NOTEBOOK by BILL HEANEY
A recent study has found that Celtic Park is the highest-rated stadium in the Scottish Premier League. Research conducted by KingCasinoBonus.uk looked at the Yelp, Google, and TripAdvisor review scores.
The team also took into account capacity for every stadium in the SPL and the English Premier League and scored each one out of a possible 100 points to find which came out on top.
Celtic Park scored 91.06 out of 100 on the index, thanks largely to a five-star TripAdvisor ranking and a larger capacity than Ibrox Stadium, home of Old Firm rivals Rangers, which scored 86.66.
Tynecastle Park finished in third spot with a score of 60.7 for Edinburgh giants Hearts, whose city rivals Hibernian were in fifth with Easter Road picking up 45.92 – thanks largely to a Yelp review score of just three.
Kilmarnock’s home The BBSP Stadium was in fourth place with a score of 51.37, while Livingston’s Tony Macaroni Arena – despite the amusing name – was bottom of the pile with just 13.8 out of 100.
The highest-rated stadium in the Premier League was found to be Manchester United’s Old Trafford with an index score of 85.56 out of 100.
Liverpool’s Anfield, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and Manchester City’s Emirates Arena made up the top five down south.
Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road – which has hit the headlines as one of the stadium entrances is through a row of terraced houses – finished bottom with an index score of 10.24.
Ionut Marin, Lead Editor of KingCasinoBonus.uk, said: “Interestingly, for the Premier League teams, nearly all of the larger capacity stadiums have done well in terms of Yelp, TripAdvisor and Google reviews. The main outlier is West Ham’s London Stadium, which surprisingly only managed 14th place.”
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