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Visiting St. James' Stadium (Newcastle) – Matchday Guide:

St. James’ Park dominates the skyline of the city and is home to Newcastle United since 1892. The unique layout of the stadium and great atmosphere makes St. James' Park a place to visit for an awesome matchday experience. Buy Newcastle United Tickets 2022/2023 today!

About St. James’ Park

St. James’ Park is the 3rd ranked stadium in the English Premier League. Newcastle United is England’s 9th most successful club of all time so it’s not hard to fill the 52,305 person stadium capacity with supporting fans!
Whether you’re a hardcore fan or just looking for a fun day out, St. James' Park creates a memorable atmosphere for all the games which is why it is one of the leading stadiums in the English Premier League. If you’re looking to elevate your experience, there’s also executive suites and other premium options outlined later in this article.
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St. James' Park Tickets Information

Tickets, Seats and Stands

There are four stands in St. James’ Park.
  • The Gallowgate End is at the Southern end of the ground and is single tiered. 
  • The Leazes End is at the Northern end of the ground and is double tiered with a level of executive boxes between them. This stand has a good atmosphere because it’s where the hard core fans and the away team sits.  
  • The Milburn stand is the main stand in the ground and located on the West end. It’s also double tiered with a level of executive boxes between them. 
  • The East End is the smallest of the four stands and located in the East end.
You must be wondering where the best seats in the football stadium are. St. James’ Park has 4 main ticket categories.
  • Platinum Club: The best seats in Milburn and East stands 
  • Category 1: Some good seats at Milburn and East Stands and Sports Bar
  • Category 2: mostly seats with a good view
  • Category 3: Lower tier seats behind the goals 
Platinum Club is the most expensive of the tiers. Each section provides a different atmosphere so you can’t go wrong with any seat in the stadium.

Away Fan’s Stand

Away fans sit on the very far end of the Leazes Stand, in the top tier. It can fit up to 3000 supporters. The area is quite far from the pitch and up 140 stairs.
The view of the stadium is wonderful, you can even see the countryside of Newcastle in the distance. To enter the park, use turnstile 91-94 which can be found in the Leazes Stand.
The turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick-off. Remember that flags and banners are not permitted in the visitor section and your bag will be searched when you arrive.

St. James’ Park Hospitality: Premium/VIP tickets and private boxes

If you want to elevate your gameday experience, St. James’ Park has you covered.

Executive Boxes:

Choose between balcony seating in Milburn Stand or behind-the goal in Leazes End. Create a dedicated matchday for friends, family, or clients. Boxes include outdoor seating on a private balcony, dedicated box host, three-course pre-match meal, half-time snacks, post-match cheeseboard, on-site parking, and more. 

Joe Harvey Suite:

Enjoy a prestigious matchday experience with the exclusive Joe Harvey Suite. There’s usually a waitlist for this suite. If you’re able to book it, you’ll enjoy five-courses in a Directors’ Box with a champagne and canape reception in the Chairman’s Suite, post match access, an inclusive bar, half-time snacks, post-match cheeseboard, and more. 
There’s also the Sir Bobby Robson Suite, Moncur Suite and Four Corners which are all Director Suites with various offerings that are similar to the Joe Harvey Suite. 

Magpie Club:

A modern suite located in the corner of the Milburn Stand and stretches into the Leazes Stand. It provides you with executive seating, first class service, a three-course pre-match meal, post-match cheeseboard, and more. 

The Barracks:

This is the newest contemporary area on Level 4 of The Milburn Stand, giving fans the opportunity to enjoy a light bite before watching the match. You have light entertainment pre and post-match, including music and guest speakers. It’s the best extension to your gameday experience.

Prices for all these premium options depend on the event, the opposing team, number of people attending, and more.

St. James’ Park gates and entrances

St .James’ Park makes it easy to enter the stadium. The turnstile you need to enter is indicated on your ticket and there are signs everywhere to guide you to your correct turnstile. Once there, you’ll need to scan your ticket and enter, the stewards inside the stadium can guide you to your seat. 

How to get to St. James’ Park 

As usual for most large stadiums, the best way to get to the game is by public transportation. It’s cheaper, faster, and the least stressful way to come to the game. 

National Rail:

Virgin Trains East Coast, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, and Northern services can bring you to Newcastle-upon-Tyne from almost anywhere in the UK. From there, it’s a 7-minute walk from the park.

Metro:

St. James’s Park Underground Station is located right next to the ground and it’s easy to walk from the station.

Bus:

Haymarket and Eldon Square are the city’s main bus stations. Most of the local and regional buses would stop at one of these two stations. It takes about 5-minutes from both stops to get to the park.

Parking next to St. James’ Park 

There are multiple pay and display car parks around the stadium. Street parking is best around Barrack Road and off Stanhope Street. There’s also multi storey car parks, Park and Ride schemes, and parking at other transport links like Metro stations. Parking does fill up quite quickly so plan to arrive early and be patient. Parking can be up to £1.30 an hour or £10.50 for the entire day. 

Landmarks and points of interest in St.James’ Park 

If you want to post the perfect Instagram photo or view the iconic landmarks at St. James’ Park, we have you covered.  
Take a photo at Gallowgate End. From the gate you’ll see Chinatown beneath the metro station and skyscrapers on the left. The photo speaks for itself, and it’s a beautiful view that you’ll remember. 
Approach the Gallowgate from just off Strawberry Place to catch a view of the Sir Robert William Robson statue. He was an ambassador and conducted himself with class and humility, you might even see a fan bowing at his statue. 
Sir John’s old gates make for the perfect selfie backdrop and a cool landmark to see. Walk past Sir Bobby and the Gallowgate End and you’ll see the original gates for the stadium against the renovated stadium.

Infrastructures, Stores, Food, Drink:

St. James’ Park is lopsided which adds to the uniqueness of the stadium and your gameday experience. Inside the stadium, there’s two external restaurants, kiosks with great food, and toilets near the gate entrances. St. James’ Park is mostly a cashless stadium so come prepared if you want food, drinks, or merchandise. 

Food and drink at St. James’ Park

Food is part of the experience at St. James’ Park. The stadium sells traditional foods like hot dogs, sodas, pizza, and more. But you can also get traditional UK meals like beef pies, chicken pies, cheeseburgers, curry dishes, fish and chips, and more. We recommend you try a local food option for the best experience. Of course, the stadium also sells beer and you can take it to your seat to enjoy. 

Stores and merchandise at St. James’ Park 

The stadium has an official Newcastle United Football Club store and it’s the one-stop shop for NUFC supporters and football enthusiasts. It’s located on the grounds and sells gifts, souvenirs, mugs, keyrings, team flags, and more. 

St. James’ Park Tours

There are a lot of tours of the stadium, and they all guarantee a fantastic experience.

Classic Tour
The classic tour captures the history of the stadium and you’ll have the opportunity to walk through the tunnel, view the home dressing room, see the post-match press conference, and view the highest points of the stadium. 

Rooftop Tour
This is the tour for you if you aren’t scared of heights! You will go up a walkway 150 ft above the ground to take in panoramic views of Tyneside. You’ll see the region’s most prominent landmarks and a rare glimpse of the stadium from the dugout. You’ll also see everything from the classic tour.

St. James' Park Area

St. James' Park is located in Newcastle upon Tyne, a relatively large city known for its spectacular riverscape, Victorian-style building, and cruise ships connecting Northeast England with all major European ports. The city is home to Newcastle university and many historic art and history museums.

Hotel accommodation

There are great and affordable hotels within walking distance from the stadium.

  • Grainger Hotel is an incredible bargain, and it has the best restaurants, theatres, and St. James’ Park itself within a 15-minute walk.

  • easyHotel Newcastle is a boutique-style hotel close to the train stations, airport, Theatre Royal, and of course, St. James’ Park.

  • Hampton by Hilton New castle has one of the best locations in Newcastle. It’s close to St. James’ Park and other important points of interest in the area.

Pubs and restaurants 

Newcastle’s food scene is great and there are amazing venues at every corner.

  • The Strawberry provides the perfect football atmosphere. The food is cheap and tasty and the staff are friendly. If you are looking for a place right next to St. James' Park, this is it.

  • The Dog & Parrot is a pub with great pool tables. It’s also a good venue for a drink before kick-off. They have indie and rock music all night and there’s crowds of all ages. 

  • The Earl of Pitt Street is a gastro-lounge with a great three course deal on weekdays and weekend lunches. If you’re looking for a good meal before the game, this place is perfect and the venue is only 500 metres from the ground.

Attractions 

St. James’ Park is in the centre of the city making it easy to sightsee while you’re in the city.

Visit Sage Gateshead. It’s an iconic venue by the river that looks like a giant shiny slug (but in a pretty way). It’s like the Sydney Opera House and it’s worth visiting even if you’re not interested in music. The building is only a 20-minute walk from the stadium.

If you’re in town for a couple days, checkout the Live Theatre. It’s one of the most exciting companies creating new work in the north of England, with everything from stand-up comedy to other events. It’s also only 20-minutes away from the stadium.

Finally, visit the Grainger Market, a city centre market. It has several great food spots, clothes, cafes, a butcher and more. It’s located inside a beautiful old building that is 10-minutes away from the stadium.

St. James’ Park history

St. James’ Park is the oldest and largest stadium in North-East England. It has been home to the Newcastle United F.C since 1892 but it has been used for football matches since 1880. The original name of the team that started playing at St. James’ Park in 1880 was Newcastle Rangers but the team didn’t last long. Newcastle West End took over the stadium in 1996 and six years later they merged with Newcastle East End.

FAQs

Who owns St. James’ Park?

Newcastle City Council owns St. James’ Park.

When was St. James’ Park built?

It was created in the 19th century and used for the first football game in 1880.

Can St. James’ Park be extended?

No, the scope for expansion is limited. 

How big is St. James’ Park?

St. James' Park is a 23-hectare park.

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