Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham make their case: The best and worst grounds in England

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From modern bowls to stadiums built around homely cottages, England boasts such a range of diversity in its stadia that the previous description could even be limited to just London.

Whilst some fans are used to padded seats and state-of-the-art bar service, others will still claim the rumble of a rusty terrace is the best place to be at 3pm on a Saturday. Whatever the surroundings, the culture remains the same; ravenous support in hope of three precious points.

However, everyone has their favourites. So, football.london wants to know the stadiums that fans love, and the stadiums that fans simply cannot stand. To let us know, take part in our survey below, or click here if the survey does not appear. Be sure to leave a comment as well as to why you love or hate the grounds you do.

Our writers are no different in having their favourites, and three of our best have given their personal reasoning as to why they think their choice of ground is the cream of the crop.

Emma de Duve, Spurs writer

Where to start with the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Not only is there a fantastic infrastructure, the food and drink on offer at the stadium mean it is now not only somewhere people just go to watch football.

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The choice of food and drink allows people to socialise before, during and after games. The stadium now being used for boxing, NFL and concerts, as well as football, just highlights how great the venue is.

During matches, the big south stand helps create a booming atmosphere, both when Tottenham are playing well and when they aren’t performing so well. This helps give the players on the pitch a boost, but also creates unity amongst supporters and I think even rival fans can appreciate how great the stadium is.

Tom Canton, Arsenal fan brands writer

The Emirates Stadium is the best around simply because of what it represents to the community. The Arsenal stadium since its construction has been the focal point for an outreach project in the local area that has benefited dozens of businesses.

The foundation of the ground, similar to so many of the Arsenal team that play within in, represents opportunity. Opening in 2006, the 60,000-plus seater has the potential to offer not just north London, but the entire city, a chance to witness greatness as this project evolves.

Let’s face it, Tottenham’s new ground is like giving me the best car in a genuine F1 race. All show and no go. Whilst Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford are practically falling apart at the seams.

Part of the aforementioned evolution of the club has been the focus on atmosphere. The Etihad may play witness to the current title-challengers but do so in near silence.

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The passion of those inside the ground makes it what it is. If it’s passion you want, step no further than Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.

Scott Clayton, Chelsea editor

Compared to rivals’ stadiums, it might be looked at as old and small and in desperate need of a rebuild, but Chelsea have something a lot of these new stadium builds miss, and that’s giving the fans the best matchday experience they can.

A lot of these new builds have sucked the joy out of the matchday experience, and I’m a very happy fan when I’m inside Stamford Bridge, knowing I do not have to watch through binoculars.

The stadium hasn’t increased much over the last few years, which has seen a lot of plans for a redevelopment of the site, but most matchday fans love the stadium and aren’t as keen on a new build as it might sound. A match under the lights at Stamford Bridge on a Champions League night is a very special experience.

Some fighting words in and amongst those opinions, but who do you agree or disagree with? Join in by leaving a comment below with your views on the best and worst grounds in England.

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