Newcastle United – St James Park

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St James Park newcastleSt. James’ Park is an all seater stadium with a capacity in excess of 52,000, set in the city centre of Newcastle, and home to Newcastle United.

The ground has largely been rebuilt in recent years. With the completion of the additional tier to the Milburn and Sir John Hall Stands, the capacity has been increased substantially.

These stands have a huge lower tier, with executive boxes and a smaller tier above. For the 2008-09 season onwards, away fans have been allocated the top tier of the Sir John Hall Stand, which is named after their former chairman. The views from the top tiers are excellent, although those with a fear of heights might not fare well, and a pair of binoculars sometimes come in handy to see events in the penalty area at the other end of the stadium!

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How to get to St. James’ Park

By Road:
st james park stadium directionsThe stadium address is St. James’ Park, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4ST.

Away fans driving from the North should exit the A1 at the A167 junction, signposted City (Centre), filtering left and following “City” signs for about 3 miles. Exit onto the B1318, signed City Centre North / Haymarket / University. Once on the slip road, take a right turn and then a left. Take another left at the next roundabout and keep driving past the Royal Victoria Infirmary which is on the right. Bear left passing through two sets of traffic lights and turning right after Baker and Stonehouse. The ground is on the right.

From the South, the A1(M) divides after junction 65. Keep left, following signs for the A1. Follow signs for Newcastle and Airport, passing the Angel of the North on the right. Continue for 3 miles before turning onto the A184, signed Gateshead / Newcastle (Centre). After a further 1½ miles, take the right hand lane (A189) to Newcastle. Go over Redheugh Bridge and into St. James’ Boulevard. At the Gallowgate roundabout (approx. ½ mile) turn left and the stadium is on the right.


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By Rail:
newcastle train stationNewcastle Central Station, on the East Coast Main Line, is located just a short walk from St. James’ Park. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
The nearest airport is Newcastle International, located some 6 miles north of the city. St. James’ Park can be reached by bus, taxi or Metro Link (underground). The stadium has its own Metro station (St James) which can be reached in approximately 25 minutes from the airport. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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Where to Park?

newcastle fc parkingNo on-site parking is available, though there are extensive parking facilities in the nearby city centre.

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Away Friendly Pubs near St. James’ Park

pubs near st james park newcastleSt. James’ Park is situated right in the heart of Newcastle, with many bars and pubs from which to choose. However, the majority of visiting fans appear to favour those near Newcastle Central Station. O’Neills and The Lounge were recommended as was A Head of Steam, though it should be noted that none of these admit children.

Hotels near St. James’ Park

jurys inn newcastleJurys Inn Newcastle, Scotswood Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4AD is ideally located in Newcastle’s city centre and has received excellent reviews from visitors to St James’ Park. Visitors commented that pricing per room rather than per guest offered excellent value for money. Nearby parking facilities are available.
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Newcastle City Centre Premier Inn
, New Bridge Street West, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 8BS is situated in the heart of the city centre, next to Eldon Square shopping centre and a short walk from the Quayside and Metro station. The hotel has received good reviews, offering modern accommodation with air conditioning and Sky TV. There is also a late bar at weekends.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to St. James’ Park?

away fans newcastleThe major complaint from away fans is their seat allocation at the top of the Sir John Hall Stand, on level 7. This necessitates the negotiation of no less than 14 flights of stairs! One visitor likened reaching his seat to “scaling the north face of the Eiger.” Many remarked that although the view is still good, seats are a long way from the pitch and would not suit those with poor eyesight.

Otherwise, most visiting fans enjoyed their day at St James’ Park, though some thought the stewards overly strict. The highlight of many fans’ day was the welcoming reception given by the home supporters. Numerous fans noted Newcastle as one of the best away trips in the country.

Your comments about Newcastle United – St James Park


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  1. John

    St James Park is literally in the city centre, towards the north of the city. Don’t try and park anywhere near the ground however – it’s much better to park somewhere in the city centre and walk – just follow the sea of black and white.

    We stayed overnight (well you’re going to aren’t you – Newcastle is brilliant for a night out!) – we were at the Express by Holiday Inn Newcastle which is literally just around the corner from St James Park, and a good base for the whole Toon.

    The stadium itself is huge – bloomin huge! Food and drink was pretty reasonable, and the view of play was amazing, even though we were up in the gods – we could have done with binoculars to see what was happening in the opposite penalty area! You’ll know when Newcastle are on the attack though, as a roar grows throughout the home support, getting louder and louder as they get closer to scoring.

    All in all, a brilliant day (and night) out.


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  3. Keith

    I would recommend away fans to find a hotel in Jesmond there are plenty of cheap ones and B&B’s around the Osbourne Road area. The Osbourne Road itself is a good place for a drink plenty of bars with a good atmosphere and then a short walk into town if you take the route through the Northumbria University Campus there also some bars on the way, or a quick metro journey 1-3 Jesmond-Haymarket(plenty pubs here)- Monument for the main shopping area/bigg market and the gate complex a short walk)-Central Station (for pink lane bars Just look for the gotham town pub opposite the train station and head up the street to it’s left with your back the station) weatherspoons, revolutions also in this area, a short walk downhill to the quayside)stops depending which part of the centre you want to drink in. Nearly all pubs will let away fans most don’t even have a problem with colours. Parking spots most people I know who drive to the game find plenty of street parking in Fenham just beyond the ground.


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  5. Matthew Grundy

    What a ground? The place is huge .
    Not too keen on climbing everest to get to the away section . But a minor complaint too me.
    On the whole great atmosphere fom both supporters.
    Good day out recommend following your team there


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  7. Ed

    Went up for the game this year when it snowed (Nov 2010) – really good experience on the whole. Massive ground, really impressive, and no trouble from the home fans, except for a couple of kids throwing snowballs! not a big deal really! Good spirit within the ground. Seemed a little quiet, but that may just have been how far up you are in the away end. Still, great views over the city, and can see what’s going on on the pitch, with friendly locals, and friendly pubs, good day out on the whole.


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  9. Michal

    I’ve been there three weeks ago, superb ground, it was rocking that night – although Newcastle fans I heard from said that that atmosphere was a bit of an one-off. I have no complaints about the height of away sections, despite being in penultimate row – that’s because the single-tiered East Stand makes Sir John Hall look massive. Upper sections of Stretford End (where my season ticket is) seem marginally higher. It’s great to have the most vocal fans relatively close to you. Another thing I liked was that St James Park is in city centre, close to railway and coach stations.
    I’m still a high school student and went there with school following day, so I can’t really say anything about pubs, parking, hotels or nightlife in the city. Was wearing my red scarf on my visit and didn’t have any problems with it.
    To sum it up, great ground in a city I really like.


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  11. Matt

    I went to newcastle away this year (the week after we got thrashed to baggies at home), i think everyone felt the same as me and my mate after that awful game why did i buy a ticket for newcastle away , we set off really early as everyone has to do to get to Newcastle arriving about an hour and a half before kick off giving me and my mate enough time to get some beer in , we found a great pub called o neils which had a good atmosphere in and was away fans friendly there was excellent service in the ground when buying a pie and a pint a lot better service then most grounds ive been too , although being really high up st james park is a great stadium with a good view of the pitch, great atmosphere and good banter between fans, great day out best away game for me this season after being 2.0 down at half time then coming back and drawing 2.2 it was great i recomend going to newcastle


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  13. sandra senol

    Havent been to Newcastle before but i would like to know which hotels house the large groups of away fans please, the coach parties mainly. Thank you x


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  15. Lee

    Went to St James Park for the recent Capital One cup game. I decided to chance parking near the ground and got really lucky, but hitting the Park and Ride from the Metro Centre would be a far better bet. The stadium itself is a piece of cake to find, you just follow anyone in a black and white shirt – and there’s loads of them! Had absolutely no problems from the home fans and apart from a few taunts from some kids, there were no problems on the way out despite them losing.

    The stadium was only half filled and the top tier was completely empty apart from us City fans. I suspect this is a rarity, caused by it being a second tier competition. It’s one hell of a climb and, being hopelessly unfit as I am, it almost killed me! The view from up there is good, albeit a bit far away, and I found the steps a bit too steep for my liking, but I can’t count that as a serious criticism. But the food was pretty reasonably priced and the Balti pie was almost as good as the ones we get at home games.

    I’d definitely go back there, but I’d hit the gym for a few months first!


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  17. Karl

    Well what can I say St James AKA SID JAMES what a large toilet this place is you need a telescope to see the action the home fan’s are like cave men with all this toon toon carry on and omfg they turn on there own team so quickly heavy handed police and over the top stewards only good thing about this place was the result and leaving. And a tip for people with horses lock them up because the local’s like to punch them and declare the punch for the very bitter nufc fan’s AKA barcodes avoid at all costs it’s hell on earth and I advise never ever go there. With love the lad’s in sunny Sunderland. 3-0 2-1 .F.T.M.!!!!!!!!!!!! SUNDERLAND TILL I DIE!!!!!!.


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  19. chris

    My journey to St James Park started about 10 o clock had a pint at London Derry in Sunderland as the Derby Day Atmosphere and then i had another pint at the Fan Zone before i boarded for the coach, about half 12 i arrived at St James Park and had to climb up 14 flights of stairs nearly killed me and the row was Q so more stairs to climb the pint before the match 4.20 for a bottle of coors light bit of a rip and the Atmosphere was amazing in the away end at St James Park as for the game the view wasnt as bad i was thought but the big tele helped though next to me and Jermain Defoe scored at half time the red and whiters roared incredible i was thinking could we make it 7 in a row but sadly Newcastle levelled and thats the way the game ended but all in all not bad for my 1st away derby would i do it again not sure but good day and i arrived back at Sunderland about 5 o clock.

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