St Andrew’s Stadium is the home ground for Birmingham City and it is located in the district of Bordesley in Birmingham. The stadium was first opened in 1906 on the same site of the previous pitch.
At the time, it was said to be able to hold as many as 75,000 people. Since then, it has hosted everything from international football games to professional big matches, music concerts and rugby union games.
History of St Andrew’s Stadium
It was in 1906 that St Andrew’s Stadium was first opened after the previous ground on the site became too small for the team's needs.
As part of this construction, there was a single grandstand and a terrace that was not covered. It could hold as many as 75,000 fans, with the attendance record being around the 67,000 mark and was set when Birmingham City played Everton in the 1939 FA Cup.
There was significant bomb damage done to the stadium during the Second World War. The grandstand managed to burn down also as a result of an accidental fire as there was a temporary fire station at the facility. This stand was replaced during the 1950s and floodlights were installed. A few other minor changes were also made at the time.
Over the next few years, the stadium began to fall into disrepair and become dilapidated. After rioting in the 1980s, a little boy sadly died. When the club came out of administration in 1993 thanks to getting new owners onboard a new six-year program to develop St Andrew’s Stadium began.
This saw the ground become an all-seated stadium with all aspects except for the main stand being rebuilt. The current St Andrew’s Stadium can now host almost 30,000 people. There have been some efforts in recent years to get the club to move to a new stadium, but not much real progress on the issue has been made.
The current makeup of the stadium
There are four stands that makeup St Andrew’s Stadium. The Main Stand is a structure that is freestanding and was built in 1954 and seats just under 5,000 people. The media area is in the upper tier, as well as some corporate seats.
The lower tier is called the Paddock and contains the dugout and player tunnel. There are also the likes of hospitality boxes in place in this stand. The Railway Stand is the stand that is closest to the city and also is a free-standing structure. It opened in 1999 and it can seat 8,000 fans over the two tiers.
There are some executive boxes at the back of the upper tier. The away fans will be located in the lower tier of the stand, separated by home fans with plastic netting. The Tilton Road Stand and the Kop Stand both opened in 1994 and make up a single-tier stand that is L-shaped.
In total, they can hold about 17,000 fans. The director’s box is in the Kop Stand, as well as some more executive boxes. The Tilton Road Stand holds a total of 9,000 fans and is the only section without any executive boxes.
Birmingham City FC
Birmingham City was first formed in 1875 and it underwent a number of name changes before permanently being called Birmingham City in 1943. The team has played in the Championship since 2011, previously being a part of the Premier League.
The best finish the club ever had in the top flight of football was in 1955/1956 after a 6th place finish. It also reached an FA Cup final in 1956 but did not win. Birmingham City was the first club from England to get to the final of a European competition, doing so in 1960 as part of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.
It repeated this feat the next year. The club has won the League Cup on two occasions, most recently in 2011. About half of the club's history has been in the top flight of football, with just a couple of brief stretches in the third tier.
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