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Find above the extensive list of the 24 Championship Grounds Map for the season.
Championship Stadiums – location overview
The beauty of the UK being a rather small nation is that some of the top football stadiums are never too far away. This is particularly evident in England's second-highest division, The Championship. This division currently consists of 24 teams, which equates to 24 different football grounds that you can find information about right here. Just like stadiums in some of the other divisions, many of the Championship stadiums have been built more than 100 years ago, which already means that many of them are shrouded in history.
And to add to this, given that the Championship is home to many teams that have enjoyed some brief spells in the Premier League, some of the stadiums are seriously impressive. However, this is no surprise given that some of the stadiums have been completely refurbished to support Premier League football. As you can see on the map, the Championship has a decent balance of stadiums in both the North and South regions of the country, but in our opinion, there are a few stadiums that truly stand out from the rest.
Our top three Championship grounds
Of the 24 football stadiums that the English Championship is currently home to, we have picked out three of our favourites according to some pretty cool criteria that is outlined in the information right here.
Hillsborough is a rather unique stadium located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The stadium is home to Sheffield Wednesday, a club that has often been overshadowed by Sheffield United in the past. But despite the different successes of these rival clubs, you cannot take away from the fact that Hillsborough is a fantastic football ground. Not only can the club pack in almost 40,000 spectators when full, but it is one that has stood the test of time as well, as it has remained in this exact location since 1899 – even with the tragic disaster that occurred here in the past.
If you needed any reassurance as to the quality of Pride Park, it is one of the few current Championship stadiums that has also hosted several international football matches. And when it comes to domestic football, Pride Park is the home of Derby County, a side that is currently trying to make its way back into the Premiership. Although this stadium looks impressive from the outside, we love that when you walk through the doors, and when the Derby County fans get singing, it is a pretty intimidating place to play football (if you’re the away team).
The Vitality Stadium
The reason that we love this stadium is actually completely different from the reasons for the previous two. Of course, the Vitality Stadium is the home of Bournemouth, a club that has enjoyed several years in the Premier League being relegated recently to the Championship. Despite their reign in the top division, the Vitality Stadium has just a 12,000 capacity. Because of this, it’s one of the few grounds in English football that regularly gets near full capacity when Bournemouth plays there!