External Shot Of The GAC (South) Stand (photo)
The Visit Malta Stand & Kennedys Kop (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
Looking Towards The Kennedys Kop (photo)
Where To Drink?
Kennedys Kop & GAC Stands (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The 188BET (Bramall Lane) Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Bramall Lane Location Map
|What's Bramall Lane Like?|
Lane has to me been one of the most underrated grounds in the country.
The construction of three large modern
looking stands, plus the filling in of the corners
(albeit one corner is filled with administrative
offices), makes it a
great ground and one that has character. Both
sides of the ground are large single tiered stands. Whilst the GAC (South) Stand is
a fairly plain looking stand, the Visit Malta Stand
which sits opposite, is probably the smartest
looking stand at Bramall Lane. This
stand which was opened in 1996, has had the corners to either side of it filled in,
by offices on one side and a family seated area on the
other, called the Fortina
Spa Corner, in a corporate sponsorship deal.
At the back of the stand are a row of executive boxes
and on its roof is a small gable, reminiscent of when
many older grounds featured them. At
one end is the Kop Stand,
which is slightly disappointing as it has two large
supporting pillars. Opposite is the Jessica Ennis (Bramall
Lane) Stand, which during the Summer of 2006 was
extended around one corner of the stadium to meet
the GAC (South) Stand. Also the roof was
replaced with a new cantilever structure, allowing
the supporting pillars of the old roof to be
removed, giving fans more cover and an unimpeded
view of the playing action. This stand is two tiered
and also has an electric scoreboard, perched
between the two. The stadium is balanced, with all
four stands being of the same height.
Outside the stadium behind the GAC stand is a statue of former Club Chairman Derek Dooley and another of former playing legend Joe Shaw. Dave Croft adds; 'a lot of Blades fans sentimentally call the ground "Beautiful down town Bramall Lane", as a match day announcer uses this description to welcome the away fans'.
|The Club have announced their intention to further develop the Kop End of the ground. It has been proposed that the stand be extended backwards, adding around another 3,000 seats to the overall capacity of Bramall Lane. The stand would be cantilevered (so no supporting pillars) with a video screen built into the front of the roof (reminiscent of White Hart Lane). The development would also see some executive boxes added to the back of the Evolution corner, whilst in the corner between the Kop and the South Stand, a business centre would be built. No firm timescales have been announced as to when work might start. An artists impression of how the stand might look can be found on the Sheffield United website.|
|The Visit Malta Stand & Kennedys Kop|
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
fans are housed in the lower tier
of the Jessica Ennis (aka the
Bramall Lane) Stand
at one end of the ground, where around
3,000 supporters can be accommodated. For cup
games if the demand requires it, then the upper tier
can be made available too. Bramall Lane is a great
place to watch football as the stands are located
close to the pitch, the views are generally good,
as well as the atmosphere too. Chris Bax
adds; 'Any tickets still available for the away end
can be purchased from two dedicated away ticket
windows just up from the turnstile entrances'. On the
concourses there are television screens showing the
game going on inside as well as a betting outlet. Food
is available in the form of Peter's Pies (£3), Burgers
(£3) and Hot Dogs (£3.50). Prepare to be searched on
entry into the ground by the stewards. The Club have
automatic turnstiles, meaning that you have to insert
your ticket into a bar code reader to gain admittance.
The United fans are particularly passionate and vocal about their club. This makes for a great atmosphere at games, but also can make it somewhat intimidating for the away supporter. It was one of those grounds that by just listening to the crowd you could tell what was happening on the pitch. I found it quite amusing as having to go for a leak just before half time, I could hear the home crowd shout Goo-on as a Sheffield United attack began. Then this got louder & louder as the United team got closer to the goal, Goo-on, Goo-on, Goo-On! and then the air turned blue as whoever it was missed the chance!
|Where To Drink?|
Turrell a visiting Brighton fan adds; 'About a ten
minute walk away on Queens Road is "The
'Earl" pub, which on our visit was
okay for away fans to drink in'. About 15 minutes
walk away on Wellington Street is the Devonshire
Cat. This pub has around 12 hand pulled beers on
offer, serves food, has a large screen tv, welcomes
families (until 7pm) and is listed in the
CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Although there are bouncers
on the doors, away fans are allowed into the pub
wearing colours. See the Devonshire
Cat website for more details.
Near to the railway station is the Globe, which Simon a visiting Chelsea informs me: 'I found that the Globe pub around a five minute walk from the station and a 15 minute walk from the ground welcomed home and away fans as long as there was no singing. The majority of fans there where Chelsea and the doors where policed 2 hours before the game but it was a nice friendly pub serving good ale'. Simon Cumming a visiting Barnsley fan recommends 'The Howard which is a good pub for away fans. Service was very good and it's well policed.' This pub is also located near to the railway station, on Howard Street opposite. Whilst Dave Barraclough informs me; ' In the station itself is the Sheffield Tap which serves real ales and is run by the Thornbridge Brewery (please note though that no football colours are allowed). Also worth a visit is the Rutland Arms on Brown Street. A real ale place only a few minutes from the train station and on route to Bramall Lane'.
The pubs near to the ground such as the, 'Sheaf House', 'Railway Hotel', the 'Golden Lion' and on Bramall Lane; 'The Railway' & 'Cricketers' are for home fans only. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the ground in the form of plastic 500ml bottles of Carling (£3.50).
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
|From The North:
Leave the M1 at Junction 36 and follow the A61 into Sheffield. Follow the A61 into Sheffield passing Hillsborough Stadium on your right. Continue along the A61, which becomes the ring road around the western side of the city centre. You will eventually reach a roundabout at the junction with the A621. At the roundabout turn right onto the A621 Bramall Lane. The ground is a short way down on the left.
From The South:
Leave M1 at Junction 33 and take the A630 into Sheffield City Centre. On reaching the inner ring road follow signs for A621 Bakewell, the ground is about a 1/4 of a mile the other side of the city centre. It is located on the A621 (Bramall Lane). Street Parking.
Alternatively, if you want to avoid Sheffield City Centre, then you may find it easier to park at Meadowhall Railway Station, near to the well known Shopping Centre (unless of course it is in the run up to Christmas or the January sales, when the shopping centre is very busy), just by Junction 34 of the M1, where you can park for free. You can then take a yellow tram to the City Centre and then walk to the ground. The tram journey time is around 20 minutes and costs less than £2 return. Mark Needham adds; 'it's worth noting that if you are coming up from the South, that you can leave the M1 at Junction 29 (Chesterfield) and follow signs for Sheffield A61. This is particularly useful if the M1 is slow around J30, as it often is!'
Map showing the location of the Bramall Lane Football Ground (at the bottom of this page).
|The ground is walkable from Sheffield mainline train station, (10-15mins). As you come out of the station, walk left along the main road. Where the road splits take the right fork which is Shoreham Street and continue down this road to the ground.|
|Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Rotherham United & Leeds United.|
Club operate a three tiered
system (A, B & C) of
matchday ticket prices, whereby the most popular games
cost more to watch. Category A
prices are shown below with Category B &
C prices shown in brackets.
Visit Malta, GAC Stands & Fortina Spa Corner:
Adults £26 (B £24) (C £10), Concessions £19 (B £18) (C £5), Under 16's £14 (B £12) (C £1)
Kennedys Kop Stand: Adults £22 (B £18) (C £10), Concessions £17 (B £14) (C £5),
Under 16's £12 (B £9) (C £1)
Adults £24 (B £18) (C £10), Concessions £18.50 (B £15) (C £5), Under 16's £13 (B £9.50) (C £1)
Jessica Ennis (Bramall Lane) Stand:
Adults £24 (B £18) (C £10), Concessions £18.50 (B £15) (C £5), Under 16's £13 (B £9.50) (C £1)
Concessions apply to Over 60's, Students with valid NUS Card and Under 18's.
|Layout Of Bramall Lane|
|Sheffield United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Official Programme £3.|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
68,287 v Leeds United,
FA Cup 5th Round, February 15th, 1936.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
32,604 v Wigan Athletic
Premier League, May 13th, 2007.
2011-2012: 18,702 (League One)
2010-2011: 20,632 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 25,120 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of Bramall Lane|
Milne (Carlisle United) 1/4/13
Jake Smith (Stevenage) 28/4/12
Myles Munsey (Neutral) 7/4/12
Chris Connolly (Chesterfield) 28/3/12
Neil Hawley (Hartlepool United) 31/12/11
Teresa Jewell (Sheffield Wednesday) 16/10/11
Nicholas Rice (Charlton Athletic) 1/10/11
Chris Fretwell (Leeds United) 19/3/11
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|Map showing the location of the Bramall Lane Football Ground, railway station and listed pubs|
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The ground originally opened as a cricket ground
in 1855, but the first football match was not
played there until December 1862, when Sheffield
FC (who are the oldest club in the world, being
formed in 1857) played Hallam. This makes Bramall
Lane the oldest professional football ground in