VILLA PARK BIRM­ING­HAM

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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.

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