Boro Boys Head To Tyneside!

Last updated : 10 May 2009 By Boro Mad

Away Fans

Away fans have been relocated from the North West corner of the top tier to the very far side of the Sir John Hall Stand. Up to 3,000 supporters can be accommodated in this section for Premiership games and a larger allocation is available for cup games. Be warned though that it is a climb of 14 flights of stairs up to the away section and that you are situated quite far away from the pitch. On the plus side you do get a wonderful view of the whole stadium, plus the Newcastle skyline and countryside in the distance. Also the leg room and height between rows are the best that I have come across and the facilities on offer are pretty good. The concourse is spacious and there are a fair selection of pies on offer plus the usual burgers and hot dogs, all served in Newcastle United branded packaging (which made me wonder if their sales were affected when playing Sunderland!). There are also televisions on the concourse, showing live the game being played, with separate refreshment areas which serve alcohol, again in Newcastle United branded plastic glasses.

Directions & Car Parking

At the end of the A1(M) continue on the A1 and then the A184 towards Newcastle. Continue along this road, bearing left onto the A189. Continue over the River Tyne on the Redheugh Bridge, from which the ground can be clearly seen. Carry on straight up the dual carriageway (St James Boulevard). This leads directly to the Gallowgate end of the ground. As the ground is so central there are a number of pay and display car parks in the vicinity.
Jason Adderley a visiting West Brom fan adds; 'An easier way into the City is to stay on the A1 until the exit for Westerhope. Leave the A1 go straight over two roundabouts and then follow the signs for the Royal Victoria Infirmary (Queen Victoria Road) - parking here is in a multi storey and allows a reasonably quick getaway after the game'.
Peter Luckett informs me; 'The traffic in the city centre can be a nightmare and so is parking. My recommendation for fans travelling from the South is to head for Heworth, which is near Gateshead adjacent to the A184. It has a Metro Station and a long term car park where you can leave your car for a cost of £1.10. You can then catch the metro direct to the stadium at a cost of £2-40 return.
By Train and Metro

Newcastle Central Railway Station is half a mile from the ground and takes 10-15 minutes to walk.
Come out of the station, across the two zebra crossings and then head up the pedestrianised Pink Lane. Then cross Westgate Road at the top. Then up pedestrianised Bath Lane with the old city walls on your right. Turn right on to Stowell Street (Chinatown). At the end of Stowell Street bear left up St Andrews Street by Rosie's Bar, under the ornate Chinese arch. Then left up Gallowgate. St James is on your right.
If you're feeling lazy, you can get buses 36, 36B, 71, 87 or 88 from Berwick Street (across the road from station), up to the ground. The fare should be about 50p. Whilst Claire Stewart informs me; 'You can also get the metro from inside the train station up to the ground, which has its own "St. James' Park" stop. Go on the metro from the railway station to Monument Metro Station where you need to change trains to go to St James Park. You can also walk up to the ground from Monument Station. It's pretty easy to find.