|What's St Mary's Stadium Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
The Chapel & Kingsland Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Northam Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
A Closer Look At The Chapel Stand (photo)
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
St Mary's Stadium Location Map
|What's St Mary's Stadium Like?|
|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.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
fans are located in the Northam Stand at one end of
the stadium, where normally up to 3,100 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 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'.
|The Chapel & Kingsland Stands|
Apologies for the quality of the photo, my camera couldn't cope with the low bright sunshine!
|Where To Drink?|
|There are not many pubs located close
to the stadium, so the choice for away fans is
limited. There is the
Waterfront Bar in William Street, which is an area
called Shamrock Quay. You can visit the Waterfront Bar website for
more details. Nic Hallam a visiting Wolverhampton
Wanderers fan adds; 'In the Ocean Village we found
"The Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis" public house.
This large establishment had an 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.
|How To Get There And Where To Park|
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
Park & Ride
Gavin Ellis a visiting
Arsenal supporter informs me;
'There is a park and
ride scheme in operation specifically
for away supporters. This
is situated just off junction 8
of the M27. The
traffic in Southampton really made London look
provincial, and I'd definitely not recommend people
driving into the centre'. This facility costs £8 per vehicle.
Map showing the location of the St Marys' Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
stadium is located around one and a half miles away
from Southampton 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
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, Dukes 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 Bevios Castle pub 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'.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
Like a number of Clubs
Southampton have a category system (A, B &
C) for the pricing of match tickets, whereby the
most popular games cost more to watch. Category
A prices are shown below with Catergory B &
C prices in brackets.
apply to Over 65's, Under 21's & Students.
|Programme & Fanzine|
Beautiful South Fanzine: £1.
|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.|
|Record & Average Attendance|
32,363 v Coventry City
Championship League, April 28th, 2012.
2011-2012: 26,420 (Championship League)
2010-2011: 22,161 (League One)
2009-2010: 20,982 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of St Marys|
Smith (Coventry City) 28/4/12
James Spring (Notts County) 15/1/11
Alexander Jones (Bournemouth) 2/10/10
Ed Butler (Walsall) 27/02/10
Ben Clarke (Ipswich Town) 23/01/10
Peter Radford (Wycombe Wanderers) 1/12/09
|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.
|To see some photos of Southampton's previous ground The Dell then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.|
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|Map showing the location of the St Mary's stadium, railway stations and listed pubs|
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