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.
A guide to football stadiums
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.