The Premier League football stadiums and social distancing

Liberty Games has analysed the England football stadium, Wembley as well as 20 premier league football stadiums to calculate the reduced capacity with social distancing measures in place. You can view our findings in full here

With the premier league due to start on 12th September, fans are starting to get excited and with Boris announcing fans may be able to go start going into stadiums over the next few months, what are stadiums going to look like with social distancing in place?  

When it comes to England matches, Wembley is the stadium of choice, but this 90,000 stadium will seem almost empty with social distancing. 

In fact, based on accurate calculations, the capacity at Wembley would be reduced from 80,000 to 24,400 to allow for a 1-metre social distancing gap between fans. That’s 65,600 fans less than at full capacity! 

With optimal social distancing measures of 1 metre in place, Wembley will be operating at just 27% capacity.

Liberty Games have worked with an illustrator, to show how this might look. The illustrations are based on the calculations above. 

Take a look at the before and after pictures for each stadium:

Wembley Stadium

But the next big game at Wembley is a while off, so what can we expect to see across the premier league stadiums? 

The reduction in capacity will be different for all stadiums, based on their shapes, sizes and velocity. Take a look at the table below to find out how many fans will be missing out on their season tickets to allow for social distancing.

The table below shows how social distancing will be reduced in 20 of the premier league stadiums. 

Stadium Club Capacity Season ticket holders 1 metre – Adjusted capacity, Lower limit 1 metre – % season ticket holders – Lower limit
Old Trafford Manchester United 75,653 52000 20590 39.6%
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Tottenham Hotspur 62,062 42000 16890 40.2%
Emirates Stadium Arsenal 60,260 46000 16400 35.7%
London Stadium West Ham United 60,000 40000 16330 40.8%
City of Manchester Stadium Manchester City 55,097 40000 14990 37.5%
Anfield Liverpool 54,074 27000 14710 54.5%
St James’ Park Newcastle United 52,338 35000 14240 40.7%
Villa Park Aston Villa 42,660 30000 11610 38.7%
Stamford Bridge Chelsea 41,798 28000 11370 40.6%
Goodison Park Everton 39,571 31330 10770 34.4%
Bramall Lane Sheffield United 32,702 25000 8900 35.6%
St Mary’s Stadium Southampton 32,505 22000 8840 40.2%
King Power Stadium Leicester City 32,312 23000 8790 38.2%
Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers 31,700 22000 8620 39.2%
Falmer Stadium Brighton & Hove Albion 30,750 23000 8360 36.3%
Carrow Road Norwich 27,244 21000 7410 35.3%
Selhurst Park Crystal Palace 26,074 17500 7090 40.5%
Vicarage Road Watford 21,438 13800 5830 42.2%
Turf Moor Burnley 21,401 12000 5820 48.5%
Dean Court Bournemouth 11,464 6500 3120 48.0%

Anfield takes the top spot with a whopping 54.5% reduction in capacity, that’s only 14,720 fans watching the live-action! 

The second-biggest reduction is Turf Moor, the stadium of Burnley who can expect a 48.5% reduction in capacity. 

But the stadium with the most number of fans allowed back, based on their season ticket holders and the size of the stadium is the home of Manchester United, Old Trafford. 20,590 fans will still be allowed into the gates to watch their team play. 

How does your home teams stadium capacity compare against others? 

Will the atmosphere be the same with reduced capacity?  

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