St James Park – Newcastle United FC
St James’ Park Football Stadium is the home ground of Newcastle United FC. It’s the oldest football stadium in the North East and the sixth largest football stadium in the United Kingdom, with a capacity of between 52,387 and 52,409, behind Wembley stadium, Principality Stadium in Wales, Celtic Park, Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.
Accommodation within easy walking distance of the stadium and main train station. One of the nearest hotels is Sandman Signature Hotel Newcastle, located next to St James Park.
In 1930, St James’ Park recorded its highest attendance when 68,386 people visited a match between Newcastle and Chelsea FC. In 2011, St James Park was temporarily renamed Sports Direct Arena or SDA (the company of club owner Mike Ashley), with the aim to showcase the stadium’s marketing possibilities as to later definitely sell the stadium’s naming rights to another party.
Four main stands
Gallowgate End (officially the Newcastle Brown Ale Stand) at the southern end of the ground, named unofficially for its proximity to the old City gallows, and officially after the long association with the club of sponsor Scottish and Newcastle Breweries.
Leazes End (officially the Sir John Hall Stand), at the northern end of the ground, named unnofficially for its proximity to Leazes Park, and officially after the club’s Life President Sir John Hall. The Singing Section is positioned in Level 7 of this stand.
Milburn Stand, the main stand, on the west side of the ground. Named after 1950s footballer Jackie Milburn.
East Stand is the smallest stand of the four located at the eastern end of the stadium. Following the death of Sir Bobby Robson, a plan to rename the East Stand the Sir Bobby Robson Stand (or the Robson Stand) was drawn up. As yet, this has not been made official.
Newcastle United offers guided stadium tours that include the changing rooms, dugouts, players’ tunnel, and the media suite. Tours typically run Mondays to Saturdays at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm, and Sundays at 11:30 am. On Saturday matchdays there is only one tour at 11:00.
Club — Newcastle United FC
Club Colours — Black and White
Founded — 9 September, 1892
Nicknames Newcastle United — The Magpies, The Toon, Toon Army, Geordies
Stadium — Sports Direct Arena or St James Park
Capacity — 52,387
Opened — 1880
Address — Sports Direct Arena, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 4ST
Website — Newcastle United Football Club
Location of St James Park Stadium — the football ground is located close to the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 4ST UK, nearby Eldon Square Shopping Centre. The ground can be found slightly towards the north-east of Newcastle’s centre and north of the main railway station.
Nearest Train Station — the closest railway hub is the main Newcastle Train Station, which is located around 15 minute walk from The Sports Direct Arena.
By Car — follow directions to Newcastle’s city centre.
Nearest airport — the closest airport is Newcastle Internationl Airport (NCL) which is located seven miles north east from the stadium.
By Metro — the stadium is served by metro stop St James.
By Bus — Haymarket (for services from Northumberland and the North) and Eldon Square (services from County Durham and the south) are the city’s main bus stations. The bus stations are located adjacent to each other on Percy Street, next to Haymarket Metro station. From both bus stations the ground can easily be reached on foot. Cross over to the far side of the road, then walk up the passageway next to the Goose public house, and turn left.