We may be favouring the Gunners in saying this (we definitely are), but we tend to believe that the Emirates is one of the best stadiums in world football. You can make all the jokes you want about Arsenal as a football club, but when it comes to stadiums, they’re right up there.
We mean that in terms of overall quality, to be perfectly clear, but a lot of folks often look at another statistic: and that statistic is the capacity. Despite the fact that the actual attendance figures don’t often match up to the capacity of the grounds, that’s one of the primary focal points. We tend to think that’s a little bit silly, but alas, here we are.
Today we’re going to do a quick run through of the top 10 Premier League stadiums by maximum capacity alone, seeing how they match up to the Emirates in the process. There’s obviously going to be some of you that won’t be as inclined to say our ground is the best, but if that’s the case, then shame on you.
Old Trafford – 74,994
When the atmosphere is good, it’s great. When the atmosphere is bad, it’s dreadful. It really is that simple when it comes to Old Trafford which, in itself, is obviously a very impressive stadium. It is fit for kings and while that has been the case in the past, it isn’t quite the fortress it once was.
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – 62,062
It truly does pain us to say this, but Spurs have a very nice new shiny stadium. That isn’t to say that we think they’re going to have much success there, but from an architectural point of view, it’s lovely. They quite clearly felt the need to make their capacity slightly bigger than the Emirates, too, which is a tad petty.
Emirates Stadium – 60,260
Great atmosphere, great facilities, and a place where Arsenal almost always win. What more could you possibly ask for? This is the ground that took the Gunners to the next level amongst Europe’s elite, and we absolutely love that. Ironically this is one of the shortest entries, and that’s because the ground speaks for itself.
London Stadium – 60,000
Many people laughed at West Ham United when they tried to take ownership of the London Stadium, which was initially built for the 2012 Summer Olympics. In the end, though, they were the ones laughing, because the future is looking really bright for the Hammers.
To be continued…