ESPN to Debut Feature-Length Documentary About Liverpool Hillsborough Disaster On April 22
ESPN will debut a brand-new documentary about the Hillsborough Disaster on US television on April 22, just days after the 25th anniversary of that fateful day.
The feature-length documentary, titled Hillsborough, willbe the first new film that ESPN will launch this year to kick off its soccer film coverage.
ESPN describes the documentary as:
“25 years ago, on April 15, 1989, the worst disaster in British football history occurred in an overcrowded stadium in Sheffield, England, 150 miles north of London. 3,000 fans flocked through the turnstiles to head to the area reserved for standing, despite a capacity of less than half of that. The result was a “human crush” that killed 96 people and injured 766. Prior to the disaster at Hillsborough, British football was known for the grime of its stadiums, hooligan fans and inadequate facilities, but great change came after the Hillsborough disaster. What emerged is now known as the most rich and powerful soccer league in the world, the English Premier League.”
Hillsborough is one of eight films that ESPN is debuting this year as part of their 30 For 30 series that is part of their 2014 FIFA World Cup coverage.
More details regarding the film will be released in the coming weeks. No news yet whether the documentary will air on television outside the United States.
To learn more about what really happened at the Hillsborough Disaster, read our coverage from last year.
For more Reds coverage, read our Liverpool articles from our archives.