Everything You Need To Know About St James Park

St James Park is the home of one of the biggest football clubs in England – Newcastle United. It is located in the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne and has a current capacity of 52,387 seats, making it the fourth largest stadium in England.

The name ‘St James’ derives from the location of the ground in an area referred to as Byker, which is located close to St James’ Parish Church.

Many football fans know St James Park as the Sports Direct Arena, after the clubs controversial owner Mike Ashley signed a deal with sports retail company Sports Direct in November 2011 for them to have their name on the stadium until 2020. The naming rights were originally bought by Northern Rock in 1997 for £8 million and at that time was known as ‘Newcastle Brown Ale Stadium’.

One thing that is known for certain about St James Park is its reputation as one of the footballs most intimidating venues – this can be put partly down to the passionate fan base of Newcastle United who are famous across Europe for their support behind their team both home and away against opposition teams.

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What is the capacity of St James Park?

The stadium has a current capacity of 52,387 seats although this may be altered slightly depending on how many temporary seats are needed for larger events such as Newcastle United’s home games in European football competitions.

How do you get to St James Park?

The nearest train station to St James Park is Newcastle Central Station. It is a 10 minute walk from the station to the stadium and you can either take a left onto Strawberry place or right onto Barrack Road. There are around 500 car parking spaces available for those driving to the stadium and it costs £8 for a car to park on match days.

Where can I find a map of St James Park?

There is a good view of the stadium from Google Maps as well as an area showing where you can purchase your tickets from – click here . You can also access this link from anywhere else in the world and it will show your current location and the location of the stadium.

Where can I buy tickets for Newcastle United?

You can purchase tickets for home and away fixtures at St James Park from the official club website: here . You can also get tickets by visiting the stadiums box office which is located in Strawberry Place. This opens 2 hours before Newcastle United’s home games and 1 hour before away games. What is the address? The address for the box office is: Strawberry Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4ST

What is the capacity of St James Park?

The stadium has a current capacity of 52,387 seats although this may be altered slightly depending on how many temporary seats are needed for larger events such as Newcastle United’s home games in European football competitions.

What is the away fan capacity at St James Park?

The away end capacity of St James Park is around 3,500 seats.

What food is served at St James Park?

There are four food concessions at St James Park which are The Strawberry Cafe, HG Sports Bar, Centre Spot and the 3B’s stand.

Be aware that overpriced food is common at English football grounds so it would be advisable to buy your food in advance or take a picnic with you if possible! Please note that under-16s cannot purchase a burger or hotdog at the stadium.

Is there a club shop at St James Park?

Yes! The club shop is located in Strawberry Place – however, it’s best to buy from the official website as merchandise from the store comes with an additional charge.

Best away fan pub near St James Park?

One of the best pubs to watch away games from the perspective of an opposition fan is The Strawberry Pub which is a commonplace for a lot of Newcastle United fans “away days” as it’s so close to St James Park. It gets incredibly busy on match days and can sometimes be very hard to get served – however, it’s well worth the wait and the atmosphere is superb. Although this pub is probably not ideal for a family day out.

Where can I find information about getting to St James Park by bus?

The official website details which buses run from where on match days as well as how to get to St James Park by public transport.

Is St James Park covered by public transport?

St James Park is accessible via both rail and bus services which run regularly during match days. The closest train station to St James Park is Newcastle Central Station. It is a 10 minute walk from the station to the stadium and you can either take a left onto Strawberry place or right onto Barrack Road. There are around 500 car parking spaces available for those driving to the stadium and it costs £8 for a car to park on match days.

What about disabled fans?

There are accessible facilities available for disabled fans with special requirements at St James Park which include:

– Accessible toilet facilities on all floors of the stadium

– Disabled seating in the West Stand for away fans.

– Wheelchair bays available in each corner of the stadium with a wheelchair viewing platform located above these bays.

Conclusion

St James Park is a fantastic place to watch football and it’s also very accessible. For away fans who aren’t familiar with the city centre – please be aware that Strawberry Place is on the other side of the railway and, as such, may not be easy to find if you’ve never been to St James Park before!

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