Tottenham Hotspur FC recently began construction on their new 56,000-seat replacement for the venerable White Hart Lane. Originally designed by Archibald Leitch, WHL has seen numerous updates over the years, so much so that its original structure is barely visible today.

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AMERICAN EXPRESS COMMUNITY STADIUM
Home of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
Capacity: 27,350 (soon to be 30,000)
Brighton, UK
Architect: KSS Design Group, 2011

The American Express Community Stadium – aka The Amex – the year-old home of the Championship’s Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club is situated just outside the beautiful seaside city of Brighton. Last week Stadiafile took a tour of the new facility and watched the Seagulls dismantle Newcastle United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup.

Home of Portsmouth Football Club
Capacity: 21,000
Portsmouth, UK, 1898

Fratton Park is one of the few UK stadiums left designed by renowned Scottish stadium architect Archibald Leitch. Unlike his work at White Hart Lane or Villa Park, which has been covered by renovations over the years, if you squint, Fratton Park looks largely as it did when first built over 100 years ago.

Before there was Populous, Ellerbe Becket/AECOM and Heery International, there was Archibald Leitch. The self-described “Consulting Engineer and Factory Architect”, Leitch began his career designing factory buildings in his hometown of Glasgow, Scotland. He would take the industrial, bare-bones aesthetic of factory construction on to design 29 stadiums in Scotland and England

Standing terraces are a thing of the past, correct? Prepare to have your assumptions tested as proponents of the return of the terrace in English Football argue their case.

After tireless effort, copious browser refreshing and great consternation, we finally outwitted the enigmatic tickets.London2012.com website and ripped three tickets to the Great Britain-Brazil Olympic Women’s Football match at the colossal Wembley Stadium from our laptop’s Vulcan grip. Historically, Wembley is one of the football world’s great cathedrals, and on this night “the home of football” became a more modern, inclusive version of itself. Over 70,000 men, women and children packed the giant stadium to set a record as the largest crowd ever to watch a women’s football match in the UK.

With the UK abuzz following the previous night’s London Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies, my father-in-law and I decided to check out a local pre-season football friendly between Southampton FC and Ajax of Amsterdam. The match was held at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, a city of 300,000 on England’s south coast. The 30,000 seat riverside stadium is located on a former industrial site adjacent to the regional train line and nearby St. Mary’s Church where the club was founded and after which the ground is named.