I have been to this stadium on two occasions, one for a match, where my beloved Manchester City defeated Newcastle 3-1 and the other for a stadium tour, where I was given a copy of a programme from a recent match, during my holiday to Durham.
The stadium must be in central Newcastle, it is near quite a large bridge and when you look out, it looks like a stadium in the middle of Deansgate.
I am going to start by reviewing the game I went to, due to traffic around the stadium I was 10 minutes late, it could of even been 15, as I paid a good price for the tickets I was upset to be late, something else that bothered me and could of made me miss Javi Garcia's goal was the stairs, this stadium has so many stairs especially near the away end and having to sit right on the top was not good at all for me!
As my tickets were ripped and I was running late, the staff did not make me go to the ticket office as I should of done, they let me carry on until the match what I was really happy for otherwise I could of missed the first half completely.
It was a good game and the Newcastle fans produced a good atmosphere, I was in the seat next to the away fans and I found it funny them shouting "Champions League you're having a laugh" with them being unable to qualify for it, or get anywhere near in recent years.
I think this is a nice stadium with the interesting shape and surroundings but I just hate the stairs.
To sum up the stadium tour, it was great and I actually done the stadium tour a few days before City were to meet Newcastle again in the league cup, we shared some friendly banter and it was a nice tour what saw behind the scenes areas of this stadium including the dugout, dressing room and press room. It was defiantly one of the best stadium tours I have done, along with Anfield and The Etihad Stadium tours. I was also given a Programme from a recent game when I went on the tour, although I am not a supporter of Newcastle I still found it a very interesting one and a nice gesture to do.
I have to give this stadium 4 stars due to the stair situation and not being warned about how many stairs they were, I knew I was going to be high up but I didn't expect to have to climb that many stairs!
went to a match here a few years ago, it is well laid out, decent size, don't know much about football but remember that parking was a nightmare so get there early or use different transport!
Was at the game for the Steve Harper testimonial. The gates are really tight to get in after scanning your ticket. The chicken balti pie was lukewarm. The beer they serve was of the irish variety and not a bottle of dog to be seen ( Newastle Brown Ale) That said the staff were friendly, advised where the seats were and the view of the pitch was good.
One of the few premier league teams to still run tours on a matchday a great chance to see some of the current stars!
On a good day you can see the coast..on a bad day you can see s*nderland.
Ask any away fan what the first thing that comes into their mind is when asked about St James' Park, and most of them will tell you how high up they are put. There are fourteen flights of stairs before you get to the the away section - there must be some health and safety rules about the lack of oxygen up there. Rumour has it that Louis Saha once injured his neck just looking up at the away fans.
The ground dominates the city - it's in the town centre, but raised, almost to Edinburgh Castle status. It's very difficult to park, so leave yourself plenty of time. Newcastle is always further away than you think (even if you live in Sunderland), and always colder.
There can be a good atmosphere, depending on who's playing and how things are going, and as it's now the third highest capacity stadium in the Premiership it's worth a visit.
A very impressive stadium.
I must admit I've never been to a match here but I did attend a conference at St James' Park a few years ago and I was hugely impressed by the place. From the underground parking to the boxes where we held the meetings, the whole place oozed class. Even without any football being played the place still had a tangible atmosphere -- heavens only knows what the place must be like on a match day!
The facilities were excellent, the staff friendly and the food we had was very good. All in all it was an excellent place for a conference, and I daresay it's an excellent place to watch football too.
Hardly an example of a good Premiership ground any more, but is definitely one to see in the Championship.
SJP is situated close to the city centre so within easy reach of a number of bars and pre-match strip joints. We ended up in Rosy's bar which was intimate and showed Sky Sports News.
The view from up in the Gods is amazing for looking across the city, but the players look like little ants and be warned, your knees will feel the strain. The stairs are absolutely endless!
You can't exactly miss it can you?!!
As away fans we travelled up the night before (why not!) and then parked up near the ground a few hours before the match so we didn't experience any problems on that side.
Local pubs seemed okay and we settled on one that was full of home fans - and no, it didnt bother me that we were in full on claret and blue! - and eneded up talking to some really nice home fans luckily they pointed us in the right direction when it was approaching kick off and the invaluable tip of 'pretend you're pregnant or ill so you can use the lift!'
Oh my god am i glad that nice man told me that!
We got out the lift and couldnt believe how high we were, other fans were bursting through the door panting and clutching their sides and chests with one even claiming he must've lost a few stone in the climb!!
The prices in the kiosks were reasonable and not too bad quality wise.
The view - well if you have super vision am sure you'd enjoy it! It didnt feel like other grounds, at least in other places the away team can at least stand in front of their fans but not here, surrounded by the 'enemy' - not good!
Atmosphere - well all of us seemed up for it though i guess it could have been better considering the size of the place.
Stadium 1 - Team 0
One of the premiurships best grounds for size and atmosphere, a pie and a pint at half time will come at a price but that is to be expected at a premiurship ground!
I think if your'e interested in buildings then you have to see this one.It realy is the biggest eyesore imaginable.Having said that it is the home ground of Newcastle United football club who has many fans and use and love it well.
It's interest to me is for the conference facilities.They offer good rates for this and it's a good venue for even a family party to a works do.Based quite central and easy to get to worth having a look at if nothing else.
Very big ground which can hold up to 52,000 fans.
I went there in 2006 as a Sheffield United fan (1-0) and the view was great, even though i felt like i had climbed everest after the countless set of stair i had to climb to get to the away end!
Also don't bother going for a pint at half time, the place was heaving when i went and there was only the 1 food outlet!
If you have never been there before and do not know the city of Newcastle too well then it may be like walking through a concrete maze when going to St. James, I would suggest going on the Metro and getting off at either Monument station or St. James.
A great place to visit whether you're a football fan or not. The atmosphere in St. James Park is second to none. Extremely friendly fans will surround you whichever way you look.
Some of the restaurants also serve great food at prices which are quite desirable and you can get free tours of the park with many meals. All in all a n excellent premiership ground.
A great club this is large and well maintained. Great for a night out with excellent food and discos in the bar. The atmosphere on a club day is amazing. There is parking next to this place but it is best to try and come up early on a match day or get the metro which is close buy. The tickets are expensive and have to be prebought as there are usually sold out on the day though there have been more available recently. There is a place to buy beer and food but I would wait until the match is over hear into newcastle for some food and wait until the crowds have left to make your way home.
A good atmosphere, if your looking for a example of a premiership football ground, this is one to choose. The access is easy and the geordie people very friendly.
I have a season ticket for the Toon Army (they ain't cheap either!) and have a great seat in the Sir John Hall stand that I've had for many years, since the last time Kevin Keegan was in charge actually. At the time of writing it really hasn't been a great week for the club - Keegan's out, Ashley and Wise are despised, nobody wants the managers' job and there is expected to be a boycott of the next home game against Hull. Well, despite all the problems my heart belongs to this club and to this great stadium!
The stadium has undergone some transformation over the years, all of it to improve the ground. They also consider the atmosphere and the enjoyment of the spectators here. They have recently moved all the 'singers' up to the Sir John Hall stand just behind me and it is fabulous to hear them echoing out walking in a keegan wonderland and all the football stand classics like: we hate the mackems, we do! [For those not from the north east, a 'mackem' is a person from Sunderland or a Sunderland supporter]
The stadium towers above Newcastle and is always the first thing I look at when I'm pulling in on the bus. Inside it is majestic-looking and atmospheric. Like most football clubs (I imagine) the stadium hire casual beverage staff who are student types and who will serve you a pint or a pie at half time without even looking you in the eye. They are competant and quick though, which is what you need when there are 50 odd thousand people waiting to be served! The stewards are more than helpful and can direct you to any part of the stadium.
Nice stadium, bar on site, the Strawberry across the road and a metro station 200m away.
St James Park is not referred to locally as The Cathedral on the Hillfor nothing,it really is pretty huge and sits above the city -from the gateshead (south)side of the river its presence is awesome.
Compared to some far bigger Stadia-eg Barcelona St James has got the lot-modern aesthetically pleasing building with as much in the way of creature comforts as you are prepared to pay for,from basic seats which all have a bar area annexed to them where you can get a pie and a pint right up to private boxes with silver service.It seats in excess of 52,000.There is a metro (local train service abit like the tube)station which specifically serves St James nearby.The atmosphere in St James is always interesting and tends to change depending upon how the team are playing!!!!
A good modern stadium if not a little lopsided with two big stands and two smaller ones.
the major problem, however, is the seats face the pitch
Ah, sweet city of my dreams.. Changed since my day as a regular , if for the better or worse depends on your perspective (and bank balance). A major part of me, for better or worse.
I am not the biggest football fan supporter however I came to St James park for a prom i was not impressed it was a very difficult layout lots of entrances. The staff were not very helpful nor friendly also the bar prices are a day light robbery £3.00 for a bottle of coke seriously? I have been to better football stadiums around the country.
no i'm not a newcastle fan and would never claim to be one.i have visited here for a few games though and it's brilliant.i've never tried the food but this is a truly top notch stadium.it's very near the city centre so is easy to get to and the atmosphere is normally superb.it's no old trafford but ever since it went all seated it has to be one of the best grounds in England with a big capacity.the bars around it are also good for a quick pint before the game.
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