How to get to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland Stadium of Light
0871 911 1973
The Stadium of Light is easy to get to whether you’re travelling by car or using public transport. Here’s our guide.
Sunderland railway station is a 10 to 15-minute walk from the ground. It has excellent links to the national rail network and Metro system, ensuring quick and easy travel to other areas of the region. Click here for walking directions between Sunderland station and the stadium. For journey planning and ticketing details, visit National Rail or Northern Rail.
When travelling 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 must board at St Peter’s, while 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 Nexus.
Bus numbers 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 15 and 16 all stop within a few minutes walk of the Stadium of Light.
All main bus routes across Wearside connect to Sunderland’s main bus station, Park Lane Interchange, which is also within easy walking distance of the stadium.
The Stadium of Light is easily accessible from the A19 and A1. The stadium’s postcode (for Sat Nav) is SR5 1SU.
From October 2015 roadworks could impact your journey to and from SoL
Advance works will start on the A1231 Wessington Way from Monday 12 October to help pave the way for the New Wear Crossing project.
Full details are available here and anyone visiting the Stadium of Light should plan their journey in advance to take into account the potential disruption.
Parking in the immediate area surrounding the SoL is limited. A park and ride scheme is in operation – see the advice below.
Park and Ride Scheme
The 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’.
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 from 90 minutes prior to kick-off and regularly afterwards until all supporters have been transported back to their cars.
Park and Walk Scheme
A park and walk scheme operates from two sites at the University of Sunderland – the A183 (Chester Road) and St. Peter’s. Both are clearly signposted. Follow the signs for Matchday Parking.
Parking at the Stadium
The Stadium of Light has 1,146 parking spaces for supporters as well as space for up to 24 coaches. Parking permits can be purchased for the whole season – contact the ticket office on 0871 911 1973.
To ensure supporters’ safety, a traffic management system operates at the stadium on matchdays. Cars parked within the stadium grounds are not permitted to leave from 5 minutes before full time until 30 minutes after the final whistle.
Coach parking at the stadium must be arranged in advance by contacting the Safety Officer on 0871 911 1213.
Many of the streets surrounding the stadium are residential and we respectfully request that all supporters are considerate of residents and local people when parking cars.
Supporters are advised that police parking restrictions will be in place around the stadium due to problems involving vehicles being parked on roads adjacent to the stadium.
Vaux Brewery Way, Stadium Way and Millennium Way are essential in the event of any stadium evacuation and are required to be kept clear of vehicles at all times during matchdays.
Yellow lines are clearly displayed on these roads and the local authority will be enforcing ‘no parking’ regulations at every game, which can result in a fixed penalty ticket being issued.
If you're visiting the Stadium of Light for an SAFC home match or other event, you will not be able to park in 60 of the streets in the surrounding area.
Only residents with permits will be able to park in the following streets:
•Edward Burdis Street
•Eglinton Street North
•James Armitage Street
•St Columba Court
•Victoria Terrace South
For further information on your visit to Sunderland, go to www.visitsunderland.com