Premier League stadiums have been ranked from worst to best by fan experience

  • Kobe Tong

Premier League stadiums won’t be hosting games or supporters until April 4 at the earliest.

The coronavirus pandemic has forced England’s premier competition to suspend matches for the foreseeable future, meaning stadia like Anfield and Old Trafford will continue to sit quiet.

It’s unclear at this stage how the 2019/20 season will resume, if at all, but one of the most realistic scenarios would see the remaining matches played behind closed doors.

And while it wouldn’t be ideal to see Liverpool lifting the Premier League title in front of empty seats, there don’t seem to be many viable alternatives if the virus continues to spread.

So, it wouldn’t be a major surprise if the final supporter in England’s top tier has already exited the turnstile and it gives a recent study on stadiums an extra level of credence. 

Judging Premier League stadiums

That’s because all 20 grounds in the Premier League have been ranked by their overall fan experience, calling upon a number of factors that might not resume for weeks or months. have sourced data from club websites and visited many of the arenas themselves in order to construct ‘The Football Stadium Index’. 

The seven areas of judging use TripAdvisor and Google reviews, distance from the train station and the prices of pints, season tickets, pies and a stadium tour.

Ranking Premier League stadiums

So, while there is no perfect way to judge Premier League stadiums, it doesn’t get much more thorough than collating thousands of reviews and the costs to experience it all.

And with neither Old Trafford or Emirates Stadium making the top 10 and Anfield absent from the top five, there’s plenty of points of contention for football fans to debate. 

You can check out the full rankings from worst to best in the graphic down below:

Molineux named number one

There you have it, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Molineux is apparently the number one stadium.

Their review ratings are some of the strongest in the league, albeit poor compared to the 10/10 Anfield, but it’s their great value tickets, tours and refreshments that drive them to the gold medal.

Carrow Road and Bramall Lane are punching above their weight as two of only four stadiums to surpass a rating of seven despite being promoted to the Premier League just last season.

The Etihad Stadium tends to perform well in these studies, so a podium place isn’t necessarily a shock, but it’s certainly surprising to see it top Tottenham’s state-of-the-art new ground. 

Tough reading for Man Utd and Arsenal

But it’s tough reading for United and Arsenal fans down in 12th and 13 place, while Chelsea sheepishly collect the wooden spoon as the only stadium worse than West Ham’s London Stadium.

Now that’s the ultimate insult. 

So, it’s more positive news for Wolves in a season which, albeit cut short, has seen the Black Country club topple English football’s juggernauts both on the pitch and, now, in the stands.

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