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Hillsborough Stadium

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Hillsborough Stadium, often referred to simply as Hillsborough, is a 39,732-capacity association football stadium located in Owlerton, a north-western suburb of Sheffield, England.

A stadium is a place or venue for outdoor sports, concerts, or other events and consists of a field or stage either partly or completely surrounded by a tiered structure designed to allow spectators to stand or sit and view the event.

Owlerton is a suburb of the city of Sheffield, it lies 2.2 miles northwest of the city centre near the confluence of the River Don and River Loxley.

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball.

Hillsborough Stadium by Nic Gilbert

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It has been the home ground of Sheffield Wednesday since its opening in 1899.

The Hillsborough Stadium Disaster by Horror Stories

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Although the ground has received little investment since Euro 1996, it is still regarded as "a beautiful ground oozing character."

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It has two large two-tiered stands and two large single-tiered stands, all of them covered.

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All four stands are of a similar capacity with the South Stand being the largest and the West Stand, usually housing the away supporters, the smallest.

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On 15 April 1989, the ground was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster in which 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death at an FA Cup semi-final.

The Hillsborough disaster was a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield, England on 15 April 1989, during the 1988–89 FA Cup semi-final game between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

The FA Cup, known officially as The Football Association Challenge Cup, is an annual knockout association football competition in men's domestic English football.

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The subsequent Taylor Report into the disaster led to a series of safety improvements at the ground and other stadiums around the country, including the requirement for clubs in the top two divisions to have all-seater stadiums, and the withdrawal of perimeter fencing around the pitch.

The Hillsborough Stadium Disaster Inquiry report is the report of an inquiry which was overseen by Lord Justice Taylor, into the causes of the Hillsborough disaster of April 1989, as a result of which, at the time of the report, 95 Liverpool F.C. fans had died.

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Plans by the club to renovate the stadium and expand the capacity to 44,825 have been approved by Sheffield City Council with the aim of hosting World Cup matches.

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The playing surface has been recently upgraded to the Desso GrassMaster system, also including a complete replacement of the under-soil heating and drainage systems, while the scoreboard was replaced by a modern 'big screen' prior to the 2015-16 season.

Under-soil heating is a method used in various sports stadia which heats the underside of the pitch to avoid any elements from bad weather, such as snow and ice, from building up and ultimately helps the club avoid having to postpone any matches.

Desso GrassMaster is a sports playing field surface composed of natural grass combined with artificial fibres, from the Dutch Desso group, known for their carpet.

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The stadium previously played host to World Cup and European Championship football in 1966 and 1996 respectively.

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