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Stadium of Light: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

The Stadium of Light was built in the 1990s as Sunderland's replacement for their old Roker Park, which lacked the possibilities for further expansion and modernisation.

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

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 necessary space to expand and modernize. The Stadium of Light was built at a site a few hundred meters away from Roker Park and originally had a seating capacity of 42,000.

The stadium officially opened on the 31st of July with a friendly match between Sunderland and Ajax.

In 2002, the Stadium of Light was expanded to a capacity of 49,000 seats. The expansion allowed for future expansions to a maximum capacity of 66,000 seats, though no plans for such expansions currently exist.

How to get to the Stadium of Light

The Stadium of Light is located on the north bank of the River Wear, south of Sunderland's city center. Sunderland's city center is located on the south bank, just a 15-minute walk away. Sunderland's main railway station is also located south of the city center. One can also arrive at the stadium by metro. Metro stations St. Peter's and Stadium of Light are both close to the ground, and after the match northbound (Newcastle) supporters are required to board at Stadium of Light station, whereas southbound supporters need to board at St. Peters.

Moreover, the 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, it is just as well to do this in the city centre of Sunderland? which is a short walk away. There are few 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 requires at least a three-night stay.

For all hotels near the Stadium of Light, please 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 center here.

Sunderland Tickets

Tickets for Sunderland games can be purchased online, by phone (0871 911 1973), or in person at the Stadium of Light ticket office. Tickets are available at the ticket office before kick-off. Sunderland typically only sells out the Tyne-Wear derby and possibly one or two other high-profile matches per season.

Tickets for category B matches, the middle priced option, range between £30.00 and £35.00. Ticket pricing falls into three categories: C-level tickets for matches that are the cheapest, A-level tickets for matches that are more expensive, and B-level tickets for matches in the middle of the range. Tickets for C-level matches start at £25.00 and go up to £30.00 for seats behind the goal or in the corners, while tickets for A-level matches start at £32.00 and go up to £40.00. Finally, tickets for B-level matches range from £30.00 to £35.00.

You can find a stadium plan here. For more information, please call the ticket office at +44 (0) 871 911 1973.

Stadium of Light tours

The Sunderland Football Club offer guided stadium tours 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 at +44 (0) 191 551 5055.

The tour costs £10.00.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Sunderland AFC, visitsunderland.com provides tourist information for the Sunderland area. The Nexus.org.uk journey planner includes public transport information for the Sunderland area. Kris Burnett wrote: On 20 December 2019, at 8:18pm, Kris Burnett wrote: Sunderland vs Blackpool was a great weekend. We made the trip to the beautiful stadium 30 minutes walk from the city center, and fans were friendly and our bets won. We even had a class meal in a restaurant, and then went out for a few drinks afterwards. It was all very fun!

We had a great time at Sunderland v Blackpool stadium, it's only a 30-minute walk from the city centre and the fans are friendly. We also managed to win our bets and had a class meal in some pubs. Finally, we had an unexpected party for a family day out!

Nigel Stooke wrote: 1 March 2016 at 5:55 pmThe stadium is great and the atmosphere is outstanding. My Dad enjoyed his last visit before he died a long-time supporter.

The stadium and atmosphere are great, my Dad enjoyed his last visit before he died a life long supporter.

Gaz wrote: The stadium is great and the atmosphere is excellent. Good family zone. Excellent price range depending on what you want. However, the seats need replacing (they're faded) and the away fans are housed in the top tier, which is out of the way.

The stadium is magnificent, and the atmosphere is great. The family zone is very good, and the price range is excellent, depending on what you want. However, the seats need replacing (they have faded), and the away fans are housed in the top tier, which makes them difficult to see.

When we won 2-1 vs Newcastle, the spectators cheered and sung even when the Newcastle team equalised. I would rate it 5 out of 10.

When we won 2-1 vs Newcastle, the spectators cheered and sang even when the Newcastle team equalized. I would rate it 5.25 out of 10.

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