Historic and yet modern facilities . All seater stadium with four stands. The Holte End, all home fans, noisy, passionate and the place to be for the very best atmosphere. The Doug Ellis & Trinity Road stands are on the sides of the pitch and offer the best vantage point. The North Stand is the oldest stand and has the cheapest tickets.
There are many concessions, a fantastic souvenir store and corporate facilities for people with deeper pockets.
A couple of stations are close by and it's advisable to use public transport because parking is tough in this urban area, not impossible but a little tough.
This team was established in 1874 and are winners of many trophies.
A must visit for any visitor to Birmingham. Website: avfc.co.uk
Love going Villa Park to watch any match. Always great fun and never bad experience, other than when Villa lose. I go whenever I can during the season with friends, been going for years.
Came here to see a match on Boxing Day. The Stadium is modern and doesn't deviate from the conventional design, but the hospitality suites are quite pleasingly open and bright. We ate at the 1874 Club and had good seats at the half way line as season ticket holders of the opposing team. The service was friendly and reasonably brisk but the food was disappointing. There was a choice of two menus: meat or vegetarian. The soup was passable but the rib of beef was absolutely disgusting. Rarely have I been presented with a piece of meat so sinewy, fatty and ultimately inedible. Just the memory of it makes my stomach turn. The accompanying veg of over cooked parsnip and potato was so drowned in the gravy as to be similarly unappetising. At half time there was a dearth of staff, and similarly after the game had ended. Three stars for overall experience.
I've been going to Villa Park since the early 1980s when I used to attend as a 6-year-old with my Granddad. As a Villa fan I've spent many a happy (and unhappy) afternoon at this stadium since.
It's changed a lot over the years - 3 of the 4 stands have been completely rebuilt since my first visit - and it's now a thoroughly modern football stadium. You get a decent view from pretty much anywhere in the ground (and the few restricted-view seats are advertised as such and come at a lower price) and, depending on how well the team are doing, or the quality of the opposition, the atmosphere can be brilliant.
If you're taking kids or people who might be sensitive to bad language then you might want to think about sitting in the Upper North Stand or in Trinity Road. Otherwise, pretty much anywhere in the stadium is good. If you want to experience the noise and singing for which English football is famous then I'd recommend the Holte End.
The food at Villa Park, as with pretty much any stadium in the country, is lousy and expensive. The beer is also terrible. Stock up on both elsewhere before or after you go to a match. Prices change according to the opposition but you'll be able to see a game for somewhere in the region of £20-£45. Check the website for fixtures and availability.
I've been attending Villa Park for almost a decade and despite no major refurbishments, the stadium still remains as glorious and traditional as ever.
One of the larger Premier League stadiums, (42,788 capacity) the atmosphere at Villa Park is second to none throughout other Midland football clubs, I have found. My friends and I always consider a Villa game if planning on meeting up as a shared passion. Despite this, none of us have season tickets, but find the price of £18-£40 tickets for each individual game fairly reasonable.
The services in Villa Park are relatively average, as are most throughout football stadiums up and down the country. The food is over priced and often poor, with the warm beer unworthy of the expensive price tag that comes with it. The service itself is as you would expect, the majority of which is lifeless, with staff noticeably uninterested and unenthusiastic with their role.
Regardless of this, Villa Park holds some of the best history throughout English football, promoting an unbelievable atmosphere on some weekends and now that Alex McLeish is gone, I expect/hope for a return to the glory days for the Villains!
I have been to Villa Park on a couple of occasions whenever West Bromwich Albion have played here. I really enjoy coming to this ground and you do have a decent view of the game sitting in the away end.
Aston Villa have the biggest ground and are the biggest team in the West Midlands although the Baggies ended up being the top team in the West Midlands last season.
Ticket prices when it comes to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Man. City and Man. Utd coming to Villa Park are expensive. But the Club do come up with offers throughout the season to bring the family along to games at Aston Villa.
I wouldn't say the crowd at Villa is volatile but I have seen one or two fans ejected from the Stadium which is not nice. However there is always a good atmosphere at Villa Park every time I have visited and being here is an excellent place to watch football. Definitely a Stadium worth coming to especially for all you football enthusiasts out there.
Obviously, being a Yank and having a different meaning of the word "football", I'm no expert on football stadiums. I used to hold season tickets for the Rose Arena LA Galaxy (in their first season, dear god), and that was a travesty we won't speak of.
But I have been to a few football stadiums/arenas/grounds, and have to say that Aston Villa is impeccably tidy, with clear signs, sections and a remarkably polite staff. I know football stadium staff have to deal with punch-drunk football rivals, but AV's staff doesn't have the surly demeanor of someone who sees the worst of humanity. They're all very polite.
The stadium is no Wembley, but is very large and attractive. There are some great food stalls, and unlike food at football games in the States, it's actually decent and affordable.
The corporate hospitality is really very good, excellent food and variety on the menu, and great views.
To be fair, last time I sat in the press box (for the England vs Wales Under 21s game) next to a Sky Sports correspondent, and got into a rousing debate about baseball and cricket, so the very good view from the press box and the articulate company may have influenced my positive view of the stadium.
All in all, though Aston as a team isn't one of the Man U, Arsenal or Chelsea types that seem to be constantly in the press for naughtiness, they are a decent team, and will show you a good game. Furthermore, their fans aren't particularly known for their hooligan behaviour, which is no small feat for a football fan (just ask Nick Hornby).
total legendary club no doubt the pride of brum
2nd best stadium i have ever been too.
The atmosphere was truly amazing, it took my breathe away. The stadium is unbelievable and i was impressed with the pricing too. There is loads of parking around too.
I enjoyed my recent trip up to this stadium!
A traditional ground (it doesn't carry enough gravitas to call it a stadium) that has seen some fantastic games of football over the last century or so. Villa Park was around when the football league was first formed, and Aston Villa won it in its first year. I like the way it has evolved as a ground. It has the meeting rooms, the restaurants, club shops and all the other corporate add-ons that are required to turnover revenue in the Premier League, but it still has its soul. It hasn't given up and moved down the road to an Emirates or even, God forbid, a Ricoh Arena affair. It probably has changed a lot inside over the years (I think most of the obstructive pillars have gone now), but it still has the feel of a traditional ground.
It's in Birmingam, so you can always find a street to leave your car. It's handy to get away and the Aston Expressway will take you straight onto the M6. If you've got the train into town for a few drinks first (straight into New Street and then I recommend the Yard of Ale), then get the connecting train to Witton, which is right next to the ground.
Had a New Year's Day dinner here for 2008 and it was wonderful - you are treated like stars, the meal was great and you get to go back after the match to have tea and coffee to miss all the traffic.
Wonderful views from the Corner Flag as you eat. Lovely atmosphere.
A pretty well run and tidy stadium. Could probably do with updating a bit here and there but I have enjoyed my visits.
I am not reviewing the football grounds but the meeting rooms and pub within Aston Villa. PCT hold large meetings here every other month and the Villa ground is just fantastic. The pub is lovely and decorated to a very high standard indeed. The venue has nice seating both inside and outside and is very clean with professional staff. If you ever get the chance to visit the other bits of Aston Villa, then go!
I went here to see the England U21's play a couple of months ago and was very impressed by the stadium. This is the first truly traditional stadium i have visited, i found the area outside the ground better than many others. Inside the ground was beautiful and there are good viewing angles from anywhere in the stadium.
its a great football ground for a grear team,the grounds are clean and very well manted.staff happy and willing to help,the a good choise of fast food on match day along with gift shop where you can get foot ball stuff
The Villa are my team so obviously I've got to like their ground. I've been four times thise season (2011-12) and seen them play Norwich (good), Swansea (not so good), Stoke (poor) and Spurs (ok). I actually feel a bit sorry for just-fired manager Alex McLeish. He seems like a decent guy and we were doing ok until key players lost form or got injured and he had to put all the reserves out. As for the ground, if you don't like crowds I can recommend sitting where I do high up in the Doug Ellis stand as you'll have a couple of hundred seats to yourself. When booking, go for the cheaper obstructed view spots as your notional seat and you'll save yourself a fiver. On the down side the atmosphere has been pretty thin this season. When they do make a noise the Holte End usually sing about Blues, which strikes me as a bit odd; do Man Utd fans spend the game singing rude songs about Bury or Stockport? Also, beware of the napalm pies from the buffet. I bit into one and I'm still trying to grow the skin back on the roof of my mouth weeks later. Up the Villa!
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