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A Guide to London’s Best Football Stadia

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London is one of the biggest footballing hotbeds in Europe, if not the world. It’s home to some of the largest football teams in the English Premier League (EPL), many of whom have become global brands, not just successful teams on the field.

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The EPL is arguably the biggest professional sporting brand on the planet since its inauguration in 1992. It’s a multi-billion-pound operation, thanks to its huge commercial and broadcasting deals. Fans across the globe enjoy watching and betting on the biggest EPL games. Sportsbooks work hard to provide the biggest choice of betting markets for the EPL too. Betway routinely offers more than 100 markets per game, which is five times that of La Liga, Serie A, and Bundesliga games.

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Whenever you plan to venture to London in the future, or you live in London already, we’d highly recommend that you watch a game at any of the following stadia situated across the capital.

Wembley Stadium

The national stadium of Wembley was fully reconstructed between 2003-2007, bringing an end to the iconic Twin Towers of the original stadium which hosted England’s 1966 World Cup triumph over West Germany. Nevertheless, its replacement is a stunning piece of architecture, with the new 90,000-seater stadium looming large on London’s cityscape. The new Wembley Arch is lit up in the evening and is a contemporary replacement for the previous Twin Towers. Wembley stages the FA Cup Final annually, as well as the playoff finals of all English Football Leagues and the finals of the Carabao Cup, Football League Trophy, FA Vase, and FA Trophy, which should give you ample opportunities to visit.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

White Hart Lane was the home of Tottenham Hotspur since 1899. During its 118-year history, ‘The Lane’ staged over 2,500 competitive Tottenham games as well as England senior and U21 action. Nevertheless, for Spurs to compete with the big boys of the EPL, they needed a new stadium that could attract bigger crowds and greater commercial revenue. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was designed by architects Populous, providing a stunning 62,303-seater arena, complete with the world’s inaugural dividing and retractable football turf. Beneath the real grass pitch, this stadium also has a synthetic turf, which is due to its hosting of the NFL London Games, having taken the reins from Wembley.

Emirates Stadium

Arsenal took a similar decision to Tottenham by leaving their historic home of Highbury for a bigger, futureproof stadium. Islington Council thwarted the Gunners’ plans to expand Highbury, so the Emirates Stadium in Holloway was the only alternative. The stadium, which holds 60,704 people, is now the fourth-biggest football stadium in England. The project cost the Gunners approximately £390 million, but it has since yielded significant commercial benefits for the club, particularly as its former Highbury home was only able to hold 38,000 at its peak. The Emirates Stadium has become increasingly popular for staging music concerts as well as Arsenal home games, while its event facilities have cemented the Emirates as one of London’s most popular conference and awards ceremony venues.

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London Stadium

The London Stadium is formerly known as the Olympic Stadium. Constructed in the heart of Stratford, East London, it was the jewel in the crown of London’s 2012 Olympic Games, operating as the primary track and field venue and the location for both the opening and closing ceremonies. The fear once the London Olympics ended was that the stadium would become a ‘white elephant’ – an unused and unloved arena. Fortunately, West Ham United applied to use it as their new home, moving away from Upton Park. The stadium had to be altered to make it fit for purpose as a football ground, resulting in a reduced capacity of 60,000 for EPL games. Some football purists deem the London Stadium to be a poor excuse for a football ground, but it’s well worth visiting if only to experience London’s most recent Olympics hub.

 

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