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Ranking the 10 largest stadiums in the Premier League currently
Manchester United v Newcastle United - Premier League
Football is a game made for and by the fans, a fact we found out ever so cruelly amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when football was confined to games behind closed doors. The electric atmosphere and rousing voices of the fans were dearly missed, as football games resembled eerily staged practice games in silence.
The 2021-22 Premier League season has seen a return to close to full capacity, capturing the excitement, sound and sight of a live audience. From the holy grounds of Anfield, to St. James Park and Stamford Bridge, heres a look at the top 10 largest Premier League stadiums by capacity:
Goodison Park has historically been defined as Englands first ever major football-specific stadium. The blue half of Merseyside has called this stadium at the heart of Liverpool home, since 1892. Even more interestingly, modern dayLiverpool FCwas born out of infighting and politics regarding Goodison Park.
Just 3 days after batteringUnited5-0 at Goodison ParkEvertondumped the reds out of the League Cup at Old TraffordMUNEVE
Just 3 days after batteringUnited5-0 at Goodison ParkEvertondumped the reds out of the League Cup at Old Trafford
Evertons history has seen the stadium evolve and adapt to the demands of spectator capacity and safety regulations. Goodison is also famous for being the first ever ground to have undersoil heating in 1958 to overcome the rock hard conditions of the English winter.
The history of Stamford Bridge, located in South West London, predates the birth of its occupants,Chelsea Football Club.
First opened in 1877 and used by the London Athletic Club, Chelsea FC was formed in 1905 and have been occupants for well beyond a century. In its heyday, Stamford Bridge could hold close to 100,000 standing spectators, having been designed by Archibald Leitch. Leitch was also the man responsible for Craven Cottage and Hampden Park.
The 1970s plans for redevelopment and increased seating capacity almost put the club in bankruptcy, having been a costly and arduous affair. The modern iteration of Stamford Bridge has coincided with the clubs rejuvented success and global rise to popularity. The naming rights of the ground, pitch and turnstiles are owned by the Chelsea Pitch Owners Association, a fan-owned organization that preserves the integrity of the historic ground.
Another historic ground on this list, Villa Park in Aston, Birmingham, is home to one-time European championsAston Villa. In 1897, Aston Villa moved to what was once called Aston Lower Grounds, in the middle of the Aston Hall grounds. The field was in place of what was once designated as a pool area.
Once capable of hosting over 70,000 plus, the current capacity, with four double tier stands, is currently a little more than half that figure. Due to a combination of Villas relegation and recoveries, the allure is slightly lost on this once historic ground. However, it still boasts a cracking atmosphere during the big games, especially against perennial rivals Birmingham City
St. James Park (infamously named the Sportsdirect Arena) is the holy cathedral ofNewcastle Uniteds religious fan base and has hosted the Toon since 1897. Another redesign by the famous Archibald Leitch in the 1920s, St. James Park was built across a slanting grazing ground and had a capacity of up to 60,000 in 1905.
The modern stadium, signified by the Sir John Hall stand inaugarated in 1993, is iconic for its Shilloute architecture. The white color of the Leazes and Milburn stands proudly jutting across the top of the pitch.
Its almost hard to believe thatLiverpoolrank sixth on this list, considering the ground has been lauded as one of the most popular in European club competitions. The club synonymous with Anfield has been Liverpool FC, despite which Everton were the first occupants in 1884.
It was in 1892 that Liverpool Football Club was born out of a dispute over Anfield, which has since been a spiritual home for the Reds. Many legends such as Bob Paisley, Bill Shankly and Sir Kenny Dalgalish have all seen glory and been honored across the stadium.
A packed Anfield singing Youll Never Walk Alone. Weve missed this noise ❤️
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