St James' Park is located in the centre of Newcastle, with its white cantilever roof visible across the city and it's the largest cantilever in Europe. The Toon Army fan-base occupy the Milburn Stand, the East Stand, the Sir John Hall End and the Gallowgate End, whilst the traditional home of the more vocal fans is considered to be the Gallowgate End, in the same vein as The Kop is at Liverpool.
Visiting supporters have now been moved from the North West Corner to the North East Corner of the old Sir John Hall End (behind the goal). An allocation of 3,000 places is set aside for league games. For Cup games when a larger allocation is required, the lower section of the north east Corner is also allocated. Although high up, the views are fantastic both of the action and over the city. Facilities are very good and very well priced. Those walking up from the railway station or exiting St James Metro Station will approach from the south.
St James' Park seating plan:
The Newcastle Arms on St Andrews Street has a changing selection of ales as well serving some cold food. Also on St Andrews Street is The Back page which is a must for anybody with an interest in football memorabilia, with thousands of books, programmes and other items from virtually every league club.
All of the major fast food outlets you'd expect can be found within walking distance of the stadium, including Burger King on Westgate Road and McDonalds on Northumberland Street. Takeaway Pizza and Kebab joints can be found in the Bigg Market and along Percy Street, while there's a Pizza Hut on Grainger Street.
There are many pay and display car parks in the local vicinity although the multi storey at the stadium is very limited on match days. The Royal Victoria Infirmary on Queen Victoria Road offers a car park at reasonable prices and allows for a quick escape after the game if you're back to your car before the rush. Street parking is virtually non existent around the city. It is available however, providing you're willing to walk 15-20 minutes back to the stadium.
Around a 10-15 minute walk away from St James Park is Newcastle College, where around 400 car parking spaces are available for home matches and other events at the stadium. The cost to park there is £4, which is paid on entry. The car park is supervised with security coverage. The entrance to the College car park is off a roundabout on Scotswood Road.
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The nearest / closest train station to Newcastle United's St James' Park is Newcastle Central - a 15 minute walk from the ground. GNER train services connect Newcastle Central Station to London and Scotland, with Virgin cross country routes to Scotland, the midlands and South West England also available. Details at Trainline.
The nearest station on the Tyne and Wear Metro system is St. James, but if arriving from the airport, alight at Haymarket or Monument Stations and follow the crowds! It's only a five minute walk from either.
Rivals - Sunderland, Man Utd, Middlesbrough
Travel: The drive up was very easy with a stop off on the way. We arrived in Newcastle at around 12ish and parked up at The Gate which is an entertainment complex, where there are plenty of places to eat and drink. It only cost £7.20 for the day to park the car there which was fairly priced in my opinion and it is a short walk from there to the ground. St James Park is a ground which is in the city centre which I found amazing compared to most football grounds which seem more on the outskirts of the area etc.
Refreshments: As we parked at The Gate we popped into a Wetherspoons there which was decent. There are a few pubs to choose from on your way up to the ground which is just a straight walk through town. Had a few beers before the game and a good laugh with a few of the Newcastle fans who were decent in the Strawberry Pub. Football was the main topic of the day. There were understandable signs of frustration when talking about their owner and how he was treating their great club.
Impressions: I honestly found St James' Park to be mind-blowing. It's absolutely massive from the outside and can be seen from miles around in areas such as Gateshead. I honestly felt like I was entering a fortress. An absolute cracking away day for any football fan.
Atmosphere: The game itself was a poor performance from both sides, which was not what was expected from the fans views going into the match. The home and away supporters were in fine voice as always and the stewards seemed friendly enough to me at least. The home fans started to leave on the 80th minute because they were losing and had better places to be it seemed. The refreshments at the ground are not worth buying as they tasted poor and won't worth the price £2.50 for a small bottle of Coke when the shop over the road had it for £1 it was that kind of quality.
Exit: No problem at all! We stayed within the city centre of Newcastle because it was my birthday and went home on the Sunday.
Enjoy: I absolutely loved it and I would go back again to witness hopefully a better match than one with a single penalty goal. Three points on my birthday couldn't be any better though.
Ground Name: St James' Park
Capacity: 52,387 (all seated)
Address: St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST
Main Tel No.: 0191 201 8400
Team Nickname: The Magpies or The Toon
Year Ground Opened: 1892
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