Premier League Stadiums Ranked According To Atmosphere
Premier League football stadiums are always evolving, with brand new additions and towering expansions changing the face of iconic grounds. But nonetheless Premier League never disappoint on the fact that it is one of the best league when comes to generating good atmosphere and great matchday experience with world’s one of the best and most competitive football.
Here are the Premier League stadiums ranked according to atmosphere
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20. Turf Moor (Burnley)
Turf Moor opened its gates for a football match on 1883. It holds 40% of the town’s population with the capacity of 21,000. While the atmosphere isn’t something special to brag about, the old guns of the club’s fanbase is full of grit and character.
19. Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth)
The second smallest ground in the Premier League history, holding just over 12,000. The noise and chants by the fans are pretty good especially when they gain a special victory. The ground’s capacity perfectly symbolizes the shocking rise of Bournemouth to the top tier.
18. John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield Town)
Holding just over 24,500, the stadium hosts both football and rugby games (Huddersfield Giants). The atmosphere was lackluster when they were playing in Championship but it has changed with the fact that Huddersfield are doing pretty well in the Premier League this season after gaining promotion. They sometimes use a band and a drummer to produce a dramatic atmosphere during the games.
17. Vicarage Road (Watford)
The stadium got a slight upgrade of 700 seats after the promotion from Championship to the Premier League in 2015 and now holds a capacity of just 21,000. Not known for its loud chants and great atmosphere, the stadium is a traditional ground which has been modernized.
16. The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion)
A nice closed, modernized stadium with a capacity of 26,850. The ground has been there for more than 115 years and when the supporters are on full song, they make themselves heard, especially when the team’s form is good or when the ground witnesses a special moment.
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15. London Stadium (West Ham United)
The new stadium for West Ham United gets lot of stick due to the fact that it hasn’t been able to replicate the atmosphere of their old stadium Upton Park. Upton Park would easily have made it into the top 3 of this list. However, the Stadium is stunning and the running track is the only drawback of this modern ground.
14. St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
A perfect example of a modern ground with a little character, similar to other grounds built in the early 2000s. The ground is sometimes nearly full to the capacity, creates a decent atmosphere.
13. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City)
This is a perfect example of how to convert an athletic stadium into a football stadium. It has an impressive 55,000 capacity after a recent expansion. The only drawback is that atmosphere here is not in anyway near the best, even after an average attendance of over 50k.
12. Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
A compact, nice and modernized stadium with a capacity of 20,972. The Liberty City stadium generates loud noise and great atmosphere when the team is playing good football and are hitting the high notes perfectly and its all more audible because of the compact arena.
11. Wembley Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur)
Spurs are playing their home games at the national stadium and they have certainly produced some eye-catching attendance. While the stadium is without a doubt brilliant, the atmosphere in the ground still is below average, given to the fact that there are more tourists and neutrals due to easily accessible tickets.
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10. Goodison Park (Everton)
Old, tradional stadium which holds 40,157. The pitch is close to the supporter’s stand which in general produces great atmosphere. The stadium got some much needed improvements last year but the club got an approval for a new 55,000 seater stadium in the March of 2017. We all will miss the Goodison.
9. Amex Stadium (Brighton and Hove Albion)
An exciting modern day ground which houses just over 30,000 fans. The atmosphere here is good and the stadium is regularly packed with passionate, loud crowd.
8. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)
The 140 year old ground has history, character and a lot of passion. The 42,000 seater stadium’s stand is nice and close to the pitch which creates great atmosphere but still it isn’t close to the best. Even the transport links are not idea but there are plenty of places to enjoy a pint nearby.
7. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)
A stunning ground but the atmosphere here is a bit wayward as there are lots of tourists present with a mixture in the philosophy of the Arsenal fans. There is no doubt in the beauty of this stadium or the football played by the home team but the overall matchday experience does not comes close to that of other traditional clubs.
6. Bet365 Stadium (Stoke City)
The Potters had terrific atmosphere when they arrived in the Premier League in 2008. But the sound level and the popular atmosphere of the club has now slightly worn off. On its day, the stadium is the loudest in the league as proven by statistics and the noise levels once exceeded the 100 decibels mark.
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5. Old Trafford (Manchester United)
The biggest ground in the Premier League(excluding Wembley) with just over 75,000 fans. Its again a great example of developing the ground like Newcastle and United has developed it throughout the years with a great plan and uniformity. The atmosphere can sometimes be mixed as lot of tourists visit here due to the popularity of United. But ‘theatre of dreams’ is full of history and charm.
4. King Power Stadium (Leicester City)
A design similar to that of Southampton’s, the atmosphere in King Power Stadium is astonishing. The fans roared during the promotion winning season with Nigel Pearson, did the same in Claudio Ranieri’s League winning campaign and during the UCL nights. The use of clappers in addition to the roaring crowd creates a real buzz.
3. Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)
The Eagles have a reputation of producing great atmosphere during matchdays and with the ‘ultras’ behind the goal. The stadium is quite old and traditional but the atmosphere in the full house in the 25,000 seater stadium intimidates the opposition.
2. St. James Park (Newcastle United)
The magpies regularly pack the St. James Park with an impressive atmosphere. It is bold, unique and historic at the same time. It is a great example of developing and revamping the ground rather than building a new one. It holds just over 52,000 fans.
1. Anfield (Liverpool)
Anfield boasts a capacity of nearly 55,000. The atmosphere here is magnificent and the ground is full of history, tradition and loud song ‘YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE’. The noise generated here is like no other, especially during the Champions League nights and one of the main reason behind this is the world renowned ‘Kop’ behind the goal, where sits the more vocal fans during the matchdays.