Brentford are enjoying their first season in the Premier League and have been receiving plaudits not just for their football but the atmosphere being created at their new stadium.
The Brentford Community Stadium might just be over a year old but already the Bees fans have made it in not only their home, but a place even established Premier League teams are wary to play.
A Flying Start for the Bees
It really has been a remarkable start to the season for Thomas Frank’s side after collecting 12 points from their first eight games of the campaign. Brentford, who are 11/5 in the football odds to finish in the top 10 this season, have made their home ground a tough place to go to. A remarkable 2-0 home win over Arsenal in their opening game of the campaign got the Bees off to a flying start, while they were also able to hold title contenders Liverpool to a 3-3 stalemate. Title challengers Chelsea had a tough time themselves getting the three points at Brentford after just edging out their local neighbours 1-0 in October.
The noise and atmosphere that has already been created at the Brentford Community Stadium has been a welcomed addition to the Premier League. After so many years of pushing for promotion, Frank’s side finally got over the line last season. The fact that it was the first season in their new stadium means there are already plenty of good memories associated with the ground. Despite holding just 17,250, making it the 53rd biggest football ground in England, the atmosphere has been earning plenty of admirers.
Bucking the Trend
After leaving a historic venue for the club in Griffin Park, based on many other teams' experiences of moving home, there was a fear for many Bees fans. This has been a particular challenge for other clubs in the capital, with the likes of Arsenal leaving Highbury and West Ham bidding farewell to Upton Park. What always helps is success on the pitch, and Brentford have enjoyed a 12 months to remember following promotion to the head table of English football. The stadium is now associated with not only a promotion-winning season, but now a side that are holding their own amongst the biggest teams in the country.
When Brentford looked at plans for a new stadium back in 2002, there were suggestions the ground would have a capacity of 20,000. In those plans, there were talks of potential expansion to 25,000, and this is something Brentford might well be looking at if they can maintain their Premier League status for the next few seasons. That’s something manager Frank will not be thinking about too much at present, as the Danish tactician looks for his side to maintain their positive start to the campaign.
There is no doubt Brentford have raised eyebrows already this season. That's not just with their football, but with the electric atmosphere of a ground that has already witnessed some of the best days in the club’s history.