The English Premier League is home to highest level of English football, where 20 elite teams duke it out annually to be crowned champions. It is the most watched league in the world, meaning that home stadiums must be capable of hosting massive capacity audiences. Here is a list of the largest Premier League stadiums ever to exist. Updated as of: 2019.
The 10 Largest Premier League Stadiums
10. Stamford Bridge, London – Chelsea FC
Stamford Bridge Stadium first opened its doors way back in 1877, making it one of the oldest and historically rich football grounds in the country. When Fulham FC declined an invitation to make it their home in 1905, the Chelsea FC was created to fill the void.
Stamford Bridge takes its name from a modest roadway bridge that served as a crossing over the nearby Stamford Creek. The bridge has since been renamed, but still remains not far from the stadium gate to this day.
While it never reached the 100,000 capacity its builders dreamed it would, the 41,631 people that it currently can host is nothing to scoff at.
9. Villa Park, Birmingham – Aston Villa FC
*Former Premiere League team – currently second tier
Villa Park is yet another one of Europe’s oldest and most renowned stadiums.
It is located in the shadow of the impressive Aston Villa Estate, and has served as home to Birmingham FC for more than 120 years since it was built in 1897, and the stadium has had the disguised honor of playing host to both World Cup and European Cup matches over the course of its impressively long history.
The current capacity is 42,682 people.
8. Stadium of Light, Sunderland – Sunderland FC
*Former Premiere League team – currently third tier
The Stadium of Light was inaugurated in 1997 by Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Named to pay tribute to the coal mining heritage of northeast England, it is the current home to Sunderland Football Club and has the capacity to play host to no less than 48,707 people.
7. Saint James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne – Newcastle United FC
Saint James’ Park is actually the oldest stadium on this list, having served as football club since it was built in 1880 and becoming home to the newly formed Newcastle United Football Club back in 1892.
Because of the numerous upgrades over the years, the stadium can now host an impressive 52,405 people.
6. Anfield, Liverpool – Liverpool FC
Yet another historical great, Anfield Stadium was first constructed in 1884 and has been home to Liverpool Football Club, currently one of the richest clubs in the world, since it was first formed in 1892.
The four-part stadium is ironically located in the rougher part of town, and is known for creating a magical atmosphere for spectators and players alike, particularly the world famous Spion Kop section, which is notorious for hosting the loudest and most involved crowds in the league.
The stadium can host no less than 54,074 people at any given time.
5. City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester – Manchester City FC
The City of Manchester Stadium, alternately known as the Etihad or Eastlands Stadium, was designed to boost Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Olympics. While the city didn’t end up landing the Olympics, it did get the consolation prize of hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2002 before it was reconfigured as a football stadium for the 2003 season.
The stadium boasts a capacity of 55,079 people and is home to Manchester City Football Club.
4. Emirates Stadium, London – Arsenal FC
Emirates Stadium was previously known as Ashburton Grove. It was inaugurated by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 2006 at the cost of no less than 390 million pounds and it serves as home to Arsenal FC.
The capacity of the stadium was recently reduced due to safety concerns. The current capacity is 59,867 people.
3. London Stadium, London – West Ham United FC
The London Stadium, formerly known as the Olympic Stadium, is the newest stadium on this list and was opened in 2012 to serve as a world focal point during the 2012 Olympics in London.
It was since repurposed to suit the needs of West Ham United Football Club, who officially made the stadium their home in 2016. It has a seating capacity of 60,000 people.
2. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London – Tottenham Hotspur FC
Opened in April of 2019, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is actually a temporary name, with naming rights expected to be sold to a sponsor. This new stadium replaced the team’s old one, White Hart Lane, and is designed to be a multi-purpose stadium. Among its features are a retractable football pitch, which reveals a synthetic pitch underneath for NFL London Games and other events.
The new stadium boasts a seating capacity of 62,062 people, making it one of the largest stadiums in the premier league.
1. Old Trafford, Trafford – Manchester United FC
The Old Trafford Stadium has a storied history. It was built in 1910, but the grounds were used for a Scottish sporting event called shinty before the actual stadium came into existence. It was damaged and rebuilt after WWII air raids, and has hosted both World Cup and European Championship games during its epic reign.
The stadium can host up to 75,643 people and remains one of Britain’s most iconic stadiums.
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