St Mary's Stadium

Capacity: 32,505 (all seated)
Address: Britannia Rd, Southampton, SO14 5FP
Telephone: 0845 688 9448
Fax: 0845 688 9445
Ticket Office: 02381 780 780
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Saints
Year Ground Opened: 2001
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: Virgin media
Kit Manufacturer: Under Armour
Home Kit: Red & White Stripes
Away Kit: Yellow & Blue

External View
External View
Kingsland and Chapel Stands
Kingsland and Chapel Stands
Itchen and Chapel Stands
Itchen and Chapel Stands
Northam Stand
Northam Stand
Chapel Stand
Chapel Stand
Kingsland Stand
Kingsland Stand
Southampton FC
Ted Bates Statue
Ted Bates Statue

The Club moved from The Dell to the new St Mary's Stadium in 2001. In some ways this saw the Club returning to its roots as it was originally founded as 'Southampton St Marys', hence the club nickname 'The Saints'. To be truthful the stadium looks, quite simply, superb. The stadium is completely enclosed, with all corners being filled with seating. There are also two great looking screens sitting on the roofs at each end. Running around three sides of the stadium, just below the roof, is a transparent perspex strip allows more light and facilitates pitch growth. On the remaining side, there is a row of executive boxes. The crowd are set well back from the playing action, as firstly there is a cinder track surrounding the playing surface and secondly the pitch itself must be the largest in the League (although the playing area does not use all of it). Outside the stadium behind the Itchen Stand is a statue of former Southampton legend Ted Bates.

Away fans are located in the Northam Stand at one end of the stadium, where normally up to 3,300 fans can sit. For cup games, this allocation can be increased to 4,750. The view of the playing action and the facilities within this stand are excellent. Leg room is good, although the width of the seating seemed to be a bit narrower than other grounds (either that or I am putting on weight!). The sizeable concourse behind the stand features a Ladbrokes, has TV's which show the game as it is played and a number of eating and drinking outlets. There are plenty of staff and the queues never seemed to get particularly long, which was a pleasant surprise. There is also a 'Pie & Pint' outlet, that as the name suggests, only serves beer and pies. Perhaps they should rename it as 'Heaven'! 

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to St Mary's and would happily return. The stadium has (contrary to other reports) a great atmosphere and the facilities are first class. I particularly commend the Club for the friendliness of their staff, from the stewards to the catering staff. Even as I left the stadium, a steward wished me an enjoyable journey home! Considering that away supporters are almost treated with contempt at some other clubs, this was a refreshing change. Coupled with the relaxed attitude of the home supporters and the excellent facilities, then this to me makes a visit to St Mary's one of the better days out in the League. Only one minor gripe though, is that away fans are searched before entering the stadium which obviously slows the entrance process down somewhat.

Phil Jones adds; 'There was an excellent view from all around the ground and the atmosphere was good. I was impressed by their having toilet facilities around the perimeter of the ground which are accessible prior to the turnstiles opening. Well done Southampton, it's the little touches like these, for the fans comfort and enjoyment of the day, which make all the difference'.

There are not many pubs located close to the stadium, so the choice for away fans is limited. One exception around a 10-15 minute walk away from St Mary's is Browns pub on Millbank Street. This pub which also has Sky Sports normally has a mixture of home and away fans in attendance. Nic Hallam a visiting Wolverhampton Wanderers informs me; 'In the Ocean Village, we found "The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis" public house. This large establishment had an excellent choice of beers, friendly bar staff and a convivial mix of both home and away fans'.

Most fans seem to end up in the city centre before the game, where there are plenty of pubs to choose from. Paul Hunt a visiting Bristol City fan adds; 'On our last visit the Standing Order Wetherspoons outlet was for home fans only, with bouncers on the door. We ended up in Yates Wine Lodge in the central shopping area. There were also a lot of away fans in the Slug & Lettuce next door'. Away fans should avoid pubs along St Marys Street such as the Kingsland Tavern, Joiners and Isobar. Please remember though that if you do drink in the centre, that the stadium is a good twenty minute walk away. Otherwise, alcohol is served within the ground at a cost of around £4.20 a pint.

From the M3 take the A33 into Southampton. Continue on the A33 until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left onto this road towards Northam. Then turn right onto the B3038, Britannia Road for the stadium. 

There is hardly any parking available at the stadium for away fans and there are parking restrictions in force for the local area. Most fans seem to be just heading for the city centre car parks and then embarking on the 15-20 minute walk to the stadium. I did this and parked in an NCP car park, which cost £5. I should point out though, that after the game the roads around the city centre become almost grid locked. It took me over an hour to get away afterwards. 

Alternatively, on my last visit I noticed a number of fans parking around the Marina area and then taking the ten minute walk to the ground. Parking in this area has the advantage that at the end of the game, you can avoid the city centre gridlock, by heading along the coast on the A3024 and then onto the M271/M27. Steve Ship a visiting Crystal Palace fan also recommends it; 'The Marina is called the Ocean Village which has plenty of parking, but it does charge to park there (it costs £1 per hour, but is free after 6pm). It is no more than a ten minute walk to the stadium, has a pub on the complex (which had a decent mix of home and away supporters) as well as plenty of food outlets'. Please note though that due to the popularity of parking at Ocean Village it can take quite a while now to exit the car park and get back onto the main road (30-45 minutes). So if you are looking at a quick getaway then it maybe advisable to park further away from the stadium.

Barry Sear suggests 'I parked in Woolston (on the other side of the Itchen Toll Bridge which costs 60p) where there is plenty of street parking, and made the 15-20 minute walk from there to the ground over the Itchen Toll Bridge. To get there, you leave the M27 at Junction 8 and follow the A3025 to Woolston. I was back on the M27 within 10 minutes of getting back to the car'. Paul Bostock a visiting Burnley fan adds; 'There is a public car park (free for first 5 hours) located just south of the Woolston side access to the Itchen Bridge. It is on Oakbank Road and the entrance is at the junction of Bridge Road and Oakbank Road. For those without the benefit of sat nav, as you approach the bridge along the A3025 there is a roundabout at the entrance to the toll booths, take the first exit left onto Portsmouth Road down to the traffic lights, turn right into Bridge Road and the car park is immediately on the left. Across Oakbank Road are steps which take you up onto Itchen Bridge and St Marys is visible across the river to the right'. There is also the option of renting a private driveway near St Mary's Stadium via

Post Code for SAT NAV: SO14 5FP

The stadium is located around one and a half miles away from Southampton Central Railway Station (where there is also quite a large car park), which should take about 30 minutes to walk. There is also a shuttle bus in operation taking fans from the station to the ground. This operates from the Blechynden Terrace bus stop outside the station. It starts two hours before kick off and costs Adults £3 return and Under 15's £2 return.

Turn left out of the station' s southern entrance and walk up Western Esplanade, which becomes Civic Centre Road. Remain on the Civic Centre Road and walk between the Civic Centre and the Marlands Shopping Centre. Eventually a crossroads is reached with the Nationwide Building Society on one corner and Lloyds Bank on another. Cross into New Road and follow this road across a park and past a college. Eventually you will reach a complex road junction with a number of traffic lights. Cross Kings Way into Northam Road and follow this road for quarter of a mile until you reach the ground on your right. There are signs provided by the local council, which direct fans from the station to the ground.

Thanks to Scott Lydon, Jeff Manning & David Furnell for providing the directions.

You can also walk to the ground from St Denys Station, which is about a 25 minute walk away. This area also has some good pubs. Kay Wilkinson provides the following directions: 'Leave the station on the platform 4 (South Western Arms Pub side) and proceed past the pub, which is on your right hand side and continue on down this road, past the Junction Inn and over the Horseshoe Bridge (this goes over the railway.)  Take the next left, Empress Road and follow this for about 3/4 of mile past various industrial units and round past Mount Pleasant School, which is on your right.  At this T junction turn left into Mount Pleasant Road and walk over the railway (tip if the train gates are down use the footbridge - you can sometimes wait here for 20 minutes). You then continue along this road, which changes into Radcliffe Road, past the mosque on your right and this road will take you all the way down to the underpass to the Stadium. This is the most direct route. If you want to visit the Dolphin Pub mentioned above you exit the Station on Platform one side using the bridge across the road and the Dolphin is directly in front of you. To visit the Rockstone pub (formerly called the Bevios Castle) follow the directions into Dukes Road and half way down this road is a right turn, this will take you out into Bevios Valley, turn left and the pub is about 3 minutes walk away on a road junction on the right hand side. To get to St Marys from here you can either walk up the hill following the road continuously, past the hospital and the fire station on your left, when you reach the main road, Northam Road, cross and pass through the bridge to the ground. Alternatively you can walk down the hill and take the first right, Mount Pleasant Road and follow the directions as from St Denys Station above'.

Ian Knight adds; 'The South Western Arms and the Junction pubs near to St Denys Stadium are both excellent real ale outlets and are football fan friendly. The Junction also serves good food. Allow around 25 mins to get to the ground in good time. Basically you just follow the crowd, but recently the council have put in a rather pleasant boardwalk alongside the western bank of the River Itchen thus saving the walk over the railway bridge and down Empress Road to the level crossing at Mt Pleasant. The boardwalk comes out in a small industrial estate the stadium side of the level crossing. From there follow the directions above.'

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Like a number of Clubs Southampton have a category system (A & B) for the pricing of match tickets, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below with Category B prices in brackets.

Home Fans

Itchen Stand (Premium Centre): Adults £52 (B £46), No Concessions Except Disabled
Kingsland Stand (Premium Centre): Adults £49 (B £42), No Concessions Except Disabled 
Itchen & Kingsland Stands (Outer Centre):
Adults £46 (B £38), Concessions £42 (B £34), Under 22's £35 (B £29), Under 18's £31 (B £26), Under 11's* £19 (B £14)
Itchen & Kingsland Stands (Wings):
Adults £42 (B £34), Concessions £37 (B £30), Under 22's £31 (B £25), Under 18's £25 (B £21), Under 11's* £16 (B £12)
Northam & Chapel Stands:
Adults £40 (B £33), Concessions £35 (B £28), Under 22's £29 (B £21), Under 18's £23 (B £19), Under 11's* £14 (B £10)
Family Enclosure:
Adults £39 (B £32), Concessions £27 (B £22), Under 22's £23 (B £19), Under 18's £19 (B £16), Under 11's* £12 (B £8)

Away Fans

As per an agreement with all Premier League Clubs, away fans will be charged a maximum price of those shown below for all League games:

Adult £30
Over 65's £27
Under 22's £22
Under 18's £18
Under 11's £12*

* Under 11's tickets only available when purchased in conjunction with an adult ticket.

Official Programme: £4

Southampton FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).


For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

The Club offer regular tours of the stadium. The tours cost Adults 12, Concessions £6. Family tickets (2 Adults + 2 Children) are also available at £30. Saints season ticket holders and club members are admitted at half price. Tours can be booked by calling 0845 688 9370.

Record Attendance
32,363 v Coventry City Championship League, April 28th, 2012.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 30,794 (Premier League)
2016-2017: 30,936 (Premier League)
2015-2016: 30,751 (Premier League)

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Special thanks to:

Owen Pavey for providing the ground layout diagram.

Haydn Gleed for providing the YouTube video of St Mary's Stadium.

Southampton v Swansea City
Premier League
Saturday 12th August 2017, 3pm
Andy Jack (Swansea City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Mary's Stadium?
Having never visited St. Mary's Stadium, couples with Southampton's record of not having a won a home Premier League game on the opening day of the season. I was cautiously optimistic of getting a result.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
We drove down from North Wales as far as Basingstoke from where we got a train down to Southampton. The reason being that it was a Saturday in August and the traffic around the A34/M3 junction can be horrendous. I'd also heard stories of taking an age to get out of Southampton after the match by car, so the train became the obvious answer. Parking at Basingstoke cost £3 and return train ticket cost £12.50 and you could basically travel on any train. The trains were about 20 minutes apart and take between 30 and 44 minutes to get to Southampton Central depending on where they are going to. Immediately outside Southampton Central there are buses waiting to take you directly to the ground of you don't fancy the half hour walk. The bus cost £3 for adults and £2 for under 15's. The buses stop about 200yds from the ground. It was excellent.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
As we took the bus directly to the ground we didn't buy anything but did notice a couple of popular catering vans. I didn't speak to any home fans as such but I'm led to believe that they're a friendly bunch.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Mary's Stadium?
St Mary's Stadium is a modern stadium, nothing really impressive until you enter inside. We were in the corner near the home fans and the view was excellent but the seats do seem to be a little bit narrower width wise. If you're in the first few rows then you may come away with a suntan in Summer so beware.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game wasn't the best and Southampton would have been disappointed to only come away with a point. Their fans have been given those cardboard fan clappers and what a dreadful noise they make as well. There were over 3,400 visiting Swansea fans who were loud, particularly at the start of the match and towards the end when we were chasing the three points. The stewards were fine. There is a decent concourse where they were showing Sky Sports, a betting booth and a couple of bars. The only price I can remember was £4.20 for a pint of lager.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
We retraced our steps to the waiting buses and got back to the station in time to catch the 5.30pm train to Basingstoke, arriving there at 6.05pm.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
St Mary's Stadium was not a bad day out. The football could have been better but overall I enjoyed it and would recommend a visit to the 'New' Dell.

Southampton v West Ham United
Premier League
Saturday 4th February 2017, 3pm
David Burkett (West Ham United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Mary's Stadium?

I had been looking forward to this for months. I knew we'd be taking a strong following and was meeting up with other Hammers ahead of the game. First visit to St Mary's having been twice to the old Dell ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Travelled down from London by train. As a journey it couldn't be easier. Plenty of trains from Waterloo to Southampton, fast and regular. It is about a 20 minute walk direct to the St Mary's Stadium and it's easy to navigate.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We took over the Yates Bar in Southampton city centre. It's the designated away pub. Absolutely heaving. They played a lot of music we could all sing along to although this got a bit annoying after a while but the atmosphere was electric. Fair play to the staff, they worked hard serving us all and it was a great environment and the place I would recommend all visiting fans to arrange to meet. The venue seemed well practiced at hosting away fans and we had a great time.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St Mary's Stadium?

St Mary's Stadium seemed a bit bland to me. It lacked character. It's kind of isolated, but is easy to walk to. Inside it's very uniform, a bowl of four equal sides with nothing to jump out at you and make you think "wow".

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The away concourse was pretty tight, although they were serving quickly. Toilets were decent enough, among the better I've seen. Stewards were all amiable, the ones outside in particular were very friendly and enjoyed the banter which is always good. We stood all game so can't really comment on the leg room but it seemed comfortable enough. Great view of the pitch although I struggled to see the far end of the pitch. Saints went 1-0 up early on and the home fans started giving us stick. We equalised almost immediately and went on to win 3-1 .... we enjoyed singing "oh when the saints, go 3-1 down" etc. We were quite close to the home fans and they didn't seem very up for singing us a song. It wasn't a great game but a fantastic result.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Very easy to get away from St. Mary's. Almost immediately you're back on main roads with wide pavements and open spaces and the proximity to the city centre and train station means it never got too crowded. Compared to busy London locations it was a breeze to get away from the stadium after full time.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I enjoyed it thoroughly. Totally owned Yates before going to the stadium which made it feel like a home game. We had immense support and got right behind the team and getting a decent away win capped the day off. I will definitely return to St Mary's.

Southampton v Burnley
Premier League
Sunday 16th October 2016, 4pm
James Gregory (Burnley fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Mary's Stadium?

The St Mary's Stadium was a new ground for me and another to tick off the list. In all honestly I was not looking forward to this game. Knowing there was a 12 hour round trip ahead of me and that Southampton's recent unbeaten form, meant it was going to be a very tough day down south.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As I took the Burnley supporters club coach, parking and finding the ground were easy.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After being dropped off outside the St Mary's Stadium with 2 and a half hours till kick off, we decided to venture around the area looking for a pub. This at first was hard as there was no pubs in sight but after about a half a mile walk and asking someone we finally found a small decent bar. There was fairly priced drinks and sky sports on off so this passed the time with ease. This pub was predominantly home fans, we were welcomed very kindly and the Saints fans were up for a good chat whilst we were in there.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Mary's Stadium?

From outside, the St Mary's Stadium looks very modern and was much different from Turf Moor! Inside there was a very spacious concourse and clean facilities.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was a poor one from Burnley. Southampton looked a very strong team from the start and certainly proved that by managing to score three goals in the space of around 15 minutes. Sam Vokes pulled one back for Burnley from the penalty spot in around the 70th minute mark but it was obvious we were never going to be strong enough to rescue a point. The stewards were very helpful. The atmosphere was good and there was a lot of banter between the Southampton fans in the corner and us away fans.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was a nightmare. After leaving the game at 6 o'clock we weren't out of Southampton for a further 45 minutes due to the traffic within the city. However after this getting back up north was a traffic free journey.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall the day was very mediocre. A 12 hour round trip for a poor performance from the clarets meant this trip was certainly the worst of the season so far for me.

Southampton v Watford
Premier League
Saturday 13th August 2016, 3pm
Ian Pryer (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the St Mary's Stadium?    

First game of the season and all the hope that brings, and my first visit to Southampton and the St Mary's Stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The M25 and M3 was horrendous but inevitable on a Saturday during the summer holidays. We used St Mary's Church (in St Mary's Street) who offer match day parking for £4 or £5 and also run an excellent cafe with tea and coffee for 50p, plus home made cakes, and bacon rolls and hot dogs for £1.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Having parked we went inside the church to the cafe mentioned above. Everyone inside was very friendly (as you'd expect!) and the refreshments on offer were affordable and excellent. An interesting foot note is that the vicar came and said hello and told us this church's choir back in the 1880's set up a football team which became Southampton FC and explains why they are known as The Saints. 

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Mary's Stadium?

St Mary's is a great stadium, excellent views and plenty of space in the concourse behind the stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Didn't have any refreshments inside the ground. Stewarding okay although they seemed to lack the guts to tackle those who had sat in seats not allocated to them preferring to take issue instead with those left standing in the aisles as close to their friends and family members as the situation would allows. The £10 handed to me in an envelope on entry to reduce my £30 ticket down £20 courtesy of the Southampton club sponsor, Virgin Media, was an added bonus. This is an initiative that is running throughout the 2016/17 season.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The way we got to the turnstiles before hand was fenced off, so we had to walk a slightly different way, along Britannia Road and then turned right to rejoin the way we had come in. Patience is needed coming away from the city up the A33. If you are not in a hurry, go and get a beer and let it die down!

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out, nice stadium, good atmosphere.

Southampton v Watford
Premier League
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7.45pm
Stephen Barrow (Watford fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the St Mary's Stadium?    

Night games under floodlights have their own special magic. Southampton is only 90 miles away from Watford, so this was a chance to take in another match following the Hornets.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Followed the advice of the footballgroundguide I took the Itchen bridge route into the city and parked at Ocean Village. Plenty of parking in the multi-storey and a couple of reasonable away friendly pubs adjacent. As an added bonus the area around Oxford Street, has a large number of eating venues.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

Having researched eating opportunities in advance, we opted to head to nearby Oxford Street and ventured for a curry at Kutis Brasserie and mighty fine it was too. It opens at six, and was nearly full by 6.15, so I would recommend booking in advance on a footie evening. Home fans in the majority and a friendly bunch they were too.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Mary's Stadium?    

A fifteen minute stroll to the ground in pouring rain. In my opinion, this is one of the best of the new grounds albeit like most of the others it is stuck surrounded by largely anonymous industrial units etc. The away end offers good views and there looked to be reasonable queues for food and beer.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

Undoubtedly the worst performance of the season from the Hornets who were lucky to get nil. The Saints had modified their formation following a terrible ten match run and their three centre backs never gave Deeney and Ighalo a sniff. In contrast, Southampton's fluid movement through midfield created a host of chances and only heroic keeping from Gomes kept the score down to 2-0. Watford fans gave plenty of vocal support with a passion not matched on the pitch. The Saints fans were a bit subdued at the beginning, no doubt on the back of a poor run of form, but generally found their voice as they took control.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A fifteen minute trudge back to the car and an easy exit from the car park, before gridlock....sat nav displaying 30 minute delays in most directions bar the long way through the docks out west and away from our intended direction of travel. About a ten mike detour before hitting the M3 and home.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Bar the performance a fine night out, the highlight being the curry! St Mary's Stadium is a good ground to visit, fans are friendly but beware the gridlock on getting away now everyone knows about the parking at Ocean Village!

Southampton v Aston Villa
Premier League
Saturday 16th May 2015, 12.45pm
Chad Wood (Aston Villa fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to the St Mary's Stadium?
I had never been to the ground previously and was another one to tick off the list. Decent capacity and heard good things about it.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
Travelled by official club coach which was straight forward enough as we were dropped off outside the away end and picked back up at the same place.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We made the short walk to a pub called the Joshua Tree. Was quite small inside by didn't wait longer than five minutes for a drink. Was for both home and away fans so was nice to be able to mix with the opposition for a change.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?
A tidy enough stadium. The view of the playing action and facilities were both good.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was entertaining if you were a Southampton fan, not so much as a Villa spectator with Villa being 5-1 down at half time. Game finished up 6-1 and despite the score, the atmosphere was brilliant in the away end. To their credit, Southampton fans were fairly vocal too. The stewards and police were all friendly and helpful, one of the best grounds which I've been to in this respect. Police officers were more than willing to chat with football fans, not something you see all the time. Steak Pie at half time was very nice but a little pricey at £3.50.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
Was waiting around 30 minutes for the coaches to leave after the crowds had dispersed. Anticipate that the wait would usually be shorter however Southampton fans all waited for their players lap of honour and rightly so.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
Excellent day out and would thoroughly recommend to others!

Southampton v AFC Bournemouth
Premier League
Sunday 1st November 2015, 4pm
Brian Lawes (AFC Bournemouth fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the St Mary's Stadium?    

My only previous visit to St. Mary's was to see England play Macedonia back in 2002 when I remember being really impressed with the stadium. 

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Southampton was busy on this Sunday afternoon, but we still arrived in good time and parked in the multi-storey car park at Ocean Village - about a 15 minute walk from the ground. It cost £4, but usefully allowed you to pay at the end of your stay, so no worrying about getting back in time.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We walked straight to the stadium to meet up with friends and took up our seats immediately to take in the atmosphere and have a chat.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the St Mary's Stadium?    

It was good to be able to revisit the ground to see the Cherries, especially in a Premiership match - still such a new experience to us Bournemouth fans. The ground is located in a rather unsightly industrial area but stands out as a bright, modern structure which underlines how far Southampton have progressed since the days of the old Dell. It is what I call a proper stadium, being fully enclosed, and, because it is a sensible size, this helps generate a really good atmosphere. We were behind the goal in the Northam Stand with chanting home supporters on both sides of us so there was lots of noise, and mainly good humoured chanting. The Saints lot would occasionally chant that they didn't care about us, but we know they do really!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

If ever there was a match that proved that "a game of two halves" is not just a cliché, then this was it. Southampton dominated the first half and took a two goal lead, despite some desperate defending from the Cherries who were, unusually, playing a five man midfield. Eddie Howe made changes at half time which gave us a more attacking 4-4-2 formation and much more pace, with the introduction of King and Stanislas. It seemed that Southampton did not get out of their half for the second 45 minutes, but the Cherries are lacking any cutting edge right now and failed to turn their domination into goals. It ended 2-0 to Saints.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had to pass the Chapel Arms, near the Itchen Bridge, on the way back to the car park and there were a few beered up Saints fans, who'd probably been watching the game in the pub, outside trying to goad any away supporters. We just crossed the busy road before we got to the pub to avoid any confrontation. In contrast we then had a pint in the Wetherspoons pub in Ocean Village; The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis (what ever happened to pub names like The Dog and Duck?)) to let the traffic dissipate. It was full of Saints fans, we were wearing our colours, but they were very friendly, sympathetic to our current plight and happy to chat. A pleasant way to end the day.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Our first Sunday 4pm kick off and glad it was just up the road so no late night before work on Monday. Southampton have a great ground and good fans, if you avoid the few idiots, and it was a day we very much hope to repeat next season - and not just because that will mean we will still be a Premiership team.

Southampton v  Fulham
Premier League
Saturday October 26th 2013, 3pm
By Christopher Watson (Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Based in Bridlington, it is very hard to visit teams far away down south but a weekend trip to Salisbury meant potential for a few games. Southampton being very close so another to be ticked off and on my Birthday too!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Traffic was terrible getting out of Salisbury but having lived there for 10 years before moving back to my birthplace we knew a shortcut to get to The Saints, we parked nearby ground was easy to find 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We had eaten at a pub near Salisbury to celebrate my birthday so no food needed at ground

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Very impressive large and modern with an unusual style different from other new stadiums I had visited 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Atmosphere was top notch we were located at the last row in the noisiest stand full of die hard saints supporters good banter and singing plus we stood all game no problems with stewards with Saints winning great game to watch

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A bit crowded getting away but soon on our way back to Salisbury 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great day visiting my old place birthday meal and watching Saints win another ticked off another ground - 26 now.

Southampton v  Stoke City
Premier League
Sunday May 19th 2013, 4pm
By Philip Green (Stoke City fan)

I was looking forward to going to St. Mary's for quite a few reasons. Firstly, when I originally booked tickets, the match was still potentially a relegation decider for both clubs. In the end both teams were safe from the drop and instead this a meaningless end-of-season fixture. Still, I quite like the party atmosphere of end-of-season games. It's quite nice to go and watch your team play when the outcome doesn't really matter (give or take a couple of million quid in prize money related to where we finished in the table!). Thirdly, I wanted to say goodbye to a number of Stoke players. The big publicity before the game was for the retirement of Michael Owen, but I was really there to (potentially) bid farewell to Asmir Begovic as I am pretty certain he will have left for pastures new at the start of the season. Of course, it also happened to be Tony Pulis' last game in charge. Finally, it was a stadium I had never been to before and I liked the look of it.  

I travelled from Hertfordshire via London and left Waterloo 3.5 hours before kick off. This gave me plenty of time, as I was on crutches due to a knee injury. The train was pretty full once we got to Southampton, despite it being 2 hours before kick off when we arrived. There was quite a heavy police presence at the station, which surprised me. I elected to take the shuttle bus up to the ground and this took a bit of finding. (Ignore the "way out" signs in the station if you are coming from London and head for the other platforms. Use the exit on that side. Note to self: write down the good advice contained on this website when next visiting an unfamiliar ground!) I was about the only one who paid £2 for a ticket up to the ground, as everyone else was a senior citizen. The bus journey took about 10 minutes, and it was clear that there were plenty of Stokies and Saints fans enjoying a beverage or two in the city centre pubs. Again, the police presence was notable. I was quite surprised that the bus dropped us a good way (5-10 minutes' walk) from the ground, but it was easy to find due to the crowds.  

I love walking around the outside of a ground, and St Mary's in a very tidy shape despite being surrounded by industrial premises. One really nice touch was that a player (I couldn't tell who) was signing autographs just outside the ground. This was very popular with the Saints fans and there were dozens queuing up. It really gave me the impression that this was a club which cared about its fans.  

I entered the ground an hour or so before kick off and was very impressed with the stewards. They could not have been more helpful in getting me in via a side gate (due to being on crutches) and seemed really concerned about me having to climb so high up. (Going up steps is not a problem; it just takes me a while to get back down them!) I had a coffee but didn't avail myself of a pie and a pint. Despite the crowds building up, the concourse was not full and the queues were almost non-existent due to having plenty of staff to hand.  

I had chosen my seat carefully so that I could put my leg out straight into a gangway and was very impressed with the view. I was just on the start of the corner, which gave me a good perspective over all the pitch. The 2500 Stokies were in fine singing voice and easily drowned out the home support, who were frankly disappointing. The bowl-like nature of the stadium might be a bit identikit but reminds us Stokies of what we might have had (and what we might have one day!) if our corners were filled in. The screens were very clear, but the PA was almost inaudible, despite me being very close to a speaker.  

The game itself was a bit of a let-down. With virtually nothing to play for, I can understand why. Stupidly, there were several flares let off by Stokies, one of which landed dangerously close to Begovic. The stewarding in the ground was so laid back that all standing (even in the aisles) was allowed. This was a bit of a pain as I had to keep sitting down and asking the Stokies in front of me to move so that I could see. I am a big fan of standing areas, (and usually stand all of a match) but not being able to stand gave me a better idea of how inconvenient it is to do so if the person behind you wants, or needs, to sit down.  

When Stoke went ahead in the 47th minute, it was party-time up the away end with plenty of taunts about how bad the Saints must be if we were winning away. Sadly that didn't last long and a deserved equaliser came along 10 minutes later. Of course, the main event in the game was when Michael Owen came on. He was given a rousing reception by all four sides of the ground - a nice touch. It would have been even better had he connected with a cross and scored the winning goal! At the end of the game, the entire Stoke team and manager came to acknowledge the support of their fans and were given a good send-off. Did Begovic's second bow mean that we won't see him again in a Stoke shirt? It certainly looked that way.  

Compared with the end of season games at the Britannia, it seemed like a bit of a damp squib at St Mary's. The players came back on to the pitch but were so far away from the fans that it seemed a bit pointless. The ground certainly emptied very quickly after this.  

I made my way back to the shuttle bus and was on my way soon afterwards. Unfortunately, we had to pass through some serious trouble in the town centre. It looked as though it had been pre-orchestrated but even being on a bus passing through the very heavy police presence was quite frightening.  

The station was pretty full, as was the first train back to London, but I was generously given a seat by a Saints fan. This sparked up a cracking conversation with him, and it was a nice antidote to the trouble I had seen earlier.  

Overall, this was a great day out. I loved the stadium, the stewards were incredibly helpful and polite (although could have done more to keep the aisles free!) and the away fans very welcoming. It's just sad that quite a few fans' experiences of the day was marred by the trouble in the city centre afterwards.

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Updated 17th July 2018