium in Sheffield.
- Fitzwilliam Street Rooms – costs only 43$ for a double room with Wi-Fi and free cancellation. That’s an incredible deal for every football fan! A fifteen-minute walk in Sheffield before and after the match will help you to feel the atmosphere of the football fest.
- easyHotel Sheffield – is another great accommodation in Sheffield costing only 47$ per night. Yes, for this price you get just a little room but it is super cosy and clean. The location is very centric and it’s just over a mile away from the sports ground.
- Copthorne Hotel Sheffield – is a contemporary 4-star hotel with quite spacious fully-equipped rooms starting at 91$. There is a free gym on site and they have plenty of parking slots. It’s located just next to Bramall Lane so you won’t be disappointed with this choice.
- Jurys Inn Sheffield – is a lovely hotel for 119$ located in the heart of Sheffield and half a mile away from the stadium. Nice, clean, and modern rooms are equipped with absolutely all necessary facilities to satisfy each customer.
- The Briary – is moderately priced at 105$ including breakfast. And by the way, they serve really good breakfasts there. If you don’t mind walking 1 mile to the stadium, this hotel will be definitely awesome for you.
- The Dalbury – offers free parking and the regular rooms for two cost 107$ there. They also have some great family rooms in case if you are coming with your kids. Their beds are gorgeously comfortable and the overall impression is great. It’s located 0.6 miles away from Bramall Lane.
How to get to
The city offers plenty of different ways to get to the stadium. In most cases you can even walk there since the distance from the city centre to the ground is less than a mile. However, if you are coming from another city or country, the following directions should be helpful.
By Train – Sheffield has a large and well-placed railway station with frequent trains to many cities including London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, etc. Bramall Lane is located 1 mile to the south-west from the station. The bus lines 4, 20, 56, and 252 can help you get to the stadium. If the weather is good, it will take you 20 minutes at most to walk from the station to the “Heart of the city”.
By Bus – numerous bus routes are linking Bramall Lane with nearly every corner of the city. Among the others mentioned above are 25, 33, 43, 44, 47, 48, 53, 75, 76, 97, and 98. You can reach Traveline via phone 01709 51 51 51 and get more information on bus routes in Sheffield.
By Tram – Granville Road / Sheffield College tram stop is a 10-minute walk away from the ground. Both the Purple and the Blue lines stop there.
By Car – use the SAT NAV for directions because the traffic is often slow at the M1 and around J30. The stadium’s address is 105 Bramall Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S2 4SW. The car park is a headache near the stadium. The areas near the Moor Market, Matilda Way, and Rockingham Close have some parks – all of these places are within 0.5-1 mile range from Bramall Lane.
By Plane – Doncaster Sheffield Airport is situated 25 miles from the football ground. From there you can get to Doncaster or Barnsley by bus. Then you can take a train to Sheffield.
Sheffield is neither the worst nor the best city on the planet in terms of parking. Convenient car parks can be occupied though on important matchdays. However, there is always a solution. The approximate matchday paid parking price near the sports venue in Sheffield is 5$.
Eating out nearby
The variety of foodie spots in Sheffield is quite impressive. Therefore, I suggest you to avoid going to the familiar national and international food chains and try something local. If you come to visit Sheffield in May, don’t miss the chance to attend the annual Sheffield Food Festival. However, there are places you can enjoy all year round: artisan cafes, local pubs with incredible craft beer, lovely coffee houses, ultra-modern restaurants, and mouth-watering street food.
Pubs, bars & cafes
- The University Arms – is located 1.2 miles from the ground. It’s one of the city’s best real ale scenes with a great ambience. They have a lot of space including the garden at the backyard which is adding some pleasant vibes.
- The Green Room – has everything people like about old-school bars. The wonderful music, the food, the variety of traditional drinks, and the friendly atmosphere are making this venue truly unique.
- The Sheaf Island – is the pub situated only about 0.6 miles away from the football ground. While many other bars in the area are usually occupied by the home fans, this one tends to be loyal to the away fans as well. They have a great selection of drinks, awesome burger deals and a vegan menu.
- The Clubhouse Sheffield – is about a five-minute walk away from the stadium. Try their clubhouse strip steak, homemade chilli, or vegetarian sausages depending on your preferences. They have affordable prices and great food.
- Sellers Wheel – is a relaxing coffee bar and restaurant located 0.7 miles away from Bramall Lane. Enjoy the mix of industrial chic, street art, and charming music. If you are a fan of coffee, you should get a take-out there even if you are not hungry.
- Yama Sushi – is probably the most gorgeous place for ramen, miso soup, sushi, and takoyaki in Sheffield. Another great thing to taste in this Japanese restaurant is bubble milk tea. This amazing restaurant is a 5-minute walk from the pitch.
Things to see at the stadium
Currently, the world’s oldest stadium doesn’t offer too many opportunities to enjoy its beauty. The ground tours are limited to matchday tours. However, it offers pretty much everything you’d expect a club tour to offer. A totally special experience is the club’s legendary museum. Let’s dive deeper into these fun things now.
The matchday ground tours not always take place at Bramall Lane and you’ll be lucky to join a few people who have actually experienced it. Keep in mind that they don’t have classic stadium tours on the other days when Sheffield United is not playing a home game. Therefore, check the event date and ticket availability online. Otherwise, go directly to the Ticket Office and inquire about the upcoming ground tour. The regular price is only 8$ for adults and 5$ for concessions. The tour includes wonderful opportunities to set off behind the scenes of the world famous stadium.
The ‘Legends of the Lane’ museum is one of only six dedicated club museums in England. Among the things which were recently added is the ‘Dendale’ cabinet. It showcases the personalities who contributed to the development and evolution of Sheffield United. The display changes periodically as the museum is trying to make the assorted memorabilia more exciting to the visitors. The admission is 4$ for adults and 3$ for concessions.
SUFC Direct is the team’s official online shop which offers pretty much any kits, gifts, accessories, and the other things you can imagine except blades and knives. If you prefer shopping offline, I can understand you. Blades Superstore works every day except Sundays from 9 am to 5 pm or 9 am to 4 pm on Saturdays.
Things to do in Sheffield
Sheffield offers many kinds of attractions for every traveller. The parks and natural trails like Will4Adventure are among them. You can also enjoy the stunning galleries and cathedrals, intriguing historical places like Chatsworth House, Kelham Island Museum, and Sheffield City Hall.
It seems there is currently no such thing as a bus tour in Sheffield, however, you may easily explore the city centre walking around the area between the Moor Market and the National Videogame Museum. Among the Sheffield tours, I can name Peak Walking Adventures and Kelham Island Food & Drink Tour.
Top 3 places to visit
The Millennium Gallery – is a top attraction in Sheffield which is loved by every tourist. Explore thousands of patterns of art and design, contemporary exhibitions and classic metal handicraft. The incredible collections will help you to learn a lot about the city’s past. For example, it provides an insight into how the steel industry transformed the lives of the locals many decades ago.
The Winter Garden – is one of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK displaying over 2,500 beautiful plants. The distance from Bramall Lane to the botanical gardens is only 1.6 miles and the bus line 86 or 88 can help you get there from the stadium.
Rother Valley Country Park – is located 10 miles to the east from the city centre. It’s easy to get there if you have a car. The park provides a variety of fun activities for the whole family including canoeing, sailing, mountain biking, archery, and so on. They also have got a waterpark and a course which can teach you how to wakeboard, waterski, or kneeboard.