St James’ Park – Newcastle United

St James Park Stadium Aerial view - Newcastle United Stadium
St James Park Aerial View. Credit

Address: Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4ST. Tel: 0844 372 1892

St James’ Park Stats

St James Park Stadium
Away Capacity3,000
OwnerNewcastle United Football Club
Year Built1892
Average Attendance30,118 (2022-23 season)
Record Attendance78,299 (Newcastle vs. Liverpool, 1948)

Newcastle United Stats
Year Founded1892
NicknamesThe Magpies, The Toon
Club MascotMonty The Magpie
Rival ClubsSunderland, Manchester United, Arsenal
Record ScorerAlan Shearer (206 goals)
Record AppearancesJackie Milburn (602 appearances)
OwnerAmanda Staveley and the Reuben Brothers
Shirt SponsorFun88

St James’ Park Stadium Seating Plan

Milburn StandNamed after Newcastle United legend Jackie Milburn.
Leazes StandOldest stand at St James’ Park
Gallowgate StandHouses passionate and vocal fans and drives the atmosphere around the ground
East StandSmallest of the stands at St James’ Park

Getting to St James’ Park

By Car: There are no car parks at the stadium and often traffic restrictions are in place. The best option is to use one of the park and ride services that leaves from Newcastle Great Park (not far from Newcastle Racecourse) or the Metrocentre. Park and ride buses are numbered X50 and run from 2 hours before kick off until 15 minutes before the game starts with adults priced at £2 return. There is no charge to park your car. Additional information on bus times for evening games can be found here.

By Metro: Monument stations is a five minute walk from the stadium where both the Yellow and Green lines to Newcastle International Airport, South Shields and coastal destinations stop. There is the St James’ Metro for those travelling from coastal destinations.

By Train: Newcastle is on the East Coast Mainline and is a major stop on the route between London and Edinburgh / Glasgow. There are also direct trains from Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol to Newcastle. The station itself is a 10 minute walk to St James’ Park stadium.

By Bus: The nearest bus stops to St James’ Park are on Percy Street which is a five minute walk from the stadium.

Newcastle United Ticket Prices & Where to Buy

To buy tickets direct from the club you need to sign up and the best way to get a level of priority is to be a member (membership prices for 22/23 season were £35 for adults and £20 for juniors) with season ticket holders getting first refusal on any cup games.

For the biggest games the club play the individual match day ticket prices are as follows:

TierCategoryAdultOver 65sJuniorYoung Adult
1Platinum Club£70£58£38£38
2Category 2£43£36£23£25
3Category 3£43£36£23£25
4Family Stand£32£26£17£17

Stadium Facilities

St James’ Park is almost a cashless stadium (as with many Premier League stadiums) and there is an ATM in the South West corner of the stadium and a free ATM in the Tesco Supermarket on Barrack Road.

Shearer’s bar is the stadium’s own bar which is open to all members of the public and is located next to the club shop in the Gallowgate End. Shearer’s bar serves a range of food to suit various dietary requirements. The main stadium concourse is also home to various food stands offering pies, burgers, pizza drinks and confectionary.

Hotels Near St James’ Park Stadium

Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre (The Gate) Hotel. Address: 95 Newgate St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5RF Telephone: 0333 234 6442

Sandman Signature Newcastle Hotel (closest to the stadium): Address: Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SD Telephone: 0191 229 2600

Hotel Indigo Newcastle, an IHG Hotel: Address: 2/8 Fenkle St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5XU Telephone: 0191 300 9222

History of St James’ Park Stadium

Early Days:

The site that is now home to the stadium held it’s first match in 1880 with the ground and stands inheriting their names from adjacent streets and parks. The Leazes End from the nearby Leazes Park and Terrace whilst the Gallowgate End from Newcastle’s gallows that were in that area and last used almost 40 years previously.

The first game on St James Park was played by Newcastle Rangers and then became home to West End Football Club for a short time before Newcastle East End and West End FC merged to become Newcastle United and take up residence in St James’ Park in 1892. By 1905 the capacity of the stadium had doubled to 60,000 and in the 1920’s redevelopment plans were in the works with ubiquitous stadium architect Archibald Leitch. Not all of the planned developments were approved and the only significant update was a roof installation on the Leazes Stand in 1930.

Slow Progress and Redevelopment.

February 1953 saw the first use of floodlights at the ground and these lights were upgraded in 1958 to be the biggest in Britain. Very little happened in terms of stadium development and Newcastle nearly relocated before progress was made and a new East Stand was approved and work began in 1972. The West Stand was condemned in 1987 following the fire at Valley Parade in 1985 that tragically cost 56 people their lives. The Milburn Stand was built in place of the West Stand opened in 1988 but the ground still looked vastly different to the iconic stadium it is today.

Early 90s

A seismic shift in pace saw a new stand built at the Leazes End and the corners of the stadium were filled and the ground hosted Euro ’96 games in a world class 36,310 all seater stadium. Expansion plans continued with redevelopment completing in 2000 that upped capacity to 52,000.

With the club back in the Champions League and significant financial backing from new owners it seems likely that we will see continued development of the stadium in the future.