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Reporters have ranked Tottenham's new stadium as the Premier League's best

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The Premier League is lucky to have some of the best stadiums in world football.

While there are a number of footballing cathedrals like the Nou Camp and San Siro across the continent, there's arguably no better nation for sporting arenas than England.

Making the trip to your local ground at the weekend will never get old and supporters who consistently travel on away days quickly form an opinion of their rivals' stadiums.

There are many factors that make for a top quality arena - an impressive atmosphere, stunning aesthetics, delicious food and a brilliant bunch of fans.

All that considered, the reporters at The Sun set themselves the unenviable task of ranking every single stadium in the Premier League using the above categories.

So, without further ado, take a look at their comprehensive list and justifications down below:

20. London Stadium (West Ham) - 4.92

'The worst example of football gentrification.'

To say reporter Paul Jiggins isn't a fan of the Hammers' ground would be an understatement and he wrote: "The London Stadium has ripped the soul out of one of football's most vibrant clubs."

West Ham United v Manchester City - Premier League

19. Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) - 5.00

Despite a deserved reputation for its atmosphere, the reporters at The Sun believe the stadium is in desperate need of refurbishment. 

Martin Litpon remarked: "belting atmosphere makes up for other limitations," while Charlie Wyett less favourably said: "A new stand is planned but whole ground needs knocking down."

18. Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth) - 5.11

The smallest ground in the Premier League joins the final 'relegation' place and despite its charming size, it's clear that reporters aren't impressed with Dean Court.

=16. Vicarage Road (Watford) - 5.50

An average rating for one of the more characterful grounds in the top division, although Lipton believes the arena "still feels slightly off the pace" in spite of recent renovations.

Watford v Crystal Palace - FA Cup Quarter Final

=16. Turf Moor (Burnley) - 5.50

Considering one of The Sun's reporters declared: "proper old-fashioned ground and great atmosphere," it's perhaps surprising that Turf Moor falls so low in the rankings.

However, the need for some TLC can be attributed to its mid-table finish and the reporters believe Turf Moor is one of the Premier League's more dated grounds.

15. John Smith's Stadium (Huddersfield) - 5.91

If only Huddersfield's team ranked as highly as their stadium did. The John Smith's is full of character and boasts a solid atmosphere, so it's hard to disagree with fifteenth.

14. St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton) - 6.08

One of the biggest criticisms of stadiums built in the modern era is their tendency to look somewhat uniform and Southampton's ground won't be winning awards for uniqueness.

In the words of one reporter: "does what it says on the tin, but not exactly memorable."

Southampton v Chelsea - Premier League

13. Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff) - 6.20

The unoriginal name and mismatched seating aside, there's plenty to love about Cardiff's stadium and a reporter stated: "huge improvement on Ninian Park and it works for the Bluebirds."

12. Goodison Park (Everton) - 6.33

If you look for character and atmosphere in your football stadiums, then you're probably a fan of Goodison but it's need for a refurbishment has seen it miss out on the top ten.

Some of the participating journalists explained it was "past its best" and remarked there's "little wonder they're looking for a new home".

11. Molineux (Wolves) 6.40

'A proper old-fashioned stadium.'

High praised indeed and what's not to like? Wolves have been playing brilliant football there this season and Lipton said: "It's great to see a team that is worthy of the heritage too."

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United - Premier League

10. King Power Stadium (Leicester) - 6.67

An absolute cauldron of atmosphere and particularly during their Premier League title charge, the King Power is much loved and one reported stated: "Filbert Street is only a memory now."

9. Craven Cottage (Fulham) - 6.75

The reporters at The Sun were full of praise for Fulham's home, with Andrew Dillon eulogising about the "most traditional ground in London" and how it's so "close to the pitch".

However, Rob Maul certainly sees the negatives in such an old stadium, explaining: "corporate facilities are outdated" and that it would be "difficult to modernise given its geography".

8. Amex Stadium (Brighton) - 6.90

A pretty high score for a team relatively new to the Premier League, The Sun praised the ground for its modern facilities but aren't convinced about the atmosphere.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool FC - Premier League

7. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) - 6.92

One journalist noted: "needs an upgrade to compete with other London rivals," and it's for that reason that the Bridge - in need of an update - ranks lowest out of the top six teams.

6. Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) - 7.08

The Sun explained that the home of Arsenal is impressive when full but even when 60,000 fans pile into its stands, the atmosphere just doesn't stand up to their rivals.

Lipton insists that it "cannot compare to glory of Highbury" and plenty of Arsenal supporters would agree. There can be no denying the quality of the facilities, though.

5. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) - 7.09

A very impressive score for the Premier League champions and the fact the "complex is magnificent" owes to its placing above even younger grounds. A mix of character and modernity.

Manchester City v Everton FC - Premier League

4. Anfield (Liverpool) - 7.36

A major positive behind Anfield's high score was the new main stand, adding a splash of 21st Century to what reporters have called 'one of the world's most iconic stadiums.'

However, despite accumulating a number of 9/10 ratings, the numbers balance out at a solid score of 7.36.

=2. Old Trafford (Manchester United) - 7.83

The biggest club ground in England will have to settle for a silver medal and even then, they're sharing it. Old Trafford was the undisputed number one for some, but not for others.

Phil Thomas remarked in his comments: "Forget Spurs, this is the best in the world!" 

Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League

=2. St. James' Park (Newcastle) - 7.83

We'll let David Cloverdale take over here. He wrote: "This 'cathedral on the hill' dominates the city skyline like no other stadium in England.

"There is a sense of theatre every time you enter this arena.

"The atmosphere can intimidate opponents - or the home side, on the occasions when the Toon Army gets on their back." Pretty hard to argue with that.

1. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Tottenham) - 9.33

It's an absolute landslide victory for Tottenham, who take top spot with their state-of-the-art stadium which only opened last week. However, it's gone down an absolute treat at The Sun.

Wyett described the new home of Spurs as "out of this world", while Lipton branded it "outstanding" and "intimate".

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace - Premier League

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