Many students who have chosen to go to university in London have had to temporarily say goodbye to their childhood football clubs, as they may now be living too far away to go to the home games each week. Luckily, to soften the blow, London is home to a multitude of fantastic stadiums where neutrals can go and enjoy their football fix. Here are three grounds you should pay a visit to during your time in the capital.
The Emirates Stadium
On their day, Arsenal play some of the most attractive football in England, and watching them on their home turf in the grand and elaborate Emirates Stadium is a real treat. This season the Gunners have toiled in the Premier League, and don’t look to be in with a shot of winning the title. But they do have one of the most exciting players in the top flight in Alexis Sanchez, who at the time of writing is 5/1 with Sportsbet to win the Golden Boot this term. With speculation rife over the Chilean’s future, this year may be the last chance to watch him play in Arsenal colours. The North London ground is one of the most expensive to go to in England, but it rarely fails to disappoint.
The London Stadium
For those looking for a cheaper day out, West Ham’s new home ground the London Stadium is one of the most affordable in the top tier. A single match day ticket will only set you back £25, compared to £52 at Chelsea. The Hammers moved to the old Olympic stadium this season after saying goodbye to their iconic Upton Park ground. There were a few teething problems at first as Slaven Bilic’s side got off to a poor start in the league, but since Christmas they have managed to steady the ship and look on course to easily secure a top ten finish.
The Irons have big hopes of establishing themselves as a top six club in the years to come, and look to have the systems in place to do so. With some of the most passionate fans in the league, a visit to the ground that has been shortlisted for Stadium of the Year is a must.
One ground that all visiting clubs fear is The Den in Southeast London. Home to Millwall, the stadium is renowned for its claustrophobic and threatening atmosphere. It is notoriously difficult for clubs to go there and play, and the League One club have already brushed aside three Premier League opponents in the FA Cup this season. They haven’t been beaten on home soil since early December, and have defeated Bournemouth, Watford, and champions Leicester City in that timeframe. If Neil Harris’s side can continue this exceptional form, they look set for a return to the Championship at the end of this campaign.
Just remember, when you visit these grounds be sure to keep quiet about who you really support, just in case you anger someone. Other notable mentions should go to White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge, and Selhurst Park. In London, football fans are really spoilt for choice.
Category: Student Sport