The Stadium of Light – Sunderland AFC

The Stadium of Light, Sunderland FC. External View.
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Address: Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU Tel: 0371 911 1200

The Stadium of Light Stats

The Stadium of Light Stats
Away Capacity3,000
OwnerSunderland AFC
Year Built1997
Average Attendance38,631 – 22/23 Season
Record Attendance48,335 – April 2002 – Sunderland AFC vs. Liverpool

Sunderland AFC Stats
Year Founded1879
NicknamesThe Black Cats
Club MascotSamson and Delilah
Rival ClubsNewcastle United, Middlesbrough
Record ScorerBobby Gurney – 228 Goals
Record AppearancesJimmy Montgomery – 627 Appearances
OwnerKyril Louis-Dreyfus
Shirt SponsorBetway

The Stadium of Light Map

Stadium of Light Stadium Map. Sunderland FC Stadium Map
Stadium of Light Stadium Map. Credit.

Carling Stand: A 10,482 capacity stand which houses the loudest of Sunderland’s support known as the “North End Faithful”
East Stand: 13,876 capacity with amazing views of the pitch and home to the “Wall of Fame” where names of prominent people from the club’s history are celebrated
South Stand: 12,325 capacity stand which typically house travelling fans and disabled supporters
West Stand: 12,317 capacity stand which also houses the dugouts, tunnel and dressing rooms. Quinn’s Bar, named after the former player and chairman Niall Quinn is also in the West Stand.

Single match day tickets at the Stadium of Light are between £28-£35 for Adults, £26-£28 for Over 65s, £12-£14 for U16 and £22-£24 for U22.

Season Tickets are as follows:

Age GroupPrice Range
Over 65£290-£795
Under 22£180-£795
Under 18£105-£795
Under 16£55-£397.50

Getting to The Stadium of Light

By Car: The ground is handily located from both the A19 and A1 via Wessington Way. Parking at the stadium is limited and car parks close 30 minutes before kick off. Car parks are open during the game and then close at the final whistle for 30 minutes to allow crowds to disperse. There are permit schemes and parking restrictions on roads around the stadium. There is car parking available at the University of Sunderland and St Peter’s and are signposted “Matchday Parking” on game days.

Park and Ride: Found on Wessington Way and well signposted with buses collecting from permanent stops in Enterprise Park and dropping at the stadium on Kier Hardie Way.

By Bus: Services 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 15 and 16 all stop close to the stadium and the main bus station in Sunderland is a short walk from the stadium.

By Metro: The Metro runs from both the Stadium of Light and St Peter’s stations. If you are heading northbound after the game use the Stadium of Light station and head towards Newcastle.

By Train: Sunderland station is around 13 minute walk in the city centre.

There are a good range of options in Sunderland with the city centre being a short walk from the ground. The two closest hotels are:

Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland – Vaux Brewery Way, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland SR5 1SN Tel: 0191 500 9494

Premier Inn Sunderland City Centre hotel – 1-3 Hind St, Sunderland SR1 3QD Tel: 333 003 7893

Replacing The Black Cats former home, Roker Park, The Stadium of Light opened in July 1997 with a ceremonial game against Ajax. Constructed on the site of a former coal mine the stadium took 14 months to complete with an original capacity of 42,000. Capacity increased when an extension was added to the North End of the ground in 2000.

The ground hosted it’s first full international when England face Belgium in 1999 and the first competitive international to be held at the ground was in April 2003 when England beat Turkey 2-0 in front of a crowd of 47,667 with goals from Darius Vassell and David Beckham.