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Premier League Stadium Capacity
|Club Ground Name
|Villa Park Birmingham
|King Power Stadium
|St James’ Park
|St Mary’s Stadium
|Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
|Olympic Stadium London
|Club Ground Name
|Birmingham City & Coventry City
|Ashton Gate Stadium
|Cardiff City Stadium
|John Smith’s Stadium
|The City Ground
|Preston North End
|New York Stadium
League One Capacity
|Club Ground Name
|Stadium of Light
|Milton Keynes Dons
|Weston Homes Stadium
|Montgomery Waters Meadow
|Breyer Group Stadium
|Energy Check County Ground
Stadiums by capacity – a brief overview
As you can see from the list of football grounds and their various leagues of English football, there is a rather large range concerning the number of spectators that can fit into different stadiums. Then again, this is part and parcel of the very nature of professional football in this country. Naturally, the major Premier League stadiums have the necessary financial backing to build such impressive structures, whereas the stadiums that are all the way down in League 2 tend to have a more intimate setting.
The stadium that boasts the largest capacity in English football right now is Old Trafford, home of the legendary Manchester United. This stadium just absolutely erupts during competitive home games, making it a true ‘Theater of Dreams’ given the 74,000+ capacity. At the other end of the spectrum, the smallest stadium by capacity is the Wham Stadium, home of Accrington Stanley, with just over 5,000 capacity. And as you might imagine, the atmosphere is somewhat less explosive at this ground compared to United’s!
These discrepancies in stadium sizes, atmospheres, and general capacity are what brings true spice to the game that we all know and love in this country, however, so we wouldn’t change it for anything! And on that note, check out some other cool facts about some of the stadiums listed on this page right here.
Other fun facts relating to these football grounds
Largest ever attendance in English football
Our first fun fact relating to some of the stadiums on this list is that the largest attendance ever recorded for an English football game is when Tottenham Hotspur played against Bayern Leverkusen in the 2006 Champions League group stage. On this rather chilly winter evening at Wembley Stadium, this game saw 85,512 fans come through the doors – a record that stands to this day.
Smallest ever attendance in English football
From more than 85,000 fans to less than 15 now, the lowest recorded attendance in English football came all the way back in 1921. Of course, this is way before we witnessed some of the stadiums we see today, but according to official reports, just 13 spectators turned up to watch Leicester City take on Stockport County. Thankfully, there was no video footage of the events back then, as we’d imagine that this memory could be rather depressing for these two clubs!
We must admit, this is something that we didn’t even learn until recently! Did you know, once a team actually participates in League 2, which is the first league in which a team is classed as ‘professional’, there is actually a stipulated stadium capacity that has to be met? We know – we couldn’t believe it either! As it happens, the governing body stipulates that a League 2 stadium must have a minimum capacity of 4,000 if it is to meet the conditions of a professional team. Who knows what happens should the grounds not meet this stipulation? We’d hate to think!