Aston Villa FC - Villa Park
Villa Park has an enormous amount of history and has been home to the club since 1897. It's hosted 55 FA Cup semi finals, more than any other ground. There is a proposal at present to increase capacity from 42,000 up to 50,000. This would involve filling in the corners of the North stand. Intrestingly, the plan was based around England's bid to host the World Cup. So it'll be interesting to see if plans are shelved as is now expected.
Away fans are allocated both the upper and lower tiers at one end of the Doug Ellis stand. There is a good selection of food available including pies, burgers, hotdogs, chicken, fish and chips and even now a selection of halal food. Views are very good from all areas.
Villa Park seating plan:
Where To Drink
Near to the ground is a pub which is split half and half between home and away supporters and has its own room and entrance for visiting fans. It is called the Cap and Gown. There is however an admission fee of £1. The pub is at the end of the road at the side of the ground, when facing the away end, it is on your right. There are many other pubs in the local vacinity but as mentioned, they seem to be members only.
Car parking is limited in and around the stadium. We were lucky enough to park in the official club car park but were only seeing a reserve game so interest was minimal. There are many residential roads around although in previous experience, it may be easier to park on the far side of Aston Park and walk through.
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The nearest / closest train stations to Aston Villa's Villa Park are Aston and Witton mainline railway stations which are within walking distance of the ground. Both stations are around a 10 minute train journey from Birmingham's main rail station of Birmingham New Street. Witton railway station is approximately 5 minutes walk from Villa Park and is the closer of the 2. A left turn out of the station and left again at the roundabout and the stadium will soon come into view.
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Rivals - Birmingham City, West Brom, Wolves