Southampton – St Marys Stadium

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southampton st marysSt. Mary’s Stadium is all-seater, with a capacity of 32,689. Construction started in December 1999 and was completed at the end of July 2001, with work on the stadium and improvements to the local infrastructure costing some £32 million. The stadium is totally enclosed by 4 single-tier stands of equal height.

At the rear of the Chapel (South), Kingsland (West) and Northam (North) Stands, there is a continuous, translucent panel designed to allow light to access the pitch. There are two large screens at either end that can be seen from all parts of the ground. About a half of the Northam Stand is allocated to away supporters.

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How to get to St. Mary’s Stadium

By Road:
southampton stadium directionsSt. Mary’s Stadium is located in Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP.

Drivers should exit the M3 at junction 14, joining the A33 towards Southampton. Follow the A33 as far as its junction with the A3024, turning left towards Northam. Turn right onto Britannia Road (B3038) where the stadium is located.


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By Rail:
southampton train stationSouthampton Central station is about 1½ miles and a 30-minute walk from St. Mary’s Stadium. A shuttle bus service operates to the ground from the bus stop immediately outside the station. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Southampton, within 3½ miles of the ground, with regular rail connections to Southampton Central station. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Southampton that can take you to and from St Marys stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

st marys stadium parkingThere is little parking available at the ground and restrictions operate around it on match days. As a result, many visiting fans use car parks in the city centre. However, traffic after a match is horrendous, leading to lengthy delays in getting away.

Several fans have recommended parking in the marina area known as “Ocean Village.” This can be reached by heading along the coast on the A3024 and M271/M27 and is only a 10-minute walk for the ground. Parking is plentiful and there is a pub on the complex along with several food outlets.

Away Friendly Pubs near St. Mary’s Stadium

pubs near st marys stadiumChoice of pubs for away fans is limited as there are few near the ground. However, several visitors have recommended the Coopers Arms, on Belvedere Road, about 10 minutes from the stadium. Other nearby recommendations include the Admiral Sir Lucas Curtis and the Waterfront Bar, both of which offer a hospitable mix of home and away fans.

Alternatively, the city centre offers several pubs recommended by visiting supporters. Away fans can be assured of a friendly welcome at the Station, the Prince of Wales and the Eagle. However, it is worth remembering that these are a good 20-minute walk from the ground. Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground.

Hotels near St. Mary’s Stadium

jurys inn southamptonOpened in 2005, the Jurys Inn, 1 Charlotte Place, Southampton SO14 0TB is located in the city centre overlooking East Park, one mile from Southampton Central Station. Its air-conditioned rooms feature modern decor with blond wood furniture and warm-coloured fabrics. All are equipped with satellite TV, tea and coffee trays and high-speed Internet connections. Guest reviews suggest this hotel offers excellent value for money.
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The Holiday Inn Southampton, Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton SO15 1HJ is also centrally located, with air-conditioned rooms and free parking, offering panoramic views of Southampton Waterfront. Located close to the M3 and M27 motorways, this modern hotel offers en suite rooms, a health and fitness club, restaurant, bar and lounge.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to St. Mary’s Stadium?

away fans southamptonMost fans appear to have enjoyed their visit to St. Mary’s. Many have commented on the excellent view of play from the away section, with no supporting pillars and seats with ample leg room. Most report an excellent atmosphere within the ground, but this has not been the case for all.

Several away supporters have reported being intimidated by the extremely vocal home fans who are only separated by netting on the seats. Others reported a complete lack of stewards in the away section. Facilities are generally described as good, though several visitors have reported the lack of room for getting to toilets and catering outlets, while others have highlighted the potential danger of blocked access areas

Your comments about Southampton – St Marys Stadium


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  1. John

    We visited St Marys in 2005. Getting to the ground was a bit of a nightmare by road for a couple of reasons – we were staying in Poole and decided to drive in, parking in the “football park and ride” car park. I think on a normal day that would give you a pretty clear run, however on this day one of the main roads from Poole to Southampton was closed for roadworks, and it was also the first day of the Southampton Boat show, meaning the city centre was also gridlocked.

    When we finally got to the P&R, it all worked pretty smoothly from there, although there were horrendous queues for the buses after the game, some of which were attacked by Southampton “fans” and which seemed to crawl back to the P&R car park.

    The stadium itself is pretty impressive, although rather “bowl-like” in appearance. The view of play cannot be faulted, and we were very close to the home fans, which made for an excellent atmosphere (much more than the footie itself which was a 0-0 draw).

    I was really impressed with the speed at which food and drink was served in the ground. No sooner had you ordered, than your grub and booze was plonked in front of you by someone else, and you handed your money over – Why can’t every ground understand that waiting until someone’s ordered 3 pints and then pouring 3 pints isn’t going to work when you have 1,000 people all wanting a drink in the hour before the game?

    I’d certainly come back to St Marys, but I’d check that it’s not the bloody boat show and that the roads are open next time!


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  3. Tony

    I’ve visited St Mary’s twice to watch PAFC – once on a saturday afternoon and once for an evening game – both games finished 0-0 !
    I drove in for the Saturday game and I concur that parking anywhere near the Stadium is a nightmare – I followed a Southampton fan that I knew and we ended up parking nearby in a scrapyard specifically opened for the game and was charged £10, by my recommendation would be to park in the City centre and get in another way.

    For the evening game, I stayed at The Jury’s Inn hotel which was excellent. A short walk to the ground and missed all the traffic trying to get away afterwards – much more civilised.

    The ground itself is excellent – no pillars to spoil the view and very good legroom for the seats (I’m 6’7″ tall & I was comfortable). The facilities in the ground are very good, with beer being sold alongside pasties, pies, burgers etc.

    Overall, one of the better away grounds that I have visited – I would definately go there again.


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  5. Sheila

    There is a good park and ride scheme for away fans travelling to Southampton. If you come off the M27 at junction 8. the away car park is signposted. Go down by Tesco’s and turn round at the roundabout. The car park is I think £ 5 and Southampton provide buses to take you to the stadium. They then operate a suttle service, and also after the game back to the car park.
    There is no need to find car parking in the centre of Southampton unless you want to go shopping, its easier, and convenient for the journey home afterwards.


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  7. Will

    Went to St Mary’s for the first time on August 7th and can’t say much wrong. Ground is of Premiership standard and food and drink service is of top quality. The two sets of fans are very close together which gives a great atmosphere to the ground, and view of play can’t be faulted, stewards seem to only intervene when necersarry and home fans seem friendly and relaxed outside the ground. Only bad point is getting into the ground by coach is very slow and top and start with alot of traffic lights. Overall a well worthwhile trip !


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  9. jonathan Martin

    Not an enjoyable day out whatsoever. I found the home fans very intimidating standin right next to us in the northam end. We were constantly barraged by with missiles which the police failed to deal with and the Southampton fans in the Northam end prvovided an extremely loud and intimidating atmosphere. Outside the ground we were confronted by home fans and my friend took a punch to the face. I would advise club colours are kept covered.


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  11. Matt

    I have to give my honest views, so here goes.

    I decided to take the coach having my 7 year old in attendace with me. Wise choice. After arriving in the car park we were greeted by about 200 friendly welcoming home fans!!!!!!!!! They were so hospitable that they showered us with coins which was gladly collected by my son. The chap next to me was not so lucky as he had blood coming from his eye.
    The policing and stewarding outside was awful being this was a game with potential trouble written all over it. This was an FA Cup game.

    Once inside I was impressed with the facilities albeit some idiot set light to one of the toilet cubicles. Inside the ground looked like the usual 1990s plastic lego built stadia with nothing unique about it.
    The view was excellent and the stewarding and policing was first class. I was sat next to the netting next to the home fans. We were bombarded throughout with coins, bottles of coke and fireworks.
    Yes it was intimidating, but the atmosphere was electrifying, deafning and back tingling. Southmpton really got behind their team and should have won the game.

    Getting away took about half an hour because about 500 fans clashed outside and a garage was wrecked.
    When the coach was finally allowed to leave the car park, the scene reminded me of Beirut. Smashed up cars,, windows smashed.

    The journey out of the city was easy with the locals giving us the usual CHEERIO signs. Would I go again? Wouldn’t miss it for the world.

    Can’t comment on pubs because away fans were banned from all and it was a midday kick off. A friend took the train and described the walk to the ground as “running the gauntlet”.

    Brilliant day out.


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    • graham

      i agree with above i was there as they slowly came through the garage i was 12 so i thought it was ridiculoes i was hit with a stone and hope all scum who hurt kids that day get there hears kicked in


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  13. David Warner

    When going to Saint Mary’s I would seriously recommend parking at Red Funnel’s Triangle Car Park (West Quay Road) who offer a great price for a days parking. Not only this but with a 30sec walk you can get a free Bus from outside their terminal straight to the ground or to the shopping centre if you have a coupe of hours to kill before the game or you want to keep your other half happy whilst your watching the footy.

    A big plus for me parking in the Triangle is it is about 10mins from the ground which makes leaving Southampton after the game easier and you can avoid a lot of the traffic as well.


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  15. Sean

    Only been to St Marys once at the begining of last season. Used to love The Dell so was interested to see if St Marys could live up to it.
    We stayed in The Jurys Inn which is on the edge of the city centre and not too far from the ground. We were advised not to drink in The King Alfred or Chapel arms before the game so went to a Wetherspoons called The Giddy Bridge. Thats about a 15 minute walk to the ground and had plenty of home and away fans. As always, the Saints fans are a good bunch. Got chatting to them about various aspects of our respective clubs and were advised where to go in the evening for a night out.
    Into the ground itself. From the outside looks nice and modern but could do with a clean. Inside there is a large concourse area where you can buy alcohol and a range of hot and cold food. Inside the ‘bowl’ it looks very similar to grounds like Leicester and Derby. Theres not a bad seat in the house and the stewards seem friendly.
    We were sat right next to the home fans in the Northam, and they know how to make noise. It seems the whole stadium gets behind the team even when they were losing. Made for a cracking atmosphere.
    No trouble after the game and fans mixed well.
    In the evening we went into town. We were advised to go to Bedfords Place where there were more bars than you had time to go in. Seemed nice and relaxed and made for a good trip. Will be back again if we ever get the chance.


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  17. Dan E

    Been to St Marys 3 times.
    I can recommend the P&R TO the ground works very well & its handy for the Tescos.
    Vocal fans once inside the stadium & a noisy, hostile atmosphere between the two sets of fans.
    Fair prices for pie & a pint and you have the opportunity to place a bet in the away end.

    The main down side is waiting to get going on the P&R back to the car park, where you seem to be abandoned by the stewards & left to run the gauntlet of abuse from the home fans. Don’t matter if you’re with your Mrs & kids either. Think its a Hampshire thang.


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  19. Connor

    Do they have barcode scanners?


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  21. joe smith

    I’m the landlord at the prince of wales,northam rd, so14 0qf. We are an away fan friendly pub. We have a good mix of home and away fans who really enjoy the atmosphere! How it should be,everyone friendly having made some new mates! We have limited car parking for customers only and a burger bar where your food is cooked fresh! A good range of beers and at resent our cask ale is doombar! Gives us a try and sample our unique friendly atmosphere coyr!


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    • Jeff Mc

      Prince of Wales.

      We had a BOSS day yesterday in this alehouse. Joe, the boss, couldn’t be more welcoming. Especially as we arrived before he was ready to open.
      We were 8 quite leary and scouse lads, and to be honest we did get a bit noisy and messy both before and after the match, not in any nasty way, itr was all good natured. But throughout the day the banter between us and the locals was good, and we were hugged and handshook as we left.
      Another plus, our driver was given everything he wanted, cups of tea, soft drinks etc. a very nice touch that too.

      Southampton, please stay up. We are looking forward to going here again next year.


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  23. Bobby

    I got stabbed in the ground after a saints fan flew over the netting and we lost 4v1 and with my wound the stewards man handled me and escorted me out walking me across the front of their northam stand (kop) where I suffers a lot of abuse walking across in front of the fans they hurled objects at me! The Southampton general was nice though an over villa fans say the only trouble was in the ground when ever a goal was scored due to poor stewards!


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  25. Charlie

    I visited Southampton last month in april. Overall it was a very good day out. It is a 15-20 minute walk to the town centre where there are places to eat and drink. The ground itself is very nice and I got a great view of the game. However I was very near the home fans and only a little bit separating us. I didn’t mind as I like the tension but someone who doesn’t could get scared. There is a lack of stewards and police. The northam end created a good atomosphere but nowhere near as good as ours. Overall I will be going back next season


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  27. Sam

    I visited the ground in September. Good view behind the goal. Parking was easy if you get there early, only a fiver. Atmosphere was good but only created by us, and Southampton fans only sang a couple of chants, but west ham fans were quality. Not much legroom but we were standing up the whole game!! Definitely visiting next season! Oh and town center is only a 20 minute walk, food there and you go past a friendly pub on the way back!!


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    • jdee

      would be interested where you parked


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  29. simon

    i will be going to st marys 4 the frist time on 4 of december where is there nearst pub and how far from the ground is it


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  31. Jim

    Went to Southampton with Everton last April. So’ton fans seemed very friendly and there was no bother between them an us. View from the away end was good but thought it was a bit of a squeeze in the seats when it was full. Concourse had loads of room and it was easy to get served. Southampton itself was very busy and took quite while to get out of after the match. Overall a good ground but hopefully the results better next time round.

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