Ranking the 20 Premier League clubs by the size of their stadium

The Premier League is the most watched league in world football and each weekend thousands of fans gather at stadia across the country to watch England’s top sides.

We’ve decided to rank each of the Premier League grounds, from the lowest capacity to the highest.

20. Vitality Stadium – Bournemouth (11,307)

Bournemouth’s Dean Court, known as the Vitality Stadium for sponsorship reasons, is the smallest ground in the Premier League and holds just 11,307.

The Cherries’ home ground is the smallest to have hosted Premier League football in the division’s history, behind Oldham Athletic’s Boundary Park (13,559) and Swindon Town’s County Ground (14,700). Just one of the current Championship sides – Luton Town – has a smaller stadium capacity than Bournemouth.

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19. Gtech Community Stadium – Brentford (17,250)

Brentford’s Gtech Community Stadium is the newest ground to have hosted Premier League football, following the Bees promotion to the top tier ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

The west Londoners returned to the top tier for the first time since Brentford since 1946-47 after beating 10-man Swansea in the play-off final. Thomas Frank’s team impressed in their first Premier League campaign to end the season 13th.

18. Craven Cottage – Fulham (22,384)

Craven Cottage is the oldest football stadium in London and has been home to Fulham since 1896. Sitting on the banks of the River Thames, it is among the most unique grounds in the Premier League but perhaps lacks the raucous atmosphere found at stadiums elsewhere.

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17. Selhurst Park – Crystal Palace (25,486)

Despite being the fourth-smallest ground in the Premier League this season, Selhurst Park can create a fine atmosphere in South London.

An old, tight ground in comparison to more modern stadiums with the fans – to the betterment of the spectacle – close to the pitch.

16. City Ground – Nottingham Forest (30,332)

Nottingham Forest are back in the Premier League this season after a long absence, having spent 23 years outside the top division of English football.

The Forest fans got a glimpse of what could be last season after FA Cup upsets of top tier Leicester and Arsenal, but will now have at least a season of Premier League football on banks of the River Trent.

15. Molineux – Wolves (31,750)

Built in 1889, Molineux is one of the oldest stadiums in the Premier League and has undergone several renovations without losing its traditional four-stand design.

Holding a capacity of just under 32,000, Molineux hosted the England’s men’s team for the first time in 65 years during the summer for Nations League fixtures with Italy and Hungary. the latter proved an occasion to forget however, as the Three Lions crashed to their worst home defeat (4-0) since 1928.

14. The Amex Stadium – Brighton (31,800)

An upwardly mobile team and popular chairman mean there has been plenty of reasons to visit the Amex Stadium in recent seasons. Brighton moved into the ground in 2011, before first hosting Premier League football at the stadium in 2017.

The Seagulls have remained in the top flight since and will have ambitions of bringing European football to the Amex in the near future.

13. King Power Stadium – Leicester (32,262)

The King Power Stadium celebrated two decades since its opening earlier this year and has been home to Leicester during the club’s most successful period.

The Foxes improbably won the Premier League title in 2015/16 and have since added the FA Cup and Community Shield to their honours alongside multiple European nights.

Italian classical singer Andrea Bocelli memorably serenaded the stadium with a powerful rendition of Nessun Dorma before their presentation of the Premier League title in 2016, in one of the division’s most iconic celebration moments.

12. St Mary’s – Southampton (32,384)

Southampton moved from The Dell to St Mary’s shortly after the turn of the millennium, welcoming in a new era on their sight next to the River Itchen.

11. Elland Road – Leeds (37,608)

Elland Road can produce an intimidating atmosphere, despite ranking 11th in the Premier League in terms of capacity.

Leeds have been a welcome re-addition to the Premier League after returning to the top division following a 16-year absence in 2020/21.

10. Goodison Park – Everton (39,414)

Situated just across Stanley Park from city rivals Liverpool, Goodison Park is a famous old ground.

Everton’s home stadium has hosted more top-flight games than any other ground, but will not do so for much longer after the club began construction on a new ground. Everton Stadium – which will have an initial capacity of 52,000 – at Bramley-Moore Dock will provide the Toffees with a more modern ground and is due to be opened in time for the 2024/25 campaign.

9. Stamford Bridge – Chelsea (40,343)

Stamford Bridge is among the most distinctive Premier League grounds, with its traditional shape and blue-coloured seating immediately recognisable as the home of Chelsea.

Chelsea have hosted fixtures at the ground since 1905 and its capacity stands at 40,343, making it just the ninth largest in the division despite the west Londoners continued success on the field.

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New owner Todd Boehly has promised plans to upgrade Chelsea’s facilities however, with reports that the American is interested in a staged upgrade of their current home, replacing one stand at a time to increase the capacity to around 60,000.

8. Villa Park – Aston Villa (42,657)

Another of the Premier League’s most recognisable stadiums, Villa Park has been home to Aston Villa since 1897.

The ground, which has a capacity of 42,657, has hosted multiple major fixtures and was a regular venue for FA Cup semi-final clashes before the unpopular decision to move last four games to Wembley.

7. St James’ Park – Newcastle (52,305)

St James’ Park dominates the Newcastle skyline and home games see more than 52,000 pack inside the Geordie’s giant ground.

It trails only Stamford Bridge as the oldest venue among current Premier League teams, though the fanatical support from the Toon Army has not been reciprocated with silverware success. That could soon change however, following the club’s Saudi-led takeover.

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6. Anfield – Liverpool (53,394)

Anfield was once the home of Everton, but has been the ground of Liverpool F.C. since their formation in 1892. Everton had played fixtures at the venue, before a dispute saw the Toffees upsticks across Stanley Park and re-home at Goodison.

Anfield remains one of world football’s most iconic venues, with its atmosphere renown. That remains true for the major European occasions under the lights, but the regular matchday noise – as with most modern grounds – is far from its high-held reputation.

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5. Etihad Stadium – Manchester City (53,400)

Manchester City moved from Maine Road to the Etihad Stadium in 2003, following its usage for the Commonwealth Games held in the city the previous summer.

It has since increased in size to a capacity of 53,400, with those fans having seen sustained success as City have become the Premier League’s dominant force, winning five Premier League titles since 2012.

In addition to City’s home games, the ground has also hosted the 2008 UEFA Cup final and a world title boxing fight between Ricky Hatton – a die-hard City supporter – and Juan Lazcano.

4. London Stadium – West Ham (60,000)

West Ham were another side to benefit from a major athletics event taking place in the city, inheriting the London Stadium after its construction for the 2012 summer Olympics.

The ground has not been universally popular as it has lacked the atmosphere and identity of Upton Park, but its state-of-the-art facilities and huge capacity have provided the Hammers with a stadium size to challenge the elite.

3. Emirates Stadium – Arsenal (60,704)

Arsenal reluctantly left their Highbury home to start a new era in 2006, moving into the Emirates Stadium.

The atmosphere has not always carried over from their famous old ground, but the Emirates does provide an immaculate feel and world-class facilities. At 60,704, it is the third-largest ground in the Premier League and will soon hope to welcome back Champions League nights to north London.

2. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham (62,850)

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been called the best ground in world football and it is difficult to disagree, with the Premier League’s latest stadium one of full of elite facilities, atmosphere and grand design.

At 62,062 seats it is bigger than any club football ground in England bar Old Trafford and seats 25,000 more than White Hart Lane, the club’s home for 118 years.

The stadium also boasts a retractable, artificial American football pitch to host NFL games, which is stored below the South Stand and can be switched with the grass turf in 25 minutes.

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The South Stand is the UK’s biggest single-tier stand at 17,500 seats, having taken inspiration from Liverpool’s Kop and Borussia Dortmund’s ‘Yellow Wall’.

1. Old Trafford – Manchester United (74,310)

Old Trafford remains the largest ground in the Premier League, with a capacity of 74,310. The ‘Theatre of Dream’s is the second-largest ground in England after Wembley Stadium and the 11th-biggest club stadium in Europe.

It has been home to the Red Devils since 1910, but there have been criticism of the club’s owners of late for a lack of investment in the stadium. Having been well ahead of Premier League rivals, its facilities have fallen significantly behind the best in English football.

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