With a commanding location on the banks of the River Wear, the Stadium of Light is designed to honour the area's rich industrial and mining heritage, and is widely known for its handsome design and fabulous atmosphere. Home to Sunderland AFC
since it opened in 1997, the stadium's current capacity stands at 49,000, making it the fifth largest football stadium in England.
Whether you're travelling to the Stadium of Light for one of Sunderland AFC's home games, a music concert or stadium tour, there are plenty of options for getting to this impressive football ground.
How to get to the Stadium of Light
Sunderland train station is only about a 10 to 15 minute walk from the Stadium of Light, and boasts excellent rail connections to destinations across the UK. See the National Rail website
for full route and timetable info.
Both St. Peter's and the Stadium of Light metro stations serve the football grounds, making the metro a convenient option for getting to the stadium. Note that you can arrive at either station, but when departing the grounds, passengers heading north must embark at the Stadium of Light station, while passengers travelling south must depart from St. Peter's station. Visit the Nexus website
for full details.
A selection of local bus services all drop passengers within a short walk of the stadium, including bus numbers 2, 3, 4, 12, 13, 15 and 16. For those coming from further afield, the Park Lane Interchange, Sunderland's main bus station, is about a half-hour walk from the stadium, or a short journey by bus.
There is also a Park and Ride service available from the Sunderland Enterprise Park, located on the A1231 (Wessington Way) just off the A19. Buses run approximately every five minutes before and after the game to transfer passengers to and from the stadium.
Alternately, you can Park and Walk either from St. Peter's or Chester Road (A183) at the University of Sunderland on match days – both sites are clearly signposted.
For those with their own wheels, the stadium is easily accessed from the A1 and the A19. If you have a sat nav, use the postcode SR5 1SU.
Note that parking at the stadium as well as in the surrounding area is strictly limited and subject to regulation. Parking permits can be purchased for the season for the stadium car park.
Car share to the Stadium of Light
If you're worried about congestion and finding a parking space near the Stadium of Light, why not organise a car share with other supporters heading to the match? By offering up free seats in your car (or getting a lift yourself), you'll save money on petrol and parking, and may even make some new friends along the way. Plus it's a greener way to travel, so you'll be doing your bit for the environment, all at the same time!