Home of Southampton FC

Opened 2001

Capacity 32,384

Rating: 4.4

(4753) Google Reviews

I was very well surprised. Such a lovely stadium with nice views and great atmosphere (as you’d expect if your teams winning). The away fans section was nice in the food area and having the loud home fans sitting either side of you probably isn’t the best for health and safety. It was a strange night with many things happening and those 6 Southampton fans who tripped and attacked two opposing fans at the end of the game should be ashamed of themselves. Cannot let that tarnish the club in anyway but policing should’ve been better at the away end. All in all, can’t wait to be back again!
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a year ago
Woman's Euros. Austria vs Northern Ireland. First international game I ever seen. Fantastic astrosphere with lots of cheering and singing. Loves St Mary's Football Stadium. I will definitely me coming back for future games!
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3 months ago
Was invited through work into a corporate hospitality box. The service by the staff and the overall experience was top class. As a Chelsea fan I was impressed by how this club looks after its supporters and visitors.
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8 months ago
Went to watch the England Women's Euro game, this is an ideal stadium for this type of event. The acoustics at St Mary's are amazing, so generally there is always a really good vibe. Stadium food is stadium food it's never going to be great and it will always be overpriced, no idea why they put the ketchup out all containers were empty and the staff couldn't be bothered to sort or offer a solution, that really was the only negative, stewards were all friendly and helpful. The stadium is a short walk from the train station.
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8 months ago
First time at a stadium gig. Hugely expensive seats put you at the side of the stage with partially restricted view. Seats comfortable enough and sound in that position is tolerable (but not great). Only tiny bags are allowed in and there was pretty limited catering with huge queues. No re-entry so you can’t go and buy from the stands outside. All in all an applied exercise in treating paying customers like cattle. I don’t imagine any other similar venue would be much different. Lots of stewards who were helpful if they knew where things were (not all did) and always polite. The place is designed for playing and watching football, not music.
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10 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

Since the 1980s, when Southampton regularly challenged the best sides in the English league (particularly in 1984 when they were league runners-up), there had been talk of the club relocating to a new stadium to replace The Dell due to the old stadium's cramped location which made it unsuitable for major expansion work.

When the 
Taylor Report on 29 January 1990 required all First and Second Division clubs to have all-seater stadiums by August 1994, Southampton's directors initially decided to upgrade The Dell into an all-seater stadium (which was completed in 1993) but speculation about relocation continued, especially as an all-seater Dell had a capacity of just over 15,000; despite this, Southampton continued to defy the odds and survive in the new FA Premier League after 1992.

After a lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to build a new 25,000-seater stadium and leisure complex at 
Stoneham, on the outskirts of Southampton, the city council offered the club the chance to build a new ground on the disused gas work site in the heart of the city, about one and half miles from The Dell.

The move was cited as the club returning home, because the club was formed by members of the nearby 
St. Mary's Church, as the football team of St. Mary's Church Young Men's Association before becoming Southampton St. Mary's F.C., and eventually Southampton F.C.

Construction started in December 1999 and was completed at the end of July 2001, with work on the stadium itself and improvements to local infrastructure cost a total of £32 million.

The Saints have been in residence since August 2001 when they moved from 
The Dell, which for the final years of its life, held just over 15,000 spectators – less than half the size of the new stadium. The first match was played on 1 August 2001 against RCD Espanyol, with the Spanish side winning 4–3.

The first competitive hat trick at the stadium was scored by 
Stafford Browne for Aldershot Town in a 3–1 victory over Havant & Waterlooville in the Hampshire Senior Cup final on 1 May 2002.[2]

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