The Premier League is viewed as the most entertaining domestic football league in the world, so good luck to anyone trying to get their hands on a ticket! Teams like Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea have fans on waiting lists for years to have the opportunity to buy a season ticket. For instance, an estimated 25,000 people are on the waiting list for an Anfield season ticket; a little under half of the maximum capacity.
If you thought it was difficult getting tickets at the biggest teams in England, spare a thought for fans of Premier League teams with tiny stadiums. Whether clubs own their own stadium or not, those with fewer seats face disappointing fans who can’t get a ticket.
But for those who do, the opportunity to see the greats of the Premier League is an event they can hold dear, even if their club doesn’t stay in the ‘big league’ for long. Let’s look at which Premier League teams throughout the years had the smallest stadiums.
What’s the Smallest Stadium in the Premier League Currently?
Following their first ever promotion to the Premier League, Luton Town have become the proud owner of the league’s smallest stadium.
With a capacity of 10,356, Kenilworth Road pales in comparison to the likes of the Old Trafford and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in terms of size, but the Hatters will try to make up for it by welcoming England’s finest clubs with raucous amosphere.
While the club is looking to build a bigger stadium that meets the Premier League’s requirements, the project won’t be finalized before three years or so, meaning that Kenilworth Road will continue to host Luton’s home fixtures for the time being.
Smallest Premier League Stadiums Ever by Capacity
|1||Kenilworth Road||Luton Town||10,356|
|3||Boundary Park||Oldham Athletic||13,559|
|4||County Ground||Swindon Town||14,700|
|7||Brentford Community Stadium||Brentford||17,250|
|8||Baseball Ground||Derby County||18,300|
|9||Loftus Road||QPR (and Fulham)||18,439|
|10||Liberty Stadium||Swansea City||20,937|
6. Bloomfield Road
Blackpool played the role of Premier League plucky underdogs led by Ian Holloway when they were promoted in 2010. Bloomfield Road’s 16,220 capacity stadium would host just one Premier League season but it was an enjoyable ride for all concerned.
The stadium has been Blackpool’s home since 1901 with the likes of Stanley Matthews and Jimmy Armfield gracing the pitch.
5. The Dell
Before switching to St. Mary’s, Southampton played at The Dell which remains one of the Premier League’s smallest ever grounds. Opened in 1989, Southampton called the 15,200-seat stadium home until 2001, allowing the Saints to get some Premier League seasons under their belt at the famous ground.
4. County Ground
Unless you’ve watched the Premier League since it began in 1992, there’s a good chance Swindon Town hasn’t featured on your radar. Playing at County Ground, Swindon enjoyed just one season in the reimagined top flight league from 1993-94.
County Ground has been home to Swindon Town since 1895, making it one of the oldest football stadiums in England.
3. Boundary Park
Oldham Athletic was part of history when it joined the Premier League for its inaugural season in 1992. Boundary Park is where the Latics played their games until Oldham was relegated in 1994.
With a capacity of just 13,559, it’s hard to imagine the queues for tickets when teams like Liverpool and Manchester United rolled into town.
2. Dean Court
Bournemouth had the honour of being the team with the smallest ever stadium in the Premier League before Luton Town’s promotion in 2023. With a capacity of just 11,364, Cherries supporters had to learn to find their voices to inspire their team to stick around in the top flight for over five years.
For football fans looking to tick off stadiums they have visited, getting a ticket at Bournemouth when they are in the Premier League is easier said than done.
1. Kenilworth Road
Starting from the 2023/24 campaign, Kenilworth Road will become the smallest stadium to host a Premier League match. The tiny ground is the proud home of Luton Town who earned their first-ever promotion to EPL after overcoming Coventry City in dramatic shoutouts to win the Championships Playoffs.
With a capacity of 10,356, the small stadium will be an unusual sight in a league that boasts some of the most gigantic grounds in European football.