Bet UK's Complete Premier League Stadium Guide
One of the highlights of any football fans season is planning which away games they want to go to. Away games offer a completely different experience that attracts both new and old fans. To help you out when planning your trips for the 2018/19 Premier League season, Bet UK have got useful information for each premier league ground.
Emirates Stadium | Vitality Stadium | Amex Arena | Turf Moor | Cardiff City Stadium | Stamford Bridge | Selhurst Park | Goodison Park | Craven Cottage | John Smith's Stadium | King Power Stadium | Anfield | Etihad Stadium | Old Trafford | St James Park | Tottenham Hotspur Stadium | St Mary's Stadium | Vicarage Road | London Stadium | Molineux
History of the Emirates Stadium
The Emirates Stadium has been the home of Arsenal since they moved away from Highbury in 2006. The Emirates was officially opened in July 2006, with the opening match being Dennis Bergkamp’s testimonial between Arsenal and Ajax. The opening Premier League match was between Arsenal and Aston Villa, at the start of the 2006/07 season. Arsenal actually fell behind during the match, with the first official goal coming courtesy of Villa centre back Olof Mellberg.
Emirates Stadium Capacity
The Emirates Stadium officially holds 59,867, making it the 3rd largest football stadium in England. However the record attendance at the Emirates was 60,161 when Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1.
How to get to the Emirates Stadium?
The best way to get to the Emirates Stadium is on the London Underground, with driving heavily discouraged. Parking restrictions and road closures on match days make it difficult to drive around the stadium. The stadium is easily accessed through 2 tube stations. Arsenal station is closest to the northern side of the ground, with Highbury & Islington stadium closer to the south.
History of the Vitality Stadium
The Vitality Stadium, also known as Dean Court, has been AFC Bournemouth’s home ground since it opened in 1910. The stadium first hosted a Football League match in 1923, when Bournemouth drew 0-0 with Swindon Town. In 1957, the ground’s record attendance of 28,799 for a match against Manchester United. The ground was completely rebuilt in 2001, even moving the pitch by 90 degrees. The name ‘Vitality Stadium’ was officially changed in 2015, just in time for Bournemouth’s maiden Premier League season. Following the clubs success under Eddie Howe, plans for a brand new stadium were announced in 2017.
Vitality Stadium Capacity
The Vitality Stadium is by far the smallest in the Premier League, holding just 11,360 fans. Development of the ground has been difficult, as Bournemouth do not own the Vitality Stadium. This has caused issues that are part of the reason for Bournemouth's plans for a new stadium.
How to get to the Vitality Stadium?
The Vitality Stadium can be reached by following the A338 towards Bournemouth, which will have signs towards Kings Park. Follow signs to Kings Park and you’ll be able to see the ground. The Vitality Stadium does offer a car parking facility, but it quickly fills up, so if you aren’t at the ground around 2 hours before kick off, it might be best to look elsewhere. If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Pokesdown. Although most trains will stop at Bournemouth Central, trains run regularly from Central to Pokesdown. From Pokesdown, it is a 15 minute walk to reach the ground.
History of the AMEX Arena
Brighton have played at the AMEX Arena since it opened in 2011. Previously, Brighton has struggled for over a decade to find a home after moving from the Goldstone Ground. The ground cost £93 million in total, but following the clubs promotion to the Premier League in 2017, the cost has well and truly been worth it.
AMEX Arena Capacity
The capacity of the AMEX Arena is 30,750, a quite impressive figure for a side that only has 1 season of Premier League experience. The record attendance at the AMEX Arena came in Brighton’s debut season, with 30,634 attending Brighton’s 5-1 loss to Liverpool in December 2017.
How to get to the AMEX Arena?
The AMEX Arena sits closely to the A27 Brighton bypass, making it easy to access from both London and the north. The AMEX offers 2,000 spaces that can be prepaid so spaces can be guaranteed in anticipation of a matchday. There are also several park and ride services offered by the club that provide another 1,500 spaces around the city. Brighton match tickets also come with free match day travel by train. Falmer railway station is the main station next to the stadium, which can easily be reached from Brighton railway station.
History of Turf Moor
Turf Moor is one of the Premier League’s oldest ground, hosting its first Football League match in 1888. Originally a cricket ground, sport in some form has been held at Turf Moor for almost 200 years. Throughout the years, the ground has been rebuilt and redeveloped countless times. However, the ground still has an ‘old-school’ feel, with 4 terrace style stands, rather than the standard bowl design that modern stadiums seem to follow.
Turf Moor Capacity
With the lack of modern development that Turf Moor has seen in it’s 185 year existence, it only holds 21,401, which is quite small by modern standards. The record attendance at Turf Moor is actually nearly 3 times the current capacity. 54,775 supporters watched Burnley play Huddersfield in a FA Cup 3rd round tie in 1924.
How to get to Turf Moor?
Turf Moor is located just to the east of Burnley town centre. Turf Moor has 2 dedicated car parks of its own, but there are several public car parks within a couple of miles of the ground. The ground is also relatively close to both Burnley bus station and Burnley Central railway station, so public transport is a viable method of reaching Turf Moor.
History of the Cardiff City Stadium
The Cardiff City Stadium finished construction in 2009, 3 years after the plans were initially approved by Cardiff council. At one point, the stadium construction looked like it could be cancelled, with Cardiff City finding themselves in nearly £30 million worth of debt. Cardiff City eventually played their first game at the stadium in 2009, a friendly against Celtic. The Cardiff City Stadium hosted the 2014 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla. The event even prompted chairman Vincent Tan to extend the Ninian Park Stand by an extra 5,000.
Cardiff City Stadium Capacity
Following the expansion for the UEFA Super Cup, the official capacity is 33,280. The record attendance for the Cardiff City Stadium is actually for the Welsh national team. 33,280 Welsh fans attended Wales’ Euro 2016 Qualifier against Belgium in 2015.
How to get to the Cardiff City Stadium
The Cardiff City Stadium is surrounded by 2 railway stations: the Ninian Park railway station and the Grangetown railway station. Both stations are easily accessible from Cardiff Central and Queen Street stations. If you are travelling by car, the Cardiff City Stadium is found just off the Leckwith Interchange on the A4232. Car parks are available, however most spaces are pre allocated to season ticket holders.
History of Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have played at Stamford Bridge since their founding in 1905. The ground saw major renovations in the 1990’s that gave the stadium the more modern look that it has today. Before the renovation, Stamford Bridge actually had a running track around the pitch, with the stadium being more historically multipurpose. Chelsea plan to move to redevelop the ground again, increasing the capacity for 60,000 in time for the 2023/24 season.
Stamford Bridge Stadium Capacity
Even though Roman Abramovich plans to increase Stamford Bridge’s capacity, it can still hold 41,631 fans today. The official record attendance however, is 82,905, from Chelsea v Arsenal in 1935.
How to get to Stamford Bridge?
As with most London based grounds, driving to Stamford Bridge is not recommended. If driving is the only choice, it would be best to park away from the Bridge and get the tube closer to the ground. Fulham Broadway and Earl’s Court are both close to the ground and can both be found on the District line.
History of Selhurst Park
Selhurst Park was built in 1924, immediately becoming the home ground for Crystal Palace. Today, the ground is a mixture between the traditional old English football grounds, as well as a more modern look. The ground has held a few famous games, including the first time Real Madrid played in London. As well as attracting the Spanish giants in 1953, Selhurst Park was also where the most watched televised match of all time was held. Over 100 million people tuned in to watch Chinese footballers Sun Jihai and Fan Zhiyi make their first appearance in the Premier League. No plans are currently in place for the redevelopment of Selhurst Park.
Selhurst Park Stadium Capacity
Selhurst Park can currently hold 26,074 Crystal Palace fans. The record attendance at Selhurst Park is 37,774, however the ground also holds the record for the lowest attendance at a Premier League game. Just 3,039 fans watched Wimbledon v Everton during the Dons’ ground share with Crystal Palace.
How to get to Selhurst Park?
If you are travelling to Selhurst Park by car, then drive along the M25 until you reach Junction 7. From there, follow the signs towards Croydon. Carry on down the road, until just past Thornton Heath Station where you turn left. From there, the ground will be on your right. Travelling by train will be the easiest way to reach Selhurst Park, with several train stations close to the ground. Selhurst, Thornton Heath and Norwood Junction all lie on the London Victoria line and are within a 15 minute walk to the ground.
History of Goodison Park
Goodison Park has been the home to Everton FC since it first opened in 1905. Everton are one of the few clubs never to be relegated from the Premier League, in fact the Liverpudlians have been in the top flight since 1954. With Everton’s incredible record, Goodison Park has seen more top flight football than any other English ground. Goodison is also famous for holding international matches, particularly during the 1966 World Cup. Eusebio scored 6 of his 9 goals at Goodison, claiming it was ‘the best stadium in his life’. Goodison Park is also the only ground in which Garrincha lost a match for the Brazilian national team.
Goodison Park Stadium Capacity
Goodison Park currently holds 40,157 fans every other week. The record attendance was unsurprisingly for a Merseyside derby, with 78,299 supports attending in 1948. Plans for a new stadium has been on and off for years, with the Liverpool docks area the likely venue of the ground.
How to get to Goodison Park?
Goodison Park is closer to Liverpool Lime Street station, rather than Liverpool Central Station. The closest non-mainline station is Kirkdale, which can be reached from either of the main stations. Car parking is difficult around the ground, with many streets having resident only parking.
History of Craven Cottage
Craven Cottage is one of the most unique grounds in the Premier League, sitting on the banks of the River Thames. The original Craven Cottage dates back to 1780, with the first football match being played there in 1896. The ground was not made into a modern, all seater stadium until 2003, when Fulham were forced to ground share with London neighbours QPR. The board has repeatedly tried to expand the capacity of the ground, but the location of the ground means the practicality of an expansion is difficult.
Craven Cottage Stadium Capacity
Craven Cottage holds 25,700 fans, but plans have finally been approved to increase the capacity to 30,000. However it is unknown when the work will begin. Not unlike many other grounds, the record attendance exceeds the capacity. 49,335 fans attended Fulham v Millwall in 1938.
How to get to Craven Cottage?
The nearest underground station is Putney Bridge, which can be found on the District Line. Craven Cottage is only around a 15 minute walk from Putney Bridge, so it’s not too bad of a journey. If you plan on driving to Craven Cottage, car parking can be difficult to find, with many meters around the ground only offering 1 hour pay and display parking.
History of John Smith’s Stadium
The John Smith’s Stadium, also known as the Kirklees Stadium, has been home to Huddersfield’s football and rugby teams since 1994. The stadium is owned by both Huddersfield Town and Huddersfield Giants, who play at the ground in alternating weeks. As well as regular league action, the ground has also held several Rugby League World Cup and Rugby World Cup matches.
John Smith’s Stadium Capacity
24,500 fans can fit inside the John Smith’s Stadium, for both football and rugby matches. The official record attendance was for a rugby league match, watched by 24,375 spectators.
How to get to the John Smith’s Stadium?
If travelling by car, follow signs for Huddersfield along the A62 and you will be able to spot the stadium as you drive. Car parking around the John Smith’s Stadium is relatively accessible compared to many other Premier League grounds. The ground itself offers a car park for £6, but many local businesses also offer parking for £5. The John Smith’s Stadium is also only a short walk from the Huddersfield Railway Station.
History of the King Power Stadium
Leicester City originally played their matches at Filbert Street, before a 2002 move to the King Power Stadium. Leicester’s top flight success towards the end of the 1990’s prompted the owners to build a new stadium, with Filbert Street selling out every week. Despite Leicester falling out of the top flight during construction of the King Power, the stadium was officially opened in 2002 by Gary Lineker. In 2016, just 2 years after being promoted to the Premier League, Leicester were crowned champions at the King Power Stadium.
King Power Stadium Capacity
The King Power Stadium currently holds 32,312 spectators, but plans were announced in April 2018 to increase capacity to 42,000. Following Leicester's Premier League and Champions League success, it’s no surprise that the owners are confident of selling an extra 10,000 tickets every week.
How to get to the King Power Stadium?
If driving to the King Power Stadium, head down the M1 until Junction 21. Come off at junction 21 and follow signs for Leicester. As you get closer to the city centre, the King Power Stadium will be clearly signposted. Alternatively, the Park and Ride will drop you off into the city centre, with just a short walk from the drop off to the ground. If you travel by train, then expect about a 30 minute walk to the ground. The route to the ground is clearly signposted from directly outside the ground.
History of Anfield
Anfield is the historic home of Liverpool FC, one of England’s most successful clubs. Build in 1884, the ground was actually where Everton played their home matches for 8 years before Liverpool moved in. Liverpool started playing at Anfield in 1892. Since their move into Anfield, Liverpool have won 19 league titles, 5 European Cups and many other trophies. Although Anfield hasn’t seen a trophy winning side for a few years, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to bring more silverware to the historic ground.
After a recent stadium expansion, Anfield is now the 6th biggest ground in England, holding up to 54,074 fans. There are further plans that could see the capacity extend to 61,000, making Anfield the 2nd biggest club ground in the country.
How to get to Anfield?
Follow signs to Liverpool on the M62 until coming off onto the A5058. ‘Football Stadia’ will be signposted around the ring road, which will take you directly to Anfield. Car parking is hard to come by however, especially after the capacity increase. For those travelling by rail, Kirkdale Railway Station is the closest to the ground, little less than a mile away. However, it can get very busy so it is often advised to head to Sandhills Station, which provides a bus service to the ground.
History of the Etihad Stadium
Originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Etihad Stadium was nearly built as an athletics stadium. After being used during the Commonwealth Games, Manchester City agreed to move into the stadium for the start of the 2003/04 season. The ground was expanded to accommodate the extra fans needed by Manchester City before the Citizens moved in. After the takeover by Sheikh Mansour, popularity in Manchester City obviously increased, with more work expansion work being completed in 2015.
Etihad Stadium Capacity
The official capacity of the Etihad stadium started at 38,000, but now after 2 lots of renovation, the capacity has increased to 55,097. The record attendance at the Etihad was broken in 2016 when 54,693 fans watched City lose to eventual champions Leicester City.
How to get to the Etihad Stadium?
If travelling by train, head towards Manchester Piccadilly railway station. From there, it’s either a 20 minute walk along a stewarded route, or a tram that can take you direct the the ground. If you plan on driving to the Etihad, head on the M6 until junction 19. Follow signs towards Ashton under Lyne along the A662, which will take you to the ground.
History of Old Trafford
Old Trafford was nicknamed ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ by Bobby Charlton after his playing time for Manchester United, and rightly so. The Red Devils have played at Old Trafford since 1910 and have grown to be England’s most successful club. With managers like Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson, as well as legendary players Charlton, Best and Giggs, it’s not surprise that Manchester United have achieved so much at Old Trafford. Old Trafford is the biggest club stadium in England, and has been used for much more than football. Rugby league and rugby union matches as both been held here, as well as countless concerts.
Old Trafford Capacity
Old Trafford is the largest club football stadium in England, holding 74,994 fans. Old Trafford capacity also makes it the 11th largest in Europe.
How to get to Old Trafford?
The best way is to take advantage of the Metrolink trains from Manchester Piccadilly station. Old Trafford has its own station that it shares with the cricket ground of the same name. There is also a ‘Manchester United Football Ground’ station that might be less crowded. If you’re travelling by car, take the M6 and come of at Junction 19. Follow the A556, until you merge with the A56 towards Altrincham. Keep travelling along the A56 and you’ll see Old Trafford on your left.
History of St James’ Park
St James’ Park has held football matches since 1880, before Newcastle United took over the ground in 1892. The ground itself looks quite lopsided, with 2 stands significantly higher than the other 2. With the ground being located right in the city centre it makes expansion a struggle, so St James’ Park might always look the same. The ground was controversially renamed the ‘Sports Direct Arena’ in 2011, an attempt by Mike Ashley to ‘advertise the naming opportunity of the ground’ to potential suitors. The name didn’t stick however, with sponsors Wonga buying the naming rights in 2014 and officially renaming the ground St James’ Park again.
St James’ Park Capacity
St James’ Park currently holds 52,354 fans. The stadium sells out almost every match, which has prompted plans for an expansion several times. But with potential damage and demolition to the surrounding areas, the plans have always been refused by the council.
How to get to St James’ Park?
St James Park is only a 10-15 minute walk from Newcastle Central Station. There is also a dedicated metro station below the ground, that can be reached from Newcastle Central Station, or most places along the metro route. By car, follow the A1 and follow the signs to Newcastle City Centre. Cross Redheugh Bridge and follow Barrack Road where you will see St James Park towering over the city.
History of St Mary’s Stadium
Due to Southampton’s success in the 80’s and 90’s, there was often calls for Southampton’s old ground The Dell to be expanded. Eventually, a new ground was built and Southampton moved into St Mary’s Stadium in 2001. The ground is built like most modern stadiums, a complete bowl with 4 equal sized stands. As it stands now, all stands but 1 could be expanded upon should Southampton ever need it. St Mary’s Stadium is a popular destination for England U21’s who have played there a few times in recent years.
St Mary’s Stadium Capacity
St Mary’s Stadium can hold up to 32,505, but this could increase up to 50,000 with the proposed expansion. Surprisingly, the record attendance came when Southampton played Coventry during their last season in the Championship.
How to get to St Mary’s Stadium?
If you choose to drive to St Mary’s Stadium, head down the M3 and then take the A33 towards Southampton. Continue along the A33 and then turn left towards Northam. Continue on this road and you will reach St Mary’s. From the Southampton Central Station, it is a 30 minute walk. Alternatively, there is a free shuttle bus that can take all supporters from the train station to within a minute’s walk of the ground.
History of the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The 2018/19 will be the first time that Tottenham play in their new ground, making it by far the most modern ground in the Premier League. The first match will be played on the 15th September against Liverpool, with Spurs playing their opening home match at Wembley once again. The stadium is expected to be able to host multiple sporting events throughout the year, with plans for NFL games at the ground already planned. Tottenham are still working on a sponsorship for the stadium, but until anything is agreed, the ground will be referred to as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Capacity
The proposed capacity for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is 62,062. However with a retractable pitch and seats, this could change depending on the event that is being hosted.
How to get to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium?
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been built on the same site as White Hart Lane. Several transport links to the ground make public transport by far the best way to reach the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Seven Sisters station, Tottenham Hale station, Northumberland Park station and White Hart Lane stations are all viable options to head to the ground. Regular buses pass past the stadium, as well as shuttle buses from Alexandra Palace and Tottenham Hale.
History of Vicarage Road
Vicarage Road was officially opened in 1922 and instantly became the home of Watford FC. It also hosted Saracens FC until 2012. Small parts of the ground have been renovated over the years, but there have been no major expansions to the ground. Vicarage Road is another ground that has hosted several England U21 matches. As well as football, Elton John also hosted a concert at Vicarage Road. The lifelong Watford fan donated all profits from the concert to a bid for Watford to buy back Vicarage Road, after the club sold it to rescue finances.
Vicarage Road Capacity
Vicarage Road is one of the smaller grounds in the Premier League, holding 21,577 fans. There are no plans for any major expansions to the ground, but if Watford hope to compete higher up the Premier League table, they may have to.
How to get to Vicarage Road?
Both the Watford High Street station and the Watford Junction Railway Station are both viable options to walk to the ground. If travelling from London, Watford has its own London Underground station that is less than 1 mile from the ground. If you plan on driving to Vicarage Road, head down the M1 until you reach Junction 5. From there, take the A4008 towards Watford. Follow signs towards Watford General Hospital, which is just behind the stadium.
History of the London Stadium
The London Stadium, previously the Olympic Stadium, was built in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic games. Following the Olympics, there were a number of clubs were vying to make the London Stadium their home. The initial front runners were West Ham, Tottenham and Leyton Orient. West Ham were given the a 99 year tenancy in 2013, with details emerging later on that suggest West Ham might be getting a good deal without paying much at all for the stadium. The running track is still in place all year round, and the ground is still home to British Athletics.
London Stadium Capacity
On matchdays, the London Stadium can hold 57,000 fans, however this is increased to 66,000 when the stadium holds any other event.
How to get to the London Stadium?
With the stadium being the home of Olympic games in 2012, public transport links to the ground are extensive. As well as public buses continuously running to the ground, there are 3 main stations that are all within a 15 minute walk of the ground. The stations are Stratford, Stratford International and Hackney Wick, with clear directions to the ground from every station.
History of Molineux
Molineux has been the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers since 1889, when the ground was first opened. The ground has been renovated in some fashion 3 times since 1978, making the arena more modern, as well as increasing capacity. The stadium is currently in the middle of a 4 phase stage of stadium redevelopment. Only 1 stage has been completed so far, but with Wolves rise to the Premier League, it is only a matter of time before the demand forces Wolves to take action.
Molineux can currently hold 31,700 fans but if the planned developments all go ahead, Wolves owners hope Molineux will reach a 50,000 capacity.
How to get to Molineux?
For those driving to Molineux, head down the M6 until you reach Junction 10. Follow the A454 to Wolverhampton and Molineux will be signposted from there. By train, Wolverhampton Railway Station is just a 15 minute walk from Molineux.
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