The smallest stadiums in the English Premiership, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Spanish La Liga and Italian Serie A.
English Premier League
Bloomfield Road, Blackpool – 17,625
For the first time since 1971, Blackpool F.C. will be playing at the top level of English soccer and for the first time will be part of the English Premiership. Bloomfield Road was opened in 1899 under the name Gamble’s Field, named for a farmer that owned the land previously. Blackpool began playing there in the 1900-1901 season, yet to bring a league title to the grounds.
Stadion am Bruchweg, Mainz – 20,300
The Bundesliga owns the highest attendance numbers in Europe’s soccer leagues, but there are a few blips in the crowd juggernaut. FSV Mainz, beginning their second season in Germany’s top flight since their 2008-2009 promotion, will leave the stadium sometime in 2011, when the new Coface arena, with a capacity of 33,500, will be completed.
Spanish La Liga
Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe – 17,700
Part of the La Liga in the last six seasons, Getafe had a brilliant 2009-2010, finishing sixth, their best ever finish in the La Liga. Their stadium is named Alfonso Perez, known usually as Alfonso. He never played for Getafe, but he is pretty much the most famous person to come out of the city. There have been plans to upgrade and expand the stadium’s capacity, but the inability to fill the ground with fans when it’s not Real or Barcelona playing have put the plans on hold.
Italian Serie A
Stadio Angelo Massimino, Catania – 23,420
The Sicily based Catania have been playing in Serie A (since returning in 2006) for four straight seasons, finishing 13th in 2009-2010. The stadium was known as Stadio Cibali but was renamed after Catania’s chairman for 27 years died in 1996. There are plans of moving to a new stadium, Stadio Dei Palici, which hasn’t been built yet.
French Ligue 1
Parc des Sports, Avignon – 7,194
Amazingly small, the Parc des Sports is the home of AC Arles-Avignon and really barely looks like a top clubs training ground, not to mention a top flight home stadium. There have been talks about expanding or building a new stadium, as the clubs speedy promotion (four promotions in the last five seasons) has put the club with inadequate facilities for a Ligue 1 club.