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SUNDERLAND - PREMIER LEAGUE

SATURDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2014
, KICK-OFF 3.00PM BST

STADIUM OF LIGHT

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ADDRESS:
The Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU

MAP: http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=SR5+1SU

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WEATHER

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Travel advice from Football Ground Guide - www.footballgroundguide.com

By Train

There are very few direct trains from London to Sunderland. At most times of the day travel on the East Coast  Mainline from Kings Cross to Newcastle then take local rail/metro/bus services.

Sunderland train station in the city centre is walkable from the stadium (around 15 minutes). Turn right out of the station heading up towards a JJB Sports store and walk through the gap next to JJB. Keep walking straight ahead and within 100m you will see the Stadium Of Light rising up in front of you over the Wearmouth Bridge. Simply cross the bridge, and turn left into Millennium Way. The away turnstiles are located on the side of the ground which is straight ahead.

As an alternative to the regular rail services the metro stations called the 'Stadium of Light' and 'St. Peters' both serve the stadium. The metro provides regular and rapid transport from both Newcastle and the south of Sunderland. Both stations are only a few minutes walk from the stadium, although away supporters should alight at St Peters station as that is closer to their entrance. Please note though that after the game the Stadium of Light metro station only operates northbound (i.e. towards Newcastle) and St Peters metro station only operates southbound (i.e. towards Sunderland centre).

By Car

Exit the A1 at Junction 62, the Durham/Sunderland exit and take the A690 towards Sunderland. After about eight miles, you will reach a roundabout, at which turn left onto the A19, signposted for the Tyne Tunnel. Stay in the left hand lane and take the second slip road towards Sunderland (signposted Stadium Of Light, A1231 Sunderland). This takes you onto a bridge crossing over the River Wear. Turn right onto the A1231 following the signs for Sunderland.

Go straight over four roundabouts into Sunderland. Then go through two sets of traffic lights (keeping in the left hand lane at the second set, going straight on towards Roker rather than the city centre) and you will see the Stadium car park on your right, about a mile after the traffic lights. However there is only limited parking at the ground, so alternatively, you can park in the city centre and walk to the ground (about 10-15 minutes). The traffic for a couple of miles around the ground was solid when I went so allow plenty of time for your journey.

There is also a 'Park & Ride' scheme in operation on matchdays, free for both home and away supporters. This is situated at Sunderland Enterprise Park, which is well signposted just off the A1231. Buses run every five minutes, for 90 minutes before kick off and continue after the game until everyone has gone.

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Eating & Drinking advice from Football Ground Guide - www.footballgroundguide.com

There are bars inside the ground, however they get really crowded. I would recommend the William Jameson (Wetherspoons pub) in the centre of town for a drink before or after the game, as it has a great atmosphere. A visiting West Brom fan adds: ''The Albion pub, on Victor Street, off Roker Avenue, is a five minute walk from the ground, with some parking nearby. I've used this pub the last three times I've visited Sunderland with West Brom. Always friendly and the landlord even puts on complimentary snacks after the game. Otherwise there is a chippy a couple of doors away. An all round top boozer". Another visitor reports: "There are also another couple of bars worth mentioning, both a five minute walk away form the stadium, on the road approaching the Wearmouth bridge on the North (Stadium Side) of the river. There are two social clubs - The Sunderland Companions club, and the New Democratic Club, which both get very busy, and will offer a warm welcome to away supporters, and serve cheap beer".

If you have a bit of time of your hands, then you may like to try the Harbour View on the sea front, which is around a 15-20 minute walk away. Simply go along Roker Avenue (opposite the main entrance to the stadium) until you reach the seafront. Turn left along the front and you will see the pub up on the left. The pub which has previously been listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, serves good beer, reasonably priced food (with its own matchday menu) and has a large screen television. As the name of the pub suggests you get some good views along the coast from its location.

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