The English Premier League is comfortably the most-watched football league on the planet. This includes the television coverage and the average attendance inside Premier League stadium, which is second only to the German Bundesliga.
As a global brand, it’s no surprise that most Premier League teams have invested heavily in expanding their current grounds or building new ones to futureproof their commercial revenues.
According to Transfermarkt, the average capacity attendance for a Premier League game is approximately 97.7%, meaning very few spare seats.
If you still need to experience the white-hot atmosphere of a Premier League game in person and you’re still determining where to begin with getting tickets, we’ve put together a hit list of the five most impressive top-flight stadiums.
Old Trafford, Manchester United
Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium remains the biggest in the Premier League. With a capacity of 75,811, this is one of the most impressive sporting environments on the planet.
Nicknamed the “Theatre of Dreams,” Old Trafford is certainly an atmospheric stadium when the Stretford End is shouting loud.
The stadium has not been upgraded much recently and is starting to show.
Investment is needed to improve the stadium’s in-house facilities and infrastructure. Unfortunately, Old Trafford is limited in which stands it can expand further, as a train line runs behind the South Stand.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur
The magnificent new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is one of three Premier League stadia to rank in the top-five biggest grounds in the division.
That will be of little surprise to ardent football fans, given that London’s football heritage is one of the most romantic worldwide. The English capital has always claimed to be football’s home,’ and Tottenham’s new home is a joy to behold.
This 62,850-seater stadium was constructed a stone’s throw from the club’s old White Hart Lane site and has become a major landmark on the North London landscape.
Built at the cost of £1 billion, there are magnificent views from every seat in this place. Both goals have steeply banked ends designed to replicate traditional terraces from yesteryear.
London Stadium, West Ham United
Originally built in Stratford to stage the 2012 London Olympics, the renamed London Stadium is now the Premier League home of West Ham United.
It’s positioned in the southern area of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is within easy reach of public transport via Stratford’s mainline rail and Underground stations.
It is still considered a multi-use venue and is owned by the Greater London Authority (GLA), with the Hammers now long-term ground tenants.
With a 62,500 capacity, there are plenty of seats available for neutrals wanting to catch a West Ham game, although the number of season ticket holders has totaled 50,000 in some seasons.
Emirates Stadium, Arsenal
Tottenham’s bitter North London rivals, Arsenal, also have an impressive stadium to call home. The Emirates Stadium opened in 2006, with the Gunners moving away from their iconic Highbury home.
The 60,704-seater stadium offers impressive sightlines from the bottom, middle, and top tiers, although some football purists would argue that the atmosphere does not compare with their former stadium.
As the stadium is now 16 years old, the club took steps earlier in 2022 to improve the fan experience, including new video boards and futureproofing the stadium’s roof and wrap.
It’s also possible that the Gunners’ hierarchy will be looking to install safe standing in the months and years ahead to improve the matchday atmosphere.
Etihad Stadium, Manchester City
Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium was constructed to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games. It would then become the home of Manchester City, which was the subject of significant investment from the Abu Dhabi Royal Family.
The bowl-like stadium has a capacity of over 55,000, but City’s success in the last decade means that the club is looking at all expansion options.
An extension of the North Stand would bring a third tier and 6,250 additional seats.
It’s a good stadium for away fans, housed in a section of the South Stand, split across the lower, middle, and upper tiers. The top two tiers provide an exceptional view of the action, overlooking the southwest corner flag.