England is home to the world’s best football league and it’s a game people are extremely passionate about. There are amazing stadiums throughout Europe and in the UK but today we’re taking a look at the 10 best London football grounds. Wembley is an iconic stadium that’s home to the England national team. Some of the biggest clubs in England come from London such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham United, and many others. Football is taken very seriously and that’s partly why the Premier League has become the best national football competition in the world. The stadiums that are home to these clubs is where the magic happens come match day. Fans and supporters flock from all over to watch their team go onto the pitch and fight for their club. It’s almost as though time stops outside of the stadium. Some of these stadiums are been built in recent years while others still stand after almost 100 years after they were first revealed. The oldest football club from London is Fulham that was established in 1879. Craven Cottage, Fulham’s stadium was opened in 1896. Here is the list of the top 10 London stadiums.
Loftus Road is home to QPR, it was built in 1904 but QPR only moved here in 1917. During the 1990’s the stadium was rebuilt to become an all-seater which reduced its capacity to 18,439 visitors. From 2002 to 2004 Fulham played all their matches as Loftus Road while their stadium Craven Cottage went through a renovation. It’s been rumored that QPR has plans to build a new stadium and move but they have yet to make a public announcement.
Visiting address: South Africa Rd, London, W12 7PJ
The Den was one of the first stadiums that was built after the so called Taylor Report which came after the notorious Hillsborough tragedy when 95 people lost their lives. It complied with recommendations to convert stadiums into all-seaters rather than having parts of stadiums where people could only stand. The New Den was finished in 1993 and Millwall played their first match here against Sporting Portugal. The building cost are estimated to have been 16 million pounds.
Visiting address: Zampa Road, London, SE16 3LN
This iconic football ground has a tremendous history that goes back to the 1780s. Back then there use to be a cottage surrounded by woods where people could play different sports. It was only in 1906 when the first real stand was built. Over the next few decades the stadium kept growing and reached a capacity of almost 50,000 spectators. In 1948 during the Olympics Craven Cottage even hosted a few matches.
Visiting address: Stevenage Road, London, SW6 6HH
Selhurst Park is home to Crystal Palace FC. It was finished in 1924 when Crystal Palace played against Sheffield Wednesday. In 1979 it set a record attendance of almost 52,000 when Crystal Palace won against Burnley which saw them win the Second Division. In 1994 it underwent its most recent renovation when Homesdale terrace was torn down and replaced with a new all-seater stand that consisted of two tiers. It was then when a new roof was put over the stadium’s main stand.
Visiting address: Whitehorse Lane, London, SE25 6PU
In the beginning of the 20th century Charlton Athletic played their games in different grounds only to find its permanent home in the Valley in 1919. At first their grounds consisted of nothing more than big earth banks which were built by supporters. It resembled a valley and hence its name. Over the next couple of decades the stadium started developing and in 1938 it set a record attendance at an FA match against Aston Villa with more than 75,000 people on the grounds.
Visiting address: Floyd Road, London, SE7 8BL
It was in 1904 when West Ham United played there first game on the Boleyn Ground when they played against Millwall and won 3-0. In the beginning of the ’20s development began and it slowly grew into a 40,000 capacity stadium. During WW2 the stadium was damaged heavily by a German bomb but the stadium was fixed shortly after the war. During the 1990’s is when the stadium was converted into an all-seater because of the new safety recommendations.
Visiting address: Green Street, Upton Park, London, E13 9AZ
Built in 1899, originally White Hart Lane was a fairly small football ground. Tottenham moved here by bringing their own mobile stands. By 1905 it became a marvelous 40,000 capacity ground with banked terraces. The famous Archibald Leitch designed a new main stand followed by the East Stand a few years after that. These changes resulted in forming its well known rectangular shape. In 2008 the club presented new plans for a stadium and is trying to secure funding for the project.
Visiting address: 748 High Road, London, N17 0AP
Stamford Bridge, now home to Chelsea FC, was built in 1877 and for almost thirty years it was used as an athletic ground. Once again Archibald Leitch was called in to re-design the stadium to make it more appropriate for football matches. The highest recorded attendance was set in 1935 against Arsenal when an estimated 82,905 people watched the match. Ever since the club was acquired by Roman Abramovich there have been rumors to build a new stadium and recently they have shown off their new potential ground with a capacity of 60,000 at a staggering cost of 500 million pounds.
Visiting address: Stamford Bridge, Fulham Road, London, SW6 1HS
Built in 2006 as the new home ground for Arsenal with a capacity of 60,000 people this stadium is state of the art. With 10 FA Cup under their belt, Arsenal is one of England’s most successful teams. On the 23rd of July in 2006 Arsenal played their first game against Ajax which was at the same time a testimonial match in honor of the legendary Dennis Bergkamp.
Visiting address: Emirates Stadium, London, N5 1BU
Probably the most iconic and important stadium in Europe is Wembley stadium, home to the England national team. They play all their qualifying games at this amazing football venue. It’s the second largest football stadium in Europe. Barcelona’s Camp Nou has a capacity of just under 100,000 while Wembley has 90,000. The stadium was finished in 2007 and it cost a stunning 1.5 billion pounds. One beautiful feature of the stadium is the moving roof which is capable of covering all of the 90,000 seats.
Visiting address: Wembley, London, HA9 0WS