Revealed! The 10 biggest football club stadiums in England in the future

first_img 9. Sunderland’s Stadium of Light – capacity 49,000 (no expansion planned) – Opened in 1997, the Stadium of Light replaced the 22,500 capacity Roker Park. It originally held 42,000, but was expanded in 2000 to its current capacity of 49,000. The stadium was designed to allow the adoption of a further tier, which would bring the number of seats up to 63,000. However, there have been no plans to complete such an expansion as of yet. 10 3. Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium – capacity 61,559 – Development is going ahead on Spurs’ new ground, built both adjacent to and on the site of White Hart Lane. The club will play at Wembley in 2017/18, and want to move to their new ground at the start of the 2018/19 season. Originally projected to hold 61,000, it has been confirmed they have permission to increase the overall capacity to 61,559. It has been reported Liverpool are looking to expand Anfield once again, taking its total capacity to the 60,000 mark.Having been purchased by FSG in 2010, the club shelved plans to leave their historic ground in favour of developing Anfield, and in December 2014 work started on expanding the Main Stand.By the start of the 2016/17 season, the 45,500 capacity had been increased to 54,074 – and they want to add almost another 6,000 seats.Should they complete this planned work, the Red will possess one of the biggest stadiums in English club football.But what other stadiums will make up the top 10 largest in England when all planned development work is finished? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… 10 10 10 =6. Liverpool’s expanded Anfield – capacity 60,000 – After shelving plans to leave Anfield for a new stadium at Stanley Park, the Reds have focused upon developing and expanding their historic home. Prior to the start of this season they took their capacity up to 54,074 courtesy of a new Main Stand, and it has been revealed they are looking into rebuilding the Anfield Road stand (pictured above, right) to lift capacity to 60,000. 4. Manchester City’s expanded Etihad Stadium – capacity 61,000 – Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, City moved to the what is currently known as the Etihad Stadium in 2003. Expansion started in 2014, and they have increased the capacity from 47,400 to 55,097. However, club chiefs are still not content, and plans were agreed in September 2016 to increase the ground to 61,000 seats. 10 =6. Chelsea’s new stadium – capacity 60,000 – This year, Chelsea gained planning permission to build a new stadium on the current plot of Stamford Bridge, having failed to move to either Earls Court or Battersea Power Station. The Bridge currently holds 41,629, and Chelsea have been looking to increase their capacity to 60,000 to compete with England’s biggest clubs. The new stadium, pictured above, may not be completed until 2022, despite plans to start work in 2018. 10 10 10 8. Newcastle’s St James’ Park – capacity 52,339 (no expansion planned) – A redevelopment of the stadium in the 1990s took St James’ Park – originally built in 1892 – to its current capacity of over 52,000. Plans were made in 2007 to break the 60,000 barrier, though they were put on hold following the takeover by Mike Ashley. The capacity has remained unchanged since then. 10. Aston Villa’s Villa Park – capacity 42,785 (no expansion planned) – Villa Park remains one of England’s biggest grounds, having first been designed by renowned football architect Archibald Leitch. It seats 42,785, through Randy Lerner had plans to increase the capacity to 50,000. However, little work has been done on such an expansion since 2010, and it appears plans have been shelved. 10 10 2. West Ham’s expanded London Stadium – capacity 66,000 – Due to licensing restrictions at the beginning of the season, West Ham have been allowed to open just 57,000 of a total 66,000 seats at the London Stadium. However, the club have made it clear they intend to increase the capacity, first to 60,000 then 66,000 sometime during the 2017/18 campaign. 5. Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium – capacity 60,432 (no expansion planned) – Built as the replacement for Arsenal’s historic Highbury stadium, the Gunners moved to the Emirates in 2006. It allowed them to massively increase their previous 38,000 capacity, and include an entire tier aimed at wealthy and corporate supporters. It has failed to replicate the charm of Highbury, but Arsenal chiefs don’t mind – the club make more match day revenue than any other football team in the world 1. Manchester United’s expanded Old Trafford – capacity 88,000 – Opened in 1910, Manchester United have managed to stay at their historic home while also vastly increasing the capacity of Old Trafford, rather than building a new stadium. Unlike most traditional English football grounds, Old Trafford was designed with a masterplan of development in mind, so the Theatre of Dreams could be easily expanded. As terraces gave way to all-seater stadiums, and the Red Devils’ popularity increased, so Old Trafford has reached a capacity of 75,811 in 2017, and it has had the highest average attendances in English football since becoming all-seater in 1993. Three sides of the ground have been upgraded over the past 25 years, but until now they haven’t been able to extend the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand due to the railway line running behind it. Technological advances means expansion would no longer require the demolition of houses or the building of an expensive tunnel, enabling capacity to be lifted to 88,000, though no concrete plans have been produced yet.last_img read more