Every weekend, the Premier League serves up a feast of football for fans from all over the country. England’s top flight is considered to be the greatest league on the planet but their elite clubs have struggled to compete in the Champions League in recent times. Furthermore, it could be argued that English football stadiums are also among the best in the world. Okay, so the likes of Norwich City’s Carrow Road cannot compete with Valencia’s magnificent Mestalla Stadium but there are plenty of top-class football grounds in Britain – here are our five favourite stadiums in the UK.
For most of their history, Manchester City played their home games at Maine Road but now they play at the 60,000 capacity Etihad Stadium on a weekly basis. City are one of England’s elite clubs and are searching for their third Premier League title in five years. The Etihad has seen plenty of on-field success over the last decade or so and more major honours will come if City continue to spend huge sums of money in the transfer window.
by Gene Hunt
St James’ Park
Newcastle United are one of England’s most prestigious clubs but have failed to make a major impact in recent times. Every week, over 50,000 Geordies flock to the stadium to support their team despite anticipating defeat on a weekly basis! Newcastle’s stadium is very impressive and visiting supporters always have positive words to say about St James’ Park and the famous Geordie atmosphere. It’s brilliant on matchdays and is an absolute must for those who enjoy the atmosphere and vibe more than the quality of football on show.
Despite their financial difficulties in the last few years, Rangers are on the verge of returning to the Scottish Premiership and, once again, the Ibrox faithful will see their beloved Rangers compete against the country’s top clubs. Ibrox is an impressive sight and can accommodate up to 52,000 supporters although the club have struggled to fill it during their dark days. However, next season they are likely to return and supporters will be licking their lips at the prospect of another Old Firm clash against city rivals Celtic.
Manchester United are England’s most successful football club and over 76,000 fans at Old Trafford have been treated to an abundance of riches over the years. Although they have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, they are more than capable of challenging for their 21st league title this season. At the time of writing, they sit just three points behind leaders Leicester and are great value at 5/1 in the Premier League betting markets. They’re not exactly inspiring confidence on current form but if anyone can defy the odds, it’s Manchester United and the Old Trafford crowd will play a key role in their success.
by Sean MacEntee
If nothing else, Wembley Stadium is an impressive sight. England’s national team play their home matches at the 90,000 seater stadium and while there have been calls for Roy Hodgson’s men to tour the country instead, it appears Wembley will remain their home for the foreseeable future. In recent times, Wembley has also played host to a number of American football matches and rock concerts and you should be sure to attend the home of English football in some capacity in the future. It’s well worth a trip round the stadium shop, a walk through the museum and a stroll down Wembley Way.