Home Sweet Home: Ranking This Season's 20 Premier League Grounds By Capacity

The Premier League is home to a wide array traditional and modern stadiums, all varying in their ability to cater to thousands of fans throughout the annual nine month campaign. 

With construction across the top flight causing a constant fluctuation to the number of seats available, here is a look at the capacity of each stadium for season 2018/19:

20. Vitality Stadium – 11,464

The home of AFC Bournemouth may be the second smallest ground in Premier League history but is not short of atmosphere on a matchday, and it can be attributed to the club picking up a number of scalps since sealing their place in the top division in 2015. 

Bournemouth, however, have been holding talks over building a new stadium in a bid to maximise the demand that the Premier League offers. 

19. Vicarage Road – 22,100

The home of Watford since 1992 has undergone a plethora of developments throughout its history which has seen new stands rise and more seats introduced to increase capacity. 

The Hornets, however, have retained the traditional feel of the ground and have seen the impact their fan base can create grow with each passing year in the top flight. 

18. Turf Moor – 22,546

Burnley’s home turf has been apart of the club’s history since the first game was played at the ground in 1883 – ensuring it is the longest continuously used ground of any team to have graced the Premier League. 

With the town’s population standing at 73,021, the stadium can hold 30% of its constituents at any given time.  

17. The John Smith’s Stadium – 24,500

The arches of Huddersfield Town’s home separate them from most of their league counterparts, as does the fact they share their facilities with Rugby League side Huddersfield Giants.

The stadium is co-owned by Town, the Giants and Kirklees Council, with the Terriers boasting a 40% stake in the 24,500 all-seater stadium. 

16. Craven Cottage – 25,700

Fulham’s stadium is full of character and charm, making it one of a kind in the top flight, although sitting on River Thames certainly makes it a chilly experience for the 25,700 people inside during matchdays in the winter months. 

The club has received approval to redevelop the Riverside Stand to bring the grounds capacity up to 30,000. 

15. Selhurst Park – 26,255

Crystal Palace have established Selhurst Park as an intimidating proposition for any side in the division looking to leave with points in the bank.

However, the recent clash between the Holmesdale Fanatics and the club have left a void and diminished the impact the crowd has on the opposition – a position which needs to be quickly rectified if Selhurst Park is to return to its frightening best. 

14. Amex Stadium – 30,750

The Amex, also known as Falmer Stadium, is the first to break the 30,000 barrier in this list and is one of the more modern grounds currently in the top flight having finished its development in 2011. 

Brighton’s first taste of hosting the Premier League at the Amex arrived on the first day of last season against Manchester City. 

13. Molineux Stadium – 31,700

Wolverhampton Wanderers may be one of the Premier League’s newcomers this season but the Molineux is not new by any means having serviced the club since 1889 – where it was the first ever to be built for use by a Football League club. 

Wolves’ potential capacity sees them ahead of six clubs who gained promotion to the top flight in the last four seasons. 

12. King Power Stadium – 32,500

The King Power Stadium has grown in stature in recent years having made history by being a key component during the club’s first Premier League title winning season in 2016/17 – which subsequently saw the Champions League come to Leicester for the first time the following campaign. 

Although fond of clappers, the Leicester City faithful do conjure up a powerful atmosphere. 

11. St Mary’s – 32,689

Southampton’s home is akin to the design of the King Power, featuring modern touches with little reference to traditional characteristics seen across stadiums in the top flight. 

The Saints moved to St Mary’s for the 2002/03 season after time was called on their previous home at The Dell, a stadium which withstood the war and stood for 103-years.

10. Cardiff City Stadium – 33,000

Cardiff City Stadium replaced Ninian Park as the Bluebirds’ home in 2009, a move which saw the club’s potential capacity rise form 21,508 to 33,280. 

The venue has been used for rugby league, concerts and the Wales national football side since it opened nine-years ago. 

9. Goodison Park – 40,157

Everton’s Goodison Park has a traditional style and has yet to experience life outside of the Premier League – ensuring it is the ground to host more top flight games than any other stadium in England throughout its 126-year existence. 

The Everton faithful are loud and proud and despite their rich history at the ground the club  are looking to move ahead with a new stadium build on the Bramley-Moore Dock. 

8. Stamford Bridge – 41,837

Chelsea’s 141-year-old home at Stamford Bridge is littered with history and tradition which sees fans sit close to the pitch – a trait which is not shared by those with more modern facilities. 

The Blues had plans to significantly expand the capacity of the ground to 63,000 by the 2023/24 season, but those remain on hold for the time being – should it go ahead the club plan to use Wembley as their home base during construction. 

7. St James’ Park – 52,409

The first in the list to break the 50,000 barrier is the historic home of Newcastle, which is often packed to the rafters regardless of the club’s position in the table – and those inside can certainly generate a powerful atmosphere.

St. James’ Park has been the physical and spiritual home of the Magpies since 1892 – also the Leazes Stand can give you a case of vertigo just looking at the sheer size and angle of it. 

6. Anfield – 54,074

Anfield has been the home of Liverpool since the club’s inception and over 50,000 Reds have been known to sway the results of games such is the intense and intimidating nature of their support.

Liverpool’s recently expanded main stand has significantly boosted their capacity and added a modern touch to what is a historic and traditional ground, and there remain plans to add another level to the Anfield Road end in the near future. 

5. Etihad Stadium – 55,097

Built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the Etihad Stadium is now home to reigning league champions Manchester City – who have occupied the ground since the end of the 2002/03 season.

The ground is certainly impressive, but there remains concerns over the atmosphere and the inability to consistently sell out fixtures. 

Although seven major trophies since their move has certainly welcomed an era of dominance.

4. London Stadium – 60,000

Having been purposefully built with the Olympics in mind the London Stadium easily finds itself within the top four having broken the 60,000 mark. 

West Ham traded their traditional home at the Boleyn Ground for the state of the art multi purpose venue, but question marks continue to linger over its suitability in creating a positive and intimidating atmosphere.  

3. Emirates Stadium – 60,362

Narrowly edging out the Hammers in the rankings is the Emirates, the home of Arsenal Football Club since 2006 following their move from Highbury. 

The modern stadium will be the fourth largest in England once their north London rivals put the finishing touches on their new home after falling just over 2,000 seats short.

However, while it is easy on the eye the promise of a new era of success at the ground remains a work in progress. 

2. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – 62,062

No fan is currently able to take their seat in Tottenham’s new state of the art stadium, but once they finally finish up construction, the north London side will catapult themselves to second on the list after making a significant increase on the 36,284 capacity stadium at White Hart Lane.

While Spurs await the grand unveiling, they are using Wembley as their home which boasts a 90,000 capacity. 

1. Old Trafford – 75,731

With the third highest ground capacity in the UK Manchester United’s Old Trafford takes the crown as the biggest club football stadium in the top flight by a comfortable margin of more than 13,000. 

‘The Theatre of Dreams’ has been home to United since 1910 and has undergone numerous expansions to make it what it is today, where further plans to boost capacity to well over 80,000 remains a constant point of discussion. 

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