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« on: November 25, 2005, 08:14:21 AM »


STADIUM OF LIGHT



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Address: Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Main Telephone Number: 0191-551-5000
Ticket Office: 0845-671-1973
Capacity: 48,300
Away Allocation: 2900


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DIRECTIONS

To see a map of the ground and the surrounding area click here

By Car
Exit the A1 at the Durham/Sunderland exit and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After about eight miles, turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left hand lane and take the Sunderland slip road onto the bridge 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 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 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.

By Train
Sunderland train station in the city centre is walkable from the stadium (around 15 minutes). From the train station, exit between W.H.Smith and the bakery. Turn left and walk down "High St West" and then turn left again and walk up Fawcett St to the Wear Bridge. From here you can see stadium as it is on raised ground. Simply cross the bridge, and turn left into Millennium Way,  opposite the Wheatsheaf pub (home fans only). The away turnstiles are located on the side of the ground which is straight ahead".

A new 'Metro' train service has started running to Sunderland, with two new stations 'Stadium of Light' and 'St. Peters' both serving the stadium. The metro provides regular and rapid transport from both Newcastle and the South of Sunderland. Both new 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).

Thoughts:
Sunderlands stadium is very similar in design to many of the modern grounds, and as such doesnt have much originality about it. Kinda like a pre fab stadia. That said, the facilities are good, and its a tidy place to go to watch footie. Dcent facilities and the away fans are located in the "Metro FM Stand" behind the goal, and its a decent view of the game. [see below pic] That said, the stewards are very OTT here [or have been on the occassions ive visitied] Moaning for persistant standing, smoking, and swearing!!! [yes, swearing] When I went, there were loads of ejections, and ive spoken to other fans who have said similar - so just be aware. Also, after the game, traffic away from the ground can be a nightmare. Took us 45+ on all occassions weve been.



Pub guide and extras
There are bars inside the ground, however they get really crowded. I would recommend the William Jameson (Wetherspoons pub) in the centre of town for a drink before or after the game. Also the new Yates's bar opposite Wetherspoons or try 'Idols' on High Street West, in the city centre, which has good beer and scantily clad barmaids and dancers. The beer is not bad too! Away fans are welcome'.

Away Fans:
Adults - £35
Concessions - £20

Red & White Review Official Programme £23
A Love Supreme Fanzine £2
Sex & Chocolate Fanzine £1.50
The Wearside Roar Fanzine (TWR) £2

Disabled Facilities
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #1 on: December 1, 2005, 11:55:15 PM »
Park and Ride.  As this is on the Enterprise Park, make sure you park in the yellow-signposted MATCHDAY P & R.  Look out for somebody in fluorescent jacket to guide you in.  Clamping operates in the area.

There is a retail park opposite it, and coming back in the dark, one can see MFI, Argos, and Comet, so can tell when to get off the bus.

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #2 on: December 2, 2005, 08:38:18 PM »
its easy to walk from the town centre to the ground. this isnt a ground in the middle of nowhere, its just over a bridge from the city centre. if you dunno where the ground is an its a night game, look in the sky - there'll be spotlights to guide you.
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #3 on: December 2, 2005, 08:56:49 PM »
If you get the Metro in from Newcastle down to Sunderland station (in town) for a few bevvies before the match, don't be alarmed if when heading up to the stadium you see what looks like the Tyne Bridge - no, you haven't walked back to Newcastle, it's just another bridge that looks like it - we had a few drinks in town and come out to head up for the match and thought "hang on....." ;D

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #4 on: December 2, 2005, 09:02:28 PM »
its easy to walk from the town centre to the ground. this isnt a ground in the middle of nowhere, its just over a bridge from the city centre. if you dunno where the ground is an its a night game, look in the sky - there'll be spotlights to guide you.

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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2005, 06:07:49 PM »
Smoking - The stewards aren't that arsed about it, they just ask you to go in to the stand to smoke. Persistant smoking in your seat and they won't be happy though.

Swearing - Didn't seem arsed atall.

Drinking - Take your pint to your seat at your peril - saw a few people being ejected for this.
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #6 on: January 7, 2006, 04:09:05 PM »
Stewards were bastards when i went there, proper OTT, tellin us to stop singin and not to stand up, even got the bizzys in to try and shut us up

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« Reply #7 on: January 8, 2006, 09:56:26 PM »
They asked you to stop singing? Is that not the point of the fans?
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2006, 06:24:43 PM »
Stewards were bastards when i went there, proper OTT, tellin us to stop singin and not to stand up, even got the bizzys in to try and shut us up
Saw a group of police tellin people to shut up singin in concourse this year. Good on them, they were singin sick georgey best stuff and munich. I hope that wasnt your lot.

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2008, 06:05:09 PM »
The away allocation at Sunderland has been reduced by 600 for our match on 16.8.08 ....

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #10 on: August 5, 2008, 03:19:16 AM »
They asked you to stop singing? Is that not the point of the fans?

Absolute utter pricks like, so be careful lads....their even worse than ever now.

And its true about the singing. One lad who sits a few rows in front of me had his season ticket taken off him for standing up to start a song off last season. Boil my piss they do, so just watch yersel's.

Loads of decent pubs in walking distance of the ground. Almost all are away fan friendly, good craic and canny prices for a pint/bottle...just avoid the likes of "Keano's" bar (this is the one where you'll see coppers with video camera's outside). Canny ones include the likes of the "Premier Club" on Roker Avenue. 20p to get in but only a quid a bottle and £1.50/£1.70 a pint iirc....other than the good prices, i go so its guaranteed to be good haha ;) the "Howard Arms" next door to the premier is also canny.

If going to Newcastle first, loads of decent boozers around....avoid places like "Shearer's" bar unless you like paying over the odds for a drink....if arriving by train, its just as easy to go straight through to Sunderland on the metro (about a minutes walk from where you'll get off the train), and like i say, good matchday craic to enjoy.

If any of you do get the metro from Newcastle...Don't get off at the "Stadium of light" stop...get off at "St Peters"...wierdly enough st peters stop is actually closer to the ground/pubs etc than the SOL stop. Usually police will advise getting off at the SOL but thats just to make their job easier and to stop any potential trouble, but there's never really much bother when you lot come down. If wanting to drink in the town centre, get off at sunderland centre...self explanatory really.

I'd advise against getting a taxi from newcastle to sunderland....it'll cost you in excess of 10 maybe 15 quid and will take friggen aaaaages....jump on the metro for a couple of quid and be there in around 20/25 mins.

If driving down, theres a few of parking spaces near the ground and your cars will be fine if left. Theres a couple of streets behind the "Coillery Tavern" pub that you can park in or theres a big carpet shop place on roker avenue and a McNasty's etc that you can park in....free of charge as far as i know.

Hope i've helped a little anyhoo and i'll look forward to you lot coming down!

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2008, 09:25:59 PM »
I live about 5 minuites away from sunderland now. So if you have any questions on a good pub for all the reds too meet up, ill find a good one :P
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2008, 11:26:43 PM »

Hope i've helped a little anyhoo and i'll look forward to you lot coming down!

If anyone has any other questions or owt just give me a shout and i'll see if i can help!

Ta for that Sarah. It'll be my first time away to you lot, so much useful info there. Struggling to get a ticket in the away end though - might have to try get one with you lot!
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2008, 06:39:05 PM »
Ta for that Sarah. It'll be my first time away to you lot, so much useful info there. Struggling to get a ticket in the away end though - might have to try get one with you lot!

No probs, glad to be a help :)

Still loads of tickets in our end last time i looked (its dead easy for anyone to get tickets too). Get yourself in our end if you cant get in yours (anything but miss the match!)
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #14 on: February 3, 2009, 10:31:22 PM »
Enjoyed it alright

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« Reply #15 on: October 13, 2009, 04:39:33 PM »
Forget 'Idols' as it's now closed. However, Wee Phillie who worked there is now in Privilege just a couple of doors along from Idols. There's also free entry, cheap beer and strippers.

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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2009, 12:46:50 PM »
its easy to walk from the town centre to the ground. this isnt a ground in the middle of nowhere, its just over a bridge from the city centre. if you dunno where the ground is an its a night game, look in the sky - there'll be spotlights to guide you.

It can also be seen from the other side of the river.
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2009, 03:28:42 PM »
Where is best place to head for beers before hand?
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2011, 09:46:46 PM »
2 weeks to go, I know it's early but where to go for pre-match ale?We normally go to a 'spit and sawdust' near the one way loop but can't remember the name. There is a subway under the road a few yards from the hostelry.
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« Reply #19 on: March 16, 2011, 08:34:37 PM »
2 weeks to go, I know it's early but where to go for pre-match ale?We normally go to a 'spit and sawdust' near the one way loop but can't remember the name. There is a subway under the road a few yards from the hostelry.

Any news on this?

A few of us last year went to Harbour View in Roker but looks like I'm on my tod this year so wouldn't mind a few friendly faces.

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« Reply #20 on: March 16, 2011, 09:49:44 PM »
Any news on this?

A few of us last year went to Harbour View in Roker but looks like I'm on my tod this year so wouldn't mind a few friendly faces.
Trying to find the name of the pub. Will PM you my mobile. Are you travelling on yer own cos can maybe get you a lift with a mate from Chorley area?
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2011, 09:54:18 PM »
Stewards were far more relaxed this year and far less of them. Made it a better away, pain in the arse with the coaches and the police though.

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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2011, 02:16:54 PM »
Good away but the escort on happy als was with the coach up until we got to Leeds.

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« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2011, 10:03:07 PM »
Any news on this?

A few of us last year went to Harbour View in Roker but looks like I'm on my tod this year so wouldn't mind a few friendly faces.

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« Reply #24 on: March 23, 2011, 05:25:28 PM »
Good to meet you John lad. Give us a bell anytime you want to meet up on the travels. It's still your round!

Will do mate. Hopefully I'll get you that drink before end of season.

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« Reply #25 on: February 6, 2012, 02:15:30 AM »
Whats it like getting back for the metro after the game for this one please?

Gonna be commuting from Scotland next month, just wondering what train from Newcastle is gettable? I've only been here in the car before

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« Reply #26 on: February 19, 2012, 07:21:19 PM »
i have moved up to sunderland for uni, metro is pretty regular, only about a 10 minute walk from the city centre over the bridge
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« Reply #27 on: February 20, 2012, 04:31:34 PM »
Where is the best place to park in the city centre?

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« Reply #28 on: February 20, 2012, 11:14:26 PM »
Where is the best place to park in the city centre?
A car park in the city centre is your best bet I'd imagine!
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« Reply #29 on: March 7, 2012, 06:52:40 PM »
How many rows are there in the away end?

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« Reply #30 on: March 7, 2012, 06:57:59 PM »
How many rows are there in the away end?

The answer is in the other thread.

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« Reply #31 on: March 7, 2012, 07:00:43 PM »
The answer is in the other thread.

Yeah but it said 36 or 39 and my ticket says row 41.

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« Reply #32 on: March 7, 2012, 08:22:57 PM »
Why does it particularly matter?

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« Reply #33 on: March 7, 2012, 08:24:21 PM »
Why does it particularly matter?

Just as a matter of interest of how many rows there are.

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« Reply #34 on: March 7, 2012, 11:02:56 PM »
Carl, wind your neck in.
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« Reply #35 on: March 8, 2012, 08:33:14 AM »
Carl, wind your neck in.

Shut up.
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Re: Sunderland
« Reply #36 on: March 8, 2012, 11:20:34 AM »
Whats it like in sunderland at night im stopping over in B&B and looking for a few drinks afterwards

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« Reply #37 on: March 8, 2012, 12:14:32 PM »
Just as a matter of interest of how many rows there are.
well I've got row 44..

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« Reply #38 on: March 8, 2012, 01:12:57 PM »
Whats it like in sunderland at night im stopping over in B&B and looking for a few drinks afterwards

If i were you, i would head out in newcastle. If there's a few of you it's well worth the taxi afterwards, far better night out than sunderland!
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« Reply #39 on: March 8, 2012, 01:16:59 PM »
Lower- 1-16
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Head to Newcastle for a night out.. Sunderland is shite!
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