Where is it?
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Located in Newcastle city centre, St James’ Park football ground is a short walk from Eldon Square shopping centre and Haymarket bus and metro station. Whether you are visiting to watch a match or attending an event, you will only be a short distance from the bustling heart of the city.
What is it?
St James’ Park is the home to local football club Newcastle United, hosting matches throughout the season against other clubs from all around the country. During the 2012 London games, the stadium even hosted football matches as part of the Olympics.
The North East’s passion for football is well known across the UK, making it well worth your while to go to a game when you’re visiting Newcastle, even if it is just for the experience of being part of such a fervently cheering crowd. The home fans have many different chants and songs for you to learn during your ninety-minute trip, to help you become part of the excitement. Get tickets to the next at home game from the team’s website.
Outside of the football season, St James’ Park can be hired out to host conferences, meetings and other events, including special occasion, fairs and weddings.
The stadium has recently been known by another name – the Sports Direct Arena – but has reverted back to its original moniker.
How to Get There:
For a striking hotel near St. James’ Park, yet with all the peace and quiet of a bed and breakfast outside of the city centre, the Rosebery is perfect and has a range of travel options to get you there in time for kickoff.
Head to Haymarket station, which is only a five to ten-minute walk away from the stadium. Choose to travel either by metro – which takes less than five minutes and is a short walk away from the hotel – or by bus, which takes approximately ten minutes maximum.
If you want to arrive at the ground early to soak in the atmosphere on match day, you can take a taxi, which will drop you off at the gates in ten minutes.
Celebrate or commiserate, depending on the score of the game, at one of the nearby bars or pubs. The Gate is within ten minutes from the stadium and houses a range of restaurants and bars, with many in the city centre itself that can be accessed easily after the match. Alternatively, St James’ Park has its own sports bar and lounge, Nine.
Indulge in some shopping as a family at Eldon Square before the game to pick up the official kit or any merchandise to remember your day by, which can also be found in the gift shop at the stadium.
Leazes Park is also situated right next to the football ground, so you can practise your skills before the game.