3. 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.
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 the hearts of the locals.
2. 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 at least once.
1. Celtic Park (Celtic FC)
Celtic Park is the home ground of the Celtic Football Club. It is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 60,411, the largest football stadium in Scotland, and the sixth-largest football stadium in the United Kingdom.
The Jock Stein stand is named after the ex-manager who once said that “football without fans is nothing”. The Lisbon Lions stand commemorates the club’s greatest moment when in 1967 they became the first British team to win the European Cup—and with a side all born within 30 miles of Celtic Park. But the club is probably best known for its enthusiastic fan base all over the world.
Football stars like Messi, Xavi, Ronaldo, Puyol, Gerrard, Ibrahimovic, and many others have rated Celtic Park’s atmosphere as one of the best. Speaking after Celtic’s famous 2-1 victory over Barcelona in 2012, Messi said: “The Celtic fans deserve to be in Europe.
“They have been amazing in both games we have played against them recently. We knew what they were going to be like in Glasgow but the way they were in Barcelona after they had just lost in the way they did was amazing. I have never seen anything like that before.”