Which Premier League club has the best stadium?
Can’t the 2022/23 Premier League season start already?
For all the fun of the summer transfer window, football fans like us can’t help but start wanting the new campaign against us after spending the better part of a month without England’s top flight.
Sadly, however, no amount of crossed fingers or angry tweets can bring us closer to the opening weekend of the Premier League season as we count down every day until August 5.
Premier League 2022/23 stadiums
However, in the meantime, we might as well put our enthusiasm to good use and start evaluating the 20 clubs that will compete in the most entertaining league in the world next year.
And we’re not talking deep, thoughtful tactical inferences here, but rather the questions that concern us all most in the English game like: who has the better badge? Who has the best new kit? Which manager would you most like to spend an evening with?
Hard-hitting journalism, we know, but don’t pretend it doesn’t pique your interest, and the final part of our 2022/23 Premier League preview will revolve around each team’s stadium.
Which club has the best stadium?
Anyone who enjoys watching live football will know that a stadium’s architecture, atmosphere and facilities can make the difference between a boring Saturday on the terraces and a day out you’ll remember forever.
The simple fact is that some grounds are better than others and we wanted to see how the current 20 Premier League arenas stack up using our trusty way of Tiermaker.
Using categories ranging from ‘worst of the group’ to ‘biggest’, we rate each stadium on the following criteria: arena structure, fan atmosphere, match day experience – to both anecdotal and personal – and his position within English football.
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Ultimately, decisions come down to your personal opinion, so if you disagree, then let us know and be sure to let us know your personal ranking on our various social channels.
Premier League stadium rankings
However, for now, let’s take a look at how Premier League stadiums compare in the eyes of your humble writer GIVEMESPORT as we sort football cathedrals from grounds that need a bit of TLC.
Worst of the bunch
London Stadium and Vitality Stadium
Well, someone has to finish last. Look, West Ham fans are doing their best to turn the London stadium into a cauldron of atmosphere, but its jumbled structure will always make us think it’s better suited to athletics than football.
And while we don’t like to bully the smaller, more picturesque stadiums of English football, let’s not pretend that the Vitality – which doesn’t win awards for its character anyway – doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in the strata. of the Premier League. with its capacity of only 11,379.
St. Mary’s Stadium
While it might seem like we’re bullying Southampton here, it’s important to note that three stadiums occupied this level last season and it turns out that clubs and opinions have changed since then.
But let’s be honest here, St. Mary’s Stadium is one of England’s worst offenders when it comes to taking on the ‘soulless bowl’ archetype with very few distinguishing features beyond its seats. red. Not for us.
middle of the road
Emirates Stadium, Amex Stadium, Etihad Stadium, Brentford Community Stadium, Selhurst Park and King Power Stadium
They’re not perfect, but they’re not bad either: I like these stadiums even if each of them ultimately has a certain element that keeps me from wanting to settle there week after week.
When it comes to the Emirates and Etihad, the stereotype rings true with the stunted atmosphere, acoustics and retaining character of what are undoubtedly two of the most advanced, comfortable and impressive stadiums in the country.
Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford homes get our endorsement for representing modern grounds that not only look like identical products from the same production line, but still fall short of the league’s upper echelons.
Selhurst Park’s presence might raise a few eyebrows as there’s no denying the ground, much like Turf Moor, needs some serious love, but the national reverence for the noise from Palace fans is enough to give them a boost up to intermediate level.
Similarly, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium is saved from a St. Mary’s-like fate due to its fabulous atmosphere that thwarts what is undoubtedly another cookie-cutter structure.
Stamford Bridge, Craven Cottage, Elland Road, City Ground, Molineux and Goodison Park
It’s no coincidence that every stadium in this category lives up to its ears in English footballing heritage, but even those who accuse us of wearing rose-tinted retro specs have to admit that these six days at the outside are absolute belts.
From the wonderful walks along the Thames and Trent to the cottage and town ground of endless character, to the old-fashioned class of a simpler time that sizzles through the rafters of Goodison Park, you know that you are ready for, well, a crazy day when you’re visiting these stadiums.
So too does Molineux’s balance of modern expansion and vintage vibe as well as the eternally passionate atmosphere served up by the four corners of the cauldron-like Elland Road.
And while the bridge isn’t without criticism and some TLC would certainly go far, we can’t bear the thought of Chelsea saying goodbye to what remains one of the most unique and distinctive stadiums in all of history. ‘Europe.
St James’s Park, Old Trafford, Tottenham Hotspur and Villa Park
Don’t sit here and pretend you wouldn’t bite someone’s hand if they offered you a free ticket to watch a game at one of these venues. Well, unless you’re a Sunderland, Manchester City, Arsenal or Birmingham City fan, of course.
St. James’ Park’s towering silhouette on the Newcastle skyline with its fabled far end and utterly understated atmosphere made it the perfect candidate to launch our favourites.
Then we have two of England’s most revered patches of grass in the form of Old Trafford and Villa Park with every row, hall, doorway, statue and blade of grass steeped in history to make us blissfully forget some of their flaws. and wrinkles.
But there are no such imperfections in Tottenham’s new ground, which must surely be considered the most spatial stadium in world football and which has made no compromises on atmosphere and character to achieve it. There just so happens to be an arena that I like even more…
A timeless football cathedral that effortlessly blends old and new, adding modern touches to the vintage features that have made Anfield such a pilgrimage for football fans over the decades.
Its imposing, characterful architecture creates a Colosseum-like setting that complements the unparalleled atmosphere created by Liverpool supporters with the Kop’s renditions of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” forever sending a tingle down the spine of all who hear it.
Every stadium is special for someone
We hear your anger, we hear it, but you can’t please everyone with these kind of rankings which are inevitably and unavoidably based on subjective evaluation.
And look, the fundamentals of what makes a stadium great are completely personal and we don’t doubt for a second that there are thousands of fans out there who would put some of our lowest-ranked graduates at the very, very high.
Everyone’s local terrain holds a special place in their hearts, as do the arenas where you’ve created special memories with your loved ones.
And regardless of any Tiermaker or what my silly little football brain might think, that’s the true definition of ‘the greatest’ when it comes to stadiums. Each one of them is someone’s favorite and that’s really special.