What Are The Current Stadium Capacities Of The Premier League?
During the current pandemic it was probably irrelevant how big the stadiums are in the English Premier League. Especially as no actual crowds were in a attendance at the time of writing. Although we are hoping this situation changes soon. It is interesting though to review the current Premier League Stadium Capacities of each club occasionally.
The capacity of each ground is based on the maximum allowed for a Premier League football match. However some grounds capacities are reduced for UEFA sanctioned tournaments and increased should they hold a music event. Indeed if you added the full capacity of each ground they would hold 831,624 fans. Overall this is an increase of 22,997 when compared to the 2019/20 season. In part, because Bournemouth were relegated and only had a capacity of 11,364.
What Are The English Premier League Capacities By Club?
Below we have listed each club in order of stadium capacity. Significantly, this is based on information given by each club at the start of the season. Some stadiums are reduced due to lease agreements and others by stadium developements.
Gathering the information was made easier as we were able to collate the data from the Premier League Handbook season 2020/21. Interestingly the handbook is updated each season by the competing clubs as they change each year. In general very little changes reagrding the ground’s capacity but, the clubs competing each year does. Of course, club managers can change many times during a season, so the handbook could be out of date after printing.
|Club||Name of Ground||Capacity|
|Manchester United||Old Trafford||74,140|
|Tottenham Hotspur||Tottenham Hotspur Stadium||62,303|
|West Ham United||Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park||60,000|
|Manchester City||Etihad Stadium||55,017|
|Newcastle United||St. James Park||52,305|
|Aston Villa||Villa Park||42,749|
|Leeds United||Elland Road||37,792|
|Leicester City||King Power Stadium||32,261|
|Sheffield United||Bramall Lane||32,125|
|Wolverhampton Wanderers||Molineux Stadium||32,050|
|Brighton & Hove Albion||The American Express Community Stadium||30,750|
|West Bromwich Albion||The Hawthorns||26,888|
|Crystal Palace||Selhurst Park Stadium||25,486|
Taking the average cost per ticket @ £35, the total gate receipts for the season would amount to £1.1 billion. Obviously we were assuming that each ground was at full capacity. This works out @ £55.3 per club but, even that wouldn’t cover the wage bill of the players.
Why Do Some Premier League Stadiums Have Reduced Capacity?
Some Premier League stadiums have reduced capacity due to building works in progress or lease agreements. To demonstrate West Ham and Fulham are 2 clubs with reduced capacities for this season.
West Ham’s ground is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is also known as the London Stadium. It’s capacity for football is currently 60,000, although it could seat 66,000. However under its terms of lease West Ham United are only allowed a 60,000 capacity. Furthermore, should the stadium hold music concerts, the stadium can hold 80,000 spectators
Really fascinating changes are taking place at Fulham as they are redeveloping the Riverside Stand, which will increase it’s stand capacity from 4,689 to 8,650. When completed this should increase the capcity of Craven Cottage to around 29,600. Prior to the current building works Craven Cottage could hold a crowd of 25,639.
The Etihad, home of Manchester City has a capacity for EPL games of 55,017. This is reduced to 53,000 though for UEFA governed tournaments. Should the stadium be used for music concerts then the capacity is increased to 60,000.
What Are The Largest And Smallest Grounds In The English Premier League?
For the 2020/21 season the largest ground is Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. Overall the Old Trafford ground is capable of holding 74,879 supporters. Of course with no crowds allowed to attend football matches, the gate revenue lost per game is around £2.6million. To repeat though, this was the case at the time of writing.
The smallest ground of the Premier League is Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham FC with a capacity of 19,359. This is due to major redevelopment works though. Certainly if Craven Cottage was complete the smallest ground would be Burnley’s ‘Happy Place’ – Turf Moor, which holds 21,944. If you would like to see more of the Craven Cottage development, this can be followed at Fulham FC’s website. It is really interesting and has some great images showing how they build from the river side.