St. 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.
How to get to St. Mary’s Stadium
St. 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.
Southampton 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
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
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?
There 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
Choice 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
Opened 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.
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.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to St. Mary’s Stadium?
Most 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