New Everton stadium could host Championship matches and only Sunderland comes close to its capacity
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New Everton stadium could host Championship matches and only Sunderland comes close to its capacity

Nov 19, 2023

Everton’s new stadium will top the Championship capacity charts should their points deduction lead to a shock relegation.

The Toffees have been docked ten points by the Premier League for their breach of financial rules, sending them down to 19th.

Everton could be set to move into their new stadium halfway through next season

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Everton could be set to move into their new stadium halfway through next seasonCredit: Getty

Sean Dyche‘s side have narrowly avoided relegation in the past two seasons, but such a deduction makes it a much more real prospect.

talkSPORT understands that the sanction is in relation to interest payments on Everton’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is set to cost an estimated £500million.

Work commenced on their new ground in August 2021 as the Toffees prepare to bid farewell to their historic home of Goodison Park.

Relegation would see them drop out of the Premier League for the first time in their history, although moving down to the Championship would see them boast the division’s largest capacity.

Once opened, the new stadium is set to fill 52,888 fans, which would be the most in English football’s second division by just over 4,000.

Sunderland’s Stadium of Light currently takes top spot with 48,707, significantly more than Leeds United‘s Elland Road in second with 37,890.

At the bottom of the rankings is Rotherham United as their AESSEAL New York Stadium holds only 12,000 supporters.

Plymouth Argyle‘s ground Home Park is next up with 17,000, with the new Everton stadium set to hold three times as many fans as that.

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At a capacity of 52,888, it would the biggest ground in the second-tier

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At a capacity of 52,888, it would the biggest ground in the second-tierCredit: Getty
Sunderland's Stadium of Light currently holds the most fans in the Championship

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Sunderland’s Stadium of Light currently holds the most fans in the ChampionshipCredit: Getty

Work is set to be completed halfway through the 2024/25 season, so Goodison Park may very well remain as their home for a little longer.

However, it remains to be seen if they will move into the new ground midway through the campaign.

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Everton were actually sitting 14th in the Premier League and eight points clear of the relegation zone prior to their deduction.

Luton Town have now escaped out of the bottom three as a result, with Sheffield United and Burnley also at risk of dropping down.

Championship stadium capacities with Everton’s new ground

  1. Everton – Everton Stadium – 52,888
  2. Sunderland – Stadium of Light – 48,707
  3. Leeds United – Elland Road – 37,890
  4. Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough – 34,835
  5. Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium – 34,742
  6. Cardiff City – Cardiff City Stadium – 33,280
  7. Coventry City – Coventry Building Society Arena – 32,609
  8. Southampton – Saint Mary’s Stadium – 32,384
  9. Leicester City – King Power Stadium – 32,262
  10. Blackburn Rovers – Ewood Park – 31,367
  11. Stoke City – bet365 Stadium – 30,089
  12. Ipswich Town – Portman Road – 29,673
  13. Birmingham City – St Andrew’s – 29,409 (currently 19,000 due to repairs)
  14. Norwich City – Carrow Road – 27,244
  15. Bristol City – Ashton Gate – 27,000
  16. West Bromwich Albion – The Hawthorns – 26,688
  17. Hull City – MKM Stadium – 25,586
  18. Huddersfield Town – John Smith’s Stadium – 24,121
  19. Preston North End – Deepdale – 23,404
  20. Watford – Vicarage Road – 22,200
  21. Swansea City – Swansea.com Stadium – 21,088
  22. Millwall – The Den – 20,146
  23. Queens Park Rangers – Loftus Road – 18,439
  24. Plymouth Argyle – Home Park – 17,000
  25. Rotherham United – AESSEAL New York Stadium – 12,000


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