A guide to football stadiums

Make matchday into a short break with our guides to the top sporting venues such as Anfield, St James’ Park, The Etihad and Old Trafford in Manchester, Elland Road in Leeds and Ibrox and Celtic Park in Glasgow. With a Premier Inn close by, your footie getaway won’t break the bank.

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The Etihad, Manchester

Etihad goes by several different names, including Eastlands and City of Manchester Stadium. It is the home to Manchester City, which moved from Maine Road in 2003.

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Guide to The Etihad

Anfield, Liverpool

Hear the roar of The Kop, sample the city's best bars and restaurants and hop on the Magical Mystery Tour. We’ve everything you need for a top footie weekend in Liverpool.

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Guide to Anfield

Old Trafford, Manchester

Take a stadium tour of Old Trafford, watch the Red Devils in action, discover Manchester's top shopping destinations and check out the best cafes and post match hotspots.

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Guide to Old Trafford

Elland Road, Leeds

Etihad goes by several different names, including Eastlands and City of Manchester Stadium. It is the home to Manchester City, which moved from Maine Road in 2003.

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Guide to Elland Road

St James' Park, Newcastle

Join the Toon Army in the stands at St James' Park, then check out the best bars, restaurants and attractions Newcastle has to offer—from top travel tips to great pubs.

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Guide to St James' Park

Villa Park, Birmingham

The Villains play at Villa Park - a stadium that can host 43,000 fans. If you’re in town to watch a match, experience a great atmosphere and stands filled with claret and blue.

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Guide to Villa Park

Celtic Park, Glasgow

The largest football stadium in Scotland, Celtic Park holds nearly 60,500 people. It has hosted events including the cycling championships and concerts by the likes of U2 and Prince.

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Guide to Celtic Park

Goodison Park, Liverpool

The home of Everton FC ‘The Grand Old Lady’ is one of the world’s oldest purpose-built football stadiums and has hosted more top-flight games than anywhere else in England.

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Guide to Goodison Park

Ibrox, Glasgow

Home to Rangers FC, Ibrox has a capacity of nearly 51,000. If you get the chance, stadium tours are a great way to learn about Rangers’ history and heritage.

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Guide to Ibrox

The Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light has been Sunderland’s 49,000-capacity home for 20 years. Named the Stadium of Light as a symbolic tribute to the region’s mine workers and the area’s industrial heritage, it also hosts some of the city’s biggest musical events including Rihanna, Coldplay, Take That and Oasis.

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Guide to The Stadium of Light

Carrow Road, Norwich

Carrow Road is the main sports stadium in Norwich. Since 1935, it has been the home ground of Norwich City Football Club, when it was built to replace The Nest, which was the Canaries’ original home.

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Guide to Carrow Road

Wembley Stadium

The largest stadium and football stadium in the UK, this establishment has got some superstar history to its name. First opened back in 1923 and famous for hosting many football cup finals, it was demolished in 2003 to pave way for a brand new, hipper, cooler and fresher new stadium.

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Guide to Wembley Stadium

Deepdale, Preston

Home to Preston North End since 1875, Deepdale Stadium is one of the oldest continuously used arenas in the world. With a long and illustrious history, Preston North End have some impressive claims to fame.

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Guide to Deepdale

Fratton Park, Portsmouth

The home of Portsmouth Football Club since 1899, Fratton Park has a capacity of 19,669 fans and – pub quiz fact alert – is the only UK stadium in professional English football not actually to be part of Great Britain’s mainland as it’s built on Portsea Island.

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Guide to Fratton Park

Portman Road, Ipswich

Take a stadium tour of Old Trafford, watch the Red Devils in action, discover Manchester's top shopping destinations and check out the best cafes and post match hotspots.

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Guide to Portman Road

Cardiff City Stadium

Home of the Welsh national football team and Cardiff City FC, or as they’re better known, the Bluebirds, Cardiff City Stadium has been packed with cheering crowds since it first opened in 2009. With the development of further stands, the stadium now sees over 33,000 people swarming into the grounds on match day. 

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Guide to Cardiff City Stadium

Madejski Stadium, Reading

Built in 1998 at the cost of £50 million, the Madejski Stadium is home to Reading Football Club and can seat up to 24,200 fans. The stadium was voted the best mid-sized arena in Europe by ESPN thanks to its modern facilities and stands.

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Guide to Madejski Stadium

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

One of the newest stadiums in the UK, Liberty Stadium is a state-of-the-art 20,000-capacity stadium that hosts Premier League football, as well as high-quality rugby. Plus, the stadium – which is just over a mile from the city centre – regularly hosts live music from the likes of The Killers and Little Mix.

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Guide to Liberty Stadium