St Mary's Stadium
St Mary's StadiumSt Mary's Stadium is the home of Southampton F.C. in the city of Southampton. It is a UEFA 4-star rated stadium and with a capacity of 32,689 is the largest football stadium in the south of England, outside of London.
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.
How to get there
Parking around the St. Mary's Stadium is extremely limited so the club have set up numerous alternatives to enable you to get there comfortably, safely and efficiently.
From M27 Westbound
Exit the M27 at junction 8 and then turn left at the roundabout.
Follow the dual carriageway on the left hand side and approach roundabout.
Take 3rd junction off the roundabout (A3024) and follow this road into Southampton (this is quite a long road and will continue for approximately 4.5 miles).
Cross the Northam Bridge and when you reach the set of traffic lights after the bridge turn left into Princes Street.
Follow this road right to the end to get to the Stadium.
Drive to the end of the M3 southbound and get onto the M27 eastbound. Leave M27 at Junction 4 (first junction you approach) and follow the signs to get on the A33 into Southampton. Continue along this road (for approximately 3 miles) and continue to the end of this road ("The Avenue"). The road will merge into Dorset Street - continue along until you get to the roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd junction (Six Dials) and on the dual carriageway stay in the right hand lane and continue along through the traffic lights continuing along into Kingsway (following A33 on road signs). Drive approximately ¼ mile and take 4th left into St Mary's Street. Follow bend to right into Chapel Road (St Mary's Church will be on left hand side) and continue to the end of the road. Turn left into Marine Parade and Stadium is approximately 600 metres on the left.
Postcode: SO14 5FP
Country: United Kingdom