What sets up the match? It is, of course, the players who are in the foreground as they give their best. But there are many things in the background which sets up the match, like the rivalry between the two sides, the fans, the noise they create in the stadium, the vibe or the atmosphere of the stadiums, etc. Each and everything drives the players to push themselves harder for the respective teams they play for.
It was not long ago when we used to have full stadiums in the Premier League creating an unmatched atmosphere. However, with the current situation, the games are being played in empty stadiums without fans. Hopefully, the situation will improve soon and we will have the fans back.
We often debate which stadium has the best atmosphere. So, in this article, we have collected the data from sites like the92.net, footballgroundmap.com, and other similar sites, which collect reviews from fans themselves. Let’s move ahead with ranking the Premier League stadiums on the atmosphere.
20. London Stadium
London Stadium might be used as a stadium serving multiple sports. But West Ham United have sealed their name on it. The crowd at London Stadium is full of energy and they have put a green tick against the decision of 2016 of changing the ground for West Ham. However, the management needs to plan more to create buzz. It can be done through social media interactions and increasing fan sessions.
West Ham’s previous stadium, Upton Park, was one of England’s best in terms of atmosphere. It will take time for the current stadium to reach even near to that level.
19. Emirates Stadium
The crowd at Emirates used to be the biggest asset for the Gunners. But it has gone down in recent years. There are times that Arsenal players have said that the support at the stadium is little silent. According to many fan logics, it happens only because the supporters of Arsenal are immersed in the match. This leads them often to tension. Keeping this aside, some songs are played at regular intervals, the rounds of chants go again and again in which people take active participation.
18. Brentford Community Stadium
Brentford Community Stadium is located less than a mile from Griffin Park and has a capacity of 17,250. Brentford are finally back in the top flight of English football after a wait of 74 years. Fans and players will look forward to enjoying every moment of top-flight football. The stadium was opened on 30 August 2020, so it’s very early to judge its atmosphere correctly.
17. Etihad Stadium
In recent times, Etihad’s atmosphere has been quite uneven. In big matches, the City supporters turn up in large numbers and make a buzz, but in not so famous games there is a clear lack of energy and enthusiasm among the spectators. The fans of City believe that they do not need social media campaigns to improve the atmosphere. Everything can be made good if the club performs well. In between Manchester City and Southampton, held on 2nd November 2019, there was a superb atmosphere. The fans believe that if there are more matches like these, there can no one beating them in terms of atmosphere. With more games like these, they will definitely move up next time when we are ranking the Premier League stadiums on the atmosphere.
16. Old Trafford
The audience and the atmosphere since 2009 have been terrific at the Old Trafford. The capacity of the Stadium is whopping 74 thousand. But rather than using it completely for the club, it is used for commercial events and functions which can be seen by football fans as a downside. There are many statues. The famous of them is the statue of Trinity which resembles the passion for football amongst the players.
15. Vicarage Road
Watford have been at Vicarage Road since 1922 when they left their previous ground, Cassio Road, to head to a new home. Vicarage Road is a traditional four-sided ground with open corners. There is no running track or anything around the perimeter of the pitch, so the atmosphere can be quite intimidating for the opposition as they have no room between where they’re playing and the fans are sitting.
14. Turf Moor
In the home games, Burnley has always had the back of the supporters. Just because of the atmosphere they can rule any opposition on their day. The only concern about Turf Moor is the capacity. The capacity of Turf Moor is very little of about 22 thousand only.