Bramall Ln, Highfield, Sheffield S2 4SU
Bramall Lane holds a unique place in the history of Football. Long before such legends as Tony Currie, Brian Deane and Phil Jagielka trod its hallowed turf, it hosted the final and many of the significant games in the world’s first ever football tournament. It held the world’s first floodlit game in 1878 and it is one of only two grounds to have hosted England international football and cricket games. It has also played host to rugby league games for Sheffield Eagles. Indeed, it is the oldest professional football ground in the world, although Hallam FC’s ground at Hallam Cricket Club across the city lays claim to the title of the oldest association football ground in the world. It has also hosted an IBF World Boxing Title Fight, when Kell Brook, himself a Sheffield United fan, fought in front of a 27,000 strong crowd.
Whereas today it is a magnificent 35,000 capacity all-seater stadium, it was originally a venue for cricket and cycling, but the birth of Association football in Sheffield soon saw its main purpose switch to the burgeoning new game. Still, it wasn’t until 1975 that cricket stopped on the ground, when much of the outfield was covered by the South Stand, now renamed the Tony Currie Stand. Today it has all of the amenities one would expect of a premier league club including catering, team shop and the Blades Enterprise Centre, with extensive conferencing facilities. At matches, you may be lucky enough to spot prominent Sheffield United fans such as Sean Bean, Jessica Ennis-Hill or Paul Heaton
The ground is situated close to the city centre, has extensive parking and is on National Cycle Route 6, though this last seems to be a relatively unpopular method of transport on match day. Nearby London Road provides ample opportunity for match day refreshments.