Sunderland Football Club Stadium Of Light Guide
The Stadium of Light is home to Sunderland football club. The Stadium of Light was opened by HRH the Duke of York. 40,000 Sunderland supporters celebrated the opening of the new ground on 30 July 1997 when the club entertained Ajax in a game which ended 0-0.
Away fans are located in the south stand (the Metro Radio stand) and are generally allocated 3,000 tickets. The Sunderland South stand has planning permission to add a further 7,200 seats which would take the total capacity of the Stadium of Light to a massive 55,000. The club have not yet agreed to go ahead with an extension but it may very well be a possibility if England wins the bid for the 2018 world cup. It would be a certainty if Sunderland continue to progress. European qualification would no doubt encourage the board to consider an extension.
The facilities and views in the South stand (like the rest of the ground) are excellent.
It must be noted that the stewarding at the Sunderland Stadium of Light is strict. The stewards quite often evict away supporters for minor offences to make an example. Therefore here at Sunderland Football we recommend you follow instructions and warnings because they won’t think twice about throwing you out.
The Sunderland football team enter the pitch to the classical music‘Dance Of The Knights’ from Prokofiev’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.
Prices of food and drink
- Pies £2.50
- Fosters £3.10
- Strongbow £3.10
- John Smiths £2.90
There are two popular drinking holes a five minute walk away from the stadium of light, on the road approaching the Wearmouth bridge on the North of the river (The same side as the Sunderland stadium). The Sunderland Companions club and the Democratic Club (The Demi), they both get very busy with Sunderland supporters but will most certainly offer a warm welcome to away fans. You’ll get a cheap beer her!
On the opposite side of the road, there is the Wheatsheaf pub which again is populated with the Sunderland faithful. But again, it’s always a good atmosphere and providing you’re not going to act yourself, away fans will be more than welcome.
If you venture further into the Sunderland City Centre there are a lot of pubs in close proximity. Some of interest are as follows:
- Weatherspoons – The Lambton Worm (A typical Weatherspoons, offering real ales and Sky Sports TV)
- Greens – Next to Weatherspoons is Greens on the same side.
- Paddy Whacks – Further up from Weatherspoons and Greens is the Irish bar Paddywacks.
- Varsity – Is on the opposite side to Paddywacks, you go downstairs and there’s a smoking area out the front. It’s a popular pub and has a good atmosphere.
All would welcome away fans but again, they get quite busy with Sunderland supporters.
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Train: Sunderland Train station is about a ten to fifteen minute walk from the Stadium of Light, it is linked with many mainline routes as well as the Metro. Seaburn is a similar distance to the Stadium of Light. After leaving the train station (in Sunderland City Centre) past Burger King you walk to the end of the street until you come to JJB sports shop. You continue on past JJB through a back alleyway until you come to a main road and the Wear bridge will be right ahead of you. You then cross the bridge and follow the crowds. You’ll be able to see the Sunderland Stadium of light from some distance.
There is now a direct train running between London and Sunderland.
The Metro stops at St Peter’s and the Stadium of Light Metro stations which are both within easy walking distance of the ground. If you are heading towards Newcastle after the game then you need to board at the Stadium of Light metro station.
Directions by Car to The Sunderland Stadium of Light
Exit the A1 at Junction 62, the Durham/Sunderland exit and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After approx eight miles, you will reach a roundabout at which you turn left onto the A19. It is 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.
You 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, so alternatively, you can park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). The traffic can be bad so you want to get parked ahead of time.
There is ‘Park & Ride’ system in operation which is available 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. Visit the following site for more information about the Park and Ride scheme: http://www.parkandride.net/sunderland/sunderland_frameset.shtml
Parking in and around Sunderland City centre
There is the standard park and ride service, parking around the Stadium of Light is limited, it’s only a 15 minute stroll from the city centre and there are plenty of parking spaces available there, which may be a better option.
There are several big car parks in the Sunderland City centre, if you wish to park in the centre your best bet would be the Sunniside car park joined to the Gala Casino on William street. It’s a big car park and only a 5 minute walk away from the Sunderland Stadium of light.
Debenhams car park which is part of the Sunderland bridges shopping centre is also quite a big one but you’ll have to get in early as like St. Mary’s car park is very popular amongst Saturday shoppers.
Sunderland Football Club Guide For Away Supporters Stadium Information
Stadium of Light
49,000 (all seated)
Sunderland Football Club
Stadium of Light,
0871 911 1200
0191 551 5123
0871 911 1973
Hotels in and around Sunderland City centre
- Roker hotel – Reasonably priced and situated on the seafront. It also has a nice bar and two separate restaurants, both serving quality food (Thai China and The Tavistock Italia).
- Travel lodge – Cheap and basic but perfectly located in the Sunderland City centre, surrounded by pubs and a ten to fifteen minute walk to the ground.
- Seaham hall – An expensive 5 star hotel. Great dining and spa experience.
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