Greater Manchester football stadiums have been named the ‘safest in the UK’, according to new data

Setting an example.

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 12th March 2024

We all know Manchester is the world’s footballing capital — we won’t hear any argument otherwise — and now we’re also glad to hear that the region as a whole was found to be the safest when it comes to UK football stadiums.

Unfortunately, there are always going to be flares up in and around football but given how obsessed our city is with the beautiful game, we’re glad to hear that the majority of match-going Mancs are doing their best to live up to that name.

As per the latest data collected by Live Football Tickets, of the 10 stadiums said to be the safest around the country, the top six grounds are right here in Greater Manchester, with Man United and Man City leading the way.

Basing their stats on the mean average of crime events per every 100 spectators each season, Old Trafford was declared the safest with just four reported instances between 2021 and 2023, followed by the Etihad Stadium in second with only seven — also positive given their larger attendances.

Now, it goes without saying that we of course dream of the days when we don’t have to worry about any kind of crime or inappropriate behaviour at footy games (however naive that ideal might be), but it’s still reassuring to see all Manc teams occupying the European places on the matchday safety league table.


From third to sixth are Wigan’s DW Stadium, Oldham’s Boundary Park, Bolton’s recently renamed Toughsheet Stadium and Spotland Stadium, the home of Rochdale AFC.

You can see the rest of the top 10 below and the full list of 86 stadiums ranked from the safest to those with the most crimes reported on average each year HERE.

RankStadiumClubAverage annual spectatorsTotal number of crime events (2021 – 2023)Most common crimeMean estimated crime events per 100 spectators per season
1Old TraffordManchester United1,249,3534Violence and sexual offences0.0003
2Etihad StadiumManchester City831,0997Violence and sexual offences0.0008
3DW StadiumWigan Athletic225,2305Violence and sexual offences0.002
4Boundary ParkOldham Athletic121,53710Violence and sexual offences0.008
5Toughsheet StadiumBolton Wanderers386,30234Violence and sexual offences0.009
6Spotland StadiumRochdale37,4188Violence and sexual offences0.02
7Amex StadiumBrighton and Hove Albion521,354564Violence and sexual offences0.11
8Adams ParkWycombe Wanderers116,644412Violence and sexual offences0.35
9Britannia StadiumStoke City381,4221,455Violence and sexual offences0.38
10Home ParkPlymouth Argyle307,8131,289Violence and sexual offences0.42
11Madjeski StadiumReading282,6251,197Violence and sexual offences0.42
12Pride ParkDerby County522,8252,522Violence and sexual offences0.48
13The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion448,2713,473Violence and sexual offences0.77
14HillsboroughSheffield Wednesday470,2454,432Violence and sexual offence0.94
15The City GroundNottingham Forest510,6014,971Shoplifting0.97

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Football is for people from all walks of life and absolutely no one should feel unsafe inside a stadium, be it as a home fan or an away supporter, so if you ever see anything out of order or concerning when attending a fixture, be sure to report it to your nearest steward.

We all need to do our bit to help better police the game when called upon and make as many people feel comfortable going to the match as possible.

For example, a fresh push has once again been made to help crack down on tragedy chanting as sadly there are still instances occurring across the North West and beyond.


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