IT’S been 25 years since the Premier League was born.
Back in 1992, the old First Division was scrapped after 104 years, as a breakaway league was formed in time of the 92-93 campaign, with 22 teams ready to do battle.
Of course, football has changed dramatically since that day, as the role of money and business in the “beautiful game” has taken a hold.
It’s not just the whopping transfer fees, sky-high wages and sponsorship deals though.
The grounds fans came to love have been modified, streamlined, improved and in some cases totally destroyed and rebuilt.
Some clubs, including West Ham most recently, have relocated altogether as they waved goodbye to Upton Park and moved across East London to the London Stadium.
They’re not the only ones to seek pastures greener though, as Arsenal bid Highbury farewell and moved to the Emirates Stadium.
But just how have the current 20 Premier League clubs’ grounds changed in the past 25 years? Find out below…
Stadium(s): Highbury, Emirates
Capacity 1992: 38,419
Capacity 2017: 60,432
INCREDIBLY for the opening day of the 1992-93 season, fans at Highbury were greeted by a mural where the old North Bank terrace once stood.
It depicted the soon-to-be built new two-tier stand.
Clearly the players were stunned too, losing 4-2 at the hands of Norwich.
Arsenal of course shipped off to the Emirates Stadium in 2006 in order to find room for more fans, with Highbury far too cramped amongst housing to build on.
Stadium(s): Dean Court
Capacity 1992: 10,000 (approx)
Capacity 2017: 11,464
BACK in 1992, the Cherries were loitering down in the third tier, playing at a tiny ground comprised mostly of terracing.
Just the one, compact stand stood at Dean Court – now known as the Vitality Stadium, of course.
While still standing on the same soil, the ground was entirely rebuilt in 2001, with the pitch even rotated 90 degrees.
While the ground remains small – arguably too much so for a Premier League team – it is a huge improvement on the original.
Stadium(s): Goldstone Ground, Withdean Stadium, Amex Stadium
Capacity 1992: 36,747 (record attendance)
Capacity 2017: 30,750
FAMOUSLY the stadium in which David Beckham made his Manchester United debut in 1992, the Goldstone Ground isn’t all that well known.
The Seagulls were in the third tier for the 1992-93 season, with top flight football a mere pipedream at that stage.
Money troubles meant the stadium was sold in 1997 – with no new home lined up.
A move to the Withdean Stadium – originally an athletics venue – and a ground-share with Gillingham finally led to a move to the Falmer Stadium, now the Amex, in 2011.
The 30,750-seater ground will see it’s first-ever taste of Premier League action in 2017-18… a far cry from 1992’s Goldstone Ground.
Stadium(s): Turf Moor
Capacity 1992: 21,401
Capacity 2017: 21,401
THE Clarets have lived and played at Turf Moor ever since 1883.
When the Premier League was born in 1992, the ground was dominated by terracing.
But fast forward 25 years and the stadium is a different animal, fully-seated thanks to the old terraces being converted in the mid-90s.
Stadium(s): Stamford Bridge
Capacity 1992: 30,000 (approx)
Capacity 2017: 41,663
ALL change, please.
Back in 1992, Stamford Bridge – the very same ground the Blues play at today – was an entirely different entity.
The West London stadium then boasted just ONE stand – the three-tier East Stand – with sweeping bowl terracing covering three-quarters of the ground.
But following substantial work in the 90s and 00s, Chelsea now show-off a four-stand, all-seater 40,000+ seater stadium… with plans for even more work.
Stadium(s): Selhurst Park
Capacity 1992: 20,000 (approx)
Capacity 2017: 25,456
THE Eagles played out a stunning 3-3 draw with Blackburn on the opening day of the season at home, with Rovers new signing Alan Shearer scoring twice.
Palace netted a last-minute equaliser to thrill home fans, many of whom stood in the open terracing at the Holmesdale Road end.
That was replaced in 1994-95 with a two-tier stand, with the other end – Whitehorse Lane – was roofed and made an all-seater in 1993.
Stadium(s): Goodison Park
Capacity 1992: 40,157
Capacity 2017: 40,157
SINCE leaving Anfield, yes that Anfield, in 1892, Goodison Park has been Everton’s home.
In truth, little has changed at the old ground since the Premier League was formed in 1992.
In fact, only the new Park End Stand being built and the transition away from terraces show any difference.
Two stands, built in the 1920s and 1930s are still standing today – but may not for much longer, as the Toffees continue their quest for a new ground.
Stadium(s): Leeds Road, John Smith’s Stadium
Capacity 1992: 16,195
Capacity 2017: 24,500
BACK in 1992, Huddersfield were plying their trade down in the third tier of English football at Leeds Road – their home since 1908.
For the Prem’s first year, their capacity was just over 16,000 – despite boasting a large “Popular Side” terrace.
In the present day, Town play at the John Smith’s Stadium, a 24,500-seater stadium and home since 1994.
However, for the first game that summer, two stands were incomplete and took around four years to finally be finished.
Stadium(s): Filbert Street, King Power Stadium
Capacity 1992: 22,000
Capacity 2017: 32,312
THE Foxes spent over a century at Filbert Street, having played their first game there in 1891.
In 1992, it was a somewhat disjointed stadium, with a two-tier South Stand that towered over the East and North stands.
Elsewhere, the Main Stand was rebuilt in the Premier League year, 1992-93, before the moved to the Walker’s Stadium – now the King Power Stadium – in 2002.
Capacity 1992: 45,362
Capacity 2017: 54,074
CELEBRATING their 100th birthday in 1992, the Reds opened up the Centenary Stand next to the famous Kop.
Due to safety restrictions, the terraced area had its capacity cut from 30,000 at its peak to 15,000, with the Main and Anfield Road stands already all-seater.
For years Liverpool loitered around the 45,000-seater mark, after the old Kop was demolished in 1994 and replaced by a 12,390 all-seated stand.
A huge main stand opened in 2016, boosting that tally to 54,074.
Stadium(s): Maine Road, Etihad
Capacity 1992: 35,150
Capacity 2017: 55,097
LONG before the mega-money modern days at the Etihad, City played their games down at Maine Road.
It was once the largest stadium in England, but by the early 90s, when the Premier League was born, it was showing its age.
The Platt End was rebuilt during the debut year, but its days were clearly numbered.
The club took the City of Manchester Stadium – the home of the 2002 Commonwealth Games – and renamed it, in the place they now call home.
Stadium(s): Old Trafford
Capacity 1992: 44,000
Capacity 2017: 75,643
OLD TRAFFORD had been developed with a long-term plan already in mind come the 1992-93 season.
That allowed United to regularly and seamlessly add to stands or rebuild entirely, with the Stretford End terrace being torn down in 1992 the only real disruption.
It was rebuilt to boost the capacity from 32,000 to 44,000 for the campaign, before two new tiers added to the North Stand in 1996 took that figure up to 55,000.
The East Stand and Stretford End received an extra tier too over the next two decades taking the total to 68,217, before more and more quadrants had tiers added.
The total capacity is now over 75,000 in the red half of Manchester.
Stadium(s): St James’ Park
Capacity 1992: 36,000
Capacity 2017: 52,354
PLYING their trade in the second tier in 1992-93, St James’ Park has changed a fair bit over the years.
Back in the late-80s and early 90s, stood two stands and two uncovered terraces, at either end.
Since then, the Milburn stand is now a giant three-tier structure, with the Leazes End and Gallowgate End standing tall.
The capacity has increased by around 50 per cent since the Premier League’s inception to stand as one of the top flight’s biggest… and most spectacular.
Stadium(s): The Dell, St Mary’s Stadium
Capacity 1992: 15,200
Capacity 2017: 32,505
OUTDATED, cramped, adored. Three words many of the Southampton faithful would use to describe The Dell.
Holding a touch over 15,000 fans, the ground included the famous Milton Road end – a two-tiered, oddly-shaped, tapered stand, due to the road immediately behind it.
That was levelled out in 1994, but Saints moved on to pastures new in 2001, to their fresh 32,505-seater St Mary’s home.
Stadium(s): Victoria Ground, bet365 Stadium
Capacity 1992: 25,000
Capacity 2017: 27,902
25 YEARS ago, Stoke were playing their football at the Victoria Ground – about to embark on a promotion campaign.
A classic stadium, it comprised of a blend of four distinctive stands – both seated and terraced.
During the era of terracing becoming a lost art, Stoke opted to move home entirely – to the Britannia Stadium, now known as the bet365 Stadium.
In February of this year, they added 1,800 seats to the ground, filling a gap in the south-east corner.
Stadium(s): Vetch Field, Liberty Stadium
Capacity 1992: 11,475
Capacity 2017: 21,088
SOMETHING of a Cinderella story, Swansea were languishing in the third tier of English football in 1992, playing at Vetch Field.
The club worked tirelessly to improve the capacity of the stadium, but objections form local residents put all work on the shelf.
Financial worries also meant subsequent works were canned, before the Swans moved to the comparatively plush, 21,000-seater Liberty Stadium in 2005.
Stadium(s): White Hart Lane
Capacity 1992: 36,284
Capacity 2017: 61,000 (expected)
SPURS’ old home underwent a host of renovation back in the late 1980s meaning it was a fairly large stadium for the Premier League’s birth at over 36,000 capacity.
However, there was controversy owing to the dated and frustrating pillars blocking the view of the pitch.
The addition of executive boxes also caused outcry as it removed the much-loved “Shelf” terrace.
In the modern day, Tottenham are in the process of knocking down White Hart Lane in order to make way for their new stadium – set to open for the 2018-19 season.
They’ll play at Wembley during the 2017-18 campaign.
Stadium(s): Vicarage Road
Capacity 1992: 15,000 (approx)
Capacity 2017: 23,700
A FAIR amount has changed at Watford over the years.
Back in 1992, the Hornets were playing in the second tier in a ground utterly dominated by terracing – Rous Stand aside.
That stand was only opened in 1986, with help from famous fan Elton John.
While the Rous Stand remains, Watford have added more and more over the years as they now hold close to 24,000 at the modern-day stadium.
Stadium(s): The Hawthorns
Capacity 1992: 26,850
Capacity 2017: 26,850
THE Baggies’ home since 1990, The Hawthorns was another dominated by terracing in 1992.
But now, West Brom’s ground is a smart all-seater stadium with a respectable capacity of nearly 27,000.
The all-seater stands were installed in 1994, with the Rainbow Stand replaced by a new East Stand in 2001, with the Halfords Lane Stand also refurbished.
Stadium(s): Upton Park, London Stadium
Capacity 1992: 35,016
Capacity 2017: 57,000
IN English football’s second tier for the Premier League’s first season, West Ham did gain promotion that season.
Upton Park on the other hand was undergoing major renovation, with the old North and South Bank terraces replaced by double-decker stands.
The old main West Stand was also torn down in 2001 to make room of the Dr Martens Stand.
The Boleyn Ground is now all-but demolished as the club have spent the past season playing at the stadium used for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Now the London Stadium, the 57,000-seater stadium looks set to be the home of West Ham for decades to comes.
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