The Hidden Gems of the South: The Top Stadia

We’ve all heard of Wembley, Old Trafford, St. James’ Park and the Etihad stadium. They are the famous ones. The stadia where sports fans are gathered in the tens of thousands to support their chosen flavour. But, there are other stadia in the UK and Ireland where the beautiful games of rugby and football are also played and celebrated. These stadia also make ideal venues. conferences, exhibitions and events. Stadium Experience loves these stadia so much that we want to give them a mention. In this blog post, we’re covering the top stadia in the UK South. So without further ado, check out these hidden gems in England’s beautiful south.


St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton:  

Currently the largest football stadium in the south of England, outside of London, St. Mary’s Stadium is a complete bowl with stands of an equal height and a capacity of 32,505. Originally named ‘The Friends Provident St Mary’s Stadium’, the Southampton football stadium has been the home of Southampton F.C. since August 2001. The Southampton stadium plan kept in mind areas of Southampton – each stand is named after the areas of Southampton that they face – Itchen, Kingsland, Chapel and Northam. The captivating St. Mary’s Southampton stadium also has hospitality suites named after four famous Saints’: Matt Le Tissier, Markus Liebherr Lounge, Mick Channon, and Terry Paine. Ideal for every type of conference, meeting, event or even exhibition, the Southampton venue offers a wide variety of both large and small spaces, with capacities ranging from 2 – 650, across 13 different suites. We showcase the best of the South Coast, by offering our ‘Vitamin SEA’ Day Delegate Package from £25+VAT pp. Find out more on what each room can offer here.


Amex Stadium in Brighton:

Also known as the Falmer Stadium and American Express Community Stadium, the renowned blue and white Amex Stadium is home to the famous Brighton and Hove Albion FC. Opened in July 2011, the Amex Brighton has a fantastic capacity of a stonking 30,750. It has come leaps and bounds since its conception, having hosted premier league football for the first time in August 2017, as well as hosting the Rugby World Cup. The Brighton FC ground has also seen their home team go from the bottom to the premier league, so it’s really not a stadium to miss experiencing, especially if you’re a hard-core footie fan. As well as sport, the venue is also ideally placed for every type of event.  In fact, the Amex Stadium is this year’s host venue for Stadium Experience’s Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2018, welcoming over 400 guests for a prestigious black tie awards dinner. The stadium also welcomes conferences and events, with a special DDR offer this summer of just £29.99 + VAT per person for all events held between May and August 2018.  Find out more here.


Stadium MK in Milton Keynes:

Constructed in 2007 and home to Milton Keynes Dons FC, Stadium MK is a magnificent sight to behold. Up to 30,500 fans can be seated in the stadium, and for outdoor concerts – that number increases to 35,000. Stadium MK is truly at the centre of UK conferencing and events, located in Milton Keynes, half way between London and Birmingham, Stadium MK provides endless possibilities to event organisers. The onsite DoubleTree by Hilton Milton Keynes offers 304 luxury bedrooms and 17 unique and flexible event spaces, In addition to this, the impressive Arena MK, a gigantic indoor arena, boasts an additional 3,420m2 of event space. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is built into the East stand of Stadium MK and has quickly become a popular addition to the MK food & drink scene. You can view 3D tours of Stadium MK’s – Arena MK, Ballroom, Performance Meeting Room, Players Lounge, Terrace Bar, Red Dot Bar, Pitchside Bar and Pitchside Restaurant.  


Allianz Park Stadium in North London:

Located in Hendon, London, the amazing Allianz Park Stadium has been the home ground of the Saracens, a professional rugby union team, since 2013. Situated in the midst of the modern Barnet Copthall leisure complex, up to 10,000 ardent rugby fans can be seated. Even more special is the fact that the Saracens FC stadium plan makes way for hosting tons of events, such as weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, conferences, charity events, corporate events and exhibitions, plus much more. Up to 3,000 people can be hosted in a reception at Allianz Park’s Olympic Bar and up to 1,000 people for a dinner, it is the only space in North London that can host these numbers within a large green outdoor space. The Allianz brand is also renowned and it’s not hard to see why.   Why not view Allianz Park’s 3D virtual tour here?


Madejski Stadium in Reading: 

Built in 1998, this beautiful all seater bowl stadium can be found in Reading, Berkshire. Madejski Stadium Reading has a modest capacity of 24,161 and is home to the famous Reading FC and London Irish RFC. It’s come on leaps and bounds since it opened and replaced Elm Park as Reading FC’s home ground. Close to the M4 motorway, Madejski Reading offers amazing access for a host of events and is the home to Royal Berkshire Conference Centre (RBCC), who provide the perfect unusual backdrop to any conference or event.  The modern facilities, combined with fantastic catering, award winning service and outstanding views make the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre the ideal venue for any conference, meeting, exhibition or dinner. Take a peek at the venue using their 3D virtual tour.

Madejski Stadium in Reading


Twickenham Stadium in South London:

Twickenham Stadium, home of England Rugby, is the largest dedicated Rugby Union Stadium in the world seating up to 82,000 fans on game day. The stadium plays host to the world renowned 6 Nations and Autumn Internationals, along with concerts by some of the biggest names in music including The Rolling Stones and Eminem. In total, Twickenham features 25 suites and over 150 executive boxes available for corporate events, meetings and private functions on non-match days. Twickenham is currently undergoing a major redevelopment in the East Stand, presenting 6 brand new levels of space and bringing new opportunities for match day hospitality and non-match day events. You can visit the stadium’s existing spaces using their 3D tours to see how their event spaces can work for you.


Tottenham Hotspur’s New Stadium, London:

We couldn’t possibly miss off Tottenham Hotspur’s brand new stadium from our list ahead of its opening this coming 2018/2019 season. Described as being one of the finest anywhere in the world, the north London venue will provide a new benchmark for stadium experiences encompassing something for everyone. As the largest club stadium in London, with a capacity of 62,062, matchday spectators will enjoy uninterrupted views bringing them closer to the pitch than at any other comparable ground in the UK. Corporate bookers will also be impressed with the variety of premium event facilities of which the largest internal space will hold up to 1,500 guests, along with mouth-watering food and drink options to cater for all tastes. Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium is set to be a new landmark for London and we can’t wait to see it open its doors later on in the year.


Vicarage Road Stadium in Watford:

Vicarage Road Stadium comes with real history. Built and opened in 1922,  the stadium was filled with greyhound racing, alongside football. It’s always been the home of the Watford FC team, and for a short period the home of Saracens rugby union team. For the Watford FC stadium plan, it was renovated in 2016 and has a current capacity of 20,400, following the 2014 building of the new Sir Elton John stand. Watford Football Club is home to 7 luxury suites, and 20 executive boxes, that can be dressed to your exact specifications, boasting stunning pitch views. With a capacity of up to 300 delegates and function rooms perfect for conferences, meetings, training days, parties, weddings and much more, Watford Football Club is a venue not to be missed!  Download the venues brochure here.


Stamford Bridge Stadium in Chelsea, London:

Stamford Bridge Stadium in South-West London is the home grounds of the famous Chelsea F.C team. Over a century of rich sporting heritage has paved the way for a superior collection of hospitality, events and leisure facilities at Stamford Bridge. Boasting 25 function rooms and 60 syndicate rooms, alongside a wealth of onsite additional facilities, we offer something for everyone. With over 20 years’ experience in providing first-class events, you can always expect a professional service with a personal touch. Featuring two hotels, a sports bar and diner, a luxury health club and a museum on-site for your convenience and pleasure, Stamford Bridge has it all.


Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol:

Opening in 1887, Ashton Gate Stadium Bristol is one of the oldest stadiums in the UK. It’s currently the home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Bears. Located just south of the River Avon, Ashton Gate Stadium Bristol can seat up to 27,000 excited football and rugby fans. After 2 years of works, the £45M Ashton Gate redevelopment was completed in 2016 with a brand new Bristol football stadium. The state-of-the-art Ashton Gate stadium design was influenced by the hospitality and hotel sectors, also on site is the Sports Bar & Pizzeria, which hosts the largest indoor pub screen in Europe. You definitely don’t want to miss a Bristol City or Bristol Bears game here.


Emirates Stadium in Holloway, London:

Last, but not least, is the extremely famous Emirates Stadium! Home to Arsenal F.C. (who hasn’t heard of Arsenal?), Emirates is the third-largest football stadium in England and one of the biggest in the South of England, with a staggering capacity of nearly 60,000. The football club purchased an industrial and waste disposal estate in Ashburton Grove in 2000, which was later to become the Emirates Stadium in 2006, at a cost of £390 million. The Emirates Stadium has been going through a process of ‘Arsenalisation’, to bring back the team’s heritage and history and this can be seen both within the stadium and podium level. The Emirates is a ground-breaking conference and events venue, boasting a myriad of versatile and modern suites, suitable for a variety of events from 2 to 1,200 people. You can find out more here.


There you have it. The top stadia in the UK South. From London, to Southampton and to Bristol, southern England is not short of beautiful stadia with which to host conferences, exhibitions, weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs and other events – not just football and rugby! Looking for the perfect stadium? Stadium Experience will be able to help.



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