Stadium of Light
Club: Sunderland AFC | Opening: 1997 | Capacity: 49,000 seats
History and description
The Stadium of Light was built in the mid 1990s as a replacement for Sunderland’s old Roker Park, which lacked the possibilities for further expansion and modernisation.
The Stadium of Light was built at a site a few hundred metres away from Roker Park and initially had a capacity of 42,000 seats.
The stadium officially opened on the 31st of July with a friendly match between Sunderland and Ajax (0-0)
The Stadium of Light was further expanded in 2002 to a capacity of 49,000 seats. The stadium’s design allows for further expansions to a maximum capacity of 66,000 seats, though no plans for such expansion exist at the moment.
How to get to the Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light stands on the north bank of the River Wear. Sunderland’s city centre, located on the south bank, is just a 15-minute walk away, as is Sunderland’s main railway station.
One can also arrive at the stadium by metro. Both the metro stations St. Peter’s and Stadium of Light are within short walking distance of the ground. After the match northbound (Newcastle) going supporters are required to board at Stadium of Light station, whereas southbound supporters need to board at St. Peters.
Furthermore, buses 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 15 and 16 all stop within walking distance of the stadium.
Address: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Eat, drink, and sleep near the Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light is located in a typical British urban area, and while there are a few places around to get a drink or something to eat, e.g. at North Bridge St., you can just as well do this in Sunderland’s city centre. which is a short walk away.
There are not many hotels in Sunderland, and none in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. In the city centre Mowbray Guest House seems a very good alternative. Theoretically at walking distance, but also close to the metro.
Alternatively, you can also pick one of the hotels on the North Sea coast, from where it is a 20 to 30-minute walk to the stadium. The Best Western Tavistock Roker Hotel and Roker Lodge are two options. The Balmoral & Terrace Guest Houses gets excellent reviews, but require at least a three-night stay.
For all hotels near the Stadium of Light click here. Of course, if you do not care about regional rivalries, you can also stay in nearby Newcastle and catch a metro to the stadium. You can find the options in Newcastle’s city centre here.
Tickets for Sunderland games can be purchased online, by phone + 44 (0) 871 911 1973, or in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office.
Tickets are also available at the ticket office before kick-off. Sunderland typically only sell out the Tyne-Wear derby and possibly one or two other high-profile matches per season.
Tickets fall into three pricing categories. Tickets for category C matches, the cheapest, range from £25.00 for a seat behind the goal or in the corners to £30.00 for a central seat at one of the long sides. Tickets for category A matches, the most expensive, range between £32.00 and £40.00.
You can find a stadium plan here. For more information call the ticket office at +44 (0) 871 911 1973.
Stadium of Light tours
Sunderland offer guided stadium tours round the stadium that include a visit to the players’ lounge, dressing room, players’ tunnel, and dugouts. The tours last just over 60 minutes.
Tours run roughly once a month and more often during the summer holidays. For exact dates, availability, and bookings check the Sunderland website or call the Tours Hotline +44 (0) 191 551 5055.
The tour costs £10.00.