The ground became home to Aston Villa in 1897 with the club paying annually 300 pounds. “The Villains” bought it in 1911 and within three years dismantled the cycling track that was initially between stands and the pitch. Further remodeling was halted due to the outbreak of World War I and complete revamp ended in 1924. Even decades later Villa Park was regarded as one of the greatest venues in England created by the famous Archibald Leitch.
In 1939 further works were carried out by Leitch’s son who was responsible for the south stand, built in mid-1940. It was soon changed to garrison soldiers during WWII and later bombed by German air force. The damage caused to northern side of the ground wasn’t repaired until 1954. Floodlights were installed in 1958 and in 1962-63 roof was added to two of the stands. Most important redevelopment so far came in the 1990’s though, after Hillsborough disaster prompted regulation changes. In 1992-94 new north end was erected and later, in 2000-2001, a new west side with 3 tiers.
Apart from Aston Villa games the stadium was host to 1966 World Cup and 30 years later Euro 1996. Starting 1899 England’s national team was regularly playing here until 2005 and further games were transferred to new Wembley, thus ending over century of England’s game. Other sports also took place here – cycling from the start, rugby since 1909 and boxing from 1942. In 1983 first concert was played by Duran Duran, later followed by Belinda Carlisle, Bruce Springsteen and Rod Steward.