Biggest ‘single’ stands in British football stadiums in 2016: top 14 by capacity revealed

5 Apr

PLEASE NOTE: It’s not been possible to include stands from certain stadiums where a continuous bowl means there is no distinction made between stand capacities (see explanation below).

Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham was played out in the shadow of the new Main Stand, which is being constructed above the current version.

On Sunday, meanwhile, Manchester United’s South Stand was officially renamed the ‘Sir Bobby Charlton Stand’, in honour of the club’s record goal scorer and long-serving director.

While Liverpool’s new Main Stand will tower above the rest of the ground, United’s Main Stand is actually the smallest part of Old Trafford.

So which stands are the biggest in British football?

It’s a not entirely straightforward question to answer, as many new stadiums and redeveloped grounds have been built in a ‘bowl’ shape, meaning it can be hard to distinguish between different stands.

Traditionally, British football grounds were made up of four different stands on each side of the pitch, but that is not always the case these days.

For that reason, it wasn’t possible for us to include stands from large new stadiums like Arsenal’s Emirates, Manchester City’s Etihad and Wembley, as their seating areas tend to be separated into tiers that wrap around the whole ground.

At some of the older stadiums that have been redeveloped, formerly freestanding stands have been linked to other parts of the ground, such as at Old Trafford and St James’ Park, where corners have been filled in. But in these cases, clubs often still list capacities for individually identifiable stands, such as Man United’s Sir Alex Ferguson Stand (not including the corner ‘quadrants’) and Newcastle’s Milburn Stand (not including the Leazes corner).

Find out which stands have the biggest capacities, in the slideshow above.


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