Much to the delight of fans, the new English Premier League season will kick off on Friday, August 5. On this occasion, we would like to introduce you to the stadiums where the footballers of the world's best league will soon be playing. Get your English tea in hand and let's get started!
Three new teams have joined the ranks of England's top division - Fulham, Bournemouth and... Nottingham Forest, who returned to the elite after 23 years. Norwich and Watford were relegated to the Championship, deservedly so, while Burnley saved the skin of Leeds United by losing to Newcastle United in the last gameweek.
Among the 'new' stadiums in the Premier League, the most notable is City Ground, a Forest venue that can accommodate more than 30,000 fans and has seen quite a lot in its almost 125-year history. The venues of the other two newcomers, Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium and Fulham's Craven Cottage, are respectively: the smallest and third smallest stadium in the league. The two arenas are only separated in the standings by Brentford's home ground, which has recently become known as Gtech Community Stadium.
Following Fulham's promotion to the Premier League, London now boasts as many as seven teams (and the same number of stadiums) in the top division. In addition to 'The Cottagers' and their neighbours Brentford, these are: Chelsea (Stamford Bridge), Arsenal (Emirates Stadium), Tottenham (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium), West Ham (London Stadium) and Crystal Palace (Selhurst Park), which, according to many observers, has perhaps the best atmosphere in the entire league.
Although there are as many as three London stadiums in the Premier League's top four in terms of capacity, Manchester United and its Old Trafford stadium have led the way for many years. Manchester City, with its Etihad Stadium, is only sixth, but with the completion of the redevelopment (which remains in "stand-by mode" for the time being), the venue is likely to occupy a place in the TOP 3. Well, unless it is knocked off the podium by... Anfield. The home of 'The Reds' is currently undergoing another upgrade, which is expected to be completed as early as mid-2023. Liverpool's facility will eventually be able to accommodate 61,000 people.
Newcastle and Everton fans, in particular, have high hopes ahead of the new season. The first are known for their above-average attendance at St. James' Park and, following the takeover of the club by Middle Eastern investors, the 'Magpies' may well end the campaign in a place that guarantees a place in the European cups. Everton finished last season barely staying in the Premier League. It can't get any worse, can it? "The Toffees" will soon be moving from Goodison Park to Bramley-Moore Dock Stadium, which should allow the club to return to at least the top half of the league table.
The TOP 10 of the biggest stadiums for the upcoming English Premier League season still includes a place for Villa Park in Birmingham. Ranked 11th to 15th respectively are: Elland Road (Leeds), St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton), King Power Stadium (Leicester), Molineux (Wolverhampton) and Amex Stadium (Brighton).