Keen on taking a trip to catch your favourite EPL team in action? Jethro Wong provides you a handy guide on the must-see stadiums in UK
|Team: Manchester United
Stadium Tour: £18 (Adults), £12 (Concession)
Info: Stadium Tours are guided and run from 09:40 to 17:00, lasting approximately 70 minutes.
Even if you detest Manchester United, you’ll find it difficult to dislike Old Trafford. Not only is the ground the largest in the league, it is arguably one of the very best on the planet. Matches here sell out weeks before the actual game, so you’ll need to be quick if you want to catch a glimpse of Wayne Rooney and Co.
Stadium Tour: £17.50 (Adults), £9 (Under 16s)
Info: Stadium Tours are self guided and can last from 55 to 90 minutes depending on the crowd.
What makes the £390m stadium stand out from the rest is that it looks simply stunning from every possible angle. The decision to move out of Highbury might have been controversial, but fans won’t be complaining with their new home. The structure itself is an engineering marvel, combine that with world class facilities and you get the benchmark for elite stadia developments.
|Team: Manchester City
Stadium Tour: £14 (Adults), £10 (Over 65s / Under 16s), Free (Under 4s)
Info: Stadium Tours comprises of a 20 minute self guided tour and a 70-minute professionally guided tour.
Developed as part of the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, the City of Manchester Stadium as it was formerly known, became Manchester City’s home in 2003. The stadium has won numerous awards for its innovative design, such as its undulating U-shaped roof, designed to reflect sound back into the stadium and reduce noise pollution. Though significantly smaller in capacity than the home of arch rivals Manchester United, things could change in the near future as plans have been made to increase its seating to 60000.
Stadium Tour: £16 (Adults), £10 (Over 65s / Under 16s / Students)
Info: Matchday and Off Peak tours are also available at a slightly different rate.
You probably don’t know this but Anfield was originally the home of derby rivals Everton from 1884 to 1892. Back then, Liverpool did not even exist. The stadium’s founder established the club in 1892, as he needed a new occupant after Everton moved to Goodison Park. The club’s success in the domestic league as well as Europe has made Anfield one of the most popular grounds in England.
|St James' Park|
|Team: Newcastle United
Stadium Tour: £10 (Adults), £7 (Concession), £5 (Children)
Info: Matchday tours are available for an additional £3 and advanced booking is recommended.
Rarely do you find a stadium smacked right in the centre of the city, St James’s Park so happens to be one of them. Situated just 500m from the central station, it’s hard to miss it if you’re visiting the city. It’s currently the sixth largest football stadium in the United Kingdom, and also the north most ground for a Premier League team. Last year, it was one of only two Premier League stadiums to host the 2012 Olympics football competitions, the other being Old Trafford.
|White Hart Lane
|Team: Tottenham Hotspur
Stadium Tour: £20 (Adults), £11 (Over 65s), £9 (Under 16s)
Info: Tours are led by professional guides and last between 90 minutes to 2 hours.
If you intend to visit White Hart Lane, try to do so within the next couple of years before it disappears. Spurs look set to follow the footsteps of local rivals Arsenal by moving to a new stadium. Plans are already in place for this new ground, though the project has been plagued with various problems. The latest setback came earlier this month when Chairman David Levy announced that he was looking into new stadium ideas and designs, which would most likely see current plans abandoned. Though no official date of completion has been set, rumours claim that it should be ready come 2016.
|Team: England National Football Team
Stadium Tour: £16 (Adults), £9 (Over 60s / Under 16s), Free (Under 5s)
Info: Tours are guided and lasts 75 minutes.
No trip will be complete until you visit Wembley. Once there, you can’t help but marvel at this jaw dropping architectural masterpiece. Built on the site of the Old Wembley Stadium for an incredible £800m, the current stadium is arguably England’s very best. In terms of capacity, it is Europe’s second largest behind Barcelona’s Nou Camp. The stadium frequently hosts concerts by international acts likes Coldplay, U2 and Muse, giving music lovers an unparalleled experience.