Stadium of Light
|2 238 (VIP seats)|
|96 (Press seats)|
|Inauguration||31.07.1997 (Sunderland - Ajax 0-0)|
|Record attendance||48 353 (Sunderland - Liverpool; 13.04.2002)|
|Cost||24 mln £|
|Contractor||Ballast Wiltshire PLC|
Stadium of Light – stadium description
After Taylor Report had been published in 1990, Sunderland started to look for alternative stadium site. Their Roker Park was unfeasible for redevelopment along new requirements and not suitable for expansion. In 1992 chance to build a new venue next to Nissan car plant appeared, but was blocked by the manufacturer. Finally in 1995 plans were announced for a stadium on the site of former coal mine, very close to Roker Park.
Initially it was planned to have 34,000 seats, but was later changed to 40,000 and before opening in 1997 to 42,000. Despite these alterations works were done on schedule. Even more the price sounds very low, at just £16m. Further £7m was spent by the club in 2002 to expand the ground to just below 49,000.
The name pays tribute to miners of whom many are still part of Sunderland’s fanbase. The light is symbolized by “Davy’s lamp”, a traditional element of mining equipment. Monument of the lamp is located next to the stadium. Since 1997 Stadium of Light is constantly used by Sunderland, but has also played host to two national team games and numerous concerts in the summer season.
How Stadium of Light compares to other Championship venues?
United Kingdom: Is football coming home at the Euros?
At a time when most of the chatter is about the World Cup, plans for the next major football events are being clarified. Great Britain and Ireland announced their joint candidacy for hosting Euro 2028 some time ago. A shortlist of stadiums being considered by the federations was also recently announced.
England: Sunderland stadium footbridge moves forward
Sunderland Council has approved its preferred design for the foot and cycle bridge close to the Stadium of Light. The plan includes £31m (€33.6m) investment with the main aim of improving the safety for the supporters reaching the venue on matchdays.
COVID-19 crisis: English supporters to return in October?
The government is preparing to reopen sports stadiums across the UK. While first trial events will take place in just 2 weeks, all stadiums could be open again only from October onwards.
England: 341 games in five “regional hubs”?
In case not all stadiums are available to host games of Championship, League One and League Two, the EFL is considering using stadium clusters to hold the 341 remaining league games of 2019/20.
England: Sunderland offer naming rights for Stadium of Light
For the first time in 140 years Sunderland is opening its stadium name to commercialisation. While it was talked about for months, now an official video clip pitches naming rights to prospective sponsors.
Sunderland: Sentimental renaming at Stadium of Light
Supporters of Sunderland have spoken and their voice may have been expected. The stadium's south stand will be named after Roker Park, the legendary old stadium of the club.
Sunderland: Supporters replace seats at Stadium of Light
Despite massive trouble over the past seasons, Sunderland AFC can still count on their faithful fanbase for help. Over 2,000 fans applied for voluntary work in July and helped replace over 9,000 seats.
Safe standing: Government to rethink all-seating
By all means the debate was predictable, but that's fine, we'll take it. The most important thing is: British authorities will review the all-seater rule, which officially opens the case for legal standing in top leagues of England and Wales.
England: Supporters force parliament to debate safe standing!
It took only several days of momentum to reach immense support of 100,000 British citizens and thus force the British government to officially debate safe standing in Premier League and Championship.
England: Sunderland offer stadium as homeless shelter
Case of community engagement done right: Sunderland AFC invited homeless people from their area to stay for the night in times of biggest freeze. Warm meals, beds and clothes were prepared for the past weekend.
Major bookmakers as football club sponsors
There used to be a time when football was all about the sport but times have changed and like in most other industries, money has become a very important factor.
As stadiums undergo a makeover, these ones got left behind
Everton have become the latest Premier League club to be given the go-ahead to build a new stadium. Liverpool City Council have given approval for a £300 million new stadium, on the basis that it will form part of a city-wide bid for the Commonwealth Games. Should the plan come to fruition, Everton will be leaving their iconic home since 1892 – Goodison Park is one of the oldest purpose-built football grounds in the world.
Sunderland: First summer in years without concert at Stadium of Light
With its almost 49,000 seats Stadium of Light has been not only one of north England’s biggest stadiums but also concert venues. Not this year! Why?
England: Away fans must be placed pitch-side
From the 2017/18 Premier League season no club will be allowed to place away supporters far from the field. At least one section has to be placed just behind the field.
England: Sunderland fan appeals to change pink seats
They’re dubbed the Black Cats, their main colour is red, but many of their stadium seats have gone pink due to sunlight activity. This issue, perhaps surprisingly, caught traction among the Sunderland fanbase.
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 2. The Clubs)
Borussia, Barca and Man United – lovely dominant trio. But it wasn’t them who gained most fans last season. Check all 217 clubs that draw an average crowd of 10,000+!
10+ Ranking 2015: Attendances in Europe (Part 1. The Leagues)
Numbers don’t lie: French Ligue 1 outgrew Italian Serie A as Europe’s fourth largest league. Premier League seems unlikely to catch up to Bundesliga, while Turkey, Ukraine and Scotland are down.
England: Sunderland enhancing Stadium of Light’s surroundings
While works on the new Hilton hotel are underway, a new idea arises for Stadium of Light. Fan zone, inspired by those set up for World Cups, could hold up to 6,000 people for every game.
Premier League: Most clubs ‘inflate’ attendances
Here’s another argument for fans claiming there’s something wrong with the game in England. Arsenal alone inflated its attendance for 2013/14 by almost 174,000 fans compared to actual numbers.
10+ Ranking: Here are the best European clubs by attendance
There are 229 clubs in Europe enjoying on average 10,000 spectators and more. We list all of them to show the Continent’s most magnetic teams. Some fanbases really deserve praise for their participation, right Rangers/Portsmouth?