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Opened 1997

Capacity 49,000

Rating: 4.3

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Once you actually find your gate it is a long way up to the sky where you watch a game of subbuteo. The stadium is good for a third level club. However don't linger in the area outside for long. Suggest you leave quickly.
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11 months ago
Was there for an Ed Sheran concert. Stadium is fine, staff are great, prices about what you would expect. Traffic management is a joke. No supervision at all after the concert from stewards or police. Putting cars and drunk pedestrians on the same path is simply an accident waiting to happen. Will not be visiting this venue again until they sort that out. Ed Sheran was fantastic even if you're not an out and out fan like me. He is a great showman.
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9 months ago
Great club with a massive stadium and great history. I hope they make it back to the EPL so that we can all the great game of soccer we all love from Sunderland FC
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a year ago
Went to the stadium for an Ed Sheeran concert. The whole place was well organised and the stewards were excellent and really helpful. After the concert the stadium emptied quickly and we were soon at the metro station. I'm glad we went on the second nights concert because I'm sure all involved on organising event learnt a lot after first night. Overall it was a very pleasant experience inside the stadium. Well done SAFC ❤️
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9 months ago
Atmosphere was absolutely bouncing, only disappointment was my seat wasnt attached to it's frame, getting in touch with the club is a nightmare as its impossible to get through to someone to complain so for that reason they dont get 5 stars
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7 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

Following the release of the Taylor Report in January 1990, Sunderland was obliged to make plans to turn their Roker Park home into an all-seater stadium.[6] Roker Park was a ground that mainly consisted of standing terraces, and if converted into all-seater it would have held far fewer spectators than before.[6] Enclosed by residential streets on all sides, expansion was practically impossible. So, by 1991, Sunderland chairman Bob Murray had started to scour the local area for possible sites to build a new all-seater stadium.[6]

The front-runner that emerged was a proposed stadium located on an area of land adjacent to the 
Nissan car plant.[7] The 49,000 all-seater ground was labelled "the Wembley of the North" by Sunderland fans and would boast a capacity that not even Manchester United's Old Trafford exceeded until 1996.[7] The plans did not come to fruition. Shortly after the plans were announced in 1992, Nissan launched an official objection, ultimately forcing Sunderland to abandon the idea.[7] By 1995, the site of the Wearmouth Colliery, which had closed in December 1993, was identified as the club's preferred location for a new stadium.[7] The area, on the north bank of the River Wear in the Sheepfolds district of Sunderland, was only a few hundred yards from Roker Park, and close to the centre of the city.

In 1993, Sunderland's planned new stadium was on the shortlist for 
Euro 96 venues, as England had been named as hosts of the competition in May 1992. However, it soon become clear that a new stadium in Sunderland would not be ready in time for the tournament.

On 13 November 1995, the Sunderland chairman Bob Murray announced that the 
Tyne and Wear Development Corporation had approved plans for Sunderland to build a 34,000-seater stadium on the Monkwearmouth site.[8] Ballast Wiltshier plc, a contracting company that had built the Amsterdam Arena, was contracted to build the stadium at an initial cost of £15 million.[8] In June 1996, as the planned capacity rose to more than 40,000, construction work began.[8] The capacity was revised again in early 1997, and the stadium was completed on time, with a capacity of 42,000.[8] The stadium's design allows possible expansion of a further tier; completed expansion of the whole upper tier would produce a capacity of 63,000, although it is believed by some that the stadium can expand to a maximum capacity of 84,000, this would seem unlikely ever to be exercised.[5]

The stadium was opened on 30 July 1997 by 
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, with bands such as Status QuoUpside Down and Kavana playing. To celebrate the opening of the stadium, Sunderland played a friendly against the Dutch side Ajax, which was drawn 0–0.[8]

The move did not happen without criticism. Famous actor and Sunderland supporter, often named in the media "Sunderland's most famous supporter"
[9]Peter O'Toole, said he wasn't as much a fan as he used to be since the team left Roker Park[10][11]. Playwright Tom Kelly and actor Paul Dunn created a one-man play called "I Left My Heart at Roker Park" about a fan struggling with the move and what Roker Park meant for him - the play originally ran in 1997, and had a few revivals since[12][13][14].

The North Stand was extended in 2000 to bring the capacity to 49,000, costing the club a further £7 million, making the final cost of the stadium £23 million.
[5] On 18 July 2006, a statue of 1973 FA Cup Final winning manager Bob Stokoe was unveiled outside the stadium.[15] At the end of season Football League awards, the Stadium of Light was named the Best Away Ground, with other contenders including Crewe Alexandra's Alexandra Stadium and Plymouth Argyle's Home Park.[16] Sunderland celebrated the tenth anniversary of the stadium with a pre-season friendly against Juventus on 6 August 2007; the game was drawn 1–1.[17]

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