Boxing Day match at Sunderland
The stadium is called 'The Stadium of Light' and the club is knicknamed 'The Black Cats'.
49.000 is the capacity of the stadium and the away supporters were on the upper tier this season. It was a good view - just strange as we're used to being ground level!
On the walk up the stairs to the upper tier, there is a level that is solely for selling the usual pies, chips and burgers. There is Fosters on tap and for a larger selection for larger/beer/cider, there is another level that you can go to. There are also toilets on this level.
The upper level has one kiosk that sells food/drink and again, toilets.
Great atmosphere here. The staff are friendly and the suppporters, like us, can take a bit of banter. As always, a great experience at The Stadium of Light.
Equipment: Your ticket, voice, passion & money for a pie and a pint lol!!
Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light is home to Sunderland AFC.
Built as an 42,000 all-seater stadium in 1997 to replace Roker Park, and its famous "Roar". Its capacity was extended in 2002 to 49,000.
Equipment: I've always found it one of the coldest places to watch football, so bring your hats scarves and gloves.
- Arts and Culture
I'm here for almost every home game and have been for the last 25 years (including our previous stadium).
This shot is from the match against local deadly rivals Newcastle in 2000. After being 2-0 down we came back to draw 2-2 and salvage local pride, for that year at least.
I'm in the picture there somewhere ;-)
Called "The Stadium Of Light", with aplogies to any Portugese readers, the stadium's name is meant to reflect this mining heritage. On the approach road is a giant sized "Davey Lamp" and an eternal flame burns on the gates in memory of the colliery.
Apart from that, the ground is a fantastic place to watch football, even if the team often fails to live up to it's promise.
Sunderland A.F.C. and Other Sports
Home to Sunderland AFC, based at the 48,300 Stadium of Light to the north of the River Wear. Six times League champions and twice FA Cup winners (1937 and 1973).
To reach the ground from the city centre, either get on the metro at Sunderland Central or Sunderland Interchange and go to St. Peter's. From Newcastle, alight at Stadium of Light. The stadium is visible to the west / southwest.
Silksworth Sports Complex has a reasonable set of sports facilities, including athletic track, dry ski slope and al weather sports pitches. Not accesible from the metro, get a bus to Silksworth to reach. Crowtree Leisure Centre in the city centre has squash and babminton courts, an ice rink and a leisure pool. There is a proper swimmning pool for people who don't want to mess about on Newcastle Road, nearest metro station Stadium of Light and walk north for 250 metres.
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