Today we will take a look at the top 10 biggest football stadiums in England & UK. A football stadium is a representation of a football club. A good football club will have a well-designed football stadium. The stadium gives life to a football club and it becomes home for that club’s supporters. Fans take care of the stadium as if it was their own home.
Having a well-designed and big stadium is a matter of pride and joy in England. The bigger the stadium, the more joy for the supporters. The days of empty stadiums are long gone. England is awash with football stadium with several of Premier League‘s leading football clubs plying their trade in the capital along with a host of the league and non-league football clubs. Though football is currently being behind closed doors which means no fans are allowed in the stadium, empty stadiums still leave behind a mindful impact on the players. It’s a different atmosphere because players are used to playing in front of a packed stadium. But regardless, we will now take a look at the top ten biggest football stadiums in England & UK.
Keep in mind that these rankings are based on the capacity of the stadium and not the total area of the arena.
1. Wembley Stadium – England National Team
The newly rebuilt Wembley stadium is the biggest football stadium in England and the second-largest in Europe. The total capacity of the stadium is 90,000. Wembley also holds the title for being the biggest football stadium in London. The stadium is the home ground of the English national team but it still holds domestic competition finals like Community Shield, FA Cup Final, and Carabao Cup Final. Wembley also hosted the 2013 UEFA Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
The Wembley was built between 2003-2007. The construction cost for Wembley was estimated to be around £789 million. It is the biggest soccer stadium in England.
Wembley Stadium is owned by Wembley National Stadium Ltd.
2. Old Trafford – Manchester United
Manchester United’s home ground Old Trafford is the second biggest football stadium in England. The current capacity of Old Trafford is 76,000. It is one of the iconic and historic football grounds in England and it has statues dedicated to both Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson and a stand named after the latter. If we talk about club stadiums, then Old Trafford is the biggest stadium in England. The stadium has been renovated on several occasions, most notably in the 1990s, after the Hillsborough disaster that took 96 lives.
Old Trafford even hosted three Euro 1996 games and the 2003 Champions League final, which was won by AC Milan.
Old Trafford was opened for public in 1910 and it has been Manchester United’s home ground ever since. The construction cost of Old Trafford is estimated to be around £90,000.
The stadium is owned by Manchester United itself.
3. Principality Stadium – Wales National Team
Wales national team’s home ground, Principality stadium is at number 3 in the list of biggest football stadiums in England & UK by capacity. The stadium’s total capacity is 74,500. It is also known as the Millennium Stadium. The stadium is also the home ground to Wales national rugby team. Principality Stadium was the home of the FA Cup & League Cup finals when Wembley was being renovated from 2001 until 2007.
The stadium is not only used for sports but other events as well. It is also used for music concerts. It’s even been featured on film a few times including an episode of Doctor Who and the movie 28 Days Later.
The Principality Stadium was opened to the public in 1997. It is owned by Millennium Stadium plc. The total construction cost is estimated to be around £121,000,000.
4. London Stadium – West Ham United
London Stadium is at number 4 in the list of biggest football stadiums in England by capacity. Located in Stratford district of London the stadium is home to Premier League club West Ham United. Regular home Premier League games of West Ham United take place at this stadium. London Stadium has a capacity of holding 66,000 fans at the time and is among the famous football stadiums in London.
The Stadium was initially built for the 2012 Olympics but now it’s home for West Ham United. The London Stadium was constructed between 22 May 2008 – 29 March 2011 and the cost of construction for the stadium was estimated at around £486 million. London Stadium is owned by Greater London Authority.
5. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Tottenham Hotspur
After the demolition of White Hart Lane (previous home of Spurs), Spurs club chiefs sanctioned a new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The total capacity of the stadium is 62,303. It opened in April 2019 and instantly became one of the most impressive football stadiums in England and in London. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is among the best football stadiums in England and in the Premier League as well. After the opening of the stadium, it became the third-largest football stadium in England.
Spurs Stadium is the world’s first one to use a retractable pitch covering a synthetic turf surface. The Stadium was constructed between 2016-2019 and the total construction cost was estimated at around £1 billion. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is owned by the club itself. However, they’ll face a difficult few years paying off their debts from building this world-class football stadium. It might affect Spurs’ transfer business in the near future due to a lack of funds.
6. Celtic Park – Celtic FC
Celtic Park is the biggest football stadium in Scotland, UK. It is ranked number 4 in the list of the biggest football stadium in the UK. The total capacity of Celtic Park is 60,411. Celtic Park is home to the Celtic club in Scotland, however, it has also hosted many international events, Commonwealth Games, and Athletics. The stadium, like others, has also been renovated on several occasions.
Celtic Park was opened in 1882 and underwent renovation in the 1990s. The construction of the stadium is reported to be around £35,000. Celtic Park is owned by Celtic F.C.
7. The Emirates – Arsenal
The Emirates stadium is a pride for Arsenal fans and the stadium is among the oldest football stadiums in England. It is ranked at number seven in our list of biggest football stadiums in England. Though some fans feel it was the catalyst towards the club’s great downfall. Only three FA Cup and Community Shield titles have come Arsenal’s way since moving to the Emirates.
Emirates Stadium was constructed between 2003-2006 and was opened in 2006 and instantly became one of the biggest football stadiums in England as well as in London. The total estimated construction of the Emirates is around £470,000,000. The home of Arsenal FC is also the fourth-largest football stadium in England.
8. The Etihad – Manchester City
The Etihad is home to Manchester City and it is ranked at number 8 in the list of top ten 10 biggest football stadiums in England. The current capacity of the Etihad is 55,097. Etihad Stadium has been home to Manchester City since 2003. It is known as the Etihad for sponsorship reasons. The Stadium hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and it has also been used for rugby, boxing, and musical concerts in the past.
Etihad Stadium was opened to the public in 1999 and has been home to Manchester City since 2003. The build cost of the Etihad is reported to be around £134,000,000. The stadium is owned by Manchester City Council.
Etihad Stadium is among the biggest football stadiums in English Premier League.
9. Anfield – Liverpool
One of the most iconic stadiums in the world, Anfield is also one of the oldest football stadiums in England. Almost every football supporter knows the venue, especially those who follow Europe’s big clubs. Anfield is home to the most successful club in England, which is Liverpool FC. The capacity of Anfield is 54,074 but they are planning to extend the stadium which will increase the capacity to more than 60,000. Anfield has also hosted European Championship games in 1996, boxing, exhibition tennis, and rugby league matches in the past.
Fun fact: Anfield was originally the home of Liverpool’s city rivals Everton until a dispute over the rent caused them to move out to their own ground and left the stadium’s owner, John Houlding, with no team to play their football in the place. Ultimately, Liverpool FC was born and went on to become the most successful club in the history of English football.
Anfield was constructed in 1884 and the total built cost is estimated is unknown/undercover. The iconic staidum is owned by Fenway Sports Group (FSG).
10. St James’ Park – Newcastle United
Finally, we have St James’ Park ranked at number 10 in the list of biggest football grounds in England. It is also among the most beautiful football stadiums in England. St James’ Park is home to Newcastle United and it has a total capacity of 52,405. The stadium has been renovated on several occasions, notably during the 1990s. It has hosted international football matches on several occasions as well as rugby union and rugby league matches, charity games, and music concerts.
St James’ Park was opened in 1880 and has been home to Newcastle United since 1892. It is one of the oldest football stadiums in England. St James’ Park is owned by Newcastle City Council and the total built cost of the stadium is also undisclosed.