Post by Football News on May 17, 2019 18:42:56 GMT
Bramall Lane has to me been one of the most underrated grounds in the country.
The construction of three large modern looking stands, plus the filling in of the corners (albeit one corner is filled with administrative offices), makes it a great ground and one that has character.
Both sides of the ground are large single tiered stands. Whilst the GAC (South) Stand is a fairly plain looking stand, the Visit Malta Stand which sits opposite, is probably the smartest looking stand at Bramall Lane.
This stand which was opened in 1996, has had the corners to either side of it filled in, by offices on one side and a family seated area on the other, called the Fortina Spa Corner, in a corporate sponsorship deal.
At the back of the stand are a row of executive boxes and on its roof is a small gable, reminiscent of when many older grounds featured them. At one end is the Kop Stand, which is slightly disappointing as it has two large supporting pillars.
Opposite is the Bramall Lane Stand, which during the Summer of 2006 was extended around one corner of the stadium to meet the GAC (South) Stand. Also, the roof was replaced with a new cantilever structure, allowing the supporting pillars of the old roof to be removed, giving fans more cover and an unimpeded view of the playing action.
This stand is two-tiered and also has an electric scoreboard, perched between the two. The stadium is balanced, with all four stands being of the same height.
Outside the stadium behind the GAC stand is a statue of former Club Chairman Derek Dooley and another of former playing legend Joe Shaw. Dave Croft adds; 'a lot of Blades fans sentimentally call the ground "Beautiful down town Bramall Lane", as a match day announcer uses this description to welcome the away fans'.