From non-league to Premier League in less than a decade. Luton Town’s journey is truly remarkable. After beating Coventry City on penalties in “The richest game in football“Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road Stadium will host the Premier League’s elite. But does it meet Premier League stadium requirements? No, which is why Luton Town are planning to spend up to £10m before the season starts.
With a capacity of just 10,356 stadiums, Kenilworth Road is set to be the smallest Premier League stadium next season, beating Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium (11,379).
So what are the requirements for Premier League stadiums and what are the potential outlays of £10m? Here’s a look-
Premier League stadium requirements
In terms of capacity, the requirements for Premier League stadiums state that any club playing in the Premier League must have a stadium with a minimum capacity of 5,000, with at least 2,000 seats.
This is of course not a problem for Kenilworth Road. However, to meet broadcasting and facility requirements, Luton Town will need to redevelop Kenilworth Road.
10 million pounds outlay – what is it about?
“We’ve got around £8m, maybe £10m of improvements to do, which means rebuilding one stand in less than three months, which is a job we’ve got on our hands.
“It’s about meeting Premier League broadcasting requirements and some facility requirements,” the club’s chief executive Gary Sweet said in an interview with Daily mail last year.
In addition to Premier League stadium requirements, Hatters new floodlights will have to be installed, broadcasting space will have to be increased, and the performance boxes will have to be rebuilt.
The Premier League is the most watched league in the world. With more eyeballs comes more media commitments and the influx of more executives. Therefore, while stadium capacity is not an issue, environmental needs are more of a concern for Luton Town.
Sweet said in the same interview that Kenilworth Road would simply be incompatible with the Premier League.
Therefore, the club is not expected to make large-scale improvements as they want to move to a new stadium soon. Money from the Premier League will help with that.
Kenilworth Road have not seen any major changes since 2005 as the club is stuck in the lower divisions English football pyramidsometimes stumbling completely over the lack of a league.
Now, as they prepare for the first Premier League season in their history, the changes need to be big and fast. However, the owners will not complain. It’s worth having a problem!