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14 Facts About St Andrew's

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St Andrew's, known since June 2018 for sponsorship reasons as St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium, is an association football stadium in the Bordesley district of Birmingham, England.

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

Birmingham is a major city and metropolitan borough of West Midlands, England.

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It has been the home ground of Birmingham City Football Club for more than a century.

Birmingham City Football Club is a professional football club in Birmingham, England, which competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football.

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Constructed and opened in 1906 to replace the Muntz Street ground, which had become too small to meet the club's needs, the original St Andrew's could hold an estimated 75,000 spectators, housed in one grandstand and a large uncovered terrace.

Muntz Street is the popular name of a former association football stadium situated in the Small Heath district of Birmingham, England, taken from the street on which it stood.

A grandstand is a large and normally permanent structure for seating spectators, most often at a racetrack.

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The attendance record, variously recorded as 66,844 or 67,341, was set at a 1939 FA Cup tie against Everton.

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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During the Second World War, St Andrew's suffered bomb damage and the grandstand, housing a temporary fire station, burned down in an accidental fire.

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier.

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In the 1950s, the club replaced the stand and installed floodlights, and later erected a second small stand and roofed over the open terraces, but there were few further changes.

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The ground became dilapidated: a boy was killed when a wall collapsed during rioting in the 1980s.

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When new owners took the club out of administration in 1993, they began a six-year redevelopment programme during which the ground was converted to an all-seater stadium to comply with the Taylor Report into safety at sports grounds, and all areas apart from the Main Stand were completely rebuilt.

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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The seating capacity of the modern stadium is around 30,000.

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It has function rooms suitable for business or social events and a club store selling Birmingham City merchandise.

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A 2004 proposal that the club should sell the ground and move into a multi-purpose City of Birmingham Stadium remains speculative.

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In 2013, the ground was listed as an Asset of Community Value under the Localism Act 2011.

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St Andrew's has been the venue for England international football matches at all levels below the senior national team, and for semifinal matches in the FA Cup and finals of lesser competitions.

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It has played host to events in other sports, including rugby union and professional boxing, and more recently has staged music concerts.

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring.

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