Friday, July 19, 2024

As the Premier League continues to grow, so do the stadiums that host it. The majority of clubs in the top flight have plans to expand their grounds to meet the demand or are set to open new stands or stadiums altogether. Our experts will guide you through what each club has done to their home ground and what could come next, including how we rated each stadium in our rankings published last month.

Arsenal: Emirates Stadium
Current capacity: 60,704
What The Athletic said: “The Emirates has its critics, but it now delivers the atmosphere, facilities, accessibility and product any sports fan would expect from the Premier League.”
The Athletic ranking: 4th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Arsenal have not redeveloped Emirates Stadium in regards to size since moving from Highbury in 2006. The most recent work done was the revamped artwork around the outside of the stadium in January 2023. The decision to redecorate was made a year earlier and was brought to life by consulting with fans before artists and specialists were commissioned to make the artwork. Eight panels were created in total to display the club’s international, local and historic impact across men’s, women’s and academy football.
What comes next? As things stand, no redevelopment work is planned. Alongside the new stadium artwork rolled out earlier this year, Arsenal unveiled a statue of former manager Arsene Wenger outside the Emirates. The Frenchman, who managed the club for 22 years and won three league titles, visited the stadium ahead of the new season to see the work. The Emirates has the fifth largest capacity in the Premier League, with three of the four larger stadiums either built or redeveloped after that date.

Aston Villa: Villa Park
Current capacity: 42,530
What The Athletic said: “A packed-out Villa Park is a special place to be. When it gets going, there is no place quite like it.”
The Athletic ranking: 7th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Villa Park last underwent major redevelopment in the 2000-01 campaign, building a bigger Trinity Road Stand.
What comes next? The intention is to increase the capacity by 8,000, expanding Villa Park to 50,000 by 2027, the season before Euro 2028. However, progress has been slow and new, revised plans are expected to be released before the end of the year. A stadium rebuild is likely to need an agreement with Birmingham City Council and Mayor Andy Street. Several other problems require further feasibility studies.

Bournemouth: Vitality Stadium
Current capacity: 11,307
What The Athletic said: “There’s little discernible character. The support is welcoming, but everything feels a bit temporary.”
The Athletic ranking: 20th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Bournemouth’s previous redevelopment was done in 2013, two years before the club were promoted to the Premier League for the first time, with the Ted MacDougall Stand being unveiled.
What comes next? With Foley keen to increase revenue streams and drive the commercial value of the club, Bournemouth are assessing whether to redevelop the Vitality Stadium or build a new ground. The immediate priority is building a new training ground at Canford Magna.}());
Brentford: Gtech Community Stadium
Current capacity: 17,250
What The Athletic said: “It is one of the smallest grounds in the top two divisions, but none of that detracts from its charm.”
The Athletic ranking: 8th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Brentford only moved from Griffin Park to their new ground in September 2020. There have been a few minor cosmetic changes, with a new poster installed on the side, but the biggest work has been to install safe standing.
What comes next? The tight space constraints make it impossible to increase the capacity of the Gtech Community Stadium. For now, they are more than happy in their shiny new home, which chief executive Jon Varney calls “small but perfectly formed”.

Brighton & Hove Albion: Amex Stadium
Current capacity: 31,876
What The Athletic said: “Neat, well-equipped and fit for purpose, it symbolises the spirit of the club and its supporters.”
The Athletic ranking: 16th
When was the last redevelopment work done? A tunnel club opened at the start of the season, joining similar facilities at Manchester City and Tottenham.
What comes next? There are no plans for further major works inside the Amex. A major facelift is in the pipeline on the walkway surrounding the stadium, with plans submitted to Brighton & Hove Council for a covered fan zone. Meanwhile, Brighton are planning to build a second stadium in the city, designed specifically for women’s football.

Burnley: Turf Moor
Current capacity: 21,744
What The Athletic said: “Burnley is a proper football town and it feels like it. But while all places get cold, it can feel particularly chilly.”
The Athletic ranking: 17th
When was the last redevelopment work done? The last addition to the stadium was the two corner stands, either side of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand, built to improve disability facilities and stadium accessibility. They were opened in 2019.
What comes next? There appear to be no imminent plans for any radical changes at Turf Moor. The ground’s position, so close to a road and neighbouring Burnley Cricket Club’s ground, poses a challenge for any extension.
The article continues with similar information for other clubs.

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