As the Premier League grows, so do the stadiums that play host to it. The majority of clubs have plans to expand their grounds to meet demand or are opening new stands or completely new stadiums. Here’s a guide to what each club has done to their home ground, what could come next, and how we rated each stadium in our rankings published last month.
Arsenal: Emirates Stadium
Current capacity: 60,704
What The Athletic said: “The Emirates has its critics, but it now delivers the atmosphere, facilities, accessibility, and product any sports fan would expect from the Premier League.”
The Athletic ranking: 4th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Arsenal have not expanded Emirates Stadium since moving from Highbury in 2006. The most recent work was revamped artwork around the stadium in January 2023.
What comes next? As of now, there are no redevelopment plans. They unveiled a statue of former manager Arsene Wenger outside the Emirates.
The Emirates has the fifth largest capacity in the Premier League.
Aston Villa: Villa Park
Current capacity: 42,530
What The Athletic said: “A packed-out Villa Park is a special place to be. When it gets going, there is no place quite like it.”
The Athletic ranking: 7th
When was the last redevelopment work done? The last major redevelopment was in the 2000-2001 campaign, building a bigger Trinity Road Stand.
What comes next? Plans to increase the capacity to 50,000 by 2027 have been stalled due to issues with the site and location of Villa Park.
AFC Bournemouth: Vitality Stadium
Current capacity: 11,307
What The Athletic said: “There’s little discernible character. The support is welcoming, but everything feels a bit temporary.”
The Athletic ranking: 20th
When was the last redevelopment work done? The last redevelopment was in 2013.
What comes next? Bournemouth is assessing whether to redevelop the Vitality Stadium or build a new ground. They are looking at plans to increase the stadium capacity, with a focus on increasing revenue streams and commercial value.
Brentford: Gtech Community Stadium
Current capacity: 17,250
What The Athletic said: “It is one of the smallest grounds in the top two divisions, but none of that detracts from its charm.”
The Athletic ranking: 8th
When was the last redevelopment work done? Brentford only moved from Griffin Park to their new ground in September 2020.
What comes next? The tight constraints make it impossible to increase the capacity. The club is happy in their new home.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Amex Stadium
Current capacity: 31,876
What The Athletic said: “Neat, well-equipped, and fit for purpose, it symbolizes the spirit of the club and its supporters.”
The Athletic ranking: 16th
When was the last redevelopment work done? A tunnel club opened at the start of the season, joining similar facilities at Manchester City and Tottenham.
What comes next? There are no plans for further major works inside the Amex, but a major facelift is planned for the walkway surrounding the stadium, as well as a new second stadium designed for women’s football.
Burnley: Turf Moor
Current capacity: 21,744
What The Athletic said: “Burnley is a proper football town and it feels like it. But while all places get cold, it can feel particularly chilly.”
The Athletic ranking: 17th
When was the last redevelopment work done? The last addition to the stadium was two corner stands opened in 2019 to improve disability facilities and stadium accessibility.
What comes next? There appear to be no imminent plans for any radical changes at Turf Moor.