What's St James'
|What's St James' Park Like?|
was largely rebuilt in the 1990's and is now
unrecognisable from the St James' Park of old. On
approaching the ground, it looks absolutely huge, as
it appears to have been built on raised ground. I
particularly like St James' Park as it is totally
enclosed and has a great atmosphere. With the
completion of the additional tier to the Milburn
& Leazes (Sir John Hall) Stands in 2000, the
capacity has been increased to over 52,000. These
stands have a huge lower tier, with a row of
executive boxes and a smaller tier above. This
development has created the largest cantilever
structure in Europe and has a spectacular looking
roof, which allows natural light to penetrate
through it (and hence is good for the pitch).
However the ground now looks somewhat imbalanced
with one half of the ground being significantly
larger than the other two sides. These remaining two
sides the Gallowgate End and East Stand are both of
the same height and are two-tired. The stadium is
also totally enclosed with all four corners being
filled with seating.
The Club have announced plans to re-develop the Gallowgate End of the stadium. The plans which also include the construction of a new conference centre, hotel and residential apartments, would see the overall capacity of the ground increase to around 60,000. The plans are subject to local authority approval and as of yet no formal timescales as to when this might take place have been announced.
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
Away fans are housed on
the very far side of the Sir John Hall
Stand, in the top tier. Up to 3,000 supporters can be
accommodated in this section for league games
and a larger allocation is available for cup
games. Be warned though that it is a climb of 14
flights of stairs up to the away section and that
you are situated quite far away from the pitch. So if you are scared of heights or
have poor eye sight then this may not be for
you. On the plus side you do get a
wonderful view of the whole stadium, plus the
Newcastle skyline and countryside in the distance.
Also the leg room and height between rows are some
the best that I have come across and the
facilities on offer are pretty good. The concourse
is spacious and there is
a fair selection of pies on
offer including the Chicken Balti Pie,
plus the usual burgers and hot dogs, all served in
Newcastle United branded packaging (which made me
wonder if their sales were affected when playing
Sunderland!). There are also televisions on the
concourse, showing live the gamebeing
played, with separate refreshment areas
which serve alcohol, again in Newcastle United
branded plastic glasses.
Thanks to Kevin Aldworth for
provding the photo above.
|Where To Drink?|
is one of the few remaining in the country that is
literally right in the centre of the
city. You are only a few minutes walk from
the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are
plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre,
but most away fans tend to favour the pubs opposite
and around Newcastle Railway Station. The 'A Head Of Steam' 'The Lounge'
and 'O'Neills' are all recommended, but some of
these bars will only admit
fans if colours are
covered and none of them admitted children. Also
nearby is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Union
Rooms. Alternatively there is Idols which has
strippers and is popular with both home and away
Thanks to Kevin Aldworth for provding the photo above.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the
A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road,
bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River
Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground
can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual
carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads
directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the
ground is so central there are a number of pay and
display car parks in the vicinity.
Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom fan adds; 'An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) - parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game'.
Map showing the location of St James' Park, Newcastle (at the bottom of this page).
Central Railway Station is half a mile from the ground
and takes 10-15 minutes to walk.
Thanks to Dave Lawson for providing the directions;
'Come out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and then head up the pedestrianised Pink Lane. Then cross Westgate Road at the top. Then up pedestrianised Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right on to Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie’s Bar, under the ornate Chinese arch. Then left up Gallowgate. St James is on your right'.
Andrew Saffrey adds; 'If you're feeling lazy, you can get buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from station), up to the ground. The fare should be about 50p'. Whilst Claire Stewart informs me; 'You can also get the metro from inside the train station up to the ground, which has its own "St. James' Park" stop. Go on the metro from the railway station to Monument Metro Station where you need to change trains to go to St James' Park. You can also walk up to the ground from Monument Station. It's pretty easy to find, and if you do happen to get lost, then just follow the black and white crowd!
Airport is located seven miles away from the City
Centre. The easiest way to get into Newcastle is to go
by the Metro transit system. The airport has its own
Metro station which is situated next to the passenger
terminal. There are frequent departures to the City
Centre and the journey time is 23 minutes. This costs
£2 for a single ticket or £3 return (£3.80 at peak
periods). You can also purchase a
'day saver' ticket for £3.50 which allows you
unlimited travel on the Metro System for one day. Change
at Monument Metro Station for a Metro to St James Park
See a map of the entire Metro system (takes you to the Newcastle University website).
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Admission Prices For Away Fans|
Like a number of Clubs,
Newcastle operate a ticket category system (A,B
& C) whereby the most popular games cost more to
watch. Prices are shown below with Category B &
C prices shown in brackets.
|Programme & Fanzines|
The Mag Fanzine: £3
True Faith Fanzine: £2.50
|Newcastle United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
68,386 v Chelsea,
Division One, September 3rd, 1930.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
52,327 v Manchester United
Premier League, August 28th, 2005.
2011-2012: 49,936 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 47,718 (Premier League)
2009-2010: 43,388 (Championship League)
|Ground Tours & Club Museum|
|The Club offer daily tours of the ground . The cost of the tour on non-matchdays is Adults £10, Concessions £7, Children £5. On matchdays these ticket prices are increased by £3. Tours must be pre-booked by calling 0844 372 1892. As part of the tour a visit to the Club Museum is also included.|
|Other Places Of Interest|
The Newcastle night life is legendary, with the bars around Biggmarket and the Quayside being very popular. A lot of fans tend to stay over in Newcastle for this, or in the nearby coastal town of Whitley Bay, which is only a 25 minute journey away on the Metro. Whitley Bay itself is pretty lively and popular for stag parties. So why not make a weekend of it?
|Fans Reviews Of St James Park|
Bickerton (Stoke City) 21/4/12
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|The Old Fashioned
Football Shirt company are based nearby in
Gateshead and have a factory shop that may be of
interest. You can see
how TOFFS shirts are made while browsing their range of retro football
shirts for teams from around the UK and worldwide. The shop is open Mon-Fri
08.00-17.15 and some
Saturday mornings (phone for details). 0191 4913500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or www.toffs.com Factory Shop at Unit 11C,
Station Approach, Earlsway, TVTE, Gateshead, NE11 0ZF. Click here for a location map.
|Map showing the location of St James' Park, railway station and listed pubs|
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Although the Club didn't move in until 1892, the
land had been used for football since 1880.