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Premier League Stadiums: As seen from above

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Since the start of the Premier League, 52 football stadiums have been used to host matches. In the inaugural round of England’s top tier league matches, eleven stadiums were used in the opening fixtures.

Over the years, the stadiums have undergone many changes. The beginning of the 1994-95 season marked the end of terraces from all stadiums as a consequence of the Hillsborough Disaster. The terraces did return in the 2000-01 season, but only temporarily as Fulham was given some extra time to complete the renovations after promotion from the Championship.

In August 2009, the Turf Moor stadium became the 50th Premier League stadium when Burnley FC hosted Manchester United in their first home fixture in the top tier. The last stadium to become part of this list is Swansea’s Liberty Stadium – the first ever Premier League match was played in August 2011 against Wigan.

Below you’ll see overhead shots of the 20 Premier League stadiums (courtesy of Google Maps and Bing Maps) currently in use in the 2012/2013 season.

For similar photos of stadiums in other leagues, see: La Liga Stadiums, Bundesliga Stadiums, Serie A Stadiums, Ligue 1 Stadiums, MLS Stadiums, Eredivisie Stadiums.

Anfield: Home of Liverpool; opened in 1884; capacity of 45,000+Boleyn Ground (Upton Park): Home of West Ham; opened in 1904; capacity of 35,000+Britannia Stadium: Home of Stoke City; opened in 1997; capacity of 28,000+Carrow Road:  Home of Norwich City; opened in 1935; capacity of 27,000+Craven Cottage: Home of Fulham; opened in 1896; capacity of 25,000+DW Stadium (formerly JJB): Home of Wigan; opened in 1999; capacity of 25,000+Emirates Stadium: Home of Arsenal; opened in 2006; capacity of 60,000+City of Manchester Stadium (Etihad): Home of Manchester City; opened in 2003; capacity of 47,000+Goodison Park: Home of Everton; opened in 1892; capacity of 40,000+Liberty Stadium: Home of Swansea; opened in 2005; capacity of 20,000+Loftus Road: Home of Queens Park Rangers; opened in 1904; capacity of 20,000Madjeski Stadium: Home of Reading; opened in 1998; capacity of 24,000+Old Trafford: Home of Manchester United; opened in 1910; capacity of 76,000+St. James' Park: Home of Newcastle United; opened in 1880; capacity of 52,000+St. Mary's Stadium: Home of Southampton; opened in 2001; capacity of 32,000+Stadium of Light: Home of Sunderland; opened in 1997; capacity of 49,000Stamford Bridge: Home of Chelsea; opened in 1877; capacity of 42,000+The Hawthorns: Home of West Brom; opened in 1900; capacity of 26,000+Villa Park: Home of Aston Villa; opened in 1897; capacity of 42,000+White Hart Lane: Home of Tottenham; opened in 1899; capacity of 36,000+

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