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South Shields (1st Cloud Arena)

1st Cloud Arena

Capacity: 4,000
Address: 1st Cloud Arena, Shaftesbury Ave, South Shields, Jarrow NE32 3UP
Telephone: 0191 454 7800
Club Nickname: Mariners
Year Ground Opened: 1992
Home Kit: Claret and blue


Mariners Park is currently known as the 1st Cloud Arena due to sponsorship reasons. South Shields’ home stadium has undergone a series of renovations in recent years. The redevelopment of the main stand finished in the summer of 2022 and includes a two-tiered structure that can hold up to 900 fans. As well as this, the redevelopment installed executive boxes, a new club shop, a bar, and a boardroom.

The work on the main stand carried over to the other stands, including terraced areas behind both goals. On one side is the ‘Sima Shed’, which has a segregation split as it holds home and away supporters. At the other end is a much smaller stand for home fans that is covered.

Opposite the main stand is a two-tiered stand called ‘The Durata Stand’ that has a small marquee area for drinking next to it. This side also includes the Alum Ale House bar, which has an outside balcony and is extremely popular on matchdays.

Since the renovations began in 2021, the pitch has been relayed, along with the installation of a pitchside perimeter fence.

South Shields play in the National League North, following last year’s promotion from the Northern Premier League. The National League North is at step 2 in the non-league system.

As mentioned above, the away fans at the 1st Cloud Arena are located in the ‘Sima Shed’ next to the most vocal South Shields supporters. With investment on and off the pitch, South Shields has become an attractive away day for supporters in recent times. The stadium is easily accessible via public transport, and there are plenty of places to eat and drink near the ground.

For fans that don’t want to drink at the ground and sample the new hospitality area in the main stand, there are plenty of pubs near the ground. These options include Bar 52, Hogarths, and Stags Head. All of these pubs show live sport and serve a variety of lagers, ales, and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as some decent food options.

  • New main stand opened in 2022
  • Executive boxes, club shop, bar, and boardroom included in main stand redevelopment
  • Covered terraces behind both goals
  • Pitch relayed and pitchside perimeter fence installed

South Shields advise two parking areas near the ground. Parking is available on Shaftesbury Avenue, but it can get busy, especially if you arrive late to the game. Another option is an overflow car park at the Barbour store.

The ground is located on Shaftesbury Avenue and has a post code of NE32 3UP. If you put this in your Sat Nav, you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding the stadium.

It is a short walk to the stadium from the Bede Metro station. From Newcastle Central Station, take the Metro towards South Shields and get off at the Bede stop. If you are coming from Sunderland train station, head in the direction of Newcastle before getting off at Pelaw station. From here, cross the platform and take the train towards South Shields, and get off at Bede.

At Bede station, walk down the stairs and turn right if you have departed the train going towards South Shields, or turn left if you have departed the train in the direction of Newcastle. At the next junction, turn right, and from here it is a short walk along Shaftesbury Avenue, where the ground is located.


Adult Standing – £14.00 (Online Discount)

Concession Standing £9.00 (Online Discount)

Child 13-16 Standing £5.00

Child 12 &  Under Standing £3.00

Durata Stand Seating

Adult – £16.00 (Online Discount)

Concession – £11.00 (Online Discount)

Child 13-16 – £7.00

Child 12 & Under – £5.00

Rocket Stand Seating

Adult – £16.00 – £17.00 (Online Discount)

Concession – £11.00 – £12.00 (Online Discount)

Child 13-16 – £7.00 – £8.00

Child 12 & Under – £5.00 – £6.00

Official Matchday Programme £3 – Voted the Pitchin In Northern Premier League’s programme of the year in the Soccer Club Swap Shop Programme Awards in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons.

North Shields and Gateshead F.C.

Record Attendance

4,000 vs Sunderland

Pre-season friendly, 2023/24

Average Attendance:

2023/24 – 2,162 – National League North

2022/23 – 2,146 – Pitchin In Northern Premier League

Disabled supporters qualify for concessionary rates for South Shields home matches. A carer ticket is included for free, unless the carer requires a seat. In this instance, a £46 payment is required, according to the club website.

Updated 30th March 2024