Stadium of Light

Getting to the SoL

The best way to get to the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland is easy to get to by road or public transport.

By Road
Sunderland can be accessed via two major routes - visitors approaching from the north or south can take the A19 or A1. Please note the A1 is closed at the Western Bypass (near Team Valley) from 8pm on concert day.

Park and Walk – Visitors arriving by car can also park at the Sunderland Enterprise Park and walk to the Stadium (approx 20-30 minute walk). Access may be restricted until 6pm Monday-Friday. Those wishing to use the Park and Walk facility are asked to take the A1231, which is signposted from the A19. Please do not use the A1231 for city centre access.

Coach parking for concerts
We have a designated parking area available on the site for pre-booked coach parking

Coach parking is shown on location 1 on the site map.

Coach parking spaces can be purchased by calling Sunderland AFC on (0191) 551 5004 or by email . Please have credit/debit card details ready

Coaches will only be permitted into the coach area if pre-booked and have a designated coach parking pass. 

City Centre Car Parks
Parking will be available throughout the day and evening. St Mary’s, Sunniside and The Bridges car parks (only a few minutes walk from the Stadium) will be open until late and will be staffed by patrolling parking attendants.

Visitors approaching from the North and South on the A19 and A1 and wishing to park in the city centre are asked to follow the A1018, A690 or A183, which are clearly sign-posted. As you approach Sunderland city centre, follow the car parking signs. Parking charges will apply.

Parking at the Stadium of Light
Visitors are advised the area directly surrounding the Stadium is a pedestrian-only zone. There will be limited access available for ticket collection and there is no parking available at the Stadium or in the surrounding residential areas.

Visitors are urged to use recognised car parks only.

Public Transport

If you are travelling to and from the concert by Metro, please ensure you purchase a return ticket 

Buses – There are regular bus services directly to and from the Stadium of Light. Please note, last journeys for all services generally run between 11pm and 12pm. Please check timetables as all info is provisional

Further timetables and travel information available from:

Traveline: 0871 200 22 33 (Metro)

Special service from Newcastle Central Station non-stop to the Stadium of Light for the Beyonce concert on the 28th June.  

The service numbered X0 will run roughly every 20 minutes in the late afternoon and will return straight after the concert. Tickets cost £5 return.

Beyoncé Day Saver ticket also available at £6, which can be bought on the Go North East mobile App and can be used on any Go North East bus on the day of the concert.

As well as the X0, Go North East will be running the usual additional services to Durham, Washington, Seaham etc from the Wheatsheaf Pub after the concert.

Taxis – Concert goers requiring a taxi are advised to use the taxi rank on Athenaeum Street, next to the train station in the city centre

Rail –
National Rail Enquiries - 08457 484 950 -

Grand Central - (Direct service to Sunderland city centre) - 0844 811 0071 -

Drop Off and Pick Up Points
It is important to note that there is likely to be severe congestion around the Stadium at the beginning and end of the concerts. Motorists are advised to drop off and pick up away from the Stadium. It is suggested that vehicles from the South drop off and pick up in the city centre and from the west and north, use Sunderland Enterprise Park off the A1231

Before the concert, for ticket collection only, there is a drop off point available at the blue car park at the Stadium of Light- this drop off facility has a 10 minute maximum stay time.

University of Sunderland Car Parks

Parking will be available from 5pm at the University of Sunderland’s St. Peter’s Campus and City Campus car parks on the day of the event.

A £2 parking charge will apply.

Useful Sat Nav Postcodes
As there is no public parking available for concert goers at the Stadium of Light, please do not use the postcode for the Stadium of Light



St Mary’s




Civic Centre


The Bridge’s Multi-Storey




Boughton Street


Nile Street


West Wear Street


Charles Street


Tatham Street


Gorse Road


Park and Walk




Concert goers are advised that there are numerous routes out of the city centre including A690, A1231, A1290, A1018

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