England is home to hundreds of Stadiums, which is evident based on the number of professional football clubs in the country. It would interest you that the teams from the Premier League to League Two are entirely professional.
That said, some of the biggest football stadiums in England, like Wembley and New Tottenham Hotspur stadium, have been ranked among the best globally due to their outstanding architecture.
The level of professionalism and competition in the country has also led to the expansion and construction of new Stadiums across the country.
Apart from size, England has been outstanding due to the use of state-of-the-art facilities like digital boards, lighting systems, seating plans, and overall technology.
Here are the current biggest stadiums in England.
10. Stadium of Light (49,000)
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The Stadium of Light is an all-seater football stadium. It is one of the biggest football stadiums in England, ranked eighth with a seating capacity of 49,000 spectators.
It is located in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, and is known for its vibrant atmosphere during match days. The stadium was known famously during Sunderland’s participation in the English Premier League.
The stadium was opened in 1996 at a construction cost of £24 million. It consists of four stands, namely West Stand, North Stand, East Stand, and the Roker End. Other facilities include a car park, fan zone, Stadium village, etc.
The Stadium of Light has been home to Sunderland AFC since its establishment in 1997. Apart from hosting games involving the club, it has hosted matches involving the English Men’s national football team and other age-grade teams like the U20s and U21s.
9. St James’ Park 52,404
St James’s Park is a football stadium home to Premier League club Newcastle United FC. It is located in Newcastle upon Tyne. It is one of the biggest Stadiums in England, with a capacity of 52,305 seats.
St James’s Park is also one of the oldest football grounds in England, as it has been in use since 1880. The Magpies began to play at the stadium in 1892.
Newcastle City Council owns it. Apart from its use as the home ground for Newcastle United matches, it has hosted international football matches involving England, Brazil, Norway, etc. Other usage includes Rugby Union, concerts, etc.
St James’s Park is known for its great atmosphere during matchdays involving Newcastle United. In the old days of English football, fans could recall how lively it was. Recently the takeover by foreign investors has also changed the atmosphere.
8. Anfield (53,394)
Anfield is one of the most famous football grounds in Europe. It is one of the biggest Stadiums in the Premier League, with a seating capacity of 53,394 seats.
Anfield is located in Liverpool, Merseyside. It was originally home to Liverpool FC city rivals Everton FC from 1884–1892 before they moved to Goodison Park.
Liverpool FC has played at the ground since 1892. The stadium consists of the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand, Spion Kop, the Main Stand, and the Anfield Road End. Fenway Sports Group owns it.
Anfield is one of the most vibrant grounds in the Premier League as fans cheer on to support the Reds.
7. The City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad Stadium 53,400)
The City of Manchester Stadium, or the Etihad Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is one of the largest football grounds in England. It has a seating capacity of 53,400. Its seating capacity varies for various activities.
The Etihad Stadium was opened in 2002 and is owned by Manchester City Council. It was built at a construction cost of £112 million initially as an athlete Arena for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. However, it was converted to football in 2003.
The City of Manchester Stadium has been home to the Citizens since 2003 after the completion of the games. It has also been used to host other sporting activities like Rugby Union and concerts, etc.
The stadium has been one of the most outstanding lately, especially as Manchester City began dominating the English Premier League and the introduction of big players like Aguero, David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, and Erling Haaland.
6. Emirates Stadium (60,260)
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The Emirates Stadium is one of the biggest football stadiums in England. It is located in Holloway, London.
The Emirates has a seating capacity of 60,260 seats which gets filled up during match days. Statistics show the stadium has one of the highest average attendance in the Premier League.
It was opened in July 2006 at a construction cost of £390 million. It has been the home ground for Arsenal FC ever since. It is also owned and operated by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.
The Emirates (Ashburn Groove) is one of the most vibrant grounds in England as Arsenal enjoys good support from its fans and supporters worldwide.
5. London Stadium (62,500)
One of the most architecturally diverse structures in England, the London Stadium is one of the best in the UK. It is a multi-purpose outdoor stadium constructed specifically for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
However, it was renovated to be a multi-use Stadium that paved the way for other activities like concerts that attract some of the biggest global artists.
It has also hosted top sporting activities like Rugby Union, Major League Baseball, IAAF Championships, etc.
It was opened in May 2012 and was constructed at £486 million. The further renovation also cost £274 million. It is located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the Stratford district of London.
The London stadium has been the home ground for Premier League club West Ham United since 2016.
4. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (62,850)
Technology at its best, The New Tottenham Hotspur stadium is a modern state-of-the-art European football facility. It is a multi-purpose stadium that serves other purposes besides football, like NFL London Games, concerts, and other events.
By design, it has a dividing, retractable pitch that consists of synthetic turf underneath, one of the first in the world, and an upgrade in stadium construction globally.
The famous White Hart Lane was demolished to pave the way for the development of the new stadium. It was opened in 2019. Its construction cost of around£1.2 billion makes it one of the most expensive stadiums built in the world.
It is one of the biggest Stadiums in London and the Premier League. Tottenham Hotspur owns it, and thus the club plays its home games at the ground.
3. Old Trafford (74,140)
The Theatre of Dreams, the Old Trafford Stadium, is one of the biggest in England, having a seating capacity of 74,140 seats. It is located in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.
It was opened in 1909 at a construction cost of £90,000. Manchester United FC has played at the ground since it was opened.
Old Trafford is one of the most vibrant grounds in English Football due to its intense atmosphere during match days. It has four stands, namely the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, Sir Bobby Charlton Stand, East, and West.
Apart from hosting football matches, the stadium has been used for activities like Rugby, concerts, and other functions.
2. Twickenham Stadium (82,000)
The Twickenham is more like a Stadium specifically built for rugby matches. It is the second biggest Stadium in England, with a seating capacity of 82,000 seats. It is located in South West London.
Twickenham also ranks as one of the largest rugby union stadiums in the world. It was opened in 1909. The Rugby Football Union of England owns it, and is the home ground for the England Rugby Union team.
Apart from its use for the rugby Union, it has hosted concerts.
1. Wembley Stadium – (90,000)
Wembley Stadium is the biggest stadium and the biggest football stadium in England, with a capacity of 90,000 seats. It is located in London and is owned by The Football Association.
It was opened in 2007 at a construction cost of£789 million.
It has been the epicentre of major football finals in England. The FA Cup, EFL Championship playoffs final, EFL Cup, EFL Trophy, and other national finals are held at the stadium.
Wembley Stadium is also the home ground for the English Men’s National Football team. Apart from hosting football matches, it has been used for rugby, boxing, NFL, and concerts.