- Address: Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Country: United Kingdom
- Capacity: 52,000
- Opened: 1892
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Newcastle United (football)
Extra stadium info – St. James’ Park
The stadium is among the largest venues by capacity in the United Kingdom. It is known as a venue for several events, like concerts, football, rugby league and rugby union. The St. James’ Park was one of the eight 1996 UEFA European Football Championship venues. The stadium’s first match for the tournament was won by the French Republic after beating Romania in front of 26,000 spectators. In 2012, it was one of the venues for the Games of the XXX Olympiad. The St. James’ Park was one of the six football venues for the world famous sports event.
Statues and Alan Shearer
Several statues of former football players can be found around the stadium. One of those statues is a statue of Alan Shearer, who played as a forward for Newcastle United. He became the Premier League’s record goalscorer. Shearer started his professional football career with Southampton FC in 1988. In 1992, he signed with the Blackburn Rovers. Between 1996 and 2006, Shearer played hundreds of matches for Newcastle United. The former striker also played scored numerous goals for the national football team of England.
Newcastle United Football Club, nicknamed The Magpies, moved to the stadium named St. James Park in 1892. They won the English top-flight football league several times. Newcastle United broke the stadium’s record attendance in 1930, when 68,000 people showed up for a match against Chelsea Football Club. NUFC and their arch-rivals Sunderland AFC became the first sports clubs from Tyne and Wear with 1 million followers on their main social media page. On 7 October 2021, Newcastle United was bought for £300 million by a consortium led by the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. The purchase made NUFC a financial powerhouse in the Premier League.