The EFL Championship houses some of the biggest football stadiums in England. The competition, despite its status as second-tier competition, has attracted interest from well-known investors globally.
Due to the popularity of EFL, the Average Championship Stadium capacity is about 20,000.
Here are the top 10 biggest stadiums in the EFL Championship in 2024:
10. Stoke City bet365 Stadium (30,089)
The Bet365 Stadium, home to the famous Stoke City Football Club, is an all-seater football stadium with a seating capacity 30,089. It is the eighth-most significant in the Championship. Bet365 Stadium, built in 1997, is a replacement for Victoria Ground.
Since 1997, the Stadium has undergone a series of name changes due to the ownership by the club, which sells out the naming rights to commercial brands.
The stadium has four stands, namely The Boothen End, The Franklyn Stand, The Tile Mountain Stand and the Caldwell Construction Stand.
It has the usual facilities like the dressing rooms, offices, boardroom, ticket office and club store. Outside of football, it has also staged some improved music concerts.
9. Ewood Park – (31,367)
Ewood Park is an all-seater multi-sports facility with a capacity of 31,367. It has four stands, namely the Bryan Douglas Darwen End, Riverside Stand, Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand.
Ewood Park is the home of Blackburn Rovers, a household name in English football to date. It was opened in 1882 and has gone through a series of renovations.
Although Ewood Park was primarily created for football matches, it has hosted rugby union matches and music concerts.
As the home of Blackburn Rovers, who’s been part of the English football league system, Ewood Park has hosted several high-profile clubs at the top.
8. King Power Stadium 32,262
The King Power Stadium is home to Leicester City. It has a capacity of 32,262 and is one of the largest in the Championship.
It was opened in 2002 and has been the team’s home ground ever since. Apart from football, it has also hosted rugby union matches.
7. St Mary’s Stadium
St Mary’s is one of the famous football grounds in English football. It was opened in 2001 and is the home ground for Sunderland AFC.
St Mary’s is an all-seater football stadium with a capacity of 32,384.
6. Coventry Building Society Arena (32,609)
The Coventry Building Society Arena is a complex for football and rugby union matches. It is the fourth largest Championship Stadium, having a capacity of 32,609, consisting of four stands, namely the North, West, East, and South stands.
The stadium is currently home to Coventry City F.C. of the EFL Championship. Built in 2005, the construction cost of The Coventry Building Society Arena is £113 million.
It was built with a commercial intent in mind. The stadium has an exhibition hall known as the Ericsson Exhibition Hall. It also includes a Sports bar, Casino, club shops and hotels.
Apart from football, it is well-suitable for rugby union matches. It was used for the 2013 Davis Cup, the rugby league in 2016 and the American football game on 6 May 2007 between Coventry Cassidy Jets and London Olympians.
5. Cardiff City Stadium – (33,280)
The Cardiff City Stadium is the third biggest Championship Stadium, with a seating capacity of 33,280. It is the home of Cardiff City Football Club and the Wales national football team.
It is essentially a multi-use arena suitable for football and rugby union matches. It has also hosted music concerts and Tours by some of the biggest names in the music industry, like Westlife and Bon Jovi.
4. Riverside Stadium – (34,742)
The Riverside football stadium in Middlesbrough is the biggest Championship Stadium with a seating capacity 34,742 (42,000 expansible). It has been the home of Middlesbrough since it opened in 1995.
The Riverside has four stands, namely the North, East, West and South stands. It has been used for football, rugby union and concerts.
3. Hillsborough Stadium (34,854)
Hillsborough Stadium is the second largest stadium in the EFL Championship after the Stadium of Light. It serves as the home ground for Sheffield Wednesday FC.
It was opened in 1899 and is one of the oldest football stadiums in England. It has undergone a series of re-developing over the years, reducing its capacity.
Like other stadiums in England, it also has different stands with different names.
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2. Elland Road (37,792)
Elland Road is one of the biggest grounds in the Championship. It also ranks amongst the oldest football stadiums in England, established in 1897.
It has been the home ground for Leeds United since the club’s formation.
Elland Road has four stands, namely the Don Revie (North) Stand, John Charles (West), Jack Charlton (East) Stand, and the Norman Hunter South Stand.
1. Stadium of Light (48,339)
The Stadium of Light is the largest in the EFL Championship and is one the largest stadiums in the UK. It was opened in 1997 and is home to Championship side Sunderland AFC.
The Stadium of Light has four stands, namely the West Stand, North Stand, East Stand and the Roker End (South Stand).
Apart from football, the stadium is suitable for other activities like music concerts and other social events.
What are the Championship Stadium Requirements
As per EFL requirements, new member clubs must pass the test carried out to know the quality, playability and durability of the ground. These rigorous tests have ensured owners and operators of these grounds spend heavily to ensure they pass the test
Terraced grounds must conform to the requirements of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, and all spectator-standing areas behind the goal must be terraced and conform to the set-out standard.
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