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Sunderland

Stadium Of Light

Capacity: 49,000 (all seated)
Address:
Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Main Telephone Number: 0871 911 1200
Main Fax No: 0191 551 5123
Ticket Office: 0871 911 1973
Ticket Office Fax No: 0191 551 5150
Stadium Tours: 0871 911 1224
Team Nickname: The Black Cats
Pitch Size: 105 x 68 metres
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Shirt Sponsors: Bidvest
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Blue
Kit Manufacturers: Adidas
Official Web Site: www.safc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Ready To Go
Supporters Club - Heart Of England Branch

SAFC Chat Banter (Sport Network)
Into The Light Forum
A Love Supreme Fanzine
SAFC Fans


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Contents
What's The Stadium Of Light Like?
Future Stadium Developments
External View  (photo)
What Is It Like For Away Supporters?
North And East Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?  
Looking Towards The North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car And Where To Park
West Stand (photo)
By Train And Metro
By Air
South Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2013-2014
Programme & Fanzines

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Stadium Of Light Tours
Roker Park
Hotel Accommodation
Stadium Of Light Location Map

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What's The Stadium Of Light Like?

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 impressiveIt 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 away section in 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 electronic scoreboard 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!
 

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Future Stadium Developments
Kevin Davis informs me; 'The club have secured planning permission to add another 7,200 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'.

External View


  External View Of The Stadium Of
                    Light

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What Is It Like For Away Supporters?

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. 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 and drink front, then the club offer; Fish & Chips (£5.50), Various Pies (£2.50) including the Chicken Balti Pie, Pizza Pods (£2.50), Cornish Pasties (£2), Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£2). Alcohol is available in the form of Fosters (£3.10), Strongbow (£3.10) and John Smiths (£2.90). The Club also offer 2 Pies & 2 Pints for £10 (well that's me sorted, where's yours?).

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 U2's 'Elevation', 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!

For cup games where there is a larger allocation of tickets available (up to 7,000) then away fans will revert back to being housed in the South Stand for those matches.

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North And East Stands


The
                    North and East Stands

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Where To Drink?

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'.

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.

Looking Towards The North Stand


  Looking Towards The North Stand

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How To Get There By Car And Where To Park

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. 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.

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

Post Code for SAT NAV: SR5 1SU

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West Stand


West Stand, Stadium Of Light

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By Train And Metro
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'.

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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By Air
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.

South Stand


South Stand Stadium Of
                    Light
Local Rivals
Newcastle United, Middlesbrough.

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Admission Prices
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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Stadium Layout

  Stadium of Light Sunderland layout

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
then visit the official Sunderland Sunderland Football Club website.

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

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Programme and Fanzines
Red & White Review Official Programme £3
A Love Supreme Fanzine £2.50
Sex & Chocolate Fanzine £1.50
The Wearside Roar Fanzine (TWR) £2

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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:
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:
2012-2013: 40,544 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 39,095 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 40,011 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of The Stadium Of Light

James Weeks (West Ham United) 12/1/13
Chris Harding (Chelsea) 24/05/09
Mike Davis (Crystal Palace) 30/1/07

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Stadium Of Light Tours
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.

Roker Park
To see some photos of Sunderland's previous ground Roker Park then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy 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. The Hotels listing includes details of how far they are away from the Stadium Of Light.

Access their
Sunderland Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can also use the above link or the 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 Stadium Of Light, Stations and Listed Pubs




Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.


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Last Updated: 21 March 2014