St James' Park
|Address||St. James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4ST|
St. James’s Park is located in Newcastle, the UK. It situated close to the city center and about 500 meters from the Central station. It became the permanent home for Newcastle United F. С. in 1892. Since the 1990s, the stadium has been almost fully rebuilt two times. St. James’ Park was the venue for the Olympics in 2012. It has also been used for Rugby matches, including the Rugby World Cup that took place in 2015. Except for sports events, St. James’s Park is often used for music concerts and reality TV.
The stadium has four stands, including the following:
- Gallowgate End (located at the southern end of the stadium).
- Leazes End (located at the northern end).
- Milburn Stand (located on the west).
- East Stand (located at the east end).
The seating capacity of the stadium is 52,354. The highest attendance of 68,386 was noted in 1930 during the football game between the local club and Chelsea. In 2011, the club announced the intention of renaming the stadium Sports Direct Arena. However, the idea was not taken well by some of the fans, which even led to criminal damage to the property. The conflict was settled in 2012 when Wonga.com became the main sponsor of Newcastle United. The company bought the stadium’s naming rights and announced that the name of the stadium would not be changed.