VILLA PARK BIRMINGHAM
CAPACITY: 43,000 NORMAL USE: Home of Aston Villa Football Club POPULATION OF BIRMINGHAM: 1.1 million BIRMINGHAM IS FAMOUS FOR..? Spaghetti Junction, Suzanne Paul and is the home of Cadbury’s chocolate.
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Villa Park stands as an architectural tribute to the Victorian period. Built on the site of an amusement park the stadium retains that distinctive brick façade of the Victorian era although the interior has been modernised over the years to create a suitably flexible stadium.
Best known for football, athletics, cycling, boxing and rugby league have all taken place at Villa Park over the years, and two rugby union touring sides have also played there. In 1924, a North Midlands select side were thumped 40-3 by New Zealand, and in 1953, a Midlands County XV were also dismantled by New Zealand.