What are the best football stadiums in the UK? These four stadiums will provide excitement, a world-famous atmosphere - and are magnificent structures.
A debate is heating up over what makes a great football stadium in the UK. Some people prefer the new flashy grounds with endless luxuries. In contrast, old-school fans prefer older characterful stadiums where the crowd are almost on top of the players creating an intimidating atmosphere.
If you want memorable atmospheres as well as a great stadium, you can get the best of both worlds with these UK football stadiums…
The 4 Best UK Football Stadiums to Visit
1. St James’ Park
St James' Park is the home of Newcastle United Football Club in the northeast of England. It is known to the locals as the Cathedral on the hill. What makes it unique is not just its size – with away fans ¼ mile away from the centre circle – but its location.
Unlike most football stadiums in the UK, St James’ Park is bang in the centre of the city and the heartbeat of the local area. It’s the same ground that Newcastle first kicked a ball on in 1880. One interesting fact is that the pitch actually slopes into the Gallowgate end where Newcastle usually shoot towards in the second half when legs get tired. It’s little facts like these that you should know when using most betting sites to place your half-time bets.
A majestic ground especially on European nights, Liverpool's Anfield is known for its noise, renditions of "You'll Never Walk Alone" just as much as its architecture. It is another historical ground that has not been modernised with too many luxuries.
One cool fact about Anfield is that it used to belong to Everton FC, Liverpool’s local rivals. Everton left Anfield because they couldn’t afford the rent and Liverpool was born to move in and take over.
3. Villa Park
Aston Villa’s fortress is known as Villa Park and includes the famous Holte End which serves up a fantastic atmosphere on match days. The ground was established in the late 1800s but has had lots of touch-ups and changes since. At the turn of the century, the Trinity Road Stand was knocked down and replaced. And the Holte End was even rebuilt in part around 30 years ago.
4. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
The only modern stadium to make the list is the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium which replaced White Hart Lane for the Spurs. It's the biggest football stadium in London with an excess of 60,000 seats. The blueprint of the stadium was revised over seven years, and it took another four to build.
Some fans still prefer to call it "New White Hart Lane" and it even includes its own brewery. It was built directly on top of their old home. And the old centre of the Lane pitch is now within the grounds of a stand, which is marked with a cool plaque.