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Southampton
St Mary's Stadium

Capacity: 32,689 (all seated)
Address:
Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP
Main Telephone No: 0845 688 9448
Main Fax No: 0845 688 9445
Ticket Office No: 0845 688 9288
Club Nickname: The Saints
Year Ground Opened: 2001
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Shirt Sponsors: aap
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Away Kit Colours: Black & White

Official Web Site:
www.saintsfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
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Contents
What's St Mary's Stadium Like?
External View  (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The Chapel & Kingsland Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Northam Stand
(photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train

A Closer Look At The Chapel Stand
(photo)
Admission Prices

Programme & Fanzine

Ground Layout

Fixtures 2013-2014
Local Rivals

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Stadium Tours
The Dell
Hotel Accommodation
St Mary's Stadium Location Map



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What's St Mary's Stadium Like?
The Club moved from The Dell to the new St Mary's Stadium in 2001. In some ways this saw the Club returning to its roots as it was originally founded as 'Southampton St Marys', hence the club nickname 'The Saints'. To be truthful the stadium looks, quite simply, superb. The stadium is completely enclosed, with all corners being filled with seating. There are also two great looking screens sitting on the roofs at each end. Running around three sides of the stadium, just below the roof, is a transparent perspex strip allows more light and facilitates pitch growth. On the remaining side there is a row of executive boxes. The crowd are set well back from the playing action, as firstly there is a cinder track surrounding the playing surface and secondly the pitch itself must be the largest in the League (although the playing area does not use all of it). Outside the stadium behind the Itchen Stand is a statue of former Southampton legend Ted Bates.  

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External View


St
                    Mary's Stadium External View

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the Northam Stand at one end of the stadium, where normally up to 3,100 fans can sit. For cup games this allocation can be increased to 4,750. The view of the playing action and the facilities within this stand are excellent. Leg room is good, although the width of the seating seemed to be a bit narrower than other grounds (either that, or I am putting on weight!). The sizeable concourse behind the stand features a Ladbrokes, has TV's which show the game as it is played and a number of eating and drinking outlets. There are plenty of staff and the queues never seemed to get particularly long, which was a pleasant surprise. There is also a 'Pie & Pint' outlet, that as the name suggests, only serves beer and pies. Perhaps they should rename it as 'Heaven'!

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to St Mary's and would happily return. The stadium has (contrary to other reports) a great atmosphere and the facilities are first class. I particularly commend the Club for the friendliness of their staff, from the stewards to the catering staff. Even as I left the stadium, a steward wished me an enjoyable journey home! Considering that away supporters are almost treated with contempt at some other clubs, this was a refreshing change. Coupled with the relaxed attitude of the home supporters and the excellent facilities, then this to to me makes a visit to St Mary's one of the better days out in the League. Only one minor gripe though, is that away fans are searched before entering the stadium which obviously slows the entrance process down somewhat.

Phil Jones adds; 'There was an excellent view from all around the ground and the atmosphere was good. I was impressed by their having toilet facilities around the perimeter of the ground which are accessible prior to the turnstiles opening. Well done Southampton, it's the little touches like these, for the fans comfort and enjoyment of the day, which make all the difference'.

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The Chapel & Kingsland Stands

The Chapel &
                    Kingsland Stands

Apologies for the quality of the photo, my camera couldn't cope with the low bright sunshine!

Where To Drink?
There are not many pubs located close to the stadium, so the choice for away fans is limited. There is the Waterfront Bar in William Street, which is an area called Shamrock Quay. You can visit the Waterfront Bar website for more details. Nic Hallam a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers fan adds; 'In the Ocean Village we found "The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis" public house. This large establishment had an an excellent choice of beers, friendly bar staff and a convivial mix of both home and away fans'.

Most fans seem to end up in the city centre before the game, where there are plenty of pubs to choose from. Paul Hunt a visiting Bristol City fan adds; 'On our last visit the Standing Order Wetherspoons outlet was for home fans only, with bouncers on the door. We ended up in Yates Wine Lodge in the central shopping area. There were also a lot of away fans in the Slug & Lettuce next door'. Away fans should avoid pubs along St Marys Street such as the Kingsland Tavern, Joiners and Isobar. Please remember though that if you do drink in the centre, that the stadium is a good twenty minute walk away. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground.

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Northam Stand


Northam
                    Stand, St Mary's

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How To Get There And Where To Park

From the M3 take the A33 into Southampton. Continue on the A33 until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left onto this road towards Northam. Then turn right onto the B3038, Britannia Road for the stadium.

There is hardly any parking available at the stadium for away fans and there are parking restrictions in force for the local area. Most fans seem to be just heading for the city centre car parks and then embarking on the 15-20 minute walk to the stadium. I did this and parked in an NCP car park, which cost 5. I should point out though, that after the game the roads around the city centre become almost grid locked. It took me over an hour to get away afterwards. 

Alternatively, on my last visit I noticed a number of fans parking around the Marina area and then taking the ten minute walk to the ground. Parking in this area has the advantage that at the end of the game, you can avoid the city centre gridlock, by heading along the coast on the A3024 and then onto the M271/M27. Steve Ship a visiting Crystal Palace fan also recommends it; 'The Marina is called the Ocean Village which has plenty of parking, but it does charge to park there (we paid 5 for five hours). It is no more than a ten minute walk to the stadium, has a pub on the complex (which had a decent mix of home and away supporters) as well as plenty of food outlets. We left at the final whistle and were back on the M27 within 20 minutes thus avoiding the congested town centre'.

Barry Sear suggests 'I parked in Woolston (on the other side of the Itchen Toll Bridge which costs 60p) where there is plenty of street parking, and made the 15-20 minute walk from there to the ground over the Itchen toll Bridge. To get there, you leave the M27 at Junction 8 and follow the A3025 to Woolston. I was back on the M27 within 10 minutes of getting back to the car'. Paul Bostock a visiting Burnley fan adds; 'There is a public car park (free for first 5 hours) located just south of the Woolston side access to the Itchen Bridge. It is on Oakbank Road and the entrance is at the junction of Bridge Road and Oakbank Road.
For those without the benefit of sat nav, as you approach the bridge along the A3025 there is a roundabout at the entrance to the toll booths, take first exit left onto Portsmouth Road down to the traffic lights, turn right into Bridge Road and the car park is immediately on the left. Across Oakbank Road are steps which take you up onto Itchen Bridge and St Marys is visible across the river to the right'.

Please note that the Park & Ride service is no longer in operation.

Map showing the location of the St Marys' Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: SO14 5FP

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Itchen Stand

By Train
The stadium is located around one and a half miles away from Southampton station (where there is also quite a large car park), which should take about 30 minutes to walk. There is also a shuttle bus in operation taking fans from the station to the ground. This operates from the Blechynden Terrace bus stop outside the station.

Turn left out of the station' s southern entrance and walk up Western Esplanade, which becomes Civic Centre Road. Remain on the Civic Centre Road and walk between the Civic Centre and the Marlands Shopping Centre. Eventually a crossroads is reached with the Nationwide Building Society on one corner and Lloyds Bank on another. Cross into New Road and follow this road across a park and past a college. Eventually you will reach a complex road junction with a number of traffic lights. Cross Kings Way into Northam Road and follow this road for quarter of a mile until you reach the ground on your right. There are signs provided by the local council, which direct fans from the station to the ground.

Thanks to Scott Lydon, Jeff Manning & David Furnell for providing the directions.


You can also walk to the ground from St Denys Station, which is about a 25 minute walk away. This area also has some good pubs. Kay Wilkinson provides the following directions: 'Leave the station on the platform 4 (South Western Arms Pub side) and proceed past the pub, which is on your right hand side and continue on down this road, past the Junction Inn and over the Horseshoe Bridge (this goes over the railway.)  Take the next left, Dukes Road and follow this for about 3/4 of mile past various industrial units and round past Mount Pleasant School, which is on your right.  At this T junction turn left into Mount Pleasant Road and walk over the railway (tip if the train gates are down use the footbridge - you can sometimes wait here for 20 minutes). You then continue along this road, which changes into Radcliffe Road, past the mosque on your right and this road will take you all the way down to the underpass to the Stadium. This is the most direct route. If you want to visit the Dolphin Pub mentioned above you exit the Station on Platform one side using the bridge across the road and the Dolphin is directly in front of you. To visit the Bevios Castle pub follow the directions into Dukes Road and half way down this road is a right turn, this will take you out into Bevios Valley, turn left and the pub is about 3 minutes walk away on a road junction on the right hand side. To get to St Marys from here you can either walk up the hill following the road continuously, past the hospital and the fire station on your left, when you reach the main road, Northam Road, cross and pass through the bridge to the ground. Alternatively you can walk down the hill and take the first right, Mount Pleasant Road and follow the directions as from St Denys Station above'.

Ian Knight adds; 'The South Western Arms and the Junction pubs near to St Denys Stadium are both excellent real ale outlets and are football fan friendly. The Junction also serves good food. Allow around 25 mins to get to the ground in good time. Basically you just follow the crowd, but recently the council have put in a rather pleasant boardwalk alongside the western bank of the River Itchen thus saving the walk over the railway bridge and down Empress Road to the level crossing at Mt Pleasant. The boardwalk comes out in a small industrial estate the stadium side of the level crossing. From there follow the directions above.'

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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A Closer Look At The Chapel Stand


A Closer
                    Look At The Chapel Stand

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Admission Prices

Like a number of Clubs Southampton have a category system (A, B & C) for the pricing of match tickets, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Catergory B & C prices in brackets.

Home Fans*:

Itchen Stand (Premium Centre): Adults 50 (B 46) (C 44), No Concessions*
Kingsland Stand (Premium Centre): Adults 47 (B 44) (C 40), No Concessions*
Itchen & Kingsland Stands (Outer Centre): Adults 44 (B 41) (C 36), Concessions 40 (B 37) (C 32), Under 17's 32 (B 30) (C 26), Under 11's 17 (B 14) (C 12)**
Itchen & Kingsland Stands (Wings): Adults 38 (B 35) (C 30), Concessions 33 (B 31) (C 26), Under 17's 21 (B 20) (C 17), Under 11's 12 (B 10) (C 8)**
Northam & Chapel Stands: Adults 40 (B 37) (C 32), Concessions 35 (B 33) (C 28), Under 17's 23 (B 22) (C 19), Under 11's 14 (B 12) (C 10)
**
Family Enclosure: Adults 37 (B 34) (C 30), Concessions 25 (B 23) (C 20), Under 17's 17 (B 16)
(C 14), Under 11's 10 (B Free) (C Free)
**
Away Fans*:
Northam Stand: 
Adults 40 (B 37) (C 32), Concessions 35 (B 33) (C 28), Under 17's 23 (B 22) (C 19)

Concessions apply to Over 65's, Under 21's & Students.

* Apart from disabled supporters.

** Under 11's tickets only available when purchased in conjunction with an adult ticket.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: 3.
Beautiful South Fanzine: 1.

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Ground Layout


St Marys Southampton Stadium Plan

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Southampton FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Local Rivals
Portsmouth.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
32,363 v Coventry City
Championship League, April 28th, 2012.

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 30,874 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 26,420 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 22,161 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of St Marys
Christopher Watson (26/10/13)
Philip Green (Stoke City) 19/5/13
Alex Smith (Coventry City) 28/4/12
James Spring (Notts County) 15/1/11
Alexander Jones (Bournemouth) 2/10/10
Ed Butler (Walsall) 27/02/10
Ben Clarke (Ipswich Town) 23/01/10
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers) 1/12/09

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Stadium Tours
The Club offer regular tours of the stadium. The tours cost Adults 12, Concessions 6. Family tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) are also available at 30. Saints season ticket holders and club members are admitted at half price. Tours can be booked by calling 0845 688 9370.

 

The Dell
To see some photos of Southampton's previous ground The Dell then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.

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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. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the ground.

Access their Southampton Hotels and Guest Houses page.

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 St Mary's stadium, railway stations and listed pubs



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Last Updated: 20 March 2014