The 10 worst football stadiums? Premier League grounds, Barca’s home and more

first_img 6. Kassam Stadium (Oxford United) – A decent modern ground but it’s let down by only having three stands. This should be bearable but right behind the goal with no seating or standing, is a view of the car park, giving it the distinct feeling of a Sunday league match being played. 10 1. London Stadium (West Ham United) – check out which other stadiums make our list, just click the arrow above – It was always going to be hard to turn an athletics stadium into one which hosts football on a regular basis, and the result has been a fudge which leaves fans too far away from the action. English football clubs used to look at continental sides playing in athletics stadiums and thank their lucky stars that sort of set up didn’t apply in Blighty, but as clubs like Juventus ditch soulless stadiums for purpose-built football grounds, so West Ham have done the opposite. It also appears to be tough to segregate away from home supporters before, during and after the game, as the EFL Cup clash with Chelsea showcased. The running track, which makes the managers’ technical areas look like five-a-side pitches, means only in certain locations are you close enough to feel you’re in a proper ground. Perhaps things will improve, but right now West Ham’s free lunch is definitely coming with some big catches. 10 10 10 10 10 3. Kenilworth Road (Luton Town) – If the Camp Nou is dated, it’s got nothing on Kenilworth Road. To enter the away stand you effectively pass through someone’s house and back garden. One side is taken up by a single tier of executive boxes, while the corner between the main stand and home end is cut off due to a guided bus lane running behind. Luton Town have been talking about moving for decades now, and while there is plenty of history in their old ground, the time really has come to move on. 10 5. Wembley (England, Tottenham Hotspur) – It looks great from the outside, and inside too. But its reputation is diminished by the large sections devoted to corporate spectators, leading to empty seats and an atmosphere which dissipates quickly. Then there is the slow march to Wembley Park tube station, which can add at least an hour to a journey, and explains why some people are so keen to leave early… which adds to the lack of atmosphere. The old Wembley had seen much better days and was in need of replacing, but at least it had a mystique based on iconic football moments. By contrast, the new Wembley’s defining memory so far is Steve McClaren standing in the rain with a brolly. 10 7. Loftus Road (Queens Park Rangers) – Loved by some for its compact nature, and its ability to generate atmosphere. Disliked by others for a lack of leg room that means even those of average height find sitting down a serious squeeze. And look at that main entrance – is that a football ground or the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg? 10 2. Nou Camp (Barcelona) – Lets get this straight – the Camp Nou is an iconic stadium. Why? Two reasons. The club that call it home have made it iconic, and it is huge. But size isn’t everything at the 99,365-seater. With barely any roofing to cover the stands, what atmosphere there is among thousands of day-tripping glory hunters easily seeps out in the ether. Despite the superstars on the pitch, it is rarely full, meaning plenty of tickets for day trippers, who should bring a pair of binoculars, because the stands are so high up that players can appear like ants to those seated in the top tier. And then there is the outside – look at that picture above: is it an iconic stadium, or a multi-storey car park? The ugly concrete facade belongs to another age, which explains why Barca would love to build a new stadium. Three months into the new season and Arsene Wenger’s claim that West Ham “won the lottery” with their move to the London Stadium isn’t ringing true.Moving to the repurposed Olympic Stadium was meant to propel the Hammers into the elite but is currently giving the owners, fans, and visitors, a real headache.Maybe with time it will prove to be an inspired move for West Ham, but right now it feels like a case of great stadium, just not for football.Which got us thinking about other football grounds that fail to impress.We’ve picked out ten stadia from Britain and across the globe which also have their issues.Take a look, above, and let us know which football grounds you dislike and why… 9. Priestfield Stadium (Gillingham) – A Football Supporters’ Federation poll voted Priestfield the worst ground for away fans in all four top divisions. That may well be because the away stand – a temporary structure – has no roof to shelter fans from the elements. 8. Central Park (Cowndenbeath) – Also used for motorsports, the Blue Brazil’s ground has a track around the pitch and almost all of the stands are open, besides the main one. Tyres litter the side and the standing areas are set well back from the pitch. Somehow it once housed 25,586 people for a 1949 League Cup quarter-final with Rangers. Ok, the standard of football Central Park hosts isn’t great, but then the ground is arguably even worse. 10 4. Stadio Artemio Franchi (Fiorentina) – Another old stadium with a design so bad you can’t believe it is home to a football club, and certainly not one regularly flying high in Serie A. Built in 1931, some people love this stadium because it’s an example of Italian Modernism, as designed by Pier Luigi Nervi. But representinga period in architectural history and being a good football stadium in 2016 are different things, and the Stadio Artemio Franchi is not a good football stadium. It is bizarrely shaped like the letter ‘D’, meaning the side stands extend well beyond each goal, leading to some absolutely awful views. And then there is the prospect of being rained on, with the lack of a roof on three sides. The reason for the terrible design is that it once boasted a 220m sprint track, to cater for the completion of marathons. The track has gone, but the terrible design remains. 10. The Den (Millwall) – Built among the first wave of new football stadiums in England in the 1990s, the Den is bland, and not particularly welcoming. Home fans may disagree, but for away supporters that can seriously mark down this ground. According to the website,, “The walk to the ground is intimidating with a huge police presence due to the violent and troublesome reputation of the home fans.” A recycling plant next door doesn’t help its appeal, either. No one likes the Den? Millwall fans won’t care.last_img read more