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St James? Park: All you need to know - Tickets, Direction, Weather (2022)

St. James' Park was originally used for football in 1880, but it was nothing more than a bare pitch at first.


Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Saturday, 02.July 2022 — 3min read

History and description

The St James' Park football ground was first used for the sport in 1880, but it initially had no more than a bare pitch. With the team's promotion to the Premier League in 2012, Newcastle now has a modern and impressive stadium. In 1898, Newcastle promoted to First Division and so began developing their ground. In the 1920s, terraces were built which increased capacity to 30,000. With Newcastle's promotion to Premier League in 2012, their new stadium is modern and impressive.

Five more years passed and another round of major reconstruction works were started. A new stand at the Barrack Road side and expanded terraces increased capacity to over 60,000.

In the 1920s, Newcastle planned to redevelop St James' Park with new stands designed by architect Archibald Leitch. However, conflicts between the landlord (the city of Newcastle) and planners led to abandonment of the plans.

In 1930, St James's Park registered the highest attendance when 68,386 people attended a match between Newcastle United and Chelsea.

This further conflict between the club and city led to more cancelled plans in the 1950s and 1960s, which caused Newcastle to miss out on hosting matches during the 1966 World Cup. These were hosted by Middlesbrough's Ayresome Park instead.

In 1972, the club finally reached agreement with Newcastle city council, and a new Leazes Terrace Stand opened. Works were to continue with the Leazes End, but relegation and a precarious financial situation ended hopes of further improvements.

A replacement stand for the old West Stand was necessary due to the Bradford fire, which made it unsafe. The new Milburn Stand opened in 1987.

Further improvements were needed to make the stadium more accommodating, but funding only became available after the takeover of the club by Sir John Hall in 1992. In only a few years, three new stands got built, resulting in a bowl-shaped stadium with a capacity of 37,000 seats.

In 1996, St James' Park was used as a venue for the Euro 1996 Championships. It hosted three group matches during the competition.

Construction of a second tier on top of the Milburn and Leazes Stands was completed in August 2000. The stadium now has the largest cantilever roof in Europe.

In 2011, St James' Park was temporarily renamed Sports Direct Arena (after the company of club owner Mike Ashley), but the stadium was later referred to its original name after new club sponsor Wonga bought the naming right.

(photos of the present St James? Park below)

How to get to St James? Park

The park is located on the edge of Newcastle's city center, making it easy to reach by public transport. The stadium lies slightly to the northeast of Newcastle's center, and north of the main railway station. It borders Leazes Park on its northern side.

If arriving by car, follow the directions to Newcastle?s city centre. The stadium is close to most city centre parking lots, but due to its location it is advised to travel by public transport.

St James Park is also served by the metro (stop St James) if you arrive from elsewhere in the Newcastle region or Newcastle Airport.

Address: St James? Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 4ST

Eat, drink, and sleep near St James? Park

One of the great advantages of St James? Park is its central location right in the heart of Newcastle?s city centre. This means that there is a large variety of dining and drinking options in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. There are many hotels near the stadium that have good ratings. The Sandman Signature Hotel is near by, but there are other hotels closer to the main railway station. The Holiday Inn Express, County Hotel, and Sleeperz Hotel are among the more affordable that get good reviews.

For all the hotels near Saint James' Park, please click here. This will show you both hotels in the city center as well as any other nearby hotels.

Newcastle United Tickets

Tickets for Newcastle United games can be bought online, by phone +44 (0) 844 372 1892, or at the official club stores at St James' Park and the Metrocentre. Newcastle's home games tend to sell out a quarter or half of the time, depending on how well the season is going. If tickets are still available at the stadium ticket office beforehand, they can also be bought on the secondary market.

Most tickets for the matches cost 27 pounds and those for the sides cost 32 to 52 pounds. Prices go up by about 15 pounds for high-profile matches.

You can find a seating plan here.

St James? Park stadium tours

St James' Park offers guided stadium tours that include the changing rooms, dugouts, players' tunnel, and the media suite. The current tour schedule may differ from the typical schedule.

If you are planning to visit the attraction, booking in advance is recommended but not required. You can book online or by phone +44 (0) 844 372 1892.

The tours costs £15.00.

Relevant Internet links

The official website of Newcastle United Football Club is, while the official tourism website for Newcastle and Gateshead is The Nexus journey planner provides information on public transport in Newcastle, and the website also has a guide to dining out in the city. The atmosphere was electric for the game and Manchester United won 4-0. Now, I am going to mark out of 10 most general parts of the stadium. Size: 9/10 Atmosphere: 10/10 Quality: 9/10 Outside: 10/10 Owner: -10/10 (Only joking, about 7/10) Actual Team from my point of view: 2/10 Realistic: 9/10.

The game was electric and Manchester United won 4-0, so I am going to mark out of 10 the most general parts of the stadium. The size is 9/10, the atmosphere is 10/10, and the quality is 9/10. However, I only think the owner's rating is 7/10 because it's not realistic to me that a team from my point of view would win 2/10.

But overall, I thought the experience was good. I honestly thought that the view from the gods wasn't as bad as people made out until we scored and you could not tell at all who got it??? The atmosphere in here was nuts as it was derby day and the passion in the north east is second to none in English football. This ground is good, though with Mike Ashley and his Sports Direct brand the stadium is being tarnished. But overall, I thought the experience was good.

After the match I honestly thought the view from the gods wasn't as bad as people made out. However, the atmosphere in here was nuts and the passion in the north east is second to none in English football. This ground is good, though with Mike Ashley and his Sports Direct brand, the stadium is being tarnished.

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