English Premier League Stadiums (EPL Stadiums)
Just like the spectators of the League, the stadiums come in all shapes and sizes. While certain features are required by the League, size is not one of them. Recently however, the focus has shifted further from Stadium size to increased spectator experience.
Even some of the largest clubs (and stadiums) have started scaling back. The recent trend has been adding more (and better) handicap accessible seating.
Our list will cover all 20 Premier League teams from smallest to largest.
20. AFC Bournemouth: Dean Court – 11,329
For sponsorship reasons, the stadium is known as Vitality Stadium and although the terms of the deal weren’t released, Bournemouth “called it ‘one of the club’s most significant sponsorship deals’“. The club and Premier League Manager Eddie Howe have indicated their intentions to build a new stadium with a greater capacity, likely on a new site. One of the main drivers is thought to be that match day income makes up only 4% of the Premier League Club’s income.
19. Watford: Vicarage Road, 20,400
Vicarage Road doesn’t have a title sponsor. They have been increasing the capacity slowly since the early 1990s stand at a time, until the most recently completed Sir Elton John Stand competed in December 2014. In mid 2015, the club announced another roughly 1,000 seats had been added to the Sir Elton John stand. The Chairman outlines that the club was exploring potential expansions to both 25,000 and to 30,000.
18. Burnley: Turf Moor, 21,944
Turf Moor has a bit of interesting history that accompanies it. Turf Moor is the longest continuously used ground of any of the 49 teams which have played in the Premier League. The club have had a number of plans for expansion scrapped after bouncing up and down between the Premier League and the Champions League. Although the club has not had any major development plans to date, they do have a very unique addition, a Football University.
17. Huddersfield Town: Kirklees Stadium, 24,500
For sponsorship reasons the stadium is currently known as John Smith’s Stadium after a Heineken Brand. Exact terms weren’t released but the club indicated that it was a substantial deal through 2021. It operates as both a soccer/football stadium and as a rugby stadium and shares ownership between the two clubs and the Kirklees Council. While the club has indicated that they have looked at possible expansion, they’ve determined that it is possible, but would be very costly.
16. Fulham: Craven Cottage 25,700
Nearly 300 years ago Craven Cottage was a royal hunting lodge, fast forward and its making progress towards a 30,000 seat stadium. It has been Fulham’s home ground for well over 100 years. The venue has also played host to several international friendlies, a former rugby team and even the Fulham ladies team.
15. Crystal Palace: Selhurst Park 26,074
Selhurst Park is part of the multitude of stadiums in/near London. The stadium and the land were separately owned until the dissolution of the Rock Group in 2009. There had been discussion about moving to a prior home, but serious concerns from fans and city council have jeopardized those. Crystal Palace has received tentative approval for an expansion to about 34,000.
14. Brighton & Hove Albion: Falmer Stadium 30,666
Falmer Stadium is one of the newest stadiums in the Premier League having only been built in 2011. For sponsorship reasons, Falmer Stadium is known as the American Express Community Stadium. The club calls it “the biggest deal in [club] history”. There are no plans to expand the stadium at this time.
13. Wolverhampton Wanderers: Molineux Stadium, 32,050
Wolverhampton’s Molineux Stadium is one of the elder stadiums in the League. Molineux Stadium used to harbor a much larger capacity though the English Football League has revised its stance on terracing. Development plays are in place, though they were previously delayed. Premier League Owner Jeff Shi noted that He wants the club “to get to 50,000 as soon as possible“.
12. Leicester City: King Power Stadium, 32.273
King Power Stadium is also one of the newest, built only in 2002. Leicester left their old stadium, Filbert Street, after the English Football League mandated stadiums become all-seaters. After consistently selling out the 21,500 seats they evaluated (and eventually, moved) to a larger stadium. Leicester have already confirmed that plans are underway for what’s expected to move them beyond 40,000.
11. Southampton: St. Mary’s Stadium, 32.384
Southampton’s stadium is new as of 2001, after outgrowing their prior stadium. After converting to an all-seater stadium — it had seated only slightly over 15,000. St. Mary’s Stadium is able to be expanded for 3 of its 4 sides meaning it could be expanded to somewhere above 50,000. It was rumored that during construction that Portsmouth (a rival team) fans buried a team jersey under the North stand. A pagan which was called into clear up the curse for the Southampton team.
10. Cardiff City: Cardiff City Stadium – 33,316
In 2012 Premier League Owner, Vincent Tan, provided additional investment which was used for expanding the stadium (from 28,018) to the current capacity and to upgrade facilities. Reports suggest that the stadium could be expanded as far as 60,000 but at this time seem unlikely to pursue additional expansion. The stadium is also home to the Welsh National team and is the 2nd largest stadium in Wales.
9. Everton : Goodison Park 39,221
Goodison Park’s history is rife with politics and was actually birthed from a disagreement eventually leading to the creation of Liverpool FC. Goodison Park was the first soccer-specific stadium in England. In another first, undersoil hearing made its debut in 1958 at this same ground. How much longer Goodison Park will be their home as they’ve begun discussions to build a stadium with an approximate capacity of 52,000.
8. Chelsea: Stamford Bridge 40,853
Stamford Bridge actually predates Chelsea Football Club with London Athletic Club playing here until the club’s inception. When Chelsea Football Club was created in 1905 by the owner of Stamford bridge they became the primary tenant. The official capacity for the over club was over 100,000 before being forced to “move” to an all-seated ground. Chelsea have begun planning for an expansion to roughly 63,000 with the possibility of a brief stay at Wembley during construction.
7. Newcastle United: St. James’ Park, 52,354
St. James’ Park first opened in 1880 (in at least some form) though it wasn’t used by Newcastle until their formation until 1892. St. James’ Park was used as an Olympic venue in 2012. It also received notice by Talksport magazine as one of the top 30 stadiums in Europe. The Stadium has grown substantially in the last decades moving from the mid-30,000 to its current capacity.
6. Liverpool: Anfield, 53,394
Anfield’s use as a playing surface actually predates the club (see Everton history), but the stadium at Anfield is markedly larger. After the breakdown of relationships that led to Liverpool’s formation in 1892. Both club and stadium were taken over by Fenway Sports Group in 2010 and they also the Boston Red Sox.
5. Manchester City: City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium) 55,017
Manchester City has seen substantial improvements to the Stadium, grounds, and team after their purchase from a Middle Eastern benefactor. The team sold naming rights to the stadium to Etihad Airways for a then-record for 10 years was £400m. However, a big portion of the funding went to renovations of facilities.
4. West Ham United: London Stadium 60,000
London Stadium was built for the 2012 Olympics and afterwards West Ham became the primary tenant. In 2013 West Ham was granted a 99-year tenancy that has a revenue share with the club and developer except for ticketing. The Stadium has had substantial redevelopment since it was used as an Olympic venue.
3. Arsenal: Ashburton Grove – 60,260
Ashburton Grove is another one of the newest stadiums in the League having opened in 2006. Known as “Emirates Stadium” after a £200m deal including shirt and stadium naming rights. After moving to the new stadium from their old, they’ve begun a process they call “Arsenalization” to make it seem more formidable and more like the old stadium.
2. Tottenham Hotspur: 62,062
Scheduled/Under Construction: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, 62,062
Tottenham’s new stadium has undergone months of delay after identifying some safety issues. The new stadium will hold almost 30,000 more people than Whitehart Lane had. The old stadium has been the home of the Spurs since 1899 until 2017.
(currently play at) Wembley Stadium, 90,000 (temporarily reduced to 51,000)
Wembley is Tottenham’s temporary home while they were building and still while they await the necessary changes. Wembley is the home of the English National Team, and holds playoff and Championship games for the EFL, FA Cups as well as a multitude of other events. Tottenham have never done well at Wembley (as is reflected by their seat form beating their “home form” this season).
1.Manchester United: Old Trafford 74,879
Old Trafford is the largest of the English soccer stadiums, and has actually been decreasing in capacity. In recent years they have substantial improvements to disabled sections and other match day experiences which have brought the stadium down to a “mere” 75,000 from the nearly 89,000 it once held. Old Trafford has long been a place of refuge for the Red Devils and they have generally protected the ground well. Old Trafford consistently sells out the entire stadium (with a reported 20 year wait list) and is a big tourist destination.