Stadium of Light- Sunderland

Stadium of Light- Sunderland

Team: Sunderland
Official Website: safc
Address: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Capacity: 49,000
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Black Cats
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Telephone No: 0371 911 1200
Ticket Office: 0371 911 1973

The home of Sunderland is very new to League One and teams that visit here will treat it as a day out reminiscent of a cup final. The 49,000 capacity of the Stadium of Light is a modern stadium that sees the second tier travel around half of the stadium. Away fans will be located in the South Stand and all fans have an excellent view of the action, as you would expect from a top-class stadium. Outside the stadium, you will find a statue of the teams 1973 FA Cup winning manager, Bob Stokoe.

Stadium of Light- Sunderland

Information about The Stadium of Light

The stadium is massive in size and is totally enclosed. The Stadium of Light is composed of two, three-tiered stands; there are the North end and the West. The remaining other stands are two-tiered and these are called the West Stand which hosts the executive boxes, these are located just below the top tier. When viewing the stadium from the South Stand, the stadium looks massively imbalanced with all of the stands looking different from each other.

Around 3,000 away fans can be expected at the Stadium of Light and they are typically located in the heavens in the top tier of the North Stand behind one of the goals. The view of the game is as good as you will get in the division and you have a lot of space to move. The facilities and services on offer are what you would expect from a previously Premier League stadium.

How To Get To The Stadium of Light

There is great difficulty is parking near to the ground, there is a large car park at the stadium but this is normally reserved for permit holders which are typically Sunderland season ticket holders. The club does however operate a free car park and shuttle service, with the service buses running every five minutes beginning an hour and a half before kickoff. You can always park in the town centre which is only a ten-minute walk from the stadium but be warned there is normally a lot of traffic on match days.

The best train station to aim for when attending the game on the rails would be Sunderland as this is only a ten-minute walk away from the station. The easiest way to get to the station is via Newcastle main station.

Tickets prices

Due to the clubs steep decline from the Premier League to League One, there are no tickets more expensive for adults than £20. Over 65’s will pay £17.50 for match-day tickets, while under 16’s will have to pay £7.50 to see Sunderland play. There are also Select packages for individual matches to suit you and your guests while enjoying the keenest prices around in hospitality. There are five options all ranging in price in terms of hospitality, these options are Quinn’s Sports Bar, Black Cats Bar, the Montgomery Suite, the Riverview Brasserie and a number of Executive Boxes.

The Club offers daily tours of the stadium, except on match-days. These cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. You can always opt for a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) which is available at £25.

The club has recently secured planning permission to add another 7,200 seats to the Metro FM (South) Stand, which would take the capacity to 55,000. If the club then proceeds after this to add another tier to the McEwans Stand the final capacity would be around 64,000. Much of this would be dependent on which league the club are playing in.

Stadium Of Light – Sunderland A.F.C

Sunderland Club Contact Info
Official Website: www.safc.com
Address: Sunderland Football Club, Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Telephone No: 0371 911 1200
Ticket Office No: 0371 911 1973 or ticket.office@safc.com

The Stadium of Light was opened in 1997 to replace Sunderland’s former Roker Park ground at a cost of £24million. At that time the Rokerites became the Black Cats and have played their football here ever since.

Stadium of Light

As well as Sunderland home games the stadium is used regularly for major music concerts with the record attendance for these being 54,259 (Rihanna, 2013).
The playing surface at Sunderland is all natural grass and has the benefit of undersoil heating to aid growth and ensure games are not called off due to a frozen pitch. The bang on standard measurements of 105 metres by 68 metres are used for the pitch at the Stadium of Light.

Capacity
For football games, 48,700 people can fit into the stadium and for now this will not be extended.

Stands
The stands are basically split into North, South, East and West with the North upper tier featuring away fans and being linked to the West and the upper Premier Enclosure by the north-west corner. The North and West Stands are the biggest in the stadium with the other two being single tiered.

Away Fans At The Stadium Of Light
Visiting fans at the Stadium of Light are usually situated in the upper section of the North Stand, a change from years gone by when they were housed at the opposite end of the ground. The typical allocation for league games is 3,000 but this can be up to 9,000 for cup games.

The very highest seats can suffer from restricted views with negative feedback having been drawn from some fans, though the atmosphere is good when the ground is full but sadly those days seem to be gone for now.

Ticket Prices
Single adult ticket prices for a typical Championship match at Sunderland are £25 – £30 with premium seating offered up at £50. Given the way the club have fallen, we can’t help feeling this pricing should have been reviewed. Heavy discounts are of course on offer for senior supports, junior fans and the disabled.

Hospitality
Packages are offered in various parts of the ground, the James Herriot Suite, Riverview Brasserie, Exective Boxes, Montgomery Suite, Quinn’s Sports Bar and Black Cats Bar all options. Those wishing to book to watch the game in style should contact the club directly for seasonal or match-by-match prices.

How To Get To The Stadium Of Light
The main train station in Sunderland is served directly by Middlesbrough and Newcastle with the walk from there just about 20 minutes to the stadium. The more common way to access the club though is by Metro, the stadium being equidistant from both St Peters station and Stadium of Light station. The walk is only around 10 minutes in each direction.

Buses from the city centre serve the stadium area too while drivers can take the A19, turning off onto the A1231 towards Sunderland and then looking out for Stadium of Light signs on the road.

Future Developments
Most (former) Premier League clubs had plans in place to extend and modernise their stadia but in Sunderland’s case all plans are on the backburner with crowds dwindling.
Despite a large and vociferous overall support, gates are down massively since the club’s relegation from the top division in 2017 and with League One looking a real possibility and crippling debts hanging over the club it will be a long, long time before we see any redevelopment of Sunderland taking place.