3. St James’ Park – Newcastle United
St James’ Park has been the home ground of Newcastle United since 1892 and has been used for football since 1880. With a seating capacity of 52,405 it is the seventh largest football stadium in England.
As well as the normal Premiership football stadium facilities, the stadium contains conference and banqueting facilities. These comprise a total of 6 suites with a total capacity of 2,050, including the 1,000 capacity Bamburgh Suite containing a stage, dance floor and 3 bars, and the New Magpie Room, on two levels with a pitch view.
The atmosphere on a matchday is arguably the best in Premier League and it is an experience every football fan should enjoy atleast once.
2. Fratton Park – Portsmouth
Fratton Park has been the original home of Portsmouth F.C. ever since the football club was first founded in 1898. Fratton Park is built in a traditional English style of four separate stands arranged closely around the four sides of the football pitch. The stadium has a current capacity for 19,669 supporters, although the stadium has had a much larger capacity in its history, with a record attendance of 51,385 supporters.
The atmosphere on match days is electric. There are local pubs in walking distance and car parking available nearby. The football pitch, measuring 115 x 73 yards, is aligned from east to west, which is considered unusual in English football, as most other pitches are orientated north to south. Overall , visiting Fratton Park will give you a nice matchday experience.
1. Elland Road – Leeds United
Elland Road has been the home of Leeds United F.C. since the club’s foundation in 1919. Elland Road has four stands – the Revie Stand, the East Stand, the South Stand and the John Charles Stand– and a capacity of 37,890.
There is normally an excellent atmosphere generated within the stadium, with at times noise coming from every area of the ground. There is normally plenty of banter exchanged with the Leeds fans in the home end to the right of the away section. The stewarding is normally friendly and courteous.
Now playing host to matches in the Football League Championship, Sir Alex Ferguson once called it “the most intimidating venue in Europe”. Despite abortive plans to move in 2001, the club remains at the ground where it won the league in 1969, 1974 and 1992. What’s most important about Elland Road, though, is the place it retains in the life of the city, and in the hearts of the locals.