The Premier League is enjoyed by millions of fans around the world on a weekly basis as twenty clubs jostle for position across a 38-game season. Dedicated fans will traverse the length and breadth of the UK as they follow the fortunes of their favourite club and will visit a number of unique and memorable grounds throughout the campaign. Some stadiums are synonymous with providing a memorable experience for both home and away supporters with the action on the pitch regularly helping contribute to a spectacular 90 minutes. We take a look at five of the most atmospheric Premier League grounds.
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With newer-builds often accused of lacking atmosphere and feeling a bit ‘soulless’, Selhurst Park is a throwback to the old-fashioned stadiums of the 1970s and 1980s. The Holmsdale End is particularly noisy, with a small band of regulars providing a wall of noise whilst the intimidation of a full capacity crowd roaring on their side often makes it difficult for the opposition. Roy Hodgson’s side need plenty of help from the vociferous home support as they aim to stave off the threat of relegation. The race to avoid dropping into the Championship is extremely competitive and the betting market is fairly open, although the Eagles are actually outsiders to be relegated at 8/1 with William Hill.
St. James’ Park
St. James’ Park regularly boasts a sell-out crowd and you’ll have to travel far and wide to find a set of supporters who are as passionate as the Toon Army. They’ve had their fair share of ups and downs over the past couple of seasons but Magpie fans remain extremely vocal and visiting this stadium is one of the more enjoyable trips for away fans. Rafa Benitez has helped guide his side to safety this season and their superb home form has played a huge part in their bid for survival. The ground itself is traditional but has benefitted from a number of sensible modern modifications.
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Brighton’s AMEX Stadium is the newest ground on this list but it can still boast a fantastic atmosphere and very few away teams enjoy playing here. The away fans tend to also play their part in the brilliant match-day noise and this stadium’s geographical location lends itself to travelling supporters making a weekend of their trip and enjoying some south coast sunshine. It’s no coincidence that the Seagulls pick up the majority of their points here.
Burnley’s stadium isn’t fashionable and it rarely features on supporters’ lists of favourite away trips but they know how to produce a good atmosphere in East Lancashire. Sean Dyche’s side have excellent home form and with their passionate fans roaring them on from the sidelines, it’s easy to see why. The ground is quite tight and the noise tends to reverberate around the four sides of the stadium throughout the 90 minutes. Opposition players have previously spoken about the amount of intimidation they face when visiting Turf Moor.
Everton’s home stadium is one of the older and more traditional grounds on the Premier League map and is always a great place to watch top flight football. The fans are close to the pitch and this helps create a wonderful noise throughout the 90 minutes. The steep rows of seats help the chants travel around all four sides of this historic sporting venue and although the last couple of seasons have been mediocre, the home support will always get behind their side.
Older grounds tend to produce the best atmosphere and these historic stadiums are steeped in football tradition. The majority of the venues on this list are of a certain vintage but remain an important part of the sport and tend to be loved equally by both home and away supporters. They will always deliver a wonderful atmosphere and are great places to watch top-flight action.