Premier League football grounds and their development plans

Friday 19th May 2017
If you were watched the Tottenham vs Manchester United game earlier this month, you could not have missed that it was the final game at White Hart Lane. Tottenham have had plans to move into a new stadium, but on their current site.

As the development of Tottenham Hotspurs new ground gets under way they will be playing their home games at Wembley stadium. Their new stadium, currently known as the "Northumberland Development Project" will feature shops, housing and other leisure facilities. It will also seat 56,250, an increase from 36,284 at White Hart Lane.  The new stadium should be scheduled for the 2018/19 season and will also host two NFL games every year from its opening year right up to 2027.

However, it's not just Spurs fans that are in the process of having somewhere new to sit, we cast our eyes through the Premier League at the football grounds that are currently being redeveloped or built from scratch.

AFC Bournemouth has announced they are looking for a new site to build a new stadium on. The current capacity of 11,700 at Dean Court is the lowest of any team in Premier League (and they only surpass one team in the Championship; Burton Albion whose capacity is 6,912). They are hoping the new stadium could be ready for the 2020/21 season.

Burnley have also had plans in the works to improve their stadium. They had planned a £20M redevelopment at Turf Moor which has been put on hold. The capacity is believed to increase from 21,404 to around 28,000.

Chelsea has announced plans to rebuild on the current site of Stamford Bridge which can currently hold 41,623. The idea is to build a new 60,000 seater stadium. Plans have been approved by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan for the £500M stadium to go ahead. It is expected to be ready for the 2021/22 season.
 An artists' impression of what Chelsea FC's new stadium will look like
An artists' impression of what Chelsea FC's new stadium will look like
Leicester City  also has plans to increase the capacity of the King Power stadium from 32,500 to 42,000. The owners have begun their application for permission. It is only a matter of time before it gets approved.

Everton is planning to relocate as they want to increase their capacity of 40,563. These plans are ongoing as there has been trouble with the Secretary of State rejecting bids for the plans. Everton will not give up with the plans and hope to relocate in the near future.
Liverpool recently completed development to Anfield, increasing the capacity to 54,074 in September 2016. There are plans to increase the capacity in the future to over 60,000 but nothing has been proposed as of yet.

Manchester City has had a couple of renovations to the Etihad over the past few years. The most recent plan is to increase the North stand with a third tier. This should increase the capacity from 55.097 to roughly 61,000.

Manchester United has had plans for the South Stand to be triple-tiered but the surrounding area has faulted the idea. If plans were to go ahead it could increase the capacity of Old Trafford from 75,643 up to an incredible 95,000.

Stoke City's newly rebranded Bet365 stadium is currently undergoing reconstruction. The South-East corner of the stadium is being filled in to increase the capacity to just over 30,000 from 27,902. This is expected to be completed and ready for the start of the 2017/18 season.
West Ham United are the club with the most recent stadium completed. The Hammers left Upton Park last season to arrive at their new home. The London Stadium. Of course, this was used for the 2012 London Olympics and is also used for many other sporting events. The capacity is currently restricted to 57,000 by licensing regulations but it currently holds 66,000 seats.

This is how clubs are trying to move forward in the top leagues by creating plans for future revenue. Developments on current stadiums or plans for new ones to increase capacities will generate income in the long run. It is also a reputation to keep and make a football club noteworthy that they want to succeed not just as a football club but as a business as well.

Even with current developments, football teams will have plans in the future to improve their facilities and stadiums for the better.
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