All 20 Premier League Stadiums Ranked According to How Safe They Are
Which Premier League stadiums provide the safest matchday experiences for fans? To find out, we took matchday crime statistics recorded since the 2010/11 season up to the last campaign (2020/21) as well as a city crime rate for each location, combining them for an overall score.
The type of matchday crime statistics included violent & public disorders, fans throwing missiles, racist/indecent chanting, pitch incursions and alcohol/drug abuse in stadiums. All data has been taken from ONS England and Wales.
Each ground was given a total number of these incidents over the last 12 years and taking into account the city crime rate, ranked accordingly with Leeds United’s Elland Road ranking as the unsafest stadium in terms of the fans matchday experience.
Top 3 Unsafest Premier League Stadiums
Leeds United ranked first for several metrics including the total number of incidents, violent & public disorders, pitch incursions and alcohol/ drug-related offences, as well as Leeds having the second-highest crime rate on the list (behind only London).
From the 2010/11 season to the 2020/21 campaign, there have been a total of 610 incidents relating to matchday offences at Elland Road, 174 of which were violent and public disorders while 113 were alcohol/ drug-related. As well as this, 63 pitch incursions were recorded during that period.
Manchester United’s Old Trafford ranked in second place with incidents totalling 546, only having more than Leeds on one category – missile throwing where they recorded 22 compared to 19.
West Ham were the highest-ranked London club and had 10 more violent/ public disorder incidents filed at the London Stadium than their Manchester counterparts. Alcohol and drug abuse incidents were relatively low compared to those around them with 24, but the Capitals much higher crime rate brought their overall score up to 15.4 – level with Manchester United.
Stadiums With The Most Racist and Indecent Chanting
Manchester City had double the amount of racist or indecent chanting incidents recorded since 2010 with 16 separate reports at the Etihad. Wolverhampton Wanderers ground Molineux ranked second with eight incidents followed by Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, where seven were recorded.
Stadiums with the Most Pitch Incursions
Elland Road ranked number one for pitch incursions by some distance, with a whopping 63 incidents. Aston Villa were behind them by some 22 incidents, but still had a high number with 41. Third place was a tie between Manchester rivals City and United who both had 39 incidents since the 2010/11 season began.
Top 3 Safest Premier League Stadiums
Watford’s Vicarage Road can boast being the safest stadium in the Premier League, with relatively low numbers across the board. The Hornets had the least amount of total incidents with 88, the least amount of public and violent disorders (29) and by far the lowest number of alcohol and drug abuse reports with just two.
Brighton’s Amex Arena was deemed the second safest ground with an overall score of just 3.6. They also have recorded zero racist or indecent chanting offences along with Southampton and Everton.
Norwich’s Carrow Road rounded off the top three safest stadiums, again having relatively low numbers across the board, including the second-lowest number of total incidents with 112 and just 33 violent and public disorders. The city also has the lowest crime rate compared to others on the list, meaning it placed a respectable 18th.
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