Where does your team’s Premier League stadium rank in size?
Is your team on the top or the bottom of our list?
Just like the spectators of the League, Premier League teams‘ stadiums come in all shapes and sizes. While the League requires certain features, size is not one of them. Recently, however, the focus has shifted from stadium size to increased spectator experience while adding more (and better) handicap accessible seating. Even some of the largest Premier League stadiums have started scaling back. Our list covers all 20 team’s stadiums from smallest Premier League stadium to the largest Premier League stadium.
AFC Bournemouth (#20)
Dean Court – Capacity: 11,329
Dean Court is the smallest Premier League stadium being used in the English top-flight. For sponsorship reasons, the stadium is known as Vitality Stadium. Although the terms of the deal weren’t released, AFC 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 team’s Premier League income.
Vicarage Road – Capacity: 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.
Turf Moor – Capacity: 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 has had several 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 unique addition, a Football University.
Selhurst Park – Capacity: 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 a discussion about moving to a former 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.
Carrow Road – Capacity: 27,244
Carrow Road is the third stadium that Norwich City has used after “The Nest” and Newmarket Road. Uniquely, this Premier League stadium was built (in its original form) in just 82 days, however, it has been expanded and upgraded several times. Carrow Road
Falmer Stadium – Capacity: 30,666
Falmer Stadium is one of the newest Premier League stadiums 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.
Molineux Stadium – Capacity: 32,050
Wolverhampton’s Molineux Stadium is one of the elders of Premier League stadiums. Molineux Stadium used to harbor a much larger capacity through the English Football League has revised its stance on stadium terracing. Development plans 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“.
King Power Stadium – Capacity: 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.
St. Mary’s Stadium – Capacity: 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 can be expanded on three of its four 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 in to clear up the curse for the Southampton team.
Bramall Lane – Capacity: 32,702
Bramall Lane holds more honors than most Premier League Stadiums can dream of. It is the oldest stadium in Sheffield and has been the club’s home since their founding in 1889. Its all-time capacity was well over 60,000 which has been reduced substantially since its conversion to an all-seater. The club is openly exploring additional expansion options which would see improvements to various club facilities and the possible addition of new amenities.
Goodison Park – Capacity: 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.
Stamford Bridge – Capacity: 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 club was over 100,000 before being forced to “move” to an all-seated ground. Chelsea has begun planning for an expansion to roughly 63,000 with the possibility of a brief stay at Wembley during construction.
Villa Park – Capacity: 42,785
Villa Park is the Premier League Stadium with the most FA Cup Semi-Finals, having hosted more than 50. It has been home for Aston Villa FC since 1897. The club is currently in the planning stages to complete a substantial upgrade to the Premier League Stadium which would see its capacity to increase to over 50,000.
St. James’ Park – Capacity: 52,354
St. James’ Park first opened in 1880 (in at least some form) though Newcastle didn’t use it 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.
Anfield – Capacity: 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.
Manchester City (#5)
City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium) – Capacity: 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 ten years was £400m. However, a significant portion of the funding went to renovations of facilities.
London Stadium – Capacity: 60,000
London Stadium was built for the 2012 Olympics, and afterward, 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.
Ashburton Grove (Emirates Stadium) – Capacity: 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.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Capacity: 62,062
Tottenham’s new stadium has undergone months of delay after identifying some safety issues. The new Premier League stadiums’ completion saw the team have a substantial improvement in former. It holds almost 30,000 more people than the old Premier League Stadium, Whitehart Lane, had. The old stadium had been the home of the Spurs from 1899 until 2017.
Old Trafford – Capacity: 74,879
Old Trafford is the Largest English Premier League stadiums and has actually been decreasing in stadium 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 waitlist) and is a big tourist destination.