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Tuesday 16 July 2013

Around the grounds: Stoke's Britannia Stadium

Today's Barclays Premier League stadium profile takes in Stoke City's home ground

  • Stoke City moved to the Britannia Stadium in 1997

  • The Sir Stanley Matthews statues are located at the ground

Premierleague.com profiles all 20 Premier League venues, continuing with Stoke City's home ground, the BritanniaStadium.

In profile: Britannia Stadium

Capacity: 27,743 (reduced from 28,384 due to segregation)
Year built: 1997
First league match: Stoke City 1-2 Swindon Town, 30 August 1997

History

The Britannia Stadium has been the home of Stoke City since 1997 following the club's departure from the Victoria Ground after 119 years.

Construction of the all-seater venue began on the site of the Hem Heath Colliery in 1996 with Chic Bates leading his side for the opening match 10 months later, which ended in a 1-1 draw against Rochdale in the League Cup first round, Graham Kavanagh scoring the first-ever goal at the venue.

Life at the stadium did not begin well, however, as Stoke were relegated to League Two but the Potters moved their way up the divisions and by 2008 the stadium was hosting Barclays Premier League football.

The stadium has fine views of the city because of its elevated location and has hosted firework displays and funfairs while music acts such as Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams have played at the venue.

The Britannia Stadium pays homage to Stoke City legend Sir Stanley Matthews, with statues depicting three stages of The Wizard of Dribble's career located behind the Boothen End. Sir Stanley died in February 2000 and his ashes were buried underneath the centre circle of the Britannia Stadium pitch.

Plans are afoot to increase the capacity of the Britannia Stadium to 30,000 by 'filling-in' the south-east corner with the club announcing earlier this year that planning approval had been granted, subject to conditions.

  • Aug 2008: Mamady Sidibe's late goal gave Stoke their first Premier League win at the Britannia

  • Feb 2011: John Carew scored first in the victory over Sunderland

  • Dec 2012: Kenwyne Jones acrobatically celebrates his goal against Liverpool

Three of the best: Classic Premier League matches at the Britannia Stadium

28 Aug 2008: Stoke City 3-2 Aston Villa
The first Barclays Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium produced a dramatic finale as Stoke claimed an injury-time winner.  Liam Lawrence put the home side ahead from the penalty spot on the half-hour mark after Rory Delap was fouled in the area but John Carew equalised on 63 minutes following Ashley Young's back-heel. Stoke went ahead again through Ricardo Fuller's goal from an acute angle with 10 minutes to go only for Martin Laursen to equalise again four minutes later after Stoke failed to clear Young's free-kick. The home side had the final word, however, as Mamady Sidibe got the final touch on Delap's long throw to secure Stoke's first win in the Barclays Premier League.

5 Feb 2011: Stoke City 3-2 Sunderland 
Robert Huth scored two goals in the last 10 minutes to give Stoke an incredible victory over Steve Bruce's Sunderland. Kieran Richardson put the Black Cats ahead after two minutes with a powerful shot from Phil Bardsley's cross but John Carew stabbed home to level up the scores. Asamoah Gyan put Sunderland in front again just after the break and that is how the match looked as if it would stay as the match moved into the 83rd minute. However, Stoke were not to be denied as Huth scored twice, both from Jermaine Pennant free-kicks, to claim the three points.

26 Dec 2012: Stoke City 3-1 Liverpool
Stoke moved up into eighth place in the Barclays Premier League table with a come-from-behind win over Liverpool. Steven Gerrard gave the visitors the lead after two minutes from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Ryan Shawcross but it did not last long. Jon Walters replied only three minutes later for the hosts while Kenwyne Jones put Stoke ahead on 12 minutes with a header from Glenn Whelan's corner. Victory was sealed just after the break when Walters scored his second with a fine volley.

For a 3D tour of the Britannia Stadium and a video profiling Stoke City and their home ground, click here >>

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks at the history of Stoke City's home ground, the Britannia Stadium
  • Stoke City moved in to the ground in 1997 after 119 years at the Victoria Ground
  • We pick out three of the best Barclays Premier League matches at the ground
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