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English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:49 am


I was just curious as to the seating capacities of British Premier League stadiums, and also whether or not teams constantly sell out...thanks...

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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 8:57 am

Mostly, I think stadiums tend to not sell out anymore..

I don't know what most are now, but most are around 30,000 capacity, and most attendances are over 20,000. Old Trafford (Manchester United) can hold 67,500, I think St. James Park can hold 52,000 and quite a few 45,000.

Not that big, but most of them are extremely modern and have a great unobstructed view. Back when it was just terraces only most capicities in Divison one were 60,000+.
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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:20 pm

Southampton FC's St Mary's stadium (which is only 2 years old) can hold 32500. Most attendances are near capacity. Previously the old ground held just 15000 but before seating was made compulsary held 31000.

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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 5:38 pm

The home matches for all the top teams (Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle, Liverpool) are always sold out, mostly to season ticket holders and then to club members. The only way to get a ticket for one of their stadiums tends to be at a lesser match of some kind, League Cup or testimonials mainly.

I'm less sure about teams lower in the league/less popular but the general rule is if one the teams above is visiting then there's no chance of a ticket. A less prestigious match might be somewhat easier, something like Leicester v. Wolves? I know when Wimbledon were in the Premier League you could pick up tickets easily but they've disappeared to Milton Keynes and the first division now.

All that said, tickets are always available for almost every game if you're prepared to pay for hospitality packages. And if anyone just wants to see the stadium and not an actual game then I know you can take a tour of Old Trafford and visit the museum on non-match days, I'm sure other clubs do similar things.
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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 6:02 pm

Fratton Park (Portsmouth) current capacity of around 16,000 and sold out out for every match this season-even the Pompey v Leicester farce.

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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 9:56 pm

Average capacity is about 38,000 - Man Utd has a capacity of 67,000, Newcastle United is about 55,000 and Liverpool is about 44,000. Virtually all Premiership matches are sell outs (unless you are an Aston Villa fan).
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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Wed Dec 03, 2003 10:31 pm

Highbury has a capacity of 38,000, the amount you would expect at the grounds of a medium-sized team, not Arsenal. With the exception of a few matches, it's usually always a full house.
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RE: English Premier League Stadium Capacities?

Thu Dec 04, 2003 1:28 am

Manchester City's new stadium has a capacity of 48,000 and sells out most games. In fact, and contrary to what has been written above, getting a ticket for any Premier League game is problematic at best, and impossible at worst. To put it into context, City's old ground held 34,500 and was full every week. The new ground holds 14,000 more, but they now have 37,000 season ticket holders!

As for the capacities, one thing that needs to be borne in mind is that all the grounds are covered, naturally enough because of the weather, and that reduces the feasible capacity substantially. The truly huge football grounds (i.e. 120,000) tend to be open air. Man United could easily fill an 80,000 stadium every week, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle a 65,000 one, Manchester City, Everton a 55,000 one and so on.
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