The 2016/17 season will see football return to three iconic grounds in English football as well as a new home for West Ham United football club.
Most prized of all though is Tottenham Hotspur’s temporary move out of White Hart Lane to set up camp in one of football’s most revered cathedrals, Wembley Stadium.
This season they will play European fixtures at the venue – and be looking to fill every one of those 90,000 seats – with an option to move all Spurs games there next season while White Hart Lane is being renovated.
Further east, West Ham United left their Boleyn Ground at Upton Park at the end of last season to shift into the nearby shiny new Olympic Stadium. The move might have cost them the castle on their badge, but the sweetheart cut-price deal to play there secures both the club and stadium’s future.
Fans will enjoy vastly improved facilities, corporate hospitality hits 21st century standards and the pitch boasts state of the art quality. Although it will lack the memories of the classic matches played out at Upton Park, the move marks the start of a new era for the Hammers.
History lives on in the Premier League up at Burnley where Turf Moor returns as a top flight venue after being home to the Clarets for an incredible 133 years. The stadium was the first to be visited by a member of the royal family in 1886 when Prince Albert popped in to see the ground designed by chief architect – and Burnley forward – Arthur Bell.
Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium may not have such a long history – dating back only 20 years – but it remains a favourite with fans.
Once more the North stand will roar with their backs to the River Tees as Middlesbrough challenge the Premier League. While Gareth Southgate, Mark Viduka and Juninho may not be around any more, a new breed led by Aitor Karanka will aim to be the new Kings of the North.
Hull City’s return to the top flight means KC Stadium will be a destination for rivals. Originally built in 2002, its development was plagued with issues including the club going into receivership in 2001, as they languished at the bottom of the Football League.
But within two years, the boutique 25,400-seater stadium in Kingston Upon Hull played host to a mesmerising rise through the football pyramid, culminating in their return to the top-flight of English football.
Whether fortresses or sieves, the stadiums are where memories are made – and this season will bring out the best in all of them.