LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22:  General view outside the stadium ahead of the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Leicester City at Emirates Stadium on October 22, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

20 Biggest Football Stadiums in the English Club Game

Stadium size is always a major bragging right when it comes to football, the bigger the ground the bigger the club, in a sense. And the top clubs will always want to keep expanding their homes to get as many fans through the door on a match day as possible.


Here's a look at the 20 biggest club stadiums in English football, and not all of them necessarily belong to teams in the Premier League...


*Wembley Stadium has been omitted as it is only a temporary home for Tottenham Hotspur

20. King Power Stadium (Leicester City)

Capacity: 32,273


Leicester's King Power Stadium was opened in 2002 to replace the club's old home at Filbert Street. It was originally known as the Walkers Stadium until 2011 when it took its current name.


Having seen a fairytale Premier League title in 2016, the King Power was the site of tragedy in 2018 when a helicopter carrying Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four other people crashed shortly after taking off, killing everyone on board.

19. St Mary's (Southampton)

Capacity: 32,384


Southampton were able to more than double the number of fans who could watch them when they closed The Dell in 2001 and moved to the brand new St Mary's.

 
As a club, Southampton had been founded at St Mary's church in 1885 and were initially known as St Mary's FC and then Southampton St Mary's during their early years. It rather nicely ties their history directly into the name of the stadium.

18. Ricoh Arena (Coventry City)

Capacity: 32,609


Coventry spent 106 years at former home Highfield Road until relocating to the Ricoh Arena in 2005. But financial problems ensured the club couldn't actually own its new stadium, leading to continued problems with rent and leases that persist to this day.


Coventry were forced to temporarily leave the Ricoh Arena for the 2013/14 season, playing games 35 miles away in Northampton. Similar problems have arisen once more in 2018.

17. Bramall Lane (Sheffield United)

Capacity: 32,609


Bramall Lane has been the home of Sheffield United ever since 1889 and holds a special place in football history as it earlier hosted what is the first ever floodlit match in 1878.


Bramall Lane is also one of only two stadiums in the country that has had the honour of hosting an England international football match, an England cricket test match and the FA Cup final. The other is the Oval in London.

16. Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff City)

Capacity: 33,316


Cardiff City Stadium is he only venue on this list located outside England, with its Welsh occupants having held a place in the English league system ever since 1920 and back in the Premier League as of 2018.


The stadium was completed in 2009 replaced the Bluebirds' old Ninian Park ground. It has also served as a home to Cardiff Blues rugby union team and the Welsh national football team.

15. Pride Park (Derby County)

Capacity: 33,597


No longer known as the iPro Stadium as it was between 2013 and 2016, Derby County's home is back to being called Pride Park, originally opened in 1997 to replace the Baseball Ground.


Derby have typically averaged crowds just shy of 30,000 in recent seasons, with the club's highest season average attendance at Pride Park to date coming in the 2007/08 campaign - the last time the Rams were in the Premier League.

14. Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough)

Capacity: 34,742


Built to replace the club's old Ayresome Park home in light of the need for an all-seater venue to comply with the Taylor Report, Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium opened in 1995 and famously sits on the banks of the River Tees.


It has occasionally been used as a venue for England Under-21 fixtures over the years and even hosted Great Britain warm-up games ahead of the 2012 Olympic football tournament.

13. Elland Road (Leeds United)

Capacity: 37,890


Leeds have spent the last 14 years and counting outside of English football's top flight but are hoping to finally rejoin the Premier League after mounting a promotion challenge in 2018/19.


Leeds were still managing to pull in more than 20,000 each game when they slipped down to League One between 2007 and 2010. The average attendance was more than 30,000 in 2017/18 and the stadium would likely get to selling out back in the top flight.

12. Goodison Park (Everton)

Capacity: 39,221


Everton have called Goodison Park home since 1892, witnessing numerous great Toffees teams over the years. But the club will eventually be leaving their long time home, with Bramley-Moore Dock chosen as the site for a new state of the art stadium.


Among the 'principles' for the new stadium released in January 2018 is ensuring there is a lasting legacy for Goodison that will benefit the local area after the club has left.

11. Hillsborough (Sheffield Wednesday)

Capacity: 39,732


Sheffield Wednesday haven't played in the Premier League since getting relegated in 2000, but Hillsborough remains one of the larger club stadiums in the country. It has therefore also been used whenever England has hosted a major international tournament - 1966 and 1996.


Opened in 1899, it hasn't always been the home of the Owls, though. The club was formed in 1867 and they actually originally played at Bramall Lane, now home of their city rivals.

10. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)

Capacity: 40,853


Chelsea did substantial redevelopment work on Stamford Bridge during the 1990s, turning it into a modern all-seater stadium. The future for the west London venue is one of more building work as the club aim to grow the capacity by 50% by 2024.


That building work will mean that Chelsea will have to play elsewhere and press speculation has put that at anything between four and six years at a temporary home.

9. Villa Park (Aston Villa)

Capacity: 42,785


Aston Villa have the biggest stadium in the Championship, with their famous Villa Park home large enough to hold more than 42,000 fans.


It was revealed just last year that the club was considering various redevelopment plans to increase the overall capacity to 60,000 upon a potential return to the Premier League. Whether that is still possible in light of recent financial trouble remains to be seen.

8. Stadium of Light (Sunderland)

Capacity: 49,000


Sunderland may now be playing their football in the depths of League One, but their home stadium remains one of the biggest in the country.


Even when average attendance dipped to just 27,000 as the club slipped to the bottom of the Championship in 2017/18, leaving the Stadium of Light not much more than half full, the Black Cats were still pulling in more fans than as many as seven Premier League sides.

7. St James' Park (Newcastle United)

Capacity: 52,305


It takes a lot to keep Newcastle fans away from St James' Park and the famous Tyneside ground is often close to full despite the agony that supporters have been through.


Newcastle, who acquired the lease in 1892 when they absorbed a rival club, have expanded St James' over the years. It hasn't always been easy, though, which is why the stadium has a rather unusual look where only two of the four stands have been built up.

6. Anfield (Liverpool)

Capacity: 53,394


Anfield may be synonymous with Liverpool FC now, but the stadium actually predates the club and was originally home to Everton from when it was built in 1884 until 1892.


The Reds have opted to redevelop Anfield instead of move to a long proposed new home in nearby Stanley Park. The most recent work saw a new Main Stand opened in 2016 to increase the capacity to in the region of 54,000, with the next aim to boost the Anfield Road end.

5. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City)

Capacity: 55,017


The Etihad Stadium was initially called the City of Manchester Stadium and built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Manchester City set up home in 2003 and the naming rights deal with Etihad was put in place from 2011.


The venue has undergone significant expansion work since the Abu Dhabi takeover, raising the capacity from an original 48,000 to over 55,000. Pushing it to 61,000 remains the plan.

4. London Stadium (West Ham United)

Capacity: 60,000


West Ham were granted use of London's Olympic stadium following the 2012 games and were able to move from their former home at Upton Park in 2016 once several years of conversion work, making it compatible for both football and athletics, had been completed.


Until recently, the capacity had been limited to 57,000 despite there being 66,000 seats inside the stadium. An agreement has now been reached to increase that ceiling to 60,000.

3. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal)

Capacity: 60,260


Arsenal have been housed at the Emirates Stadium since 2006 when the new build was completed and they left their former home at Highbury.


The move was a long time in the making, with Arsenal unsuccessfully requesting permission from the local council to expand Highbury in 1997 and then purchasing an industrial waste disposal site on which the new stadium would be built as early as 2000.

2. 'Tottenham Hotspur Stadium' (Tottenham Hotspur)

Capacity: 62,062


Although they have not been able to move in and start actually playing games, Tottenham's new as yet un-named stadium has been built, the pitch has been laid and the new official club shop, the biggest of its kind in Europe, is open for business.


When it is finally ready for use, the expected capacity will hit 62,062, making it the second biggest home of any football club in England.

1. Old Trafford (Manchester United)

Capacity: 74,879


Manchester United's Old Trafford home has long held the title of being the largest club stadium in the country, with future plans to even increase the overall capacity to 88,000 as long the engineering difficulty of building up the current Sir Bobby Charlton Stand doesn't prove too much.


There are, however, also more immediate plans to slightly drop the capacity by 2020 as 2,600 seats are removed to make space for 300 additional disabled supporters.

The majority of capacity figures are sourced from the official websites of the Premier League and EFL. The remainder come from official club websites, while the Ricoh Arena capacity is cited in a Coventry Telegraph reported dated 18th November 2018.