Year Ground Opened: 2001
Address: Britannia Road, Southampton, S014 5FP.
Tel: 0845 688 9448
Described as a ‘superb’ looking stadium, Southampton moved into St Mary’s Stadium from The Dell in 2001. The stadium has a single level deck the whole way round and is designed to look like an enclosed bowl, all spectators are under cover with unrestricted sightlines. There are large screen’s attached to the roof behind each goal.
Outside the stadium is a statue of Southampton legend Ted Bates.
Away Supporters are located in the Northam Stand behind one of the goals and are usually allocated 3,000 seats – although this can be increased to 4,750 for cup fixtures if demand is there. Despite being segregated you will be located very close to what are described as the more boisterous home fans.
The sizeable concourse behind the stand features a Ladbrokes, has TV’s which show the game as it is played and a number of eating and drinking outlets. There are plenty of staff and the queues never seemed to get particularly long, which was a pleasant surprise. There is also a ‘Pie & Pint’ outlet, that as the name suggests, only serves beer and pies.
There are limited places for away fans to drink around the ground. There is the Waterfront Bar in William Street, which is an area called Shamrock Quay. You can visit the Waterfront Bar website for more details.
Many fans tend to drink in the town center with the Standing Order (Weatherspoons), Yates, and the Slug & Lettuce said to be favorites.
Parking is incredibly limited if you’re an away fan. Home fans can book in advance a spot just outside the stadium for £5. However, visitors have the option of parking in the town centre which is about 15 minutes from the ground, or leaving your car at the marina which is approximately 10 minutes away. Prices are generally the same valued at £5 per vehicle and the advantage of parking at the marina allows you to escape after the game without having to endure the gridlock that can be Southampton city centre.
The nearest / closest train station to Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium is Southampton Central. The railway station is approximately one and a quarter miles away, which should take around 30 minutes to walk. If you want to go straight to the ground there is a free Shuttle Bus service on presentation of your match ticket or appropriate Season Ticket travel voucher, operating from Blechynden Terrace (About 150 yards turning right from the Platform 1 exit).
Walking with the Civic Centre on your left-hand side, you will reach a crossroads, which bisects Above Bar Street (the main shopping area will be to your right). Continue straight ahead into New Road walking with Parks either side of you. Stay on this road across the next junction past the Solent University Buildings on your left-hand side. You will reach a complex road junction known locally as Six Dials. There are underpasses adjacent to the Premier Travel Inn, which will take you under Kingsway St. Marys into Northam Road. Follow this road for quarter of a mile until you reach the ground on your right.