St Mary's Stadium
St Mary's Stadium is home to Southampton FC.
It has an all seater capacity of 32,689 and is one of only a handful of stadia in Europe to meet UEFA's Four Star criteria.
The club has been nicknamed "The Saints" since its inception in 1885 due to its history as a church football team, founded as St Mary's Church of England Young Men's Association (or St Mary's Y.M.A) and has since generally played in red and white shirts.
The club's previous home was The Dell
In St Mary's the away fans have a great view from behind the goal in the Northam Stand. It's a good away trip as the stadium is in the city centre and is very walkable from the train station and a pub stop on the way.
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The Dell was the home of Southampton FC up until 2001, when the club moved to the new St Mary's Stadium.
The Dell had its own unique atmosphere. It was a small ground, with a capacity of only 15,200, where the fans were in touching distance of the players. The Milton Road Stand was notable for its wedge-like appearance.
I always enjoyed going to the ground to watch Man Utd take on the Saints. One thing was for sure Utd never had an easy game and 3 points were hard to come by.
I remember a very raining Monday night, where Dion Dublin scored and they made the halftime entertainment nearly electrocute themselves in the middle of the pitch in the torrential downpour.
I was also there in April 1996, when at being 3-0 down, Utd changed their strip at halftime, from grey to blue and white stripes. It didn't help much as we still lost 3-1; although we still went on to win the league and cup double that season.
Six months later I witnessed an even more calamitous 6-3 defeat at the hands of Southampton. Again we still went on to win the league, so no real complaints.
The Dell was always an enjoyable away trip.
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The Rose Bowl
The Rose Bowl is the new stadium for Hampshire County Cricket Club. It's also used for some international matches. It is one of the biggest cricket grounds in the country, with a capacity of 25,000 and a lovely setting, surrounded by green hills. In 2010 it hosted England internationals v Australia and Pakistan, and it 2011 it will be the venue for a test match v Sri Lanka.
Hampshire CCC are in the top divisions of the County Championship. They won the T20 Trophy in 2010, the Friends Provident Trophy in 2009, the C&G Trophy in 1991 and 2005, the Benson & Hedges Cup in 1988 and 1992, the 1-Day League Championship in 1975, 1978 and 1986, and the County Championship in 1961 and 1973. They are currently one of the strongest teams in the country and expected to win more honours in 2011. Famous players have included Barry Richards, Gordon Greenidge, Andy Roberts, Malcolm Marshall and possibly the greatest bowler of all-time, Shane Warne.
Matches are played from mid-April through to late September. Tickets for county matches cost £15 per day, while England games cost around £50. Car parking costs £8. For England games there is a free park-and-ride scheme.
Equipment: Take warm clothes as, even in summer, there is a cold wind swirling around inside the bowl.
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St Mary's Stadium
St. Mary's Stadium is the home of Southampton Football Club. It has also been used for international matches.
Southampton Football Club was founded in 1885 and by the early 1900s, led by the legendary C. B. Fry, they were one of the top football clubs in Europe, as witnessed by the fact that they defeated the full French national team 14-0. It was a Southampton player, Charles Miller, who first introduced football to Brazil.
Southampton have played in 4 FA Cup Finals, most recently in 2003, when they lost 1-0 to Arsenal. After they defeated Manchester United 1-0 in the 1976 FA Cup Final, a quarter of a million people poured out onto the streets to see the victorious team tour the city in an open-top bus.
They are nicknamed the Saints, after the Club's original name of Southampton St. Mary's and the fans' anthem, "Oh when the Saints go marching in" is now copied by football fans the world over.
Famous players who have played for Southampton include Sir Alf Ramsey, Ted Drake, Terry Paine, Alan Shearer, Peter Shilton, Alan Ball, Dave Watson, Peter Osgood, Mike Channon and Kevin Keegan.
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Shirley Swimming Pool
Shirley swimming Pool -within easy walking or bike from most student housing- lane
swimming at least three times a day, morning, lunchtime and evening.
No leaping screaming kids!£1.80 a swim for students or a six month card for unlimited
sessions for £70.00. Old, traditional four lane 25metre pool.
Bit scruffy around the edges but it's the only one in town.
Shirley Swimming Pool is a privately owned, public swimming pool. Built in 1974 as a dedicated teaching centre, the two pool site offers lessons for every age and ability, starting from 6 months. The main 25 metre pool is available for general swimming and adult lane swimming, whilst the small pool is available for public swimming between lessons.
The pool is open to everyone, for both lessons and general swimming,
throughout the year.
Whether you’re just passing through Southampton and would like a
swim or are looking for a swim school that will provide a friendly and
safe environment for you & your children, I hope the website will provide
you with all the information you need.
Equipment: Swimming trunks or swimsuit
St Marys Stadium
League Play In
Red and white striped shirts, black shorts
Yellow shirts, blue shorts, yellow socks
St Marys just looks like the same as any of the other new breeds of Stadia that has built in the last few years, having said that the views are great as they are uninterupted.
Equipment: To watch the match the only equipment you really need is a good strong voice to sing your club`s songs and encourage the team and your eyes to actually watch the game, some people do take a pair of binoculars if they sit far from the pitch.
Apart from the above the club s encourage you to buy their merchandise to enhance your matchday experience, you can buy virtually anything from hats and scarfs to the full blown replica kit, which generally is updated annually.
Catching the wave on the QE2
We had a very rough crossing, which generated high surf in the swimming pool. Swimming was NOT recommended!
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