Stadium Of Light

Capacity: 49,000 (all seated)
Address: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Telephone: 0871 911 1200
Fax: 0191 551 5123
Ticket Office: 0871 911 1973
Stadium Tours: 0871 911 1224
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
Club Nickname: The Black Cats
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: dafabet
Kit Manufacturer: Adidas
Home Kit: Red and White
Away Kit: Green With Yellow Trim

External View
External View
North and East Stands
North and East Stands
North Stand
North Stand
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand
South Stand
South Stand
Bob Stokoe Statue
Bob Stokoe Statue

The Club moved to the stadium in 1997, after leaving their former home of Roker Park where they had played for 99 years. The stadium is of a good size, is totally enclosed and on the whole is quite impressive. It is composed of two three tiered stands (at the North end and the West side of the pitch), whilst the others are two tiered. The West (Main) Stand on one side also has a row of executive boxes (which you can sit outside if you wish), that are situated just below the top tier. Currently, with half the stadium being larger than the other, it looks a little imbalanced, when looking from the South Stand. However, if at some point the Club were to add an additional tier to the two remaining sides, then an even more remarkable stadium would emerge. There is also a large video screens perched upon the roof at either end.

Outside the stadium there is a statue of former FA Cup winning manager Bob Stokoe, as well as some reminders of the former Wearmouth Colliery, on the site of which the stadium was built. Behind the West Stand there is a large red wheel, an emblem of the lifts that used to take the miners down to the mines. Also outside one corner of the stadium is a large miners lamp. If you feel a little mischievous, then ask the nearest Sunderland fan whether it is a Geordie Lamp. Don't worry you won't get any physical abuse, just a long lecture that the lamp is in fact a Davy lamp! 

For the start of the 2015/16 Season the Club have opened a Fan Zone which is located outside the South East part of the stadium. The area has entertainment in the form of live bands, large screens etc.. Plus food and drink outlets. Currently only available to home supporters (on production of their season card or match ticket) it is open three hours before kick off and for one hour after the game has ended. Entry is free.

Kevin Davis informs me; 'The club have secured planning permission to add another 7,200 seats to the Metro FM (South) Stand, which would take the capacity to 55,000. The club have not yet confirmed when (if ever) they will go ahead with this. If the club then proceed after this to add another tier to the McEwans Stand the the final capacity would be around 64,000'

Away fans are now housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be housed for league games. For cup games then up to 9,000 visiting supporters can be accommodated in this tier, if demand requires it). Although the facilities are fine in this area, you do have to climb a large number of flights of stairs to reach this top tier. It almost feels if this area has been 'tucked in' under the stadium roof, as it comes down over this section. It means that if you are sitting towards the back of the tier, then although you can see the pitch, you get a limited view of the majority of the rest of the stadium, giving the feeling of being a bit cut off from it all. On the food front, then the club offer; Fish & Chips (£5.50), Various Pies (£3.50) including the Chicken Balti Pie, Cornish Pasties (£3) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£3). 

When people ask me which grounds are 'the best' to visit, then Sunderland inevitably comes out as one of my top five recommendations. On its day the place can be rocking, the PA system deafening (especially when the classical piece 'Dance Of The Knights' from Prokofiev's 'Romeo & Juliet' is played before the players come on to the pitch at the start of the game and the Futurehead's 'Beginning of the Twist', as the teams come out of the tunnel) and the Sunderland supporters exceptionally friendly (I was even given a Sunderland shirt by one supporter!). But bear in mind you are not allowed to swear inside the stadium, so if you persist you may find yourself being ejected from the ground!

Stephen Lundell informs me; ‘There are two social clubs; the Sunderland Companions club, and the New Democratic Club, both on North Bridge Street (the road approaching the Wearmouth Bridge), which are about a five minute walk away form the stadium. Although they get very busy they do welcome away supporters, and serve reasonably priced beer'. Whilst Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom fan adds; ''The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby.  I've used this pub the last three times I've visited Sunderland with West Brom.  Always friendly and the landlord even puts on complimentary snacks after the game. Otherwise there is a chippy a couple of doors away. An all round top boozer'. 

Marcus Bowen a visiting Swansea City fan informs me; 'Just across the road from the stadium (near to the entrance where the Davy Lamp is situated) is the Colliery Tavern. Although predominantly a home fans pub, it does allow in away fans and we had an enjoyable time on our visit. It shows live football on a number of tv's and to cope with the large number of fans it has a marquee outside, also serving beer as well as a burger van. 

If you have a bit of time of your hands, then you may like to try the Harbour View on the sea front, which is around a 15-20 minute walk away. Simply go along Roker Avenue (opposite the main entrance to the stadium) until you reach the seafront. Turn left along the front and you will see the pub up on the left. The pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, serves good beer (up to six ales), reasonably priced food (with its own matchday menu) and has a large screen television. As the name of the pub suggests you get some good views along the coast from its location. Marcus Ford a visiting Southampton fan adds; 'We tried the Wolsey just down from the Harbour View. It had some real ales and a large eating area and outside decking with glass windbreaks. But by far the best pub was the  the William Jameson on Fawcett Street in the city centre. It is a Wetherspoons pub that does get busy before and after the game, but they put on plenty of bar staff, so you don't have to wait long to get served. We spent much of the time talking to locals and having a good time!' Otherwise alcohol is also available inside the stadium, in the form of Carling Lager (£4), Carling Cider (£3.80) and Worthingtons (£3.80) and various wines (£3.90). The Club also offer 2 Pies and 2 Pints for £12 (well that's me sorted, where's yours?).

Exit the A1 at Junction 62, the Durham/Sunderland exit and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium Of Light, A1231 Sunderland). This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland. Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland.

Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights. However there is only limited parking at the ground itself and there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium (especially on the estate behind the North Stand). So please check for any warning signs on lamp posts before parking, or you may end up with a hefty parking ticket for your trouble.

Instead you can park at the Stadium of Light Metro Station (cost £4) or alternatively, you can park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). The traffic for a couple of miles around the ground was solid when I went so allow plenty of time for your journey.

There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters. This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231. Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kick off and continue after the game until everyone has gone.

Post Code for SAT NAV: SR5 1SU

Sunderland railway station in the city centre is walkable from the stadium (around 15 minutes). Paul Duck informs me; 'You will exit the station opposite Greggs. Turn right out of the station heading up towards a JJB Sports store and walk through the gap between JJB and a nail bar to the right of JJB. Keep walking straight ahead and within 100m you will see the Stadium Of Light rising up in front of you over the Wearmouth Bridge'. Simply cross the bridge, and turn left into Millennium Way, opposite the now closed Wheatsheaf pub. The away turnstiles are located on the side of the ground which is straight ahead.

Ashley Smith adds; "The Metro stations called the 'Stadium of Light' and 'St. Peters' both serve the stadium. The metro provides regular and rapid transport from both Newcastle and the South of Sunderland. Both stations are only a few minutes walk from the stadium, although away supporters should alight at St Peters Station as that is closer to their entrance. This provides an alternative to the regular rail services. Please note though that after the game the Stadium of Light metro station only operates Northbound (i.e. towards Newcastle) and St Peters metro station only operates Southbound (i.e. towards Sunderland centre). Michael Freanch a visiting Birmingham City fan informs me; 'If you are going into Newcastle after the match then then it may be an idea to walk walk into the centre of Sunderland (10-15 minutes walk) and get metro from there. You will get a seat and also avoid the large crowds at the Stadium of Light station'.

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The nearest airport is Newcastle which is located 24 miles away. However the journey is pretty straightforward as both the Stadium Of Light and Newcastle Airport are both served by the Metro transit system. There are frequent departures to Sunderland and the journey time is just under an hour.

Sunderland operate a two category system of ticket pricing (A, B & C) whereby the most popular matches cost more to watch than the least popular ones.

Category A Games: Adults £32-£40
Category B Games: Adults £27-£35
Category C Games: Adults £25-£30

Concessions are also available to Over 65's, Under 22's & Under 16's.

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Sunderland fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Red & White Review Official Programme £3
A Love Supreme Fanzine £2.50
Sex & Chocolate Fanzine £1.50

Newcastle United, Middlesbrough.

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Record Attendance

At The Stadium Of Light: 48,353 v Liverpool, Premier League, April 13th, 2002.

At Roker Park; 75,118 v Derby County, FA Cup 6th Round Replay, March 8th, 1933.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 43,157 (Premier League)
2013-2014: 41,090 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 40,544 (Premier League)

The Club offer daily tours of the stadium, except on matchdays.

These cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.
A family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) is also available at £25.
For tour times and availability ring the tour hotline on 0871 911 1224.

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Special thanks to:

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Sunderland v West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday 3rd October 2015, 3pm
Scott Bowman (West Ham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Stadium of Light in Sunderland?    

The Stadium of Light was the last of the big north-eastern clubs I needed to visit and another ground to tick off the list.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

I was picked up by a mate at 6:30am for a fairly comfortable drive up north. We didn't really hit traffic and got up there by 11:30am

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

After linking up with some Mackem's friends of my mate we headed to the stadium sharing a bit of banter and looking forward to the game. We headed to the Colliery Tavern which had a marquee outside so supporters could avoid going in to the fairly busy pub. Plenty of West Ham and Sunderland around with absolutely no issues. Drink prices were great as I remember getting three pints and a coke for less than a tenner, which was an absolute bargain!

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Stadium of Light?    

Outside one part of the stadium was a fan-zone, which I have to say I'm not a fan of. It takes away from the authentic football experience and seems manufactured and plastic. The ground itself looks more or less of the new identikit grounds that clubs move into and they lack character and imagination. However inside they do add a bit of character with famous quote from various football personalities as you're walking up the stairs or walking to the concourse, which I thought was a nice touch. At pitch side, despite being placed into the gods, the view I had was great with a full view of the pitch and of course the goals!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Not the best I have to say from either side. West Ham were flat, which was probably due to high expectation considering our results on the road so far this season and conceding two goals in the first half. Sunderland fans were probably in a state of bewilderment at leading a game and I think the goal at the stroke of half time kicked the stuffing out if them. The second half was more or less West Ham and after Payet's equaliser, I really did think we were in control and thought we were going to go on and win the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the match we went straight back to the Colliery Tavern, this side inside and got speaking to some locals while waiting for our friends. Very friendly all round and I can't speak highly enough of the Sunderland fans. That said, after a night out with them, the journey home the next day was one of the hardest 5/6 hours I've ever had to endure, with several unscheduled stop offs!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, friendly fans, decent banter and if you're staying over you have Newcastle just 15 miles up the road. I'll definitely be back.

Sunderland v West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday 3rd Octonber 2015, 3pm
Mark Jamieson (West Ham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Stadium of Light?

West Ham were unbeaten away from home so far this season. Plus I have been to the Stadium of Light several times before and have always enjoyed the trip. However so far I had never seen us win in Sunderland, so I was crossing my fingers for a good result.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We got the train into Sunderland Station and it was a simple 10 minute walk to the stadium. Some people were getting the Metro to St Peters Station but it took around about the same time.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Went to the local Wetherspoon's Pub (The William Jameson) just around the corner from the train station. Great range of beers and reasonably priced food. Home and away supporters mixed with quite a friendly atmosphere. Even went back there after the match to watch the Rugby World Cup. There is also a Burger King and a Subway near the train station and burger vans located on the way to the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

On first seeing the ground the Stadium of Light is a very impressive and modern stadium. The away section turnstiles are located around the far side of the stadium and it is quite a long climb up several flights of stairs to the upper tier concourse so you may need to take a couple breaks on the way up! You also pass the kiosks selling alcohol on the way up the stairs. I didn't try any but it seemed reasonably priced for a football ground (at £3.40 a pint).

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Overall, the facilities were excellent. There were rarely any queues for food and drink and there was a well-staffed betting desk and clean toilets. I highly recommend you try the Steak and Ale and Chicken Balti pies (£3.50 each) as they are some of the best around. The stewards were overall very friendly and helped you find your seat. Away fans can produce an amazing atmosphere inside the ground and if you are as lucky as me to be sat on the very front row, the view of the stadium is wonderful. The game was a very entertaining 2-2 draw in the end and as Wet Ham were 2-0 down after 20 minutes we went away very happy to have stolen a point.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There are large crowds heading back towards the city centre after the match and police were not letting people use St Peters Metro Station so crowds were moving slowly and traffic was stood still for long periods of time. I also wore my teams colours walking out after the match and did not get any trouble from the Sunderland supporters.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

In conclusion, Sunderland is a very enjoyable and good value for money day out and I would recommend it to anyone. Home fans are friendly and welcoming and the stadium is one that every football fan must visit.

Sunderland v Tottenham hotspur
Premier League
Sunday 13th September 2015, 1.30pm
Mark Coome (Tottenham Hotspur fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Stadium of Light? 

I had never been to the Stadium of Light and also Spurs away tickets are hard to come by. I dropped lucky on my application this time, so I had no hesitation in going.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled up from where I live in Scunthorpe giving myself plenty of time. The trip was via the M181, M18, A1 and A19 and was hassle free on a lovely sunny day. The scenery as I progressed north was lovely, including some sea views. Journey time was 2 hours 10 minutes to cover the 140 miles. I parked in a spot made known to me by a fellow Scunthorpe Spur. I ended up parking, for free, on some waste land at the junction of Thomas Street and Alexandra Avenue. From the parking space it was a 10-15 minute walk to the ground. I cut through Wayfarer Road and then followed a footpath down by the river Wear. When near the ground, I climbed a grassy bank with a defined footpath already worn into it.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I headed to a nearby McDonalds, situated near a Tesco Extra. It was very pleasant sitting outside in the sunshine. The home fans all seemed friendly and there was no hint of any animosity and club colours were being openly worn.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Very nice ground. Liked the statues around the outside. The statues dedicated to the fans were a nice touch and of course the iconic pose of Bob Stokoe running across the Wembley turf in 1973 stirred memories.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The two teams who had yet to win and badly need to get off and running. Generally it was a poor affair. Defoe should have scored for them when through on goal, but amazingly he hit the post. Spurs were very slow in the build up and we only looked likely to score when Townsend and Lamela came on. Finally after 83 minutes a slick move involving Mason, Kane and Lamela saw Mason finish in style. Unfortunately Pantilimon took him out as he scored and he left the match on a stretcher. There was a late scare when Rodwell hit the bar. Both sets of fans were quiet, unusually for a Spurs away following. Sunderland fans almost seemed resigned to defeat once we scored and many had left by the final whistle. Catering was as you'd expect in the newer stadiums and the staff were very polite and friendly. I did like the slogans on the walls as you climbed the steps to the away end such as "Nine small steps for man...One normal step for Peter Crouch."

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was very slow back to the A19 and traffic was heavy all the way back down the A19 and A1. This probably had something to do with the fact that the Great North Run was being held at the same time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Lovely drive up there, fabulous weather and easy parking. Cracking stadium with a friendly atmosphere and a very welcome three points.

Sunderland v Exeter City
League Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 25th August 2015, 7.45pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Stadium of Light?

Being a supporter of a League Two club this was certainly a game and ground not to be missed, especially with 57 places between the two clubs at the time. Also as ever there was the belief that an upset could be on the cards.

How easy was your journey and finding the ground?

The journey to the ground was straightforward. As always I travelled up on the supporters coach, leaving Exeter at 10.30am and arriving in Sunderland just after 6pm. The coach dropped us off on a small road just behind the North Stand.

What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

On arriving we took a 5 minute walk. Going past the away entrance, around the stadium and Davy lamp, then crossing over the main road to the Colliers Tavern. This is a small but busy pub with a beer garden. Drinks seemed a to be priced averagely starting at around £3.40. Home fans I encountered were friendly.

What you thought on seeing the Stadium of Light, first impressions of away end and then rest of stadium?

The Stadium of Light is very modern. The away fans turnstile is separate due to the visitors being in the top tier of the stand. Once through the gate there is about nine sets of stairs to climb before eventually reaching the main concourse. A lift is available for disabled supporters, who are in one given a corner section of the away end. It is quite steep but there is plenty of leg room, also with no supporting pillars the view is superb. Behind the away stand is a bar which shows Sky Sports at half time and also has a live feed of the match, whilst the game inside is being played.

The Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was a classic cup tie with both teams up for it, going in at half time locked at 3-3. The Black Cats eventually went on to win 6-3. The atmosphere was not great as the only noise seemed to be coming from the away section, the only time you can hear the home fans is when they score. The stewards were fantastic. Refreshments were averagely priced, alcoholic beverages priced at £3.50, pies starting at £3. The toilets were also clean.

Comments on getting away from the ground after the game. 

Getting away afterwards, the coaches were waiting behind the North Stand where they dropped us off. As you'd expect, traffic is slow when leaving the ground but once back on the motorway it was easy going. We got back to Exeter at around 6am

Attendance: 14,360 (including 495 Exeter fans)

Aston Villa v Sunderland
Premier League
Saturday, 14th March 2015, 3pm
Cara Smith (Aston Villa fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to visiting the Stadium of Light?

This was to be my first Premier League away game - others that I had previously gone to were just been pre-season games.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey up from the Midlands was straightforward, with no problems. We decided to park at the Sunderland Enterprise 'Park and Ride' where we saw a sign for 'Match Day Parking'.  A steward signalled us to follow him and told us where to park. When we got out of our car, we asked two Sunderland fans how it worked as we wasn't sure if we had to pay. They told us that it was actually free, which was really good. They also showed us where to get the bus to the stadium and where to catch it after the match had ended. We chatted with them on the way and they seemed friendly enough.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As explained above those home fans were friendly and when we got on the bus, we seemed to be the only two Villa fans on there - however we didn't feel intimidated at all. Another Sunderland fan suggested that we visit the Colliery Tavern as we got off the bus and we decided to go there for a drink. The pub was small inside but they had a marquee and a little bar out that back, which helped getting served. There was a good mix of home and away fans.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

Very modern compared to Villa Park. We were seated three rows from the very back of the North Stand, which was very high up. It was generally a good view of the game although couldn't see the screens on the opposite end.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Didn't get any food or drink at the ground. But the game was good from the Villa point of view. Both teams had been struggling before this fixture and Sunderland again didn't play all to well, with Villa running out 4-0 winners. We got the 3 points but nothing kicked off outside afterwards.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The buses back to the car park are located behind the North Stand - come out the ground and head towards the main road you'll more than likely see a queue of people already waiting. We didn't have to wait long and we were back at the car park in good time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great experience for my first away game. Thanks Sunderland!

Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League
Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 3pm
James Mullaney (West Bromwich Albion)

I visited the Stadium of Light as a West Brom supporter, on the 21st Feb 2015. I had visited previously, but that was years ago, when the away end was in the South Stand.

Getting to the stadium is easy as long as you can follow the signs, that start to appear just outside of Sunderland itself. However parking is in short supply  around the stadium itself. Many of the back roads and estates have official club signs on them, warning to respect residential parking, so not doing so could lead you to a hefty fine. I ended up parking at the Metro/Train Station, next to the large Tescos, and less than five minutes from the ground. It cost £1- great value. The only catch is traffic is pretty gridlocked in the area after the game, but unless you are local, I'd expect a long trip home anyway.

The Stadium of Light is a fantastic stadium, with great facilities and a good look. Away fans are housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand. This means that it is quite a climb up a number of flights of stairs to actually reach the tier. But to make the journey to the top entertaining, the Club have added red statements on the walls, relating to the current height of your climb. For example, at 36ft you will see "36ft- The height that Chris Waddle's penalty reached in 1990." It's a small touch, but it is guaranteed to make you smile.

The Upper Tier features a refreshments concourse, with food/drink on sale, and male and female toilets accessible. Prices are what you'd expect at a top flight ground. I bought a balti pie which was very average, but I've had worse. What makes it for me though are the TV Screens. Past and present year matches are shown, as well as a live feed of the current game, with Soccer Saturday also shown. Fantastic.

The stairs to your seat are quite steep, but there are hand rails to help you. There are 20 rows, 5 of which are usually empty due to safety (these are the front rows). There is an okay amount of legroom. You are given a good view of the pitch, despite your height. However as other reviews state, the further you go back, the less of the stadium you see. I was on Row 18, and saw most of the stadium, but could not see the big screen.

Overall, I'd say that the Stadium of Light has one of the best away ends I have been in. I felt at home, and the people are generally nice. Would definitely recommend as a stadium to visit.

Result: Sunderland 0 West Bromwich Albion 0
Attendance: 40,943

Sunderland v Manchester United
Premier League
Sunday, August 24th, 2014, 4pm
Glynn Sharkey (Neutral)

I went to Gateshead v Grimsby the day before and was stopping overnight at my mate's in the North East which is one of my favourite parts of the country. Sunderland is a lovely town, I've always rated the place and have great memories of when Grimsby used to play at Roker Park. In my opinion The Stadium of Light has more character than most of the new builds, the fans are second to none, and Sunderland is a cracking drinking town. I met Neil at 10pm in the Centurian at Newcastle station. The last Metro to Seaburn saw us pub crawling to his, kebab in hand.

Roker seafront early doors to clear my throbbing head just confirmed my opinion of the beauty of the coast there. I really sometimes think that people don't appreciate what they have on their doorstep. My mobile roused me from my seafront bench slumber and got me back to Neil's where his better half had prepared us a smoked salmon and champagne breakfast. Trust me, the bubbles do go to your head. Then it was a walk into town and first stop the Blue Bell followed by a taxi towards the ground. A few boozers later saw us queuing up to get in.

I remember Roker Park when Roker Park was Roker Park, The Stadium of Light is just as good if not better for atmosphere. It's been open for years but still has a new feeling, clean, tidy and a little bit partisan. Our seats in the the West Stand Premier Concourse, and the views over the city from the windows behind being second to none.

The atmosphere was cracking as to be expected. I saw less than 1800 at a game the day before compared to a more or less sold out game this day which is as far apart as it gets. Everything was premier league.. atmosphere, toilets, the staff. They were all top notch, all brilliant but the quality of the football didn't seem any better from the previous day's non league. A few thousand Manchester fans seemed very quiet and a draw was a fair result

Ten minute walk into Town and Wetherspoons with Yate's across the road gave us a swift pint or two, before my train took me back to Newcastle, less than 4 hours after full time I was home, feet up with a single malt.

This rounded off a brilliant weekend away after watching non league footy the day before, I remember coming here all those years ago to watch Grimsby and you don't realise what you have lost until it's gone.

Sunderland v West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday, January 12th, 2013, 3pm
James Weeks (West Ham fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

Well, being an exiled Iron and living bang on the Cornwall Devon border, completing the grounds like Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland in the 92 early on was key for me, meaning that I could casually visit them and not have to fret and worry about not doing them. I also quite liked the look of the Stadium of Light, a big, modern ground usually my type but this enticed me to go.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

Leaving from our overnight stay in Derby we arrived in Sunderland at around 12:15pm and found parking quite easily. We parked in a metro-link car park of which parking cost an incredibly and nearly unbelievable £1 for a whole day, this was also a 15 minute stroll to the ground which made it even better. As we turned into Sunderland the ground was easily visible from early stages.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

With neither of us drinking the only place we visited was a McDonalds in which we met a few other hammers but also came across a few rough looking Sunderland fans, apart from those 2 or 3 the fans seemed a friendly bunch and didn't bother or threaten us in anyway. Getting into ground involves a slight walk up a staircase that has two concourses, one for food and one mostly for drink, we went up to the food section.

4. What were your thoughts on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

I wasn't too keen on the away end, it felt as with we were being locked away in the top of the ground which wouldn't help with the atmosphere at all, as for the rest of the ground, I was reasonably impressed. It was very state of the art and would look good if it was full all the time. The ground is like a bowl so there are no individual stands about, if it was me I'd put the away fans back behind the goal.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

Well, the less said the better. We never got going and got completely thrashed (3-0) and deservedly so, an awful performance which made the atmosphere quite poor, although we never really stopped singing (during Sunderlands celebrations for the 3rd we started going mental) it was hard to make a decent atmosphere because of the fact we were were up 'in the Gods'. The stewards were not of my liking either. We always stand at every away game and nothing is ever said, every single fan stands without fail and no problems were caused, until the stewards came round and told us all to sit, which obviously didnt go down to well. I know theyre only doing what they are told, but when there are no problems, and then starting an argument with 2,000 inebrihated and annoyed Cockneys definitely wasnt going to end well as they gave up shortly after.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Easy walk back to the car amongst thousands of Sunderland fans who surprisingly were not overly cocky or joyous in defeat. Got back in the car and a short wait while the traffic cleared before we set off back to Derby for the second overnight stay.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

The ground was nice but the city wasn't, great, plus and awful game. But would I do it all over again? Of course I would! Come on you Irons!

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Updated 17th November 2015