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
South Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzines
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Stadium Of Light Tours
View From The Away Section (video)
Stadium Of Light Location Map
|What's The Stadium Of Light Like?|
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.
|Future Stadium Developments|
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'.
|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 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 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 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!
|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'.
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.
|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 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.
showing the location of the Stadium Of Light
(at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: SR5 1SU
|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
|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.
|Newcastle United, Middlesbrough.|
|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.
stadium plan showing the individual block numbers
|Sunderland fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|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
|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|
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.
2013-2014: 41,090 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 40,544 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 39,095 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The Stadium Of Light|
|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.
|To see some photos of
Sunderland's previous ground Roker Park then visit the Old Grounds & Stands
Section of the Guide.
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|View From The Away Section|
|Map showing the location of the Stadium Of Light, Stations and Listed Pubs|
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