From grounds built in the 1910s to ones that opened in the 21st century, England is home to many notable football stadiums. Here is a rundown of the five biggest ones.
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5. London Stadium
Formerly called the Olympic Stadium, the venue now known as London Stadium was built specifically for the 2012 Olympics. Once the Olympic Games were over, the stadium needed new occupants. After a lengthy bidding process, West Ham United gained the ground, having decided to leave their previous home of Upton Park after 112 years. Although the Hammers are the stadium’s primary tenants, many other events are held at London Stadium. For football matches, the ground can hold 60,000 fans.
4. Emirates Stadium
Most Arsenal fans of a certain age still think of the club’s previous stadium Highbury as the home of the Gunners. It had, after all, been the club’s stadium since 1913. But since 2006, The Emirates has been Arsenal’s new stadium. The Emirates Stadium is well worth visiting. The four-tiered bowl that features translucent polycarbonate roofing over the stands has been described as both beautiful and intimidating. With a capacity of 60,704, the Emirates Stadium saw its highest attendance in 2007, when Arsenal took on mighty Manchester United. The game resulted in a 2-2 draw, but William Gallas’ equaliser goal allowed Arsenal to set a new club record of 25 unbeaten games in all competitions. If you want to keep up-to-date with how Arsenal and other English clubs are doing this season, you can check out the latest sports betting odds and team news with Casumo’s Sportsbook.
3. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
England’s newest football stadium is the third-largest in the country. Replacing Tottenham Hotspur’s previous stadium White Hart Lane, The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in April 2019. It features the first dividing, retractable football pitch in the world, which reveals a synthetic pitch beneath, used for NFL London games and other events like music concerts. The stadium’s name is only temporary, as the rights will eventually be sold to and named after a sponsor. In the meantime, Spurs fans affectionately nickname the stadium New White Hart Lane. The stadium has a capacity of 62,850. It received its highest attendance in 2019 when 61,104 people watched Tottenham take on Chelsea.
2. Old Trafford
Bobby Charlton nicknamed Old Trafford “the theatre of dreams,” and indeed, many dramatic dreams have come true on the pitch of England’s second-largest football stadium since it opened in 1910. The four-sided stadium, which is the eleventh biggest stadium in Europe, has been the home of Manchester United for 111 years. The Manchester stadium has hosted events of the Summer Olympics of 2012, an FA Cup final, and matches of the 1966 World Cup and Euro ’96. The stadium’s current capacity is 74,140, but it recorded its highest attendance for a game in 1939 when 76,962 fans watched Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Grimsby Town 5-0 in the FA Cup semi-finals.
1. Wembley Stadium
Wembley Stadium will always have a place in the hearts of English football fans for being the location of the unforgettable 1966 World Cup in which England beat West Germany 4-2 to win their only World Cup win. An incredible 98,000 people attended the match at the original Wembley Stadium, although the venue’s highest attendance came in the first year of its opening in 1923 when 126,047 fans filled the stands to watch Bolton Wanderers and West Ham United in the FA Cup Final. In 2003, the original stadium was demolished and a new one was built on the same site. The new Wembley Stadium, featuring the iconic Wembley Arch, opened in 2007. With a capacity of 90,000, its highest attendance came in 2007 when 89,826 fans packed into the brand-new stadium to watch Chelsea and Manchester United in the FA Cup final.