St James’ Park ranked fifth best stadium in Europe

St James’ Park has been ranked as the fifth best stadium in Europe.

Experts from have ranked European football stadiums based on a satisfaction score from fans.

Their results found that the top ten stadiums in which fans were most satisfied with were all UK stadiums, with Villa Park taking the top spot.

Each stadium was scored out of 10 over a range of four categories: atmosphere, cleanliness, affordability and food, to create an average scoring that would determine their ranking.

Villa Park scored on average 8.88, with the highest scores for affordability and food in which they received 9.56 for each.

St James’ Park scores were as follows: 8.72 for atmosphere, 7.93 for cleanliness, 7.58 for affordability and 8.96 for food, giving them an average score of 8.19 and putting them in fifth place.

The study based their scoring off content analysis from over 100,000 Trip Advisor reviews and only looked at stadiums that had at least 300 reviews and are homes of teams in the English Premier League, Bundesliga and LaLiga.

In total 28 stadiums were looked at, with the fans rating Villa Park as the best and Rhein Energie Stadion in Germany as the worst.

The top 10

These are the stadiums fans voted as the top 10 in Europe:

1.       Villa Park

Score: 8.88

Team: Aston Villa

Location: Birmingham

2.       King Power Stadium

Score: 8.79

Team: Leicester City

Location: Leicester

3.       Etihad Stadium

Score: 8.19

Team: Manchester City

Location: Manchester

4.       St Mary’s Stadium

Score: 8.19

Team: Southampton

Location: Southampton

5.       St James’ Park

Score: 8.19

Team: Newcastle

Location: Newcastle

6.       Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Score: 7.84

Team: Tottenham Hotspur

Location: London

7.       The Amex

Score: 7.76

Team: Brighton & Hove Albion

Location: Brighton

8.       Anfield

Score: 7.50

Team: Liverpool

Location: Liverpool

9.       Goodison Park

Score: 6.46

Team: Everton

Location: Liverpool

10.   Old Trafford

Score: 6.46

Team: Manchester United

Location: Stretford, Manchester

The ten worst stadiums

These are the ten stadiums fans were the least satisfied with after visiting, number one being the stadium they have ranked the worst in Europe.

1.       Rhein Energie Stadion

Score: 0.77

Scoring only 0.34 for both cleanliness and affordability.

Team: FC Koln

Location: Cologne, Germany

2.       Deutsche Bank Park

Score: 1.03

Team: Eintracht Frankfurt

Location: Frankfurt, Germany

3.       VELTINS-Arena

Score: 1.03

Team: FC Schalke 04

Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

4.       Mercedes-Benz Arena

Score: 1.80

Team: VfB Stuttgart

Location: Berlin, Germany

5.       Allianz Arena

Score: 1.98

Team: FC Bayern Munich

Location: Munich, Germany

6.       Borussia-Park

Score: 1.98

Team: Borussia Monchengladbach

Location: Mönchengladbach, Germany

7.       Estadio San Mames

Score: 1.98

Team: Athletic Club

Location: Bilbao, Spain

8.       Estadio Santiago Bernabeu

Score: 2.67

Team: Real Madrid CF

Location: Madrid, Spain

9.       Wanda Metropolitano

Score: 3.44

Team: Atletico Madrid

Location: Madrid Spain

10.   Signal Iduna Park

Score: 3.53

Team: Borussia Dortmund

Location: Dortmund, Germany

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