The semi-finals have always been played at neutral grounds. The grounds used are also usually those which can accommodate significant crowds of supporters.
For example, these are the grounds at which we have played in such games:
Perry Barr, Birmingham
Goodison Park, Liverpool
Molineux Grounds, Wolverhampton
Ewood Park, Blackburn
Old Trafford, Manchester
White Hart Lane, London
Elland Road, Leeds
Villa Park, Birmingham
Maine Road, Manchester
(thought you'd be rapt!)
The only problem that I can see is running the games on consecutive days - which I suppose is what most of you are getting at?
I agree that this is not a wise move.
Traffic in and out; train schedules, coach parking, security and normal policing overload are just a few of the problems. What about accommodation for those who make a weekend of it? - pity the mob coming in for the second game unless they book early. I feel for the ground staff trying to get the pitch 'refurbished' for the second game; and the players in that game.
I suppose the next question is 'where else'?
For me that's one game at Old Trafford (assuming that they'd take it) and the other down south somewhere. What's the largest capacity ground in the London area which also has decent access and accommodation for those who attend as well as reasonable facilites within the stadium? Is there one?
Alternatively, how about St. James? It's a modern unit with about 52,000 capacity - significantly more than Highbury, White Hart Lane or Stamford Bridge. That'll make the southerners roar.
Sorry, Gnome, Louise and others stuck down there.
Of course, if Newcastle and Man Utd finish up as a pair in one of the semis, then this could need an urgent re-think.