The Etihad Stadium, simply Eastlands, was designed for the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the beginning. After the match, the stadium has become a stadium for club Manchester City since the 2003-04 season. As the fourth-biggest stadium in Premier League and the eighth-biggest one in UK, Etihad Stadium could accommodate 55,097 spectators at a time. The original stadium with 38,000 capacity was expanded to a larger stadium with 48,000 seat at the cost of £22 million from city council and £20 million jointly.
From 2003-04 season, Manchester City chartered the four-biggest football stadium in Premier League from Manchester City Council. For the sake of sponsorship, the stadium’s name was changed to Etihad Stadium in the next ten years. From then on, the football stadium began to conduct feasibility study in expanding it. They planned to add a complete third tier to the stadium, finishing with only adding the third tier to the stand behind goals. If the existing seats could not meet the demands of spectators, the stadium would like to raise capacity to the 61,000 seats or so.
General view of the Etihad Stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester on 16th August, 2015.
The area around the Etihad Stadium is not the most suitable one for shopping or else commercial activities. Besides several weird pubs, I would like to recommend several good places for eating, drinking and shopping to meet the demands of some football fans in purchasing cheap football shirts & kits. One can eat or drink some good dishes in the areas or just go the downtown by taking metro-link.
Britishers always seem to be gentle and polite gentlemen. But you must be surprised at their enthusiasm about all kinds of sports, which is known for people all over the world. They create lots of popular sports, including football, tennis, golf and so on. People in England, Welsh and Scotland will go to stadiums on weekends in order to support their favorite teams.
FA Cup, Wimbledon Championships and Derby are major sporting events. Thus, there are many excellent teams and world-class stadiums in England. It’s exciting for loyal fans to watch games in different stadiums. Tourists can also go these stadiums that they are longing to visit.
Built in 1892, Goodison Park is one of the oldest stadiums in the world and is called Grand Old Lady. It is located in the centre of Liverpool. The nearest station to the stadium is Kirkdale railway station on the Merseyrail Northern Line which is located just over half a mile (800 m) away. On match days there is also a frequent shuttle bus service from Sandhills railway station.
A large number of major sporting events were held in this stadium. FA Cup was held in Goodison Park many times since the early 1920s. Additionally, three group matches, a quarterfinal and a semi-final of 1966 World Cup were played here. Goodison Park has been the stadium that hosts lots of matches of World Cup. Football stars, such as Bailey, Jasin and Garrincha, had made their best performance here.
Goodison Park is special for its lawn. The lawn is placed on a huge slabstone and the part of the slabstone is carved with countless fans’ names. What’s more, some loyal fans’ ashes are buried under the lawn.
As the six-largest football stadium in England, the Anfield stadium lies in Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, with a capacity of 54,074. Since the establishment of the Liverpool football club, the Anfield stadium has been used as the home of Liverpool football club from 1892. It consists of four stands, including Spion Kop, Main Stand, the Centenary Stand and Anfield Road. In 1952, the stadium accommodates the highest number of spectators – 61,905 at a game between Loverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Two gates of the stadium was named as Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley by the previous manager of Liverpool.
With a Shankly statue laying outside the football stadium, the football stadium is in the vicinity of Liverpool Lime Street railway station. The Main Stand of the Anfield stadium was expanded from Dec. 8, 2014, increasing the capacity to 54,074 and leaving it as one of the largest all-seat football stands in Europe. In addition to being used as grounds for some international matches, it also could be used as a place for some large-scale concerts and other large-scale activities.
Renowned as the Olympic stadium, the London stadium locates Marshgate Lane in the Lower Lea Valley at Stratford, London, England. For the host of the 2012 Summer Olympics, the football stadium was constructed to serve as a home stadium. In order to forge a multi-purpose stadium, the football stadium experienced another renovation. In Mar. 2012, the football stadium host the first public sports event, with a capacity of 80,000 for the 2012 Olympic games and the Paralympics. In addition to its regular tenants, the football stadium has been used to host several Rugby World Cup matches and single one test game for the tri-series between England Rugby League and New Zealand Rugby League.
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After the fundamental construction having been dug out and cleared, the construction project of the stadium was began three month early. Besides, it also could be used as places for large-scale concerts, cricket and baseball for the sake of re-locatable seats and oval shape.
Renowned as a football club stadium, the Emirates Stadium locates in London, England, with a capacity of more than 60,000. It’s widely taken as the third-largest football stadium after the Wembley Stadium and the Old Trafford. After the expansion planning was denied by Islington Council in 1997, Arsenal began to exploring the feasibility of relocating a new stadium. After a long time examination and weighing, they finally decided to purchase a new site and constructed a new stadium on the site. At a cost of £390 million, the Emirates Stadium was completed until 2006, mainly being sponsored by Emirates.
The project was began from February 2004, with the guide of Sir Robert McAlpine. The first stage of demolition was accomplished in Mar. 2004. Since the completion of the project, many international competitions and large-scale concerts has been held in the renowned football stadium. In addition, many significant friendly games have been host in the stadium. The stadium was opened on Oct. 26, 2006 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
As the biggest football stadium of a club in the United Kingdom, Old Trafford locates in England, in the vicinity of a tram stop. Under the great honor of “The Theatre of Dreams” by Bobby Charlton, the Old Trafford has been used as United’s home from 1910. After several times expansion in the 1990s and 2000s, the stadium could accommodates about 80,000 as much as the original one. In the future, there may be another expansion for the present Old Trafford, raising the capacity of the football stadium to 95,000.
Renowned as a famous football stadium, the football stadium is constructed with four covered all-seat stands, of which the stands was divided into upper and lower sections. The south stands of the Old Trafford only has one tier for height restriction. The stadium features an about 105 meters long and 68 meters wide pitch. In addition, designers have designed a four-side run-off space for more easily water draining. In order to cope with bad various bad weather, under-soil heating system is paved under the pitch, greatly avoiding postponing incurred by snow and ice.
As a famous football stadium in the world, Wembley stadium is the football fields, where numerous football matches have been hold and many records have been broke by excellent football players. Prior to the opening of the present Wembley stadium, it was demolished from 2002 to 2003. Besides many home competitions of the England national football team and the FA Cup Final, the stadium is also taken as the home of Premier League and Tottenham Hotspur temporarily, for their stadium being demolished and constructed at the present moment.
At the cost of £798 million by Australian firm, it was constructed with 9,000 seats and a large arch, being the biggest football stadium of England, the biggest one of the United Kingdom and the second-large one across the whole Europe. The most attractive highlights of the stadium is the retractable roof and 134-meter-high arch. At the stadium, you could recall many classic scenes about a great English football player – David Beckham, a famous football player in England kit and cultural icon of the elegant England.