first_img 20 20 20. Olympic Stadium (West Ham United) – We’ve got to put West Ham’s new stadium in last place, on account of the trouble they’ve had since moving. Fears over the distance fans will be from the pitch, the atmosphere compared to the old Upton Park ground and how it will affect West Ham’s identity have yet to be allayed. On the flip side, it is brand new, holds around 20,000 more fans than the Boleyn Ground and is in a much better location. One person at talkSPORT Towers described the Olympic Stadium as a ‘soulless bowl of doom’, but then he is a Tottenham fan and probably a bit biased. 20 20 8. Stadium of Light (Sunderland) – It was always going to be tough to replace Roker Park, but the Black Cats do have a pretty decent home. Opened in 1997, it’s current capacity is 49,000, while there is planning to extend it further. In 2007 it was named the Football League’s Best Away Ground while not many other stadiums can boast hosting concerts by One Direction, Beyonce, Take That, Oasis, Coldplay and Rihanna. Now you know where Big Sam learnt his dance moves! They just need to smarten up those sun-bleached seats, which look a bit shoddy. 4. Bet365 Stadium (Stoke City) – Better known as the Britannia, Stoke have led the way in imbuing a sense of tradition in a stadium that is less than 20 years old. ‘A cold wet night’ at this stadium is synonymous with the atmosphere associated with what is now called the Bet365 Stadium. The name change is a bit cumbersome, and with manager Mark Hughes steadily changing the image of an away day at the Potters, this stadium’s reputation could yet undergo a makeover, although the home support will have something to say about that. Plus, we like the fact that it’s not a boringly uniform design, with the South and East Stands separated from the L-shaped adjoined Boothen End and West Stand. 20 3. White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur) – Tucked away and surrounded by housing estates and the High Road in N17, it’s not the easiest stadium to travel to but it’s a gem which the Premier League is, sadly, soon to lose. Fans are up close and personal with the players, situated mere feet from the touchline – which helps create an impressive atmosphere when the home fans find their voice. The Jumbotrons allow fans a glimpse of goals just moments after they go in. It’s an excellent mix of old and new, having opened way back in 1899 and been modernised in the Premier League era, and makes it in at No.4 on our list. At one time capable of holding over 70,000, it’s capacity in recent times it has been let down by dropping to just 36,000, and for that reason Spurs are on the move, next door. 20 10. The Hawthorns (West Bromwich Albion) – West Brom’s home since 1900, the Hawthorns is one of the great names in English football ground history. Over the years it has been updated, leaving a compact, atmospheric all-seater stadium that we see today. talkSPORT presenter Adrian Durham has praised the ground’s atmosphere, saying: “When the Baggies are boinging, The Hawthorns is jumping. They don’t always fire it up to the max, but when they do you can hear the noise over the traffic on the nearby M5.” 20 12. Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) – Let’s be honest, Selhurst Park is a pretty awful ground, not least the old Arthur Waite stand. The Whitehorse Lane stand is dominated by executive boxes, like a rubbish version of the old Clock End at Highbury. And it’s poorly served by public transport. So why isn’t it lower in our ranking? The Holmesdale Road end and the fans in it that have given Selhurst one of the best atmosphere’s in the country. 15. KC Stadium (Hull City) – Another modern stadium that holds around 25,000, with little memorable features otherwise. If only we could forget Phil Brown singing there in 2009. 19. Dean Court (Bournemouth) – With a capacity just under 12,000, Dean Court is the smallest ground in the top flight. There are thousands of high school stadiums in the USA that comfortably hold more than Bournemouth’s ground. Based on this tiny capacity alone, it’s right down our list. 20 20 17. Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) – Plastic flags. 20 7. Goodison Park (Everton) – Yes, we know it’s showing its age badly in many ways, and Everton FC would love to have a new stadium, but cherish Goodison while it’s still around. Built in 1892 when the Toffees left their old home ground (Anfield), Goodison was developed by the most influential architect in British football stadium history, Archibald Leitch. Situated a stone’s throw from row-upon-row of terraced housing, Goodison is symbolic of the place football has held in the working class communities of England. As the connection between the ordinary fan and the mega money involved in the Premier League gets more and more detached, Goodison stands as a reminder that football is the people’s game, not a corporate play thing. It’s even got a church wedged into one corner of the ground. It’s old, out-of-date, out of fashion, but it’s dripping with the kind of character and feeling completely lacking in most new stadiums. 11. Emirates (Arsenal) – A real opinion divider. Arsenal’s 10-year-old stadium was the first large, modern arena built by one of the traditional giants of English football, with its 60,000 capacity comparing more than favourably with Highbury’s 38,000 seats (in a ground that once held over 70,000 when standing was allowed). Despite its modern limitations, Highbury was an incredible home for Arsenal, steeped in history, dripping grandeur and representing so much that was great about the club. Now they play in a stadium named after a middle-eastern airline. Arsenal have tried to inject some instant history into the Emirates, with nods to the club’s history, but you can’t create tradition with a few design touches. The fans are also further away from the action than at Highbury, and every side of the ground is awash with corporate seats – dubbed the ‘prawn circle’. 20 6. Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) – Another of the new breed, the Etihad Stadium – formerly/formally known as the City of Manchester Stadium – is an example for West Ham’s new Olympic Stadium of how to convert an athletics arena into a football ground. Built originally for the 2002 Commonwealth Games, it was remodelled, completely removing the athletics track, to make a grand new home for City. It went from holding 41,000 for the Games, to 48,000 for football, and has since increased to 55,000, with plans to expand to 61,000. The only problem is that, despite City’s oil wealth-fuelled recent success, and the club’s historic core support, the club has yet to generate enough appeal to pack out the Etihad week in, week out. And like Arsenal, having a stadium named after a middle eastern airline isn’t as evocative as, say, Maine Road. 9. Turf Moor (Burnley) – Incredibly, ground was first broken at Turf Moor in 1833, when a cricket facility was constructed on the site for Burnley Cricket Club. The first football match took place there in 1883, and it’s witnessed Burnley title wins in 1921 and 1960. These days, Turf Moor holds just over 21,000, which is pretty small… until you consider the population of Burnley as a town is estimated in the region of 80,000. This is a ground with real charm. 1. Old Trafford (Manchester United) – By far the biggest stadium in the Premier League, with a capacity of 75,635, Old Trafford is the only English club ground capable of being spoken of in the same breath of the world’s biggest, most iconic football venues. It is up there with the Camp Nou, the Bernabeu and the San Siro. United’s home since 1910, it carries the history of Billy Meredith, the Busby Babes, the Class of 92, Ronaldo, Cantona, Charlton, Robson… the list goes on and on. That is why it is the Theatre of Dreams, the very best of old and new. The number one stadium in the Premier League. 20 18. Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough) – When it opened in 1995, the Riverside Stadium was at the vanguard of Premier League stadiums, but it’s spawned a generation of bland, identikit, out of town arenas. And it is, as one online review explains, “surrounded by a building site and an industrial sludge river”. 20 20 20 20 20 5. King Power Stadium (Leicester City) – Leicester’s stadium is so high for one reason: the fans. According to our Matchday Live presenter, Adrian Durham, who travels the country attending Premier League games, “Even during the run of poor results the fans were loud, supportive and energised. It’s been a golden year for Leicester fans and the KP has been rocking.” 14. Liberty Stadium (Swansea City) – Swansea moved to the Liberty Stadium from the Vetch Field in 2005 and they haven’t looked back. Its drawback is the modest 20,972 capacity, but it’s got a good atmosphere. Shame it’s shared with a rugby team, which isn’t ideal, pitch-wise. 16. St Mary’s (Southampton) – Modern, but totally boring to look at. The Premier League is the most exciting football competition in the world and, as such, deserves to be played in fantastic stadiums.But what makes a great football ground?It’s a contentious issue, but we’ve got our own ideas and so have ranked each Premier League club stadium, from worst to first.We took into account the capacity, facilities, location, history, design and atmosphere, to come up with our top 20.Disagree with our verdict? Comment below! 2. Anfield (Liverpool) – There are few more famous stadiums in world football than Anfield. It boasts an incredible history (yes, Liverpool fans love their history) and probably the most iconic end stand in the game. The seated Kop replaced the legendary terrace in 1994, but the Reds were canny enough to keep it a single-tier stand, retaining its identity. Liverpool looked at moving to a completely new stadium, with Anfield in need of modernising, but opted to stay at the place they have called home since 1892. The result of this decision is the hulking new Main Stand, which has taken capacity to 55,000 and represents a leap forward for a club accused of dwelling too much on the past. As for the ‘famous atmosphere’, on the right occasion, against the right opposition, Anfield really is a noisy venue. But it is also fair to say it can be embarrassingly quiet – a problem that afflicts all of the most popular Premier League clubs. 20 13. Vicarage Road (Watford) – Home to the Hornets since 1922, it’s been modernised in recent years but retains the traditional feel of an English football ground – four separate stands. 20 20last_img read more

first_img‘You put your right leg in…..’ Daniel gets into rehearsals yesterday.There’s no going back for Daniel now!Donegal’s musical ambassador Daniel O’Donnell last week revealed how he is taking part in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.And if you still don’t believe him, then here’s the proof. Daniel is pictured in rehearsals with Peter Andre and Iwan Thomas and we think he can take them.Team Daniel all the way!DANIEL IN SHOWDOWN WITH FELLOW STRICTLY CONTESTANTS! was last modified: August 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBCdaniel o’donnelldonegalStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

first_imgA perfect excuse to reunite with friends and family, travelers taking a vacation to Los Cabos in May or June receive a free additional suite and upgrade to private beach-front casitas with the Hotel with a Heart Package at the Marquis Los Cabos resort. Creating the ambience of a private beach house, accommodations in the resort’s spacious casitas are just steps from the beach with a living room, bedroom, wet bar, Bulgari amenities, imported Frette linens, and private plunge pool with views of the ocean. The Hotel with a Heart Package also includes daily breakfast delivered discreetly each morning via a private alcove.“At this stressful time, we thought people would welcome the idea to get away with family and friends together,” says General Manager Ella Messerli.Just featured in National Geographic Traveler’s “Hotels with a Heart,” the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel’s annual revenue for the staff’s education and healthcare in its Marquis University. Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.www.marquisloscabos.comlast_img read more