Since then, the famous old ground has hosted World Cup and Euro 96 matches as well as FA Cup semi-finals and has been graced by some of the most famous men who have played the game – including the legendary Pele when his Santos team came to town in the early 70s.
It was also scene of one of the most famous Sheffield city derbies . . . the Boxing Day massacre in 1979.
The old girl has also witnessed Wednesday fans experience the joy of promotion as well as the heartache of relegation.
Here we take a look at the changing face of Hillsborough down the years.
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1. Photos of Hillsborough through the decades
West Germany take on Uruguay during the 1966 World Cup at a packed Hillsborough.
Photo: Sheffield Archives
2. Photos of Hillsborough through the decades
Action from the World Cup quarter-final between West Germany and Uruguay in July 1966.
Photo: JPI Media
3. Photos of Hillsborough through the decades
New seating in the Leppings Lane end ahead of the ground playing host to games during the 1966 World Cup.
Photo: Sheffield Newspapers
4. Photos of Hillsborough through the decades
Members of the World Cup Sheffield Liaison Committee are pictured trying out their new suits at Hillsborough in June 1966. Pictured, from left, are Dr Andrew Stephen, chairman of Sheffield Wednesday; Harold Shentall, chairman of committee; Ernest Kangley, secretary of committee and Eric Taylor, secretary and general manager of Wednesday.
Photo: Colin Drury