Luton Town stadium capacity and whether Kenilworth Road is too small for Premier League minimum standards
Luton Town stadium capacity and whether Kenilworth Road is too small for Premier League minimum standards
Luton Town stadium capacity, is Kenilworth Road too small for the Premier League?

Luton Town could make an unlikely Premier League debut next season as they face Coventry City in the EFL Championship playoff final.

The Hatters finished third in the table after 46 games and matched up against Sunderland in the semi-final. They managed to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit to reach the decider at Wembley Stadium.

The final spot in the 2023/24 Premier League will be determined on Saturday, May 27 as Luton and Coventry go head to head for playoff glory.

The Sporting News looks at Luton's stadium and its unique style.

Luton Town stadium capacity

Luton play their home matches at Kenilworth Road, moving into the stadium back in 1905. The venue can hold up to 10,356 people, which would make it the smallest stadium in the Premier League if they were promoted.

The Bedfordshire-based side are however planning to move into a new stadium in the coming seasons. The Power Court Stadium is set to have a capacity of 23,000 once it is finished. 

The table below shows the smallest stadiums in the Premier League from the 2022/23 season. 

Team Stadium Capacity
Bournemouth Vitality Stadium 11,307
Brentford Brentford Community Stadium 17,250
Fulham Craven Cottage 22,384
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park 25,486
Nottingham Forest The City Ground 30,332

Is Kenilworth Road too small for Premier League minimum standards?

Due to the small nature of the stadium, Luton would not be able to play in the Premier League with the current state of the venue.

According to the owners, it will cost the club around £10 million to rebuild the Bobbers Stand for it to comply with Premier League standards. They wrote in a matchday programme: "Like it or not, Kenilworth Road is real life, proper old school football, and it should be embraced or scorned upon at your peril."

The Premier League also require stadiums to have an appropriate number of stewards and a reasonable gap between home fans and the away end.

Luton Town away end

One of the most unique aspects of Kenilworth Road is the away end. The Oak Stand entrance is located in the middle of a row of terraced houses, with the journey to the seats showing the gardens of the neighbouring houses.

It has gained a lot of attention on social media due to the unexpected nature of the stand. 

The Luton Town away end.

— Football Away Days (@AwayDays_) December 28, 2020

It would certainly be a new experience for most Premier League compared to the size of different stadiums such as Old Trafford and Anfield.

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