What sets up the match? It is, of course, the players who are at 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.
There are two kinds of the notion when we talk about the atmosphere of the Stadiums. There are groups of people who chant, make noises and sing songs and anthems for the club they are supporting. On contrary to this, there are groups of supporters who like to watch the match with concentration and mannerism.
It is not long ago when Jose Mourinho complained that the fans at The Old Trafford were too quiet. He was soon attacked by the fans for criticising them. So, there is often debate between which is the best stadium. We have tried ranking the Premier League stadiums on atmosphere.
We have collected the data from sites like the92.net, footballgroundmap.com and other similar sites, which collect reviews from fans itself. Lets move ahead with ranking the Premier League stadiums on 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. Vitality Stadium
Opened in the early twentieth century, the Vitality stadium needs major renovation. It is a completely traditional stadium and it fails to create any buzz or atmosphere in the match. The major contributors to the atmosphere are spectators. Vitality Stadium can only accommodate 11 thousand spectators which is quite less.
18. Vicarage Road
Opened in 1922, Vicarage Road stadium is the stadium which is heavily criticised because of the atmosphere. The players of Watford have also complained that they are not able to perform only because the crowd is often quiet and silent. The management of Vicarage needs to take some stern steps to move up while we are ranking the Premier League stadiums on atmosphere, next time.
17. Emirates Stadium
The crowd at Emirates used to be the biggest asset for the Gunners. But it has gone down in the 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 in 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.
16. 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 atmosphere.
15. 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.
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 less of about 22 thousand only.
13. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of the best-built football stadiums. It can accommodate around 62 thousand spectators in the stadium, which is great to build up an atmosphere. This stadium was inaugurated in April last year. The stadium has the challenge to replace the old home venue of White Hart Lane. In the short span, the atmosphere has been good with around 61 thousand people turning up for the home game of Tottenham against Chelsea. There is often a debate going on to dedicate the stadium only for football. But the management has said firmly that the stadium has been designed for multiple sports.