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Away Day Guide: Newcastle United

Plan your visit to St James' Park this weekend

16 November 2021

Opponents: Newcastle United

Date: Saturday 20 November

Kick-off: 3pm

Capacity: 52,405

Post code for sat-nav: NE1 4ST

The eighth largest stadium in England, the St James' Park site has been used for football since 1880, 12 years prior to the official formation of Newcastle United. 

Newcastle Rangers and West End Football Club were St James' Park's first tenants before the city's heavyweight clubs, Newcastle East End and West End FC, merged and formally took up residence at St James' Park in 1892 - finally becoming Newcastle United.

It was under the United banner in 1899 that the ground's first major development work took place. The capacity was set at 30,000 but just six years later, it was doubled to 60,000 with a state-of-the-art venue which even had a swimming pool.

Newcastle's failure to secure any matches during the 1966 World Cup led to works on the grounds in the following years but it was only in the 1990s under Freddie Shepherd that St James' Park took its current, recognisable, form.

Once plans for a new stadium a short distance away in Leazes Park were abandoned in 1995, a second tier over the Milburn Stand, Leazes End and adjoining corner gave the ground it's current outline and took the capacity back above 50,000.

Did you know?

At either end of the ground are the Leazes End and Gallowgate End - one named after the neighbouring Leazes Park and Leazes Terrace, and the other after the city's infamous gallows - last used in 1844.

How to get there

It is approximately 291 miles to St James' Park by road using the M1, A1, A184, and A189. The ground is situated in the city centre and Newcastle strongly advise supporters to use public transport to get to St James' Park for the game.

By road from the south:

Exit the A1 at the Junction with A184 for Newcastle/Gateshead. Continue for one mile before staying right to turn onto the A189. After 1.5 miles, turn right off Barrack Road and stadium will be on your right.

There are no unreserved public car parks on event days at St. James' Park and traffic restrictions may be in place.

Newcastle operate a park and ride system from two sites close to the A1 motorway– from Newcastle Great Park (close to the Newcastle Racecourse) and the MetroCentre.

By Rail/Bus:

Situated on the East Coast Mainline, Newcastle Central Station is a principle stop for services between London and Edinburgh/Glasgow. It also offers direct cross-country routes to and from Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool Birmingham and Bristol.

The station is a ten-minute walk from St. James' Park; walk west along Neville Street (A186) and turn right onto St. James' Boulevard. The stadium will become visible as you reach the junction of Bath Lane/Wellington Street.

To plan your train journey, visit www.nationalrail.co.uk.

Click here for further travel information provided by Newcastle United.

Stadium Information

Normally, visiting supporters enter via turnstiles 91-94 which can be found in the Leazes Stand. Turnstiles in all areas of the stadium open 90 minutes before kick-off.

The visiting fans section is on Level 7, with 140 stairs and 14 landings on the way up. If you have mobility issues or feel challenged by the climb, please speak to a steward who can direct you to a lift.

There is a concourse on Level 7 which has a range of food and hot & cold drinks.

To minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission, St. James’ Park will be supporting contactless payments; Cash is accepted in selected locations only.

There is a Barclays ATM at the South West corner of St. James’ Park, between the two entrances to The Terrace Bar. A free-to-use cash machine is also located at the Tesco Express store directly opposite the stadium on Barrack Road.

Covid-19 Requirements

Newcastle ask all supporters to download and register on the NHS App and to have their NHS Covid Pass (or home country equivalent) available for potential inspection on arrival.

Spot checks will be taking place around the ground as supporters arrive

Where to eat/drink

One of the best away days on the calendar, St James' Park's central location means pubs and restaurants are not in short supply.

Most away fans tend to favour some of the pubs opposite and around Newcastle Railway Station. The A Head Of Steam, The Newcastle Tap, and The Lounge are all popular with visiting supporters.

Supporters making the trip from West London this weekend should be aware that a large number of pubs in Newcastle will only admit fans if colours are covered and are unlikely to admit children on matchday. 

Saturday's game is SOLD OUT.

Brentford fans that cannot attend can listen live on BeesPlayer


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