Cardiff City

Cardiff City Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk
Address: Cardiff City FC, Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ
Telephone No: 02920 643 600
Ticket Office No: 02920 643 600

General Info
Completed in 2009; the Cardiff City Stadium was opened on the site of the old Cardiff Athletics Stadium to replace Ninian Park as the home of Cardiff City FC. Some expansion to the original construction took place in 2014 taking the capacity up to over 33,000 and now hosts solely football having once also been home to rugby union side the Cardiff Blues in 2011/12.

The Bluebirds played their first match here on July 22, 2009 when they hosted Celtic in a friendly before kicking off their inaugural competitive season at the ground.

Cardiff City stadium

The playing surface is a slightly tight 100 metres by 68 metres and is made up of both synthetic fibres and natural grass. Undersoil heating is utilised to ensure that games are not called off due to bad weather alone.

Capacity
Just under 33,300 people can fit into the Cardiff City Stadium but due to safety concerns and other matters, this capacity is rarely reached.

Stands
The biggest stand at Cardiff is the Ninian Stand – this is the one you’ll see on most camera angles with the top tier having red seats and the bottom having blue. Opposite is the Grandstand and behind each goal sits the Grange Stand and Canton Stand. All four corners at the lower level are filled in to make a bowl.

Away Fans At The Cardiff City Stadium
Opposition supporters at Cardiff are housed in the corner of the ground between the Grange and Ninian Stands with a low-ish allocation of around 1,800 for most league games.

Visiting fans have often reported an unfortunate and long past its time throwback to the days of hooliganism with rows of empty seats and a police presence keeping home and away fans apart, though they usually compliment the strong atmosphere around the ground.

Given that it’s a modern stadium there is no surprise that seats are described as comfortable, the views are excellent and the concourses well-stocked and spacious.

Ticket Prices
Matchday prices are categorised at Cardiff into Gold, Silver and Bronze games. Single adult tickets for Bronze games are £15 – £32, for Silver they are £15 – £33 and for Gold £15 – £34 though of course concessions for the elderly, children and disabled supporters are available.

Hospitality
The stadium has various lounges and boxes as well as sponsorship opportunities for hospitality guests. Typical prices for the Foster’s Club are £49 – £69 per person, per game plus VAT. In the Sony Suite they are £59 – £79 and in the Captain’s Lounge £79 – £99.

A typical package for guests includes admission to the lounge 2½ hours before the game and 1½ hours after, executive seating in the stadium, a meal, a hostess and easy access to in-stadium betting.

How To Get To The Cardiff City Stadium
Although parking is limited, especially on matchdays, driving to the Cardiff City Stadium is easy from the M4 motorway. Leave the motorway at junction 33 and move onto the A4232 towards Cardiff. Exit onto the B4267 and follow signs for the Cardiff City Stadium.

Although buses are available, most fans get to the stadium by train. Trains from London Paddington, Birmingham and other main stations in the UK arrive into Cardiff Central. From there, an 8-minute train journey to Ninian Park and then a 5-minute walk will get you to the stadium.

Future Developments
Due to a lack of demand from fans, there are no current plans to redevelop or expand the Cardiff City Stadium substantially in the near future.

Emirates – Arsenal

Arsenal Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.arsenal.com
Address: 0207 619 5003
Telephone No: 0207 619 5003
Ticket Office No: 0207 619 5003 or boxoffice@arsenal.co.uk

General Info about the Emirates

Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium is a four-tiered bowl which has a translucent polycarbonate roofing, though this does not cover any of the pitch. It is the third-largest football stadium in England after Wembley Stadium and Old Trafford, though rivals Tottenham Hotspur are opening their own 60,000-seater stadium in 2018.

Having been denied the opportunity to renovate and extend the Gunners’ old stadium, Highbury, relocation began in 2012 but work was delayed on the project until 2004. The stadium was completed in 2006 at a cost of almost £400million and the project also included turning the old Highbury Stadium area into luxury apartments.

In what are fairly standard dimensions for a Premier League club, the Emirates Pitch is 105 metres by 68 metres and is made up of both natural grass and synthetic fibres. The club have a powerful undersoil heating system to ensure games cannot be called off because of cold weather alone.

Capacity

The current capacity of the Emirates Stadium sits at just a shade under 60,000. Should the club get back to the level of being challengers in Europe, this is something which would need to be extended further.

Stands

Although the stadium is essentially a bowl, the ground is still thought as being made up of the Clock End and North Bank behind each goal with the East and West Stands running along the length of the pitch.

Away Fans At The Emirates

Visiting fans at the Emirates are located in the South East corner with a good view down near the corner flag. Opposing supporters are invited in from two hours before kick-off and typically receive an allocation of 3,000 tickets.

Ticket Prices

As always in the Premier League, different pricing policies are in place depending on the level of opposition at the Emirates however generally league game tickets can be purchased by non-members for anything from £19 to £97.

Hospitality

Hospitality packages for a typical Premier League match against good opposition at the Emirates will cost guests from £960 per person in Club Arsenal, £3,600 per pair for The Heritage and right up to £28,800 per 24 guests in the club’s Super Box Experience. Arsenal is known to be one of the most expensive for this sort of experience.

How To Get To The Emirates

To get to the Emirates via Tube or rail, King’s Cross is the main connection as well as a host of underground stations. Within a 15-minute walk from the Emirates are Arsenal, Finsbury Park, Highbury & Islington stations while Holloway Road and Drayton Park are either closed or are exit only on Arsenal home game days.

On match days the advice is not to drive to the Emirates, but if visitors do wish to go by car then simply leave the M1 motorway at junction 2 and get onto the A1. Follow signs for Central London until you see Holloway Road Tube Station.

Take a left after the station onto Hornsey Road and the stadium will appear a ¼ mile away. An Event Day Parking Scheme is in operation on match days and any cars parked will be towed away.

Future Developments

Given that the stadium is relatively new, no major expansions are planned but as far back as 2008 Arsenal’s season ticket waiting list was 40,000 strong. Expansion options include making the seats smaller, filling in any gaps around the arena or replacing the roof with a third level but these all look a long way off with Arsenal slipping off the pace somewhat on the pitch.

 

Craven Cottage – Fulham

Fulham Club Contact Info
Official Website:  www.fulhamfc.com
Address: Fulham Football Club, Craven Cottage, Stevenage Road, Fulham, London, SW6 6HH
Telephone No: 0843 208 1222
Ticket Office No: 0203 871 0810

General Info
Craven Cottage is home to Fulham FC and has been since 1896 though the original cottage, now a feature at the stadium, was erected in 1780. The stadium stands next to Bishop’s Park, right on the banks of the River Thames.

The football club came across the land in 1894 but it was overgrown and took two years to make it suitable for playing football. The first match was played on the site in October 1896 and it has been home to the Cottagers ever since.

Craven Cottage - Riverside Stand

These days undersoil heating exists beneath what is a playing field made up of Fibrelastic grass, a natural turf pitch which claims to offer less risk of injury to players and in this case is a rather tight 100 metres by 65 metres.

Capacity
Currently Fulham can host 25,700 people on matchday though there are plans to increase this ever so slightly.

Stands
Craven Cottage is made up of the Johnny Haynes Stand and the Riverside Stand which run the length of the field, while behind each goal are the Hammersmith End and the Putney End.

Away Fans At Craven Cottage
Away fans at Fulham are situated in the Putney End Stand behind one of the goals with a standard allocation for visiting supporters of 3,000 which means taking up around half of the stand. Still a well-meaning but concerning policy for the modern game, the remaining half of the stand is open to neutral supporters.

The only negative reported by away fans are the beams, given that the stadium is old, meaning slightly restricted views at times. The old charm of the stadium, the close proximity to the pitch and the noise levels though are still good features.

Ticket Prices
Tickets for a category A game at Craven Cottage run from £35 to £45 per single adult, though concessions are offered also. These change to £30 to £45 for category B and £25 to £40 for category C.

Hospitality
Hospitality guests have a range of areas and packages to choose from around Craven Cottage and all are competitively priced given the club’s location. McBrides, a bar within the stadium, offers a matchday package for £99 per person, per game plus VAT while the Clubhouse is £99.
Moving up the scale; the Seasons Wine Lounge is available for £159 per person plus VAT while the Executive Suite offers a package for 10 guests at £1,849, again plus tax.

How To Get To Craven Cottage
Driving to the Cottage is not recommended. Parking restrictions apply and is nigh impossible on matchdays, though there are simpler ways to get there.

The stadium sits in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough, west London and is only around 5 miles from most of the city’s well-known landmarks and as such has excellent train rail links. Taking the District Line on the Tube will bring you to Putney Bridge station and from there the stadium is only a 10-minute walk.

Hammersmith station is served by the Circle, District, Hammersmith and City and the Piccadilly lines though is a little further away from the ground, around a 20-minute walk.

Future Developments
Permission has been sought by Fulham to redevelop Craven Cottage in the very near future. The redevelopment and expansion plan would seek to increase the capacity of the Riverside Stand to 8,650 from 4,689 and bring the overall capacity to a little over 29,500.

Along with this would come a new river wall right on the Thames, new restaurants, bars, hospitality areas and event space as well as a new public riverside walk. The plans look dynamic and would be very welcome in keeping a traditional stadium in play though modernising and expanding as is necessary.

Molineux – Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.wolves.co.uk
Address: Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR
Telephone No: 0871 222 2220
Ticket Office No: 0871 222 1877

General Info
Molineux Stadium, home to Wolverhampton Wanderers since way back in 1889, holds a few bragging rights such as the being the first stadium to be built by the Football League and being one of the very first to install floodlight in order to host football games in the hours of darkness.

Molineux Stadium

Local merchant Benjamin Molineux purchased land in 1744 on which a hotel and eventually Wolvesstadium was built and that is where the famous old ground gets its name.

Undersoil heating is utilised beneath a playing surface that is made up of a mixture of natural grass and synthetic fibres. The pitch measures 100 metres by 64 metres, rather on the small side for a top level club.

Capacity
Having been developed to some degree during Wolves’ last season in the Premier League, Molineux currently holds a maximum 31,700 for home league games.

Stands
Behind each goal are the Sir Jack Hayward Stand and the Stan Cullis Stand. The Stan Cullis corner leads onto the Steve Bull Stand and opposite is the Billy Wright Stand. The corners at the Sir Jack Hayward Stand are not filled in and could be part of any future development of the stadium.

Away Fans At Molineux
Visiting supporters at Molineux are housed generally in the Steve Bull Stand, though for larger allocations the lower Stan Cullis corner is also used bringing the total away congregation to around 4,500.
Given the lack of beams for an older stadium meaning unfettered views of the action, away fans generally give Molineux a good review and all supporters are looked after to the same standard on the concourses in terms of food and drink.

Ticket Prices
Tickets for a typical Championship match at Molineux for a single adult tend to be around £25 – £30, though concessions for younger supporters and pensioners are offered on all general sale tickets.

Hospitality
Those looking to watch Wolves in a bit of style can take advantage of hospitality packages in the WV1 Restaurant, WV1 Bar, President’s Lounge, Steve Bull Executive Box, International Restaurant or the WV1 Quadrant.

Typical prices in these places are from £90 per person plus VAT to £105 per person plus VAT though these are bound to increase when the club joins the Premier League.

How To Get To Molineux
Molineux stands in the north of Wolverhampton, close to the city centre and right next to the campus of Wolverhampton University which makes it easy to find.
Train connections from Birmingham New Street are numerous and will arrive into Wolverhampton Station, taking around 20 minutes. Connections to Wolverhampton via Birmingham run from Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and the walk from Wolverhampton station to Molineux takes only around ten minutes.

Drivers heading to the stadium from the north should use the M6 or the A38, follow the signs for Wolverhampton and then for Molineux Stadium. From the south take the A449 before following the same signs.

Future Developments
The club have had long standing plans to expand Molineux but since 2010 those plans have been pretty much on hold. Those plans involved taking the ground up to a capacity of 37,000 but having stalled on those due to relegation from the Premier League, Wolves may be thinking even bigger.
With a bright future predicted for the club in England’s top flight, new plans have been drawn up which could take Molineux up to a capacity of 41,000 in the near future.

Old Trafford – Manchester United

Manchester United Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.manutd.com
Address: Manchester United, Sir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RA
Telephone No: 0161 868 8000
Ticket Office No: 0161 868 8000 (option 1) or tickets@manutd.co.uk

General Info
Old Trafford, home of course to Manchester United, was nicknamed the Theatre of Dreams by Bobby Charlton and it’s a name that has stuck over the years.

The stadium has been the home ground of Man United since 1910, although they did share Maine Road with Man City for 8 years in the 40’s after bomb damage to Old Trafford during the Second World War, and has undergone several expansion schemes in more recent times including the addition of extra seating in the North, West and East Stands.

Old Trafford

The Red Devils’ pitch has an undersoil heating system some 10 inches under the surface made up of plastic piping while the pitch itself is around nine inches higher in the centre than at the edges to allow surface water to run off more easily.

The pitch measures around 105 metres by 68 metres and is made up of natural grass and some synthetic fibres, something installed in 2013 and seen as essential after various demands by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson to relay the surface after its various collapses had causes concern. The relaying cost the club £250,000 each time.

Capacity
The stadium these days holds just under 75,000 which makes it the largest club stadium in England and second largest overall behind national stadium, Wembley which can accommodate up to 90,000 people.

Stands
Old Trafford is made up of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand, formerly the North Stand and the largest area of the ground, the Sir Bobby Charlton Stand (formerly the South Stand) as well as the East and West Stands.

The East and West Stands are behind each goal while the Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton stands run the length of the pitch and house the majority of hospitality guests, players and media.

Away Fans At Old Trafford
Visiting supporters at the stadium are sat in the adjoining sections of the East and South Stands. The typical ticket allocation is around 3,000, fairly standard for travelling Premier League teams although not all visiting teams take up the full allocation.

Ticket Prices
Typical Premier League ticket prices at Old Trafford run from £37 in upper tiers to £53 in the Upper Wings of the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand. Those same seats can be bought for only £17 – £23 for concessions while 17 and 18 year olds also receive a discount.

Hospitality
Matchday guests at Old Trafford can grab a seat in the Chairman’s Lounge from £488 + VAT, No.7 for £600 + VAT or other parts of the ground for £200 + VAT.

How To Get To Old Trafford
A special train service is provided on matchdays from Manchester city centre to Old Trafford Stadium Station, although a Metrolink service also runs to the area from Piccadilly Station to Old Trafford which is around a 5 minute walk to the stadium.

The stadium is just two miles away from the city centre and is accessible by road. Drivers should take the M60 motorway, take junction 7/8, head onto Chester Road and look for Sir Matt Busby Way.

Future Developments
Plans are in place to expand the stadium even more involving a second tier on the South Stand which could eventually take the capacity at Old Trafford to 88,000. This further development may depend on the success or otherwise of the team with neighbouring Manchester City intending to take over as the biggest club in the country.

Turf Moor – Burnley

Burnley Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.burnleyfootballclub.com
Address: Burnley Football Club, Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way, Burnley, Lancashire, BB10 4XB
Telephone No: 01282 446 800
Ticket Office No: 0844 807 1882

General Info
Having played at Calder Vale in their very earliest days, Burnley have played at Turf Moor since 1883 and the stadium is one of the oldest and most iconic in England. No Premier League club has played at one ground longer than the Clarets have at Turf Moor.

Turf Moor’s history includes having once had the tunnel and dressing rooms behind the goal, one of the last remaining stadiums to have had such a layout. It originally consisted of only the pitch and a single grandstand before other structures were added just before the turn of the 20th century.

Turf Moor

After World War II the ground was redeveloped with all four current stands being built. In the 90’s Turf Moor was further modernised and turned into an all-seater ground, as per government regulations.

Burnley have plumped like a lot of top league sides to have a pitch made up of both natural grass and synthetic fibres, woven through the surface. Standard undersoil heating is installed under a pitch which measures 105 metres by 68 metres.

Capacity
Turf Moor holds 21,400 people these days for Burnley home matches, something which is not likely to change in the near future.
Stands

Turf Moor, in a wonderfully old fashioned way, is made up of four very distinct stands with gaps in all the corners. Those stands are the Bob Lord Stand, the David Fishwick Stand, the James Hargreaves Stand and the Jimmy McIlroy Stand.

Away Fans At Turf Moor
Away fans heading to Turf Moor use the David Fishwick Stand which is placed on the western side of the ground behind the goal. A generous allocation of almost 4,000 is usually offered for Premier League games which almost fills this part of the stadium. More tickets can be allocated for FA Cup games.

The David Fishwick Stand has been remodelled inside in recent years due to many complaints from visiting supporters about the poor facilities on offer in the past. The club have addressed these concerns now.

Ticket Prices
There is a fairly rigid and not particularly expansive ticket pricing policy at Turf Moor, typically fans can get in from £30 – £40 for home league games although concessions may pay as little as £20 each.

Hospitality
Guests are welcomed into the Jimmy Adamson Suite, Hamburg Suite, the Brian Miller, the Vice Presidents or the 1882 Lounge for anything from £120+VAT per person to £250+VAT. Executive Lounges are also available for £25,000+VAT per season for 10 guests.

How To Get To Turf Moor
Turf Moor stands east of Burnley town centre, a 15-minute walk from both Manchester Road train station and Burnley Central station. Walking from the town centre takes only around 10 minutes to the stadium and a bus station is located even closer.

Direct trains into Burnley Manchester Road station run from stations in Blackburn, Bradford, Leeds, Manchester (Victoria) and Preston.

Drivers can get to the stadium by following the A646 or M65 motorway, following signs for Burnley town centre and then signs for Turf Moor.

Future Developments
Plans to redevelop Turf Moor were conceived as far back as 2007 with the goal being to increase the capacity and modernise all facilities, though this never came to pass and the club lost their Premier League status around that time.
Despite the club now appearing as an established top flight club however there are no plans at present for any redevelopment at Turf Moor.

Anfield – Liverpool

Liverpool Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.liverpoolfc.com
Address: Liverpool FC, Anfield Road, Liverpool, L4 0TH
Telephone No: 0151 264 2500
Ticket Office No: 0151 264 2500 (option 2)

General Info
Liverpool FC’s famous old stadium, Anfield, was recently redeveloped to make it the 6th largest football stadium in England without losing any of the feeling of its history. Having originally been the home of rivals Everton, Liverpool have been at this stadium since 1892 and have very much made it their spiritual home.

Anfield has been in operation as a football stadium since 1894 (only Everton playing there at first) making it one of the oldest in England but following many tweaks over the years stands as very much the home of a modern, European football giant.

Anfield

Part of keeping up with the times at Anfield has been the new pitch, laid in 2017. A new irrigation system, undersoil heating featuring 19 miles of pipes and other changes mean the pitch nowadays will not wear due to bad weather of any type.

The Anfield pitch is now made up of 97% natural grass and 3% artificial fibres which are effectively sewn into the sand and soil beneath the grass.

The new pitch at Anfield replaces what was a 15-year-old surface which could not recover so well from a long season of Premier League and European football. It can be watered entirely in three minutes meaning this job can be completed between the warm-up and kick-off.

The playing surface is 101 metres by 68 metres, pretty standard for Premier League football but slightly shorter than the pitches at Man City or Man United for example.

Capacity
Following the completion of the expansion of Anfield in September 2016, the ground can now hold 54,000 for home games.

Stands
Anfield is essentially made of up the Centenary Stand featuring the executive boxes, the Kop behind the goal, the Anfield Road Stand at the opposite end and the Main Stand featuring the players’ tunnel etc. Liverpool famously prefer to play towards the Kop in the second half of games.

Away Fans At Anfield
Visiting supporters are houses within the Anfield Road Stand, opposite the Kop. Two relatively small tiers make up the away section with the standard allocation being only around 2,000. Anfield is unfortunately famous among away fans for restricted views in this area.

Ticket Prices
Season ticket prices at Anfield range from £685 to £869, though they were frozen for the 2017/18 season. Match tickets for the Premier League range from £37 – £43 in the Kop and £46 – £59 in other parts of the ground. Concessions are also available.

Hospitality
The Red’s hospitality packages are offered in the 1892 Lounge, The Boot Room Restaurant, The Chemistry Lounge and others with prices in most areas starting at £174 per person.

How To Get To Anfield
Anfield is around 2 miles north of Liverpool city centre and can be seen from rivals Everton’s Goodison Park home on the other side of Stanley Park.

Buses are available to near the stadium from Queens Square bus station, close to Liverpool Lime Street Station where trains will arrive into the city.
Drivers from the north should take the M57, come off at junction 4 towards Liverpool. Following signs for the city, head for Queens Drive, or the A5058, keeping an eye out for the stadium. From the South or East simply head for the city from the M62 until reaching the same A5058 (Queens Drive).

Future Developments
Before the most recent development of the ground, plans were afoot to replace Anfield with a new 61,000-seat stadium. These plans appear to have been shelved, for now at least.

Amex Stadium – Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.brightonandhovealbion.com
Address: American Express Community Stadium, Village Way, Brighton, BN1 9BL
Telephone No: 0344 324 6282
Ticket Office No: 0344 324 6282

General Info
Brighton and Hove Albion’s home stadium, only opened in the summer of 2011, has already been known by many names from the Falmer Stadium, the Community Stadium to now the American Express Community Stadium or the Amex Stadium for short.

Amex stadium

The new build, costing £93million, was essential for the future of the club who had not played at their old home at the Goldstone Ground for 14 years and instead had to groundshare in the intervening years. Brighton first of all had to move to Gillingham for two years before playing at the unsuitable Withdean Stadium, an athletics venue.

The Seagulls finally played their first competitive match in their new home when they beat Doncaster Rovers in August 2011 before an early attendance record was set in a League Cup tie the same season versus Liverpool – 21,897. The visit of the same team in the Premier League in late 2017 set the new record of 30,634, very close to capacity.

A purely natural grass surface makes up the playing area at the Amex Stadium with the pitch measuring a standard 105 metres by 69 metres. Undersoil heating means no games are called off simply for cold weather and facilities are right up to date.

The stadium was built in time to see Brighton and Hove Albion reach the top level of English football for the first time since 1983.

Capacity
Just under 31,000 people can be accommodated at the Amex Stadium with no plans in the short term to increase this any further given the reach of the club.

Stands
The South Stand holds over 2,500 people, the North Stand just under 2,700, the West Stand holds just below 12,000 and the East Stand can host over 13,500 when at capacity.

Away Fans At The Amex
Away supporters at Brighton watch from the south-east corner of the ground with a reasonably generous allocation of 3,300 tickets for Premier League games. Naturally away fans are not given the best part of the stadium, though views are generally excellent at the Amex anyway.

Padded seats are standard at Brighton, though most away fans stand when they can. There is an impressive array of refreshments on offer in the concourse area.

Ticket Prices
Matchday tickets at the Amex Stadium are graded depending on the level of opposition and categorised as A, B or C. The latter category was actually dropped in price between the Championship in 2016/17 and the Premier League in 2017/18, an unusually generous move for a modern football club.

Fans can enter the Amex from £25 per person for league games with concessions set at £20 though full information is given on the website shortly before each fixture.

Hospitality
Guests booking hospitality at the Amex are invited into HB’s Restaurant (£160 – £220 + VAT), the Goldstone Restaurant for the same price or in executive boxes from £2,250 per person + VAT.

How To Get To The Amex
The Amex is actually located in Falmer, north-east of Brighton around 5 miles from the town centre and pier. Drivers can get to the stadium from the A27 from both the east and west, the stadium being just off the main road.

Falmer train station is right beside the stadium with services running from Brighton regularly and taking only 10 minutes. Buses from the centre of Brighton to Falmer are again regular and serve the stadium.

Future Developments
There are no current plans to extend or redevelop the Community Stadium, despite the football club’s current Premier League status.

Goodison Park – Everton

Everton Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.evertonfc.com
Address: Everton FC, Goodison Road, Liverpool, L4 4EL
Telephone No: 0151 556 1878
Ticket Office No: 0151 556 1878

General Info
The Toffees’ spiritual home, Goodison Park, was completed in 1892 and stands as one of the oldest football stadiums in the world.

The stadium has undergone many changes over the decades and is known affectionately by fans as “The Old Lady”. Given Everton’s long-term status in England’s top flight, Goodison has hosted the maximum possible amount of league games since the Premier League’s inception in 1992, much like Anfield which stands within view on the other side of Stanley Park.Goodison Park

Like most top clubs around the world, Everton have sought to look after their playing surface not just by installing and deploying undersoil heating but also by utilising synthetic fibres which are woven into the natural grass pitch meaning a better, smoother surface with great drainage.

The pitch is relatively tight at 100 metres by 68 metres with the crowd right on top of the action as well. Away teams had better have a good game plan as Goodison is one of the more intimidating places to play football.

Capacity
Just under 40,000 people cram into Goodison Park for home games and this is something that cannot be changed in the future, though plans to move to a new ground exist.

Stands
Everton’s home ground is gloriously old fashioned and reminds visitors of footballing times gone by Despite being joined in most areas with no significant noise escaping, the ground is made up of four distinctly different stands; the Goodison Road and Bullens Road stands running the length of the pitch and the Park End and Gwladys Street Stand at either end.

Away Fans At Goodison Park
Away supporters at Everton watch from a corner of the Bullens Road Stand. The stand itself runs the length of the pitch, opposite to the tunnel and dugouts with around 3,000 of the seats set aside for visiting fans. Those 3,000 are separated cross two-tiers when sold out, though for lower allocations this is the bottom tier only.

A little like Liverpool’s stadium on the other side of Stanley Park, Goodison has a number of old fashioned beams supporting the roof which can lead to restricted views for away fans.

Ticket Prices
Tickets for a typical Premier League game at Goodison Park range from £20 – £45, right in line with most top tier teams in England.

Hospitality
Prices are kept silent by Everton until interested parties make their enquiries official however guests receive a terrific service in a range of lounges and suites around Goodison Park.

How To Get To Goodison Park
Everton’s home is close to Liverpool city centre, around 2½ miles north east of Liverpool Lime Street station. Kirkdale station is only a 20-minute walk from Goodison Park and is served from Liverpool Central, the journey taking only around 10 minutes.

Drivers can take the M57, take junction 4 and turn onto the East Lancashire Road towards Liverpool. After around 4 miles Stanley Park will appear on the left and the stadium on the right. Goodison Park is in a very residential area.
Buses run close to the ground and on match days a shuttle bus operates from Sandhills Rail Station direct to Goodison Park.

Future Developments
No significant development of Goodison Park is possible, so Everton are resigned to having to move to a new stadium in the future. Plans are afoot however to preserve Goodison Park as part of the club’s legacy, ensuring the old stadium remains in situ long after the club has moved on.

Vitality Stadium – AFC Bournemouth

Bournemouth Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.afcb.co.uk
Address: AFC Bournemouth, Vitality Stadium, Dean Court, Kings Park, BH7 7AF
Telephone No: 0344 576 1910
Ticket Office No: 0344 576 1910 or tickets@afcb.co.uk

General Info
Dean Court, as it is known without naming rights, was constructed and opened in 1910 for Boscombe FC with early developments including a 300-seat stand.
When the club became Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1923 crowds at Dean Court had grown to around 7,000 and thereafter a 3,700-seat stand was constructed on the site. As many as 28,000 attended an FA Cup match back in 1957 and so interest in the sport in this area had grown significantly.

In the intervening years the club bought up land around the ground but construction fell through due to lack of funds and by the mid-80’s the club saw a new low when less than 2,000 people were turning up for games.

Vitality Stadium

Dean Court was completely rebuilt in 2001 with the pitch rotated and opened as a three-sided stadium with a 9,600 capacity. A South Stand was eventually built to complete the shape of the ground and then in 2013 another 2,400 seat stand was built to bring the stadium up to its current capacity.

The Cherries’ pitch, surprisingly for some, is rather wide at 78 metres with a standard length of 105 metres. Undersoil heating was added in 2015 in readiness for the Premier League and the club employ a totally natural grass surface with no synthetic fibres added.

Capacity
Bournemouth’s home can take just under 11,500 fans making it the smallest stadium ever to host Premier League football just ahead of Oldham’s Boundary Park and Swindon’s County Ground.

Stands
The North, South, East and West Stands make up what is a very straightforward layout at the Vitality, though any new stadium in Kings Park is bound to be a modern bowl design.

Away Fans At The Vitality
Opposition supporters at the Vitality Stadium are hosted in a section of the East Stand. There is a close proximity between home and away fans given that the allocation of 1,500 away tickets is given in a stand which runs the length of the pitch.

Away fans generally greet this stadium with positive reviews given that its intimate nature means great views of the game from anywhere in what is a small away section.

Ticket Prices
A wide range of pricing is on offer at the Vitality with some younger members even entering for free. Wheelchair users get in for £5, concession tickets are between £19 and £40 while other adult prices range from £32 to £55 for Premier League fixtures.

Hospitality
Welcome drinks, three-course meals, a pre-match player interview, panoramic views and full-time refreshments are on offer in various lounges from £150 per person for some fixtures and £175 per person for others.

How To Get To The Vitality Stadium
The Vitality Stadium is located only 2 miles from the iconic Bournemouth Pier and the town centre with the main train station lying roughly equidistant between the two.

Supporters can walk from one of two stations upon arriving by train but both may take half an hour or so on foot. Drivers can use the A338 towards the town before heading in the direction of Boscombe. Follow Kings Park Drive and the stadium will appear.

Future Developments
Nothing can be done at the Vitality to increase the size and scope of facilities as it turns out, though the club have confirmed that they intend to build a new stadium nearby within Kings Park having announced in December 2016 they would eventually leave their current home.