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One of the best stadiums in England, it has everything you want
St James' Park (Newcastle United FC)
Member Name: deckyno9
St James' Park (Newcastle United FC)
Advantages: Location, travel, food and drink
Disadvantages: atmosphere depending on where you sit
As a Newcastle fan I have been to St James' Park many times. It is a brilliant stadium on all accounts and in this review I will show you why.
St James' Park is right in the middle of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, a big and vibrant City, with endless amounts of restaurants, bars, clubs, coffee shops and shops in general with Eden Square shopping centre being about half a mile away. The city is always buzzing before and after a match at St James' aswell. Due to its close proximity to the city, the option to do something worth while before and after the event at St James' is very much always there. St James' Park is renowned for its location, not many stadiums are in the city, never mind the city centre, the location of this stadium simply could not be better.
There are 2 bus stations within a 5 minute walk of the stadium, one being at Monument and the other being Haymarket. There is also metro network that goes throughout the city and beyond, with a station right at St James' Park, so when you walk out, you are right there. You may need to change trains to get to here though so it might be best to get off at Monument or Haymarket metro stations if you are on that line. If you are staying in a hotel in the area then the metro will take you right there aswell. The metro also goes right from the airport and offers a days unlimited travel for just £3.20. Just like location, getting to and from St James' Park could not be easier.
Food and drink inside the stadium
Before you go into the stadium with your ticket, you can go to the public areas of the ground for food and drink with St James' Cafe and Shearer's Bar being next door to each other and the club shop at the Gallowgate End. Inside the ground you will find a food and drink bar (alcoholic and non alcoholic) at every access point so you will not be lost for something to eat and drink, just expect to queue for it.
The atmosphere in the stadium depends on where you sit and what is at stake in the match, if its a football match of course. If it is a football match the atmosphere is generally decent, but to get the real atmosphere try sitting in the Gallowgate end or the Sir John Hall stand level 7, these areas have the most noise in the stadium by far. A lot of families tend to sit up on level 7 of the Milburn stand, if that is what you are looking for. Of course if there is a lot at stake in the match, the entire ground will be electric.
Overall this stadium is excellent even if you are not a fan of Newcastle United. It is most definitely worth a visit. It is one of the best stadiums to visit in England, and if you take the location into account it is arguably thee best. You will not be disappointed.
Summary: One of the best stadiums in England, it has everything you want
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