The world's most popular domestic football league, the Premier League, plays in some of England's grandest stadiums. If you've ever wondered where the biggest football stadiums in England are to be found, and which clubs ply their trade in them, then you'll enjoy our guide to the 10 Biggest Football Stadiums in England:
1. Wembley Stadium
London's Wembley stadium stands aloof from the partisan rivalries that fuel English football. Instead, the ultra-modern successor to the venerable Empire Stadium is used as a neutral venue for hosting cup finals, relegation battles and matches featuring the England national team. The stadium can accommodate 90,000 spectators, and can be instantly recognised - courtesy of the massive suspension arch which soars over Wembley's hallowed turf.
2. Old Trafford - Manchester United
It is perhaps fitting that the most successful British football club of the new Millennium plays their football in the largest club-owned stadium in England. A visit to Old Trafford is regarded as a football pilgrimage by Manchester United fans around the world, and the stadium is frequently packed to its 76,000 capacity by a sea of red-shirted fans.
3. Emirates Stadium - Arsenal
The Emirates Stadium in London is one of the more recent additions to England's football stadiums. The 60,000 capacity stadium replaced Arensal's former home at Highbury, and was built after a decade of unprecedented success by the Gunners. Notable features of the stadium include the joint largest pitch in England, and special design features which are used to accentuate natural lighting in the stadium.
4. St James' Park - Newcastle
The home of Newcastle United is the largest stadium in the North-East of England. The 52,000 capacity ground is situated in the middle of the city of Newcastle, and its cantilevered roof is visible from various vantage points in the city. St James's Park is instantly recognisable by its asymmetrical stands - the product of attempts to expand capacity whilst avoiding conflicts with nearby residents and the city council.
5. Stadium of Light - Sunderland
With a capacity of 49,000, Sunderland's Stadium of Light is the fifth largest football stadium in England. The ground boasts ultra-modern facilities after the most recent round of renovations, which was concluded in 2000. Today the Stadium of Light is one the five elite football stadiums in England which carry a five star UEFA rating.
6. City of Manchester Stadium - Manchester City
Whilst it may not be recognised as one of England's most atmospheric football grounds, the City of Manchester Stadium is one of the country's largest football stadiums. The 48,000 capacity stadium was originally constructed to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, before being converted to a football stadium in 2003 - the same year in which Manchester City secured the City of Manchester Stadium as a home ground.
7. Anfield Stadium - Liverpool
Liverpool is home to one of the oldest and most regal football stadiums in England. The 45,000 capacity stadium features grandstands that have become the stuff of football folklore, such as the intimidating 'Kop', which at one point could accommodate 30,000 spectators. Many Liverpool fans lament the fact that Anfield is scheduled to be replaced by a 60,000 capacity stadium at Stanley Park in the near future.
8. Villa Park - Aston Villa
Villa Park in Birmingham, England, is one of the oldest football grounds still in use in the country. The 42,000 capacity ground is one of the five stadiums in England to boast a 5 star UEFA ranking and has hosted numerous international matches. Aston Villa Football Club is expected to expand the stadium capacity to 50,000 within the next decade.
9. Stamford Bridge - Chelsea
Once one of the more obscure stadiums in England, the Stamford Bridge Stadium is today synonymous with the remarkable ascent of Chelsea Football club from the doldrums of English football. Known to fans as 'The Bridge', the stadium can accommodate 42,000 spectators. Plans are afoot to increase stadium capacity to 55,000, however, this is currently being prevented by zoning laws and surrounding structures.
10. Goodison Park - Everton
England's tenth largest football stadium is also the world's oldest stadium custom-built to host football matches. Opened in 1892, Goodison Park, sometimes described as Liverpool's 'Grand Old Lady', currently accommodates 39,500 spectators. Goodison Park, with its antiquated double-tier hanging stands, appears destined to be made redundant by the planned Kirkby Stadium in coming years.
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