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Gateshead FC
Gateshead International Stadium

Capacity: 11,800
Address:
Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE10 0EF
Main Telephone No: 0191 478 3883
Fax No: 0191 440 0404
Team Nickname:
The Tynesiders or The Heed
Year Ground Opened: 1955
Pitch Size: 100 x 66 yards
Home Kit Colours: White & Black
Official Web Site:

www.gateshead-fc.com
Unofficial Web Site:
www.heedarmy.co.uk
 

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Contents
What's The Stadium Like?
Main Entrance (photo)
Future Developments
Tyne & Wear Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
South Stand (photo)
How To Get There & Where To Park
North Stand (photo)
By Train
Admission Prices
Ground Layout

Programme Price
Fixtures
Record & Average Attendance
Local Rivals
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Gateshead Stadium Location Map

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What's The Gateshead International Stadium Like?

The 11,800 capacity all-seater International Stadium is located in the east of Gateshead near the River Tyne. First built in 1955 it is primarily an athletics stadium that also houses the town's two major sporting clubs; Gateshead Football Club and Gateshead Thunder Rugby League Club. Until recently the only covered accommodation was in the Tyne & Wear Main Stand but a roof was constructed on the the adjacent East Stand during the summer of 2010. Behind both goals remain open and are usually unused on matchdays, although they have been utilised on big occasions. The stadium, which has a bowl-like effect, has a playing surface surrounded by an international standard athletics track
 
The Tyne & Wear Main Stand on the west side is a large all seated covered stand, which has a capacity of 3,227. The angle of the stand is quite steep and it has windshields to either side. Although some distance from the pitch, the sight lines are very good. On one side of the Tyne & Wear Stand there is a covered Press Box while a new building was added to the south end of the stand in 2011. This incorporates a new stadium entrance, large cafe/bar area and, upstairs, new corporate and board room facilities. Opposite the Tyne & Wear Stand is the 4,044 capacity East Stand, which is another large sized bank of seating that is now under cover. Both ends of the ground are comprised of smaller banks of seating that are open to the elements. The stadium is completed by a set of four tall floodlights though further development will see this reduced to three.
 
The International Stadium, while well appointed, is not a traditional British football stadium having the feel more of a European venue.

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Main Entrance

External View

Future Developments

The Club have announced their intention to build a new purpose built stadium on the former site of the North Durham Rugby & Cricket Club in the centre of Gateshead opposite the Civic Centre.  The stadium will be covered on all four sides and of Football League standard, with a 7,000 capacity, including a 2,000 seated Main Stand. The stands on each side will be all seater with terracing behind both goals However no firm timescales have been announced as to when this might happen. An artists impression of how the new stadium will look can be found on the official Gateshead FC website.

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Tyne & Wear Stand

Tyne and Wear Main Stand

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The location of away supporters is dependant on the projected size of the away following. If there is to be less than 400 fans, they are usually housed in North end of the Tyne & Wear Main Stand. Larger followings are allocated the opposite East Stand.

If you find yourself in the Main Stand then you will find that this stand is free of supporting pillars and has an unobstructed view of the playing action. There are televisions on the concourses showing SKY TV. Plus catering in the Main Stand is pretty good offering a selection of pies, pasties and sausage rolls, plus hot dogs and a range of hot and cold drinks at reasonable prices. Alcohol is also available.

However, the Main Stand is well set back from the pitch. Not only is there the eight lanes of the athletics track to contend with, but also a long jump run up and pit. So if you have sight problems, best bring those binoculars! The 4,000 capacity East Stand is also well setback, but for the first time since the stadium was constructed is now fully roofed. Adam Hodson a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'We were allocated the East Stand, which I thought was pretty good with no obstructions and plenty of leg room. To get to the East Stand, walk anti-clockwise around the stadium from the main Tyne & Wear Stand, turn left and follow the pedestrian track until you get to the East Stand'.

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East Stand

Where To Drink?

There is a bar located inside the Main Stand, called the 'Stadium Bar' but unfortunately this is for home fans only. Probably the closest pub is the Schooner, which sits on the Banks of the River Tyne. Continue down Neilson Road, away from Park Road and towards the Tyne, cross Saltmeadows Road and head down South Shore Road, and the pub is down this road on the left. It's only a few minutes walk away. If arriving by train then it maybe a better idea to drink in the centre of Newcastle and then get the Metro out to the Gateshead Stadium Metro.

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South Stand

South Stand

How To Get There & Where To Park
From the South (Quickest route):
At the end of the A1(M) Junction 65, take the A194(M) towards South Shields. At the end of the A194(M) take the A184 towards Gateshead. The stadium is situated three miles further along this road on the right hand side.

From the South (Taking in the Angel of the North):
Leave the A1 at the A167 turn off and take the A167 towards Gateshead South. You will pass the Angel of the North on your left hand side. On reaching the large roundabout at the junction with the A184, turn right onto the A184 itself. The stadium is further down the A184 on the left hand side.

There are three free of charge car parks on the stadium site.


Map showing the location of Gateshead Stadium 
(at the bottom of this page).

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North Stand

North Stand


By Train/Metro
The stadium has its own Metro stop called Gateshead Stadium, which is a five minute walk away. This stop is around a ten minute journey away from Newcastle Central railway station, which is also the nearest mainline station. Adam Hosdon a visiting Stockport County fan adds; 'Trains for Gateshead Stadium are bound for South Shields or South Hylton. As you come out of Gateshead Stadium Metro station turn right and at the traffic lights, turn right again into Park Road. Cross over a pedestrian footbridge to reach the other side of the road and at the next set of traffic lights, turn left. The stadium entrance is down on the right'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:


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Admission Prices
Adults: 15
Over 60's: 10
Under 18's/Students 8
Under 16's 3

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Ground Layout


Gateshead layout

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Programme Price
Official Programme 3

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Fixtures
Gateshead FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
11,750 v Newcastle United
Friendly, August 7th 1995

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 886 (Conference Premier)
2012-2013: 502
(Conference Premier)
2011-2012: 843 (
Conference Premier)

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Local Rivals

Blyth Spartans and Darlington.

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Fans Reviews
Mark Hudson (York City) 25/8/09

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going.

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Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.



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Map Showing The Location Of The Gateshead Stadium, Railway Station And Listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated : 20 July 2014