Top 5 Premier League football stadiums
Guide to 5 top football stadiums in England Premier League
Not only does the England Premier League have some of the finest football clubs in the world, they also have the top football grounds in the world for fans to enjoy the total experience of The Beautiful Game and energy of the exciting matches. England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland have more than 200 football grounds including the outstanding Wembley Stadium, home ground to the England National Team. The following is a guide to the top five most popular Premier League grounds.
Old Trafford – Manchester United
Capacity: 76,100 seats
The 'Theatre Of Dreams' is without doubt one of the top grounds in the country. One of the finest grounds in all of Europe, the totally enclosed Old Trafford Stadium has steadily expanded over the last couple of decades raising its capacity to an amazing 76,100, making it the largest Premier League ground in Britain. Both ends are large two tiered steep stands with a large lower tier and smaller upper tier. The three tiered Sir Alex Ferguson Stand has the largest capacity stand of any League Ground in England with 25,500 seats. The older Main South Stand is single tiered, with a television screen suspended below the roof. All the stands have a row of executive boxes at the back of the lower tier. In April 2016 the Main South Stand was renamed the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand offering some the best views of the ground from the front of this stand and from the away section. Outside the ground is the Sir Matt Busby Statue and above the entrance to the Club Museum outside the North Stand is a statue of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Across Sir Matt Busby Way is the United Trinity Statue of three of the 1968 European Cup winning team; George Best, Denis Law and Sir Bobby Charlton.
Away supporters are located in part of the East and Sir Bobby Charlton Stands providing great views and seating for 3,000. After being searched, fans enter stadium by placing their ticket into an electronic bar code reader. It is then up a few flights of steep stairs to the concourse that offers food and drink. At the far end of the concourse is a large flat screen TV.
Address: Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA
Stadium Tours: 0161 868 8000
Pitch Size: 116 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: The Red Devils
Year Ground Opened: 1910
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Chevrolet
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red, White and Black
Away Kit: Blue With Red Trim
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Emirates Stadium – Arsenal
Capacity: 60,432 seats
The Gunners’ stunning four-tiered home ground, Emirates Stadium, enjoys a capacity of more than 60,000, and can claim to be the biggest stadium in London. As you approach Emirates Stadium, there are bronze statues of former manager Herbert Chapman and former players Tony Adams and Thierry Henry – someday there will be a statue of veteran Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
The lower tier is large and shallow, set back from the playing surface. A small second tier, which is called the Club tier has seating, but is only eight rows high and slightly overhangs the lower tier. The second tier known as “prawn circle” has several lounges and restaurants. The third tier with 150 executive boxes is the smallest, and fits entirely under the large fourth “upper” tier. The fourth tier is shaped in a semi-circle and topped by a stunning roof designed to allow optimum light to get to the pitch. Two major large video screens are located in the North West and South East corners. Away fans at the Emirates Stadium are housed in the lower tier of the South East corner with about 3,000 big, padded seats and lots of leg room.
Entrance to the impressive Emirates is by a 'smart ticket’ that you or a steward enters into a ticket reader to gain entry after being searched. Once inside Emirates there are great food choices on the concourse – some pricey. Away fans are located very close to the home fans. The Gunners mascot is 'Gunnersaurus, a bright green, fluffy dinosaur. On Gillespie Road near Arsenal Tube Station going towards the Emirates, try popular Piebury Corner.
Address: Highbury House, London, N5 1BU
Stadium Tours: 020 7619 5000
Pitch Size: 105m x 68m
Club Nickname: The Gunners
Year Ground Opened: 2006
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Fly Emirates
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Yellow and Grey
Third Kit: Navy with Fluorescent Yellow Trim
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Etihad Stadium – Manchester City
Capacity: 55,097 seats
The totally enclosed Etihad stadium with a capacity of over 55,000 is known for its superb facilities. Both semi-circular stands on either side of the pitch are identical with three tiers and a row of executive boxes running across the stands between the second and third tiers. The North Stand will be expanded in a similar fashion. The second tier slightly overhangs the lower. The spectacular roof goes around the stadium reaching up over the stands and down to the North end. The perspex strip below the roof and the spectator areas allows light to reach the pitch. The upper tiers are steeper than the lower, ensuring that spectators are kept close to the playing action in the East and Colin Bell stands. The stadium has two large video screens in opposite corners of the ground. Near the main club entrance is a memorial garden with a tribute to former Manchester City player Marc-Vivien Foe. The Etihad ground playing surface is the largest in the Premier League. Man City’s mascots are a pair of ETs called 'Moonchester' and 'Moonbeam'.
Away fans are located in one side of the South Stand at one end of the ground with great views, spread across the upper, middle, and lower tiers, where up to 3,000 fans are seated close to the home fans - 4,500 for cup games. The Man City fans anthem is 'Blue Moon'. The stadium features spacious concourses and large plasma flat television screens showing the game. Food options include peppered steak and other pies. Entrance to Etihad stadium is gained by placing your ticket into an electronic reader.
Address: Rowsley St, Manchester M11 3FF
Stadium Tours: 0161 444 1894 (Option 4)
Pitch Size: 116 x 77 yards
Club Nickname: The Blues or Citizens
Year Ground Opened: 2002
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Etihad Airways
Kit Manufacturer: Nike
Home Kit: Sky Blue and White
Away Kit: Navy and Sky Blue
Third Kit: Green With Black Trim
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Anfield Stadium – Liverpool
Capacity: 54,074 seats
The impressive Anfield Stadium has two new tiers above the Main Stand increasing the capacity of the stand from 12,000 to 20,500 and increasing the capacity of Anfield to over 54,000 seats. The expanded Main Stand now towers over the stadium and makes the Kop Stand with a capacity of 13,000 look smaller. The Main Stand has single rows of executive boxes located between the tiers. The players tunnel and team dugouts are located in front. The striking roof is made of transparent panels to allow more light to the pitch, protruding out over the stand and curved to each side of the stand. The notorious Kop Terrace at one end of the ground was replaced in 1994 by a huge stand, designed to emulate the shape of the old Kop. At the other end, the two-tiered Anfield Road Stand, partly for away supporters, was opened in 1998. The two tiered; Centenary Stand on the opposite side was originally called the Kemlyn Road Stand which boasts a row of executive boxes and a capacity of 12,000 seats. In the corner between the Kop and Centenary stands is an electric scoreboard that shows the match score in bright red letters. The stadium is totally enclosed.
Outside Anfield, there is a statue of Bill Shankly located near to the Club shop, and the Bob Paisley 'Gateway'. On Anfield Road there were wrought iron gates which have the legendary Liverpool phrase 'You'll Never Walk Alone' displayed above them, plus a memorial to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster that are temporarily in storage due to new construction.
Away fans are located in the Anfield Road Stand with 3,000 seats. This stand is shared with home supporters. Teams come out to 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with red and white scarves and flags waving across the Kop at the beginning of the match.
Address: Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Stadium Tours: 0151 260 6677
Pitch Size: 110 x 75 yards
Club Nickname: The Reds
Year Ground Opened: 1884
Shirt Sponsors: Standard Chartered
Kit Manufacturer: New Balance
Home Kit: All Red With White Trim
Away Kit: All Black
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Stamford Bridge – FC Chelsea
Capacity: 41,623 seats
Historic Stamford Bridge ground is totally inclosed with three new stands built since the mid-1990's. The latest addition to the stadium is the three-tiered West Stand that opened in 2001 with a row of executive boxes running across the middle with outside seating. The stadium roof is transparent, allowing more light to reach the pitch. The three tiered older East Stand opened in 1973 with the team dugouts situated in front. Smaller two-tiered stands are at either end - the Matthew Harding Stand and Shed End stand. There are two large video screens located in opposite corners of the stadium. Outside the stadium behind the West Stand is a statue of legendary Peter Osgood. Chelsea have played at the same stadium since they were formed in 1905 in a pub in Fulham Road across from what is now Stamford Bridge. The pub where Chelsea were formed is now called the Butcher's Hook.
Away fans are seated on one side of the Shed End lower tier towards the East Stand side in around 3,000 tickets. For cup games the whole of the Shed End can be allocated. The view from this area of the ground is pretty good and there is a wide range of food offerings from cheeseburger to vegetarian pasties, beer and wine. There are televisions on the concourses, showing highlights from the first half at break.
Address: Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Stadium Tours: 0371 811 1955*
Pitch Size: 113 x 74 Yards
Club Nickname: The Blues
Year Ground Opened: 1905
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Yokohama Tyres
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Royal Blue With White Trim
Away Kit: Black and Grey
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