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Newcastle United FC
St James' Park

Capacity: 52,401 (all seated)
Address: St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
Main Telephone No: 0191 201 8400
Fax No: 0191 201 8600
Ticket Office: 0844 372 1892
Pitch Size: 114 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Magpies or The Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1892*
Shirt Sponsors: Wonga
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Home Kit Colours: Black and White
Away Kit Colours:
Silver with Black Trim
Official Web Site: www.nufc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
NUFC.com
True Faith
Tyne Talk (Sports Network)
Leazes Terrace

Newcastle United Blog
NUFC Blog
NUTZ Forum
Toon Forum




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Contents

What's St James' Park Like?
Future Ground Developments
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Leazes (Sir John Hall) Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Newcastle Brown Stand (Gallowgate End) (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
East Stand (photo)
By Train
By Air

Newcastle Brown (Gallowgate) End
 (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme & Fanzines

Ground Layout

Fixtures 2014-15
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Ground Tours

Other Places Of Interest

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
TOFFS
View From The Away Section (video)
St James' Park Location Map
 


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What's St James' Park Like?

The ground was largely rebuilt in the 1990's and is now unrecognisable from the St James' Park of old. On approaching the ground, it looks absolutely huge, as it appears to have been built on raised ground. I particularly like St James' Park as it is totally enclosed and has a great atmosphere. With the completion of the additional tier to the Milburn & Leazes (Sir John Hall) Stands in 2000, the capacity has been increased to over 52,000. These stands have a huge lower tier, with a row of executive boxes and a smaller tier above. This development has created the largest cantilever structure in Europe and has a spectacular looking roof, which allows natural light to penetrate through it (and hence is good for the pitch). However the ground now looks somewhat imbalanced with one half of the ground being significantly larger than the other two sides. These remaining two sides the Gallowgate End and East Stand are both of the same height and are two-tired. The stadium is also totally enclosed with all four corners being filled with seating. Outside the stadium is a statue of former manager Sir Bobby Robson.

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Future Ground Developments

The Club have announced plans to re-develop the Gallowgate End of the stadium. The plans which also include the construction of a new conference centre, hotel and residential apartments, would see the overall capacity of the ground increase to around 60,000. The plans are subject to local authority approval and as of yet no formal timescales as to when this might take place have been announced.

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External View


St James Park External view photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed on the very far side of the Sir John Hall Stand, in the top tier. Up to 3,000 supporters can be accommodated in this section for league games and a larger allocation is available for cup games. Be warned though that it is a climb of 14 flights of stairs up to the away section and that you are situated quite far away from the pitch. So if you are scared of heights or have poor eye sight then this may not be for you. On the plus side you do get a wonderful view of the whole stadium, plus the Newcastle skyline and countryside in the distance. Also the leg room and height between rows are some the best that I have come across and the facilities on offer are pretty good. The concourse is spacious and there is a fair selection of pies on offer including the Chicken Balti Pie, plus the usual burgers and hot dogs, all served in Newcastle United branded packaging (which made me wonder if their sales were affected when playing Sunderland!). There are also televisions on the concourse, showing live the game being played, with separate refreshment areas which serve alcohol, again in Newcastle United branded plastic glasses.

Jeremy Gold a visiting Leyton Orient supporter adds; 'The visitors section is on level seven at the top of the stand. The view is a long way from the pitch, although it is still good. If you suffer from vertigo, don't go! The stewarding at the game I went to was fairly strict. However people were being warned against gesturing before they were thrown out. Unfortunately some people didn't take the hint and about five or six made the long trip back down the fourteen flights of stairs!'

The atmosphere in St James' Park can be electric and it is certainly one of the best footballing stadiums in the country. I personally found the Geordies friendly and helpful and a trip to Newcastle can be one of the better away trips in the Premier League.

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Leazes (Sir John Hall) Stand


Leazes Stand, St James Park, Newcastle
                    United

Thanks to Kevin Aldworth for provding the photo above.

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Where To Drink?

The ground is one of the few remaining in the country that is literally right in the centre of the city. You are only a few minutes walk from the main shopping areas of Newcastle. There are plenty of bars to choose from in the city centre, but most away fans tend to favour the pubs opposite and around Newcastle Railway Station. The 'A Head Of Steam' 'The Lounge' and 'O'Neills' are all recommended, but some of these bars will only admit fans if colours are covered and none of them admitted children. Also nearby is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Union Rooms. Alternatively there is Idols which has strippers and is popular with both home and away fans.

On my last visit I went to the Bodega on Westgate Road and had no problems. This pub is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and had a friendly atmosphere. Closer to the ground (and just around the corner from China Town which is good for a cheap lunch) is the Newcastle Arms on St Andrews Street. This pub is also in the Good Beer Guide, but unless you arrive very early and have no colours you are unlikely to gain entrance. Just down the road is 'The Backpage' book shop, which is an oasis of football books, DVD's, programmes and memorabilia. A
lcohol is also served within the ground.

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Newcastle Brown (Gallowgate) End


  Gallowgate End, St James Park,
                    Newcastle United

Thanks to Kevin Aldworth for provding the photo above.

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity.

Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom fan adds; '
An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) - parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game'.

Map showing the location of St James' Park, Newcastle (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: NE1 4ST

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East Stand


East Stand photo

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By Train
Newcastle Central Railway Station is half a mile from the ground and takes 10-15 minutes to walk. 

Thanks to Dave Lawson for providing the directions; 'Come out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and then head up the pedestrianised Pink Lane. Then cross Westgate Road at the top. Then up pedestrianised Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right on to Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie’s Bar, under the ornate Chinese arch. Then left up Gallowgate. St James is on your right'.

Andrew Saffrey adds; 'If you're feeling lazy, you can get  buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from station), up to the ground. The fare should be about 50p'. Whilst Claire Stewart informs me; 'You can also get the metro from inside the train station up to the ground, which has its own "St. James' Park" stop. Go on the metro from the Central Railway Station to Monument Metro Station where you need to change trains to go to St James' Park. You can also walk up to the ground from Monument Station. It's pretty easy to find, and if you do happen to get lost, then just follow the black and white crowd!

Dave Green warns; 'Please note that some of the metro trains passing through Central Station in the direction of Monument show St James as their destination. If you board one of these trains, you still need to change at Monument station for St James Park. To be honest, the ground is so close to Central Railway Station that unless you have difficulty walking or the weather is really foul, you're better off on foot'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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By Air
Newcastle Airport is located seven miles away from the City Centre. The easiest way to get into Newcastle is to go by the Metro transit system. The airport has its own Metro station which is situated next to the passenger terminal. There are frequent departures to the City Centre and the journey time is 23 minutes. This costs £2 for a single ticket or £3 return (£3.80 at peak periods). You can also purchase a 'day saver' ticket for £3.50 which allows you unlimited travel on the Metro System for one day. Change at Monument Metro Station for a Metro to St James Park Station.

See a map of the entire Metro system
 (PDF file on the Nexus website).

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Looking Towards The Newcastle Brown (Gallowgate) End


Looking Towards The Newcastle Brown
                    (Gallowgate) End photo

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Local Rivals
Sunderland, Middlesbrough.

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Admission Prices For Away Fans

Like a number of Clubs, Newcastle operate a ticket category system (A,B & C) whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Prices are shown below with Category B & C prices shown in brackets.

Away Fans:
Sir John Hall Stand
Adults
: £36 (B £30) (C £26)
Over 65's & Full Time Students £31 (B £25) (C £21)
Under 18's £18 (B £15) (C £13)

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Programme & Fanzines
Official Programme: £3
The Mag Fanzine: £3
True Faith Fanzine: £2.50

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Ground Layout


Stadium Layout, St James Park, Newcastle
                    United

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Newcastle United FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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

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Record &  Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
68,386 v Chelsea,
Division One, September 3rd, 1930.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
52,327 v Manchester United
Premier League, August 28th, 2005.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 50,395 (Premier League)
2012-2013: 50,517 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 49,936 (Premier League)

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Ground Tours & Club Museum
The Club offer daily tours of the ground . The cost of the tour on non-matchdays is Adults £10, Concessions £7, Children £5. On matchdays these ticket prices are increased by £3. Tours must be pre-booked by calling 0844 372 1892. As part of the tour a visit to the Club Museum is also included.

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Other Places Of Interest

The Newcastle night life is legendary, with the bars around Biggmarket and the Quayside being very popular. A lot of fans tend to stay over in Newcastle for this, or in the nearby coastal town of Whitley Bay, which is only a 25 minute journey away on the Metro. Whitley Bay itself is pretty lively and popular for stag parties. So why not make a weekend of it?

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Fans Reviews Of St James Park

Dan Evans (West Ham United) 24/8/13
Dominic Bickerton (Stoke City) 21/4/12
Mark Buckingham (Queens Park Rangers) 15/1/12
Adam Smith (Man City) 26/12/10
Mark Archer (Arsenal) 27/10/10
Andy Cross (Crystal Palace) 27/01/10

 







   

Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Newcastle Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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TOFFS
The Old Fashioned Football Shirt company are based nearby in Gateshead and have a factory shop that may be of interest. You can see how TOFFS shirts are made while browsing their range of retro football shirts for teams from around the UK and worldwide. The shop is open Mon-Fri 08.00-17.15 and some Saturday mornings (phone for details). 0191 4913500 or enquiries@toffs.com or www.toffs.com Factory Shop at Unit 11C, Station Approach, Earlsway, TVTE, Gateshead, NE11 0ZF. Click here for a location map.
 
View From The Away Section


Special thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the video above.

Map showing the location of St James' Park, railway station and listed pubs



Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

* Although the Club didn't move in until 1892, the land had been used for football since 1880.



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Last Updated: 24 June 2014