Information for supporters heading to Sunderland tomorrow…
The Club moved to the Stadium of Light in 1997, after leaving their former home of Roker Park where they had played for 99 years.
The stadium is of a good size, is totally enclosed and on the whole is quite impressive.
It is composed of two three-tiered stands (at the North end and the West side of the pitch), whilst the others are two-tiered.
The West (Main) Stand on one side also has a row of executive boxes, that are situated just below the top tier.
Outside the stadium, there is a statue of former FA Cup winning manager Bob Stokoe, as well as some reminders of the former Wearmouth Colliery, on the site of which the stadium was built.
Behind the West Stand, there is a large red wheel, an emblem of the lifts that used to take the miners down to the mines.
Also outside one corner of the stadium is a large miners lamp.
Away fans are now housed in the Upper Tier of the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,000 fans can be housed for league games.
On the food front, the club offers; Fish & Chips (£5.50), Various Pies (£3.50) including the Chicken Balti Pie, Cornish Pasties (£3) and Jumbo Sausage Rolls (£3).
The Club have opened a Fan Zone which is located outside the South East part of the stadium.
The area has entertainment in the form of live bands, large screens etc.. Plus food and drink outlets. It is available to both home and away supporters. It is open three hours before kick off and for one hour after the game has ended. Entry is free.
The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five-minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby.
Just across the road from the stadium (near to the entrance where the Davy Lamp is situated) is the Colliery Tavern. Although predominantly a home fans pub, it does allow in away fans and it shows live football on a number of tv's and to cope with the large number of fans it has a marquee outside, also serving beer as well as a burger van.
If you have a bit of time of your hands, then you may like to try the Harbour View on the sea front, which is around a 15-20 minute walk away. Simply go along Roker Avenue (opposite the main entrance to the stadium) until you reach the seafront. Turn left along the front and you will see the pub up on the left. The pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, serves good beer (up to six ales), reasonably priced food (with its own matchday menu) and has a large screen television. As the name of the pub suggests you get some good views along the coast from its location.
Exit the A1 at Junction 62, the Durham/Sunderland exit and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel.
Stay in the left hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium Of Light, A1231 Sunderland).
This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland. Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland.
Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights.
There is limited parking at the ground itself and there is a residents only parking scheme in operation on streets close to the stadium (especially on the estate behind the North Stand).
So please check for any warning signs on lamp posts before parking, or you may end up with a hefty parking ticket for your trouble.
Instead you can park at the Stadium of Light Metro Station (cost £4) or alternatively, you can park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes).
There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters.
This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231.
Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kick off and continue after the game until everyone has gone.
There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Stadium of Light via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.
Post Code for SAT NAV: SR5 1SU
Official Programme: £3