How Popular Football Stadiums Changed Over Time

For many sports enthusiasts, football in particular, football stadiums are a second home where they witness monumental events in sports, and experience the camaraderie among sports fans from all over the world. But over time, these football stadiums change, often expanding its capacity and improving its facilities to provide everyone a safer and a better experience.

 

Trafford

Trafford has been around for about 100 years. Back in 1913, it could accommodate around 80,000 spectators, most of who would be standing on the terraces. However, today, its capacity is almost at 76,000.

 

Wembley

In 1923, Wembley set an official record of 126,047 attendees for the first FA Cup finals. This does not take into account the other fans that entered, reaching an estimated number of 200,000 people in the stadium that day. In the 1960’s, Wembley received new roofing, and became an all-seater venue in the year 1990. It was closed eighteen years ago and was reopened with a 90,000 seating capacity.

 

Stamford Bridge

Stamford Bridge was the venue for three FA Cup finals. However, its official record attendance was set in 1935 in the Chelsea versus Arsenal game. Attendance reached 82,905 that day. The ground was redeveloped back in the 1990’s, but it is unlikely for the record to be broken because its capacity is currently about half of it— 41,837.

 

White Hart Lane

The ground had the capacity of up to 36,240 before, with more than 50,000 spectators in attendance in the 1950’s and 1960’s. White Hart Lane is currently under development, and fans are yet to see how much it will change upon its completion.

 

The Valley

When World War II ended in 1945, The Valley welcomed 30,000 spectators on its fields. Attendance started booming after the war and the trend continues to this day. It was once London’s largest league ground with the capacity of up to 75,000, but it fell into disrepair in 1985. It was then remodelled and reopened in 1922 with a developed ground and a capacity of 27,111.

 

Carrow Road

Carrow Road welcomed Norwich and became its home in 1935. Its official record was set at 43,984 in 1963. Its current capacity sits at 27,220, excluding guests at the hotel, which is currently located that the Jarrold and Barclay Stands.

 

 

 

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