Why is it that so many people from around the world support British football teams? Is it because of the internationally renowned standard of the premier league? Is it the multinational football talent that the teams pick up and scout out? Or is it the passion and devotion of the British fans that draws people in? On top of the masses of footie fans in the city, visitors, business travellers and holiday makers at accommodation like the Park Grand Paddington Hotel who have a taste for all things football may want to visit some of these spectacular and historic football stadiums.
Wembley Stadium is a football stadium which opened in 2007 and has played host to not only football games but may other sports as well, including Rugby. The stadium has a massive 90,000 seats which makes it the largest football stadium in England and the second largest in Europe. Costing 798 million pounds to build and based in West London, the stadium plays host to the England Football team’s home games as well as being the ground for the London 2012 Olympics and is reachable by Wembley Park on the Jubilee Line.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium
For some buzzing premiership action, Arsenal is the place to be. Based in the North East of London near Finsbury Park in the Highbury area of London. Opened in 2006, Emirates stadium is sponsored by Emirates Airline and the stadium itself has a capacity of almost 60,500 people, that’s more than an emirates airplane, that’s for sure. As one of the main premiership teams of English football, the stadium underwent a period of Arsenalisation, making it the headquarters for fans and teams through constructing a series of murals and even a shrine at the South end of the stadium which shows every player to have ever played for the team. It is little touches like this that make the stadium well worth a visit, not only for the riveting matches, but for the history steeped and astoundingly modern architecture.
Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge
Built in 1876, this historic stadium in Fulham’s Walham Green is the home of Chelsea F.C. As the 8th largest football stadium in the Premier league, the stadium has a capacity of 41,600 and is known not only for its football but for its hosting of cricket, rugby and even American football and baseball. It is not only the sports that attract visitors from all around the world but the history steeped site. The stadium was originally used for the London Athletic Club before Chelsea football clubs founding in 1905. The stadiums history has seen Chelsea face Dynamo Moscow in 1945, a Soviet side that saw the two teams play off at the end of the Second World War whilst its secondary usage as a Grey Hound Racing Track saw it rise in popularity for this sport in the 50s and 60s.
Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage
One to visit if not only for its idyllic River Thames setting, Fulham FC’s football ground is based in the Southwest area of London’s Fulham. Here guests can find a stadium with a capacity of 25,700 and like Chelsea, with an historic heritage behind it. The original Cottage from where the stadium took its name was derived from the cottage that William Craven, the 6th Baron of Craven built. It also happened to be the area around which the famed Anne Boelyn was known to hunt. The area has also been sued for many other international football teams, including the Australian, US and Canadian Football teams. On top of this, the Fulham area is known for its fantastic food so if you’re hungry before or after the match you can be sure that there’s restaurants which rival the Restaurants Near Paddington Station.