The Britannia Stadium is the home ground of Stoke City FC. Britannia Stadium opened after the club moved there from Victoria Ground in 1997, which had been the club’s home since 1878. The stadium sports a capacity of 27,740, average by Premier League standards and cost £15 million to build. When former club legend Sir Stanley Matthews passed in 2000, his ashes were buried beneath the middle of the pitch to honor him. The four stands are called Boothen End, Q-railing Stand, Seddon Stand, and Marston’s Pedigree Stand (for Marston’s Brewery). Currently, the are plans for Britannia Stadium to undergo a £3 million renovation to push the capacity over the 30,000 mark. In the past, Britannia Stadium has hosted concerts, including Sir Elton John.
St. Mary’s Stadium has been home to Southampton FC since it opened in 2001. St. Mary’s replaced The Dell which had housed the team for over a century, beginning in 1898. Sadly, the quite historic stadium was demolished after the team left because its location prevented expansion. The Dell cost a mere fraction of St. Mary’s at under £10,000; even accounting for inflation, St. Mary’s cost of £32 million in 2001 dwarfs The Dell’s adjusted ~£650,000 price tag. St. Mary’s boasts a modest capacity of 32,689, middle of the road for a Premier League stadium.
St. Mary’s is made up of four stands, each of which is named for the area of Southampton they are opposite of. These are the Itchen Stand (after the River Itchen), the Kingsland Stand, the Chapel Stand, and the Northam Stand. The stadium’s four largest suites are named after four former club talismans: Matt Le Tissier, Terry Paine, Mick Channon, and Bobby Stokes. The late club icon Ted Bates had his statue unveiled outside the Itchen Stand in 2007 that was immediately lambasted and replaced in 2008. St. Mary’s hosted its first and thus far only English national team match in 2002 against Macedonia. The stadium also occasionally hosts concerts and other entertainment events. Stadium tours are also available.