8 English soccer stadiums which put American venues to shame
September 22, 2016
Whatever your choice of sport, there’s nothing like that feeling walking up the stairs, and entering the cauldron of atmosphere to any stadium.
For all of America’s might, population size and investment, it seems that venues in the Premier League, and even the second-tier of English soccer, still trump several iconic U.S sporting arenas.
The colossal following baseball and the National Football League have in the States, still leaves some stadiums short in capacity and tradition of many a soccer venue in England…
Old Trafford and CenturyLink Field
Century Link, houses NFL side, Seattle Seahawks and MLS team, Seattle Sounders. An incredibly iconic arena, which holds 69,000.
Still, the stadium falls several thousand short of Manchester United's Old Trafford, which stands at 75,000.
NFL in Seattle is clearly not as popular as soccer in the North of England.
St James’ Park and Yankee Stadium
St James' Park, home to Newcastle United... a team not even in the Premier League!
The venue from the Toon still manages to hold 52,000 in comparison to the famous Yankee Stadium's, 50,000. How is the baseball arena in the shadow of a second-tier soccer side?!
Goodison Park and Fenway Park
Who hasn't heard of the Boston Red Sox? Huge within their own right, not just amongst baseball fans. The side from Boston houses 38,000, which is 2,000 short of Goodison Park.
Goodison Park? A venue hosting Everton Football club, which couldn't hold up a candle to the global brand name of the Red Sox.
Etihad Stadium and Sun Bowl Stadium
Texas, admitedly fuckin' huge, and with a populatation of 27.5 million. Yet, it's famous Sun Bowl Arena which hosts the UTEP Miners, is not as large as Manchester City's, Etihad at 55,000.
The stadium in Manchester might be easier to get to, but the city is 25 million people shorter of the Southern American state. Christ.
Stadium of Light and Chase Field
It wouldn't surprise us, if our American residents had never heard of the Stadium of Light. It's the home arena for Sunderland Football Club, and seats 49,000 North East fans.
This is STILL larger than the Arizona Diamondbacks home venue, Chase Field. Very cool, but holds less than Sunderland at 48,500.
London Stadium and Franklin Field
We'll give the Franklin Field enormous credit for looking like the Old Wembley. Formerly the home to NFL side, Philadelphia Eagles, and still the side with a huge following is short at 52,000 of West Ham United's new home, the London Stadium, which seats 57,000.
The Emirates Stadium and The Dodger Stadium
Major baseball team, LA Dodgers, famous on the global stage for many a triumph and seats 56,000.
Yet, the iconic ground isn't as great as another stadium in London, the Emirates. Home to Arsenal, and holds 60,000. Not that you'd know 60,000 people were in there, you could hear a pin drop.
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Wembley and MetLife Stadium
We'll save the biggest until last. The MetLife stadium is a seriosuly cool venue for the New York Jets.
Based in the Big Apple, the prestigious ground doesn't trump England's and Tottenham Hotspurs Champions League venue, Wembley. The London ground holds 90,000 in comparison to the NY giants 82,000.