View from the south east corner of the Stadium of Light towards the away fans

Visiting fans

Supporting your team at the Stadium of Light.

Thank you for travelling to Sunderland to visit the Stadium of Light and support your team.

As well as coming to the game, there are plenty of things to see and do when you visit Sunderland. We hope you find the information below useful, it helps you make the most of your visit and you leave with happy memories… but not 3 points!

You can also download SAFC's Visiting Fan Guide.

Getting to the Stadium of Light

Sunderland is situated on the North East coast and is the largest city between Leeds and Edinburgh. The Stadium of Light is easy to get to, whether you’re travelling by car or using public transport.

Coming by road (Sat Nav codes in brackets)

The Stadium of Light (SR5 1SU) is easily accessible from the A19 and A1; however, parking in the immediate area is very limited. A permit parking scheme applies in some areas and Police parking restrictions will be in place around the stadium with fixed penalty tickets being issued.

Coach parking at the stadium must be arranged in advance by contacting the Safety Officer on 0871 911 1213.

Fans are advised to use car parks at St. Mary’s (SR1 3AH), Sunniside (SR1 1UL) and The Bridges (SR1 3PZ) as all are just a 10 to 15 minute walk from the stadium. Parking charges apply. Alternatively, supporters can take advantage of SAFC’s ‘Park and Ride’ or ‘Park and Walk’ schemes.

The Park and Ride scheme runs from the Sunderland Enterprise Park on Wessington Way (A1231), which is easily accessible from the A19 and is clearly signposted ‘Park and Ride’ (SR5 3XG). Pick-up and set-down points on the Enterprise Park are clearly marked. The pick-up points from the Enterprise Park are the permanent bus stops, while pick-up points from the stadium are to the north on Keir Hardie Way. Buses run every five minutes before the game and regularly afterwards until all supporters have been transported back to their cars. The Park and Ride scheme opens 2 hours prior to kick-off.

A Park and Walk scheme operates from two sites at the University of Sunderland – City Campus on the A183, Chester Road (SR1 3SD) and St. Peter’s (SR6 0AN). Both are clearly signposted. Follow the signs for ‘Match Day Parking’.

Coming by train

Sunderland’s train station is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the stadium and has excellent links to the national rail network and local Metro system. For journey planning and ticketing details, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

When using the Tyne and Wear Metro service to travel to the match, fans have the choice of arriving at either St. Peter’s or the Stadium of Light Metro stations prior to the game. When leaving the stadium after the match, supporters travelling southbound towards South Hylton (and Sunderland train station) must board at St. Peter’s. Supporters heading northbound towards Newcastle must board at the Stadium of Light station. These restrictions have been put in place to ease congestion and ensure a speedy and safe return journey for all fans. For more information on the Tyne and Wear Metro, visit www.nexus.org.uk/metro.

Stadium access

- Turnstiles open 90 minutes before kick off.

- The away turnstiles are 69-72 in the Strongbow North Stand.

- If you require lift access please contact the club in advance.

- Radios are available on request for supporters with visual impairment.

- The Stadium of Light is a no smoking venue, which also applies to the use of E-cigarettes.

For full ground regulations please visit www.safc.com/groundregulations

How to use your ticket

- Your allocated turnstile is listed on your ticket.

- Place your ticket in the reader with the barcode under the scanner.

- When the light turns green proceed into the stadium.

- If the light turns red please ask a steward for assistance.

Sunderland hotels

- Marriott Hotel, SR6 8DB; 0191 529 2041

- Roker Hotel, SR6 9ND; 0845 776 7676

- Premier Inn, SR5 3XG; 0871 527 9056

- Premier Inn, SR5 3HR; 0871 527 9058

- Travelodge, SR1 3PT; 0871 984 6050

- Travelodge, SR1 1UD; 0871 984 6336

Things to do

There’s lots to see and do in Sunderland, with something for everyone – shops, coast, heritage, art, sport, music and theatre. Why not make the most of your visit, or come back and see more of this great city?

The local tourist information can be contacted on 0191 553 2000 or by email tourist.info@sunderland.gov.uk 

There's plenty of information on things to do in Sunderland and the surrounding area on the Sunderland Live website.

There's always something to see and do in Sunderland. Whether you're after relaxation, invigoration or both, Sunderland's mix of city, coast and countryside will be a breath of fresh air, follow the link below for details:

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Keep it social

The official SAFC Twitter account has regular updates, including any local travel disruption, during the build up to matches, so follow along... and if you are Tweeting from the game, include the hashtag #SAFCAwayEnd to keep your tweets in the loop.

Need further assistance?

For further information regarding your visit to the Stadium of Light, please contact our main switchboard on 0871 911 1200.

Tell us what you think

If you have any feedback about your experience at the Stadium of Light, please contact our Customer Service department by email: customerservice@safc.com.