Smallest Premier League grounds ever with Luton on brink of top flight promotion

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  • Luton Town are just one games away from the promised land of the Premier League – less than a decade after they were playing in non-league.

    The Hatters’ rise from the semi-professional ranks has almost outgrown the city, and it’s stadium, Kenilworth Road, has been the centre of ridicule online. Away fans even enter their end through the back gardens of local residents under two houses.

    With its attendance just brushing over 10,000 spectators Kenilworth Road will be the smallest to ever grace the Premier League. And ahead of their play-off final against either Middlesbrough or Coventry, Daily Star Sport is looking at the 12 smallest stadiums the Premier League has seen.

    1. Dean Court – 11,307

      Currently, the smallest stadium England’s top flight has seen is the home of Bournemouth, Dean Court. The Cherries were widely tipped for the drop this time out, but are now set for another season in the top flight.

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    2. Boundary Park – 13,559

      Oldham spent one solitary season in the Premier League – the 1993/94 campaign, where they finished second bottom. The Latics have since slumped down the pyramid and are now the first Premier League club to drop into non-league football.

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    3. County Ground – 14,700

      Like Oldham, Swindon Town spent one season in the English top flight, finishing rock bottom in 1993/94. The County Ground has the distinct achievement of once hosting Premier League football, but it now resides in League Two.

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    1. The Dell – 15,200

      Southampton’s former home shut its doors in 2001 – as the Saints upped sticks and moved to St Mary’s. There might be nostalgic eyes looking back at The Dell from Saints fans this week, with Southampton dropping down to the Championship.

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    2. Bloomfield Road – 16,220

      Blackpool fans look away, it’s been quite the rollercoaster ride since the Seasiders grace England’s top flight back in 2009. In what’s becoming a common theme on this list, Blackpool were also relegated this season.

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    3. Gtech Community Stadium – 17,250

      Brentford’s stadium has been rocking to "Hey Jude" numerous times during their maiden Premier League spell. And the good times look set to continue under Thomas Frank as the Bees go from strength to strength.

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    1. Baseball Ground – 18,300

      Derby and the Premier League – it’s hardly been a match made in heaven down the years. And before they registered the lowest points total in history, Derby graced the Prem with one of the smallest grounds.

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    2. Loftus Road – 18,439

      Loftus Road has seen top flight football with not just one Premier League teams, but two. QPR have played played their Premier League games here, and so too have Fulham, who used the ground when Craven Cottage was undergoing repairs.

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    3. Liberty Stadium – 20,937

      Known as the Stadium these days, the Liberty Stadium was a Premier League mainstay during the early 2010s. Opened in 2005, it’s the second most modern stadium on this list.

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    1. Fratton Park – 20,978

      A grand old stadium, Fratton Park has seen it all from Ronaldinho and that magical European night to wet and windy evenings in League Two. Portsmouth look to be on the up again, and they’re currently in League One.

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    2. Turf Moor – 21,744

      The oldest stadium on this list, Turf Moor has hosted football in some capacity since 1883. Premier League football will return to Burnley next season with Vincent Kompany leading them back to the top division.

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    3. Filbert Street – 22,000

      Leicester City’s former home shut its doors for good in 2002. These days, the former stadium is used for development of student accommodation for Leicester’s two universities.

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