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The Five Biggest Premier League Stadiums

Updated on March 10, 2011

Manchester United's Old Trafford

The English Premier League is the greatest football league on the planet. Half a billion people from all over the world follow the games on a weekly basis in more than 200 countries worldwide.  Despite its worldwide appeal and media dominance among the national soccer leagues, watching the sport on TV is nothing compared to the atmosphere and electricity you can experience by visiting a ground and watching the spectacle from up close.

If the idea of pulling on the appropriate colours and sitting in a ground with thousands of fanatical English fans appeals to you, then here is a list of the five biggest grounds by capacity in the Premier League:

Old Trafford – (Capacity 75,957) The spiritual home of Manchester United since 1910, Old Trafford is the biggest domestic ground in England. Known around the world, “Man U” are one of the wealthiest and most successful clubs in English and European football alike and have a ground to match. Like all stadia at the time, Old Trafford started life as a mainly standing ground, before being converted to an all-seater stadium by 1990 after the findings of the report into the Hillsborough disaster.  Old Trafford was actually bombed by German bombers during the war and largely destroyed, but a small set back like this wasn’t going to put off the Red Devils from returning to their roots and the stadium remains their home ground today.

Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

The Emirates Stadium – (Capacity 60,335) is the home of Arsenal FC. Opened just before the start of the 2006/2007 season it took over as Arsenal’s home ground from Highbury which at just 38,000 was deemed too small for the successful North London side.  The state of the art stadium cost a whopping £470 million to complete, though £100 million of this was recouped by selling the naming rights to the eponymous Arab airline.

St. James Park – (Capacity 52,387) is the spiritual home of Newcastle United, A.K.A The Magpies or the Geordies.  St James Park is the oldest ground on the list and has been continuously used by Newcastle since their creation in 1892. It has since been redeveloped a number of times to make it the goliath that it is today, towering over Newcastle upon Tyne’s city centre.  Known for their fanatical support and big attendances, the Geordies have endured a tough period on the pitch recently, but have returned to the Premier League this year and are playing well once again.   

Newcastle's St James Park

Sunderland's Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light – (Capacity 49,000) The headquarters of Sunderland AFC since their move from Roker Park in 1997, the stadium was built upon an old colliery site alongside the River Wear.  The Black Cat’s stadium was initially 42,000 before having a new tier added in 2002, with noises being made that it may be extended to 60,000 seater if England ever get to host a tournament.  After a series of up and down seasons where Sunderland struggled to maintain their Premier League status, the club is now on the rise and seemingly have enough money and good enough players to stay comfortably in the league and even possibly host European football for the first time in the Stadium.

The City of Manchester Stadium - (Capacity 47,826) Also referred to as Eastlands is the home of Manchester City FC.  The stadium was built in order for Manchester to host the Commonwealth Games in 2002, but with a takeover strategy by Manchester City in mind. City eventually moved to the stadium for the 2003/2004 season.  City are now a team very much on the up with hundreds of millions of foreign money being pumped into new players and the club in general.   With this in mind, an agreement was signed in 2010 between the club and Manchester council which could pave the way for the ground to be expended to 60,000.

Manchester City's City of Manchester Stadium

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      Michael Coker 

      3 years ago

      That Is Good Thanks

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      yousurf 

      4 years ago

      stadium of light

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      kieran 

      5 years ago

      man utd sing along and its the biggist stadiom and there never a seat missing

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      unknown 

      6 years ago

      fixh

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      Promise 

      6 years ago

      God help them

    • superwags profile imageAUTHOR

      superwags 

      8 years ago from UK

      Haha! I knew I'd encourage a geordie out of the woodwork from somewhere! Sid James' will be pretty empty in the championship unless Ashley puts that Carroll money into a new striker.

      Actually in all seriousness, it's good to have both of our clubs up in the prem. It's going to be a tight one this season though, 40 ponts might not even be enough to keep a team up...

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      Martyv25 

      8 years ago

      Nice hub, thought I could add some friendly rivalry here, as a Newcastle fan I am very pleased to see St James Park 1 spot above the Stadium Of Light.

      Great hub, thanks for the info.

    • superwags profile imageAUTHOR

      superwags 

      8 years ago from UK

      It's a tremendous atmosphere. Even my team - Sunderland, who play at the stadium of light - and aren't particularly well known or likely to win much, still get an average attendence of 40,000 (the full 50,000 if we're playing a big team, or Newcastle).

      If you're ever over here (or Europe generally), it's worth trying to get to a game in one of the big grounds because it's quite unlike anything else.

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      tazzmania89 

      8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I live in Canada so the biggest sports we have are basketball, hockey and baseball. Basketball and hockey stadiums go no bigger than 30000 seats while the Rogers Centre seats 50000. Although no one goes to the Rogers Centre since the Toronto Blue Jays suck. It must be a moment to be in soccer stadium.

    • superwags profile imageAUTHOR

      superwags 

      8 years ago from UK

      ns, the people who eat prawn sandwiches?! It is a fantistic stadium.

      Mark, it really is worth visiting one of these grounds. If you didn't like football before, then you will after you've seen a live game!

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      ns1209 

      8 years ago from UK - England

      Good Hub and it is good to see the pictures too. I am a Manchester United fan and Old Trafford is a fantastic stadium. The only negative is due to the size of Old Trafford and Man United there are many spectators who don't cheer or sing any songs!

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      Mark Ewbie 

      8 years ago from UK

      Well you did a good job on it. I'm not a huge football fan, but I like architecture so I'd go for the Man City ground. What I like about all of them though is the size and you can almost hear the roar of the crowds - even in the pictures.

    • superwags profile imageAUTHOR

      superwags 

      8 years ago from UK

      Cheers, any particular favourite? I'm a Sunderland fan and really struggled writing positive things about Newcastle's ground!

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      Mark Ewbie 

      8 years ago from UK

      Excellent stadium pics!

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