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Old February 3rd, 2006, 07:04 PM   #1
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The 20 Largest Stadiums in Britain

Right, It took my 3hrs of non stop work to make this thread.

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Wembley Stadium - 90,000





Wembley Stadium is one of the world's most famous football stadiums, being the English national football ground since 1923.
The new design is for an all-seated capacity of 90,000 protected from the elements by a sliding roof. The stadium's signature feature will be a circular section lattic arch of 7 metre internal diameter with a 315 metre span, erected some 22° off true, and rising to 133 metres tall.

Twickenham Stadium - 82,000




Twickenham Stadium, located in the Twickenham district of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, is currently the largest completed stadium in the United Kingdom with a capacity of 75,000.
The South Stand is currently being redeveloped to increase capacity to 82,000. It is the home of England's Rugby Football Union, and as such primarily a venue for rugby union and hosts England's home test matches.

Old Trafford Stadium – 76,000




Old Trafford Football Stadium (given the nickname The Theatre of Dreams by Bobby Charlton) is the home of Manchester United F.C., one of the most famous football clubs in the world.
Work has commenced to expand this to around 76,000 by the 2006-07 season with the building of 2 new corner stands.

Millennium Stadium – 74,500




The Millennium Stadium (Welsh: Stadiwm y Mileniwm) in Cardiff is the national stadium of Wales, used primarily for rugby union and football.

Murrayfield – 67,500




Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh (capacity 67,500) is the home of Scottish Rugby and a name known throughout the rugby world. Apart from rugby, it sometimes hosts football games, American football etc.

Celtic Park – 61,000



Celtic Park is a football stadium in Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland. It is the home ground of Celtic Football Club. The all-seater stadium is also known as 'Parkhead' and nicknamed 'Paradise' by Celtic fans.

The Emirates Stadium – 60,000

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The Emirates Stadium is a football stadium, being built for Arsenal Football Club in Ashburton Grove, Islington, north London, England.
The stadium is scheduled to open in the summer of 2006, and will have an all-seated capacity of 60,000, making it the second biggest stadium in the Premiership after Old Trafford and the third biggest stadium in London.

Hampden Park – 52,500



Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland is home to Queen's Park F.C. and the Scottish national football team. 'Hampden' is one of the homes of football and celebrated its centenary on October 31, 2003. The stadium also houses the offices of the Scottish Football Association.

St James’ Park – 52,350


St James' Park is a 52,387 capacity all-seater football stadium in Newcastle upon Tyne, England and is the home of Newcastle United F.C.

Ibrox Stadium – 51,300*



Ibrox Stadium, originally Ibrox Park, is the stadium of Rangers F.C. It is located on the south side of the River Clyde in the Ibrox district of Glasgow.
The site of Ibrox Park has been the home of Rangers since 1899.
*Come Sep 2006

The Stadium of Light – 48,300



The Stadium of Light is a Football stadium, the home of Sunderland A.F.C., in North East England. The stadium featured in a UEFA list of the top ten stadia in Europe.

The City of Manchester Stadium – 48,000




Built for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the City of Manchester Stadium (also known as COMS, Eastlands and Sportcity) is located in Manchester, England. It is a 48,000 capacity all seater stadium with two tiers all the way round the ground and third tiers to the two side stands. It cost £90 million to construct.

Anfield Stadium – 45,360



Anfield is a football stadium in the district of Anfield, in Liverpool, England. It is the home of Liverpool F.C.
The stadium was built in 1884 on land adjacent to Stanley Park, and was originally inhabited by Everton F.C. They were founder members of the Football League in 1888, but left the ground in 1892 over a rent dispute, and moved into the newly-built Goodison Park, less than a mile away. Anfield's owner, John Houlding, decided to form a new club to play at the ground, which became Liverpool.

Villa Park – 42,575



Villa Park, in Birmingham, England; is the stadium at which Aston Villa Football Club play their home games.

Stamford Bridge – 42,450



The stadium was opened in 1877, and was used as an athletics track until 1904, when it was acquired by new owners who wanted to attract a professional football club. It was initially offered to Fulham, but they turned it down. Instead, Chelsea was formed as a new club and were given entry to The Football League for the 1905-06 season.
The capacity was originally planned to be 100,000, making it the second largest ground in England after Crystal Palace, the FA Cup final venue. Stamford Bridge itself hosted the cup final for the first three years after the First World War from 1920 to 1922, after which it was replaced by Wembley.

Goodison Park – 40,570



Goodison Park is the home ground of Everton F.C. in Liverpool. It has a total capacity of 40,103 all-seated. Built in 1892, it is one of the oldest football grounds in the world and was the first major football stadium in England and is nicknamed the Grand Old Lady. It was the first British sports ground ever to have double-decker stands on all 4 sides and the first to have a 3 tier stand. It was also the first English league ground to have undersoil heating. In 1913 it became the first English football ground to be visited by a ruling monarch, King George V.

Elland Road Stadium – 40,250



Elland Road is the home stadium of the football team Leeds United. It has recently been sold by the club in a 25-year sale-lease back deal with a commercial buy-back provision for when the club’s finances improve.
The most recent stand at Elland Road is the East Stand, a huge cantilever structure which was completed during the 1992-93 season and holds 17,000 seated spectators, the largest such cantilever in the world.

Hillsborough Stadium – 39,860



Hillsborough Stadium is the home of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in Sheffield, England. Association Football has been played at the ground since the first pitch was laid in 1899, when Wednesday moved from their original ground at Olive Grove.
Today it is a 39,859 all-seater stadium, with the majority of the seats covered. Hillsborough is named after the area of Sheffield in which it stands.

White Hart Lane – 36,215



White Hart Lane is the home of Tottenham Hotspur F.C. It is situated in Tottenham, North London and has a capacity of 36,240. Supporters often refer to the ground as The Lane.

Upton Park - 35,650




The Boleyn Ground (upton Park) is the official name of the football stadium of West Ham United. The club moved to the location in 1904 and rented ground from the London District of Upton Park who were using Green Street House as a school.

Note: I Have rounded up and down some of the capacities to make a nice round number.


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Old February 3rd, 2006, 07:12 PM   #2
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Bloody Hell - very impressive mate. Well done
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Excellent list. Nice one!
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Come on Bramall Lane, we can get up there!
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Guess I could take Highbury off the list now.
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You should also update OT now that the quads are completed!
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does anyone have pics of the manchester city stadium during the commies and after the commies...did they include another row or two or ten of seating?
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The pitch level was lowered by around 10 metres or something like that and the bottom tier was built where the athletics track was.

http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/stadiu...r_football.htm
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City spent about £50 milion which they didnt have finishing off the ground to redo the end which was wood and then they added loads of rows around the ground.
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Has Twickenham ever hosted a football match in its history? Or has it always been Rugby?
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We're really starting to build up an impressive stadium portfolio
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Quote:
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The pitch level was lowered by around 10 metres or something like that and the bottom tier was built where the athletics track was.

http://www.webbaviation.co.uk/stadiu...r_football.htm
10 metres?!?!?! yikes!
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6m actually
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Show off this thread in the World Forums section - there must be hundreds of forumers who don't know about some of these stadiums.
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Quote:
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Has Twickenham ever hosted a football match in its history? Or has it always been Rugby?
Yes to both questions.
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CharlieP, I know how much you love to call Rugby football...football.

So in answering London_Guys question....are you on about Rugby or Soccer Football?
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Great list. The quality of British stadia is pretty high.
Two Problems though;
1) That awful running track at Hampden. Te guys in the end stands (which are pretty shallow anyway) must get a shite vie.
2) The number of remaining shed stadiums. Hillsborough, Villa Park (Can't believe it still hosts Cup semi-finals) and the majority of Elland Road.

That aside, we do have enough great stadia for a good world cup. The only problem being that so many of the host stadia would be located in the same city as each other. Germany 06 has 12 stadia (each in a seperate city) whereas we (England) would have 3 or so in London, 2 in Manchester and probably 2 in Liverpool (including Stanley Park). For a World Cup we would need to improve the quality of stadia in Birmingham (Dome anyone?) as you could not imagine the second city not hosting a game. We would find it a lot easier if we had a Great Britain team as we could use Millenium Stadium and Edinburgh/Glasgow. This would spread out the geography of the stadia ala Germany and get to use these brilliant venues. At present FIFA would never allow 3 teams to enter the cup without qualifying.

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1) That awful running track at Hampden.
There has never been a running track at Hampden - it just has curved ends due to the way it was originally built...

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Germany 06 has 12 stadia (each in a seperate city) whereas we (England) would have 3 or so in London, 2 in Manchester and probably 2 in Liverpool (including Stanley Park).
No, because FIFA don't allow more than two stadia in any one city, and only allow a maximum of two cities to have more than one stadium.
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