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Aston Villa FC
Villa Park

Capacity: 42,785 (all seated)
Address: Villa Park, Trinity Rd, Birmingham B6 6HE
Main Telephone No: 0121 327 2299
Main Fax No: 0121 322 2107
Ticket Office: 0800 612 0970
Ticket Office Fax: 0800 612 0977
Stadium Tours: 0800 612 0970
Club Nickname: The Villans
Year Ground Opened: 1897
Pitch Size: 115 x 72 yards
Shirt Sponsors: dafabet
Kit Manufacturers: Macron
Home Kit Colours: Claret and Blue
Away Kit Colours: White
and Claret
Official Web Sites:
AVFC.co.uk

Hospitality & Events
AVFC Lions - Supporters Club
Unofficial Web Sites:
A Villa Fan
Aston Villa Blog
AVFC Fans Forum

Heroes & Villans
Villa Talk
Vital Villa (Vital Football Network)

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Contents

What's Villa Park Like?
Future Developments
Holte End External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Trinity Road Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
White Lion Pub Four Oaks
Doug Ellis Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Holte End (photo)
By Train
Local Rivals
North Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Programme & Fanzines

Disabled Facilities
Villa Park Stadium Tours
William McGregor Statue (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Lower Away Section 
(photo)
Villa Park Location Map


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What's Villa Park Like?
Although the stadium has been completely rebuilt since the late 1970's, it has some individuality, as the four stands each have their own design, making it one of the more interesting in the League. At one end is the Holte End. This is a large two tiered structure which replaced one of the largest covered terraces in the country. Opened in the 1994/95 season it has a capacity of 13,500 seated supporters. At the other end is the North Stand, which is older (being built in the late 1970's), but still modern looking. This is two tiered, with a double row of executive boxes running across the middle. On one side of the pitch is the Doug Ellis Stand, which again is two-tiered and is roughly the same height as the other two stands. This stand was opened prior to the 1996 European Championships, for which Villa Park was a host venue. Opposite is the latest edition, the impressive looking Trinity Road Stand. Opened in 2001 it is three tiered, with a small tier at the front and then two larger tiers above, which are separated by a row of executive boxes. Although at the time many fans were disappointed to see the old Trinity Road Stand demolished, I think its replacement gives the ground a more overall balanced look, because the new stand, although the largest at Villa Park, has roughly the same roof level as the other three sides. There are also two large video screens installed in opposite corners of the ground.

An
unusual feature is that between the Trinity Road & Holte End Stands is a pavilion type structure that was built at the same time as the Trinity Road. This three tiered building is used for corporate hospitality. On the other side of the Holte End is another similar looking structure that is used for police control. The only disappointment with Villa Park is that the corners of the ground are open, however there are plans to fill in the corners at some point, at the North Stand end of the ground (see below).

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Future Developments

The Club have received planning permission to re-develop the North Stand. This would involve building a new stand that would extend around the current open corners at that end of the stadium. However, there are currently no firm timescales as to when this will take place. When completed the capacity of Villa Park would be increased to 51,000.

In another move the Club are exploring the possibility of a 'safe standing' area at Villa Park. This however is a much wider issue and would require a change to the existing law, for this to be allowed.

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Holte End External View


 Holte End Villa Park
                        External Facade Photo

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?

Away supporters are located on one side of the Doug Ellis Stand, towards the North end of the stadium. Up to 2,972 fans can be accommodated in this area, split between both the upper and lower tiers of the stand. If only a small away following is expected then just the upper tier is allocated. The concourse at the back of the upper tier is particularly tight and easily becomes crowded, whereas there is more space behind the lower section. There is a fair selection of food available in the lower tier, but due to restricted space a limited offering is available in the upper tier; There are a selection of Pukka Pies and Pasties (all £3.30), Rollover Hot Dogs (£2.60) and then additionally in the lower tier; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Fish & Chips (£6.50) and Chips (£2.80). There are wide screen televisions on the concourse, showing past encounters between the teams before kick off. There is also betting facilities available in the form of a BetBright outlet in the lower tier. Entrance to the stand is gained by entering your match ticket into an electronic reader.

A visit to Villa Park is normally an enjoyable experience, with the stewards normally taking a relaxed and friendly attitude. One concern though, is that there is very little separating the home and away fans and this could lead to possible future crowd problems.

Now, as I support the other team in Birmingham (and no it is isn't Solihull Moors!), it has been suggested that I am biased against Villa Park. Well all I can say that I have been to the ground on a number of occasions, in fact I can now claim to have sat in every stand, so that just shows you how unbiased I really am! Plus I have even been on the pitch. But that is another story...

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Trinity Road Stand


 Trinity Road Stand
                        Villa Park photo

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Where To Drink?
There are a number of pubs in the vicinity of Villa Park, but most of them on match days are either members only or have bouncers on the door. However, Dave Cooper recommends the following for away fans; 'The Witton Arms (formerly the Cap and Gown), is not a bad pub, to which half the pub is given to away fans (there is even a separate entrance for visiting fans). It is only two minutes walk from the away entrance, right on Witton Island, however it does charge £2 per person to gain entry'. Alex Alexander a visiting Norwich City fan adds; 'We found a pub approximately 15 minutes walk from the ground where away fans were made welcome. It is called the Yew Tree. Although they donít serve real ale, they had a good range of beers and Magnerís on draught. It is on the same road as the Witton Arms, but with this pub on your left carry straight on up the road, passing Witton Railway Station on your right. After about half a mile you will see the pub on the right hand side'.

If you arrive a bit earlier then you may wish to visit the historic Bartons Arms, located about a 15 minute walk away on High Street Aston (A34). This Grade II listed building, is one of Birmingham's finest pubs, with superb Victorian decor, serving Oakham ales and Thai food is also on offer. It is a regular entry in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

Darren Williams a visiting Manchester City fan adds; 'We have always park at an entertainment complex called Star City. It is just off Junction 6 of the M6, going towards Villa Park. Huge free car park, plus plenty of food and drink outlets. It is then about a mile and half walk to the ground'.
Alcohol is normally available to away supporters but only in the lower tier of the Doug Ellis Stand. This is in the form of Carlsberg (£3.80 a pint) and Somersby Cider (£3.70 500ml bottle). However for some high profile games the Club decide not sell alcohol to away fans.

White Lion Pub Four Oaks
Whitel Lion pubLocated 15 minutes drive from Junction 9 of the M42 the White Lion pub is located in the leafy suburbs of Four Oaks, the pub is the perfect stop off point for fans on their way to Villa Park. A Thwaites pub it is popular with drinkers and those who enjoy watching sports with a number of large screens showing the early kick off. The pub is friendly and the landlord Andy Thompson has had plenty of experience of entertaining large groups of visiting fans in the pub trade. The large car park has ample space for coaches, food is available too and breakfasts can be arranged on request. Villa Park is then a 20 minute drive away. Alternatively fans can leave their car at the pub and catch a train direct to Aston from Butlers Lane Station which is around a five minute walk away, with the railway journey to Aston taking 15 minutes. Give Andy a call on 0121 308 2313 or email him to discuss your requirements. White Lion Location Map The post code of the pub is B75 5HL. You can also follow the White Lion on Facebook.

Doug Ellis Stand


 
Doug
                        Ellis Stand Villa Park photo

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

The ground can be seen from the M6, if you are coming from the North side of Birmingham. Leave the M6 at Junction 6 and take the slip road sign posted Birmingham (NE). At the roundabout below the motorway, turn right (the fourth exit), towards City Centre/Aston/Star City, Villa Park is well signposted from here. However to be on the safe side, turn right along Lichfield Road, at the second set of traffic lights on to Aston Hall Road. This road will take you down to the ground. Mostly street parking (don't be surprised though if you are approached by kids wanting to 'mind your car'), although this is not as plentiful as it once was due to a local residents only parking scheme now in place in the streets around the Witton roundabout area. Street parking is also available in streets around Aston railway station (which you will pass if you continue along Lichfield Road towards the City Centre. Alternatively free parking is available, but a 15-20 minute walk away at Star City which is also well signposted.

Map showing the location of Villa Park (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: B6 6HE

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Holte End


Holte
                        End Villa Park photo

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By Train
Take the short train journey from Birmingham New Street (around 10-15 minutes) to either Aston or Witton station. Witton station is nearer to the away section and is only a few minutes walk from the ground. Turn left out of the station exit and continue down to a roundabout. Turn left at the roundabout into Witton Lane and the entrance to the away section is down this road on the right. Aston station is about a ten minute walk away from Villa Park. Extra trains are laid on to the ground on matchdays. 

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Local Rivals
Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion & Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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North Stand


North
                        Stand Villa Park photo

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Admission Prices
Like a number of other clubs a category scheme for ticket prices is in operation (A B & C), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown with Category B & C prices in brackets:

Home Fans:
Trinity Road Stand (Upper Outer Middle): Adults £45 (B £42) (C £37), Under 18's £40 (B £35) (C £25)
Doug Ellis Stand (Upper Centre): Adults £45 (B £42) (C £37), Under 18's £40 (B £35) (C £25)
Doug Ellis Stand (Upper Wings & Lower Tier): Adults £43 (B £41) (C £37), Concessions £35 (B £33) (C £29), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13), Under 8's £21 (B £17) (C £13)
Holte End (Upper Tier Centre) & Trinity Road Stand (Lower Tier & Wings): Adults £40 (B £37) (C £35), Concessions £33 (B £30) (C £26), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13), Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £12)
Holte End (Lower Tier Centre):
Adults £37 (B £35) (C £33), Concessions £30 (B £28) (C £25), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13),
Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11), 1 Adult + 1 Child £45 (B £40) (C £38)
North Stand (Upper) & Holte End & Trinity Road Lower Tier (Outer Wings):
Adults £33 (B £30) (C £27), Concessions £27 (B £25) (C £23), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13),
Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11), 1 Adult + 1 Child £40 (B £36) (C £33)
North Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults £27 (B £25) (C £22), Under 18's £20 (B £17) (C £12), Under 8's £17 (B £12) (C £11)

Away Fans:
Adults £43 (B £41) (C £37), Concessions £35 (B £33) (C £29), Under 18's £21 (B £17) (C £13),
Under 8's £21 (B £17) (C £13)


Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's. Full Time Students and Members of the Armed Forces.

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Ground Layout


Villa Park Stadium Plan

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
Then visit the official Aston Villa FC Website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Aston Villa FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme £3
Heroes & Villans Fanzine £2

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Villa Park Stadium Tours

Tours are available on Wednesdays, Fridays and some Sundays. However if any of these coincide with a matchday then tours will not be held on that day (plus the afternoon before and the morning after). The cost for the tour is £12.95 for adults and £7.95 for under 16's. Family tickets are also available. On Sundays there is also the option to take lunch in the highly rates VMF restaurant overlooking the pitch. The cost of the tour plus Sunday lunch is; Adults £25.95 and Under 16's £13.95. Tours can be booked on 0800 612 0970 or can be booked online with the club.

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William McGregor Statue


William
                        McGregor Statue Villa Park photo

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
76,588 v Derby County
FA Cup 6th Round, March 2nd, 1946.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
42,788 v Liverpool
Premier League, December 29th, 2009.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 36,081 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 35,060 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 33,873 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of Villa Park

Rob Pierce (Everton) 26/10/13
Alan Parker (Wigan Athletic) 29/12/12
Joe Fowler (Chelsea) 31/03/12
Ben Buckingham (Queens Park Rangers) 1/02/12
Joseph Thomas (Swansea City) 02/01/12

Thomas Ling (Norwich City) 5/11/11

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Hotel Accommodation

If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the ground.

Access their Birmingham Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad. 
 

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View From The Lower Away Section


Special Thanks To Haydn Gleed for providing the video above.

Map Showing The Location Of Villa Park, Railway Stations And Listed Pubs
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Last Updated: 26 August 2014