St Mary’s Stadium (capacity 32,689)
St Mary’s Stadium replaced Southampton’s former iconic stadium, The Dell, in 2001. The naming of the stadium itself is a nod to their past, when the team was called Southampton St Mary’s and the stands are named after the areas of Southampton they face. As well as hosting an England game, it also hosted the world record breaking longest continuous game of football, 102 hours, in June 2015.
The stadium is a complete bowl, with stands of equal height, and has two large screens at either end that can be seen from any seat. There is also a continuous translucent panel to maximise the amount of light in order to stimulate the growth of the playing surface.
Away fans visiting St Mary’s Stadium are located in the Northam Stand, with a typical allocation of 3,200.
With only limited disabled parking available at the stadium itself, and parking restrictions in place in the immediate surroundings, most away fans head towards the city centre to park and take a short walk to St Mary’s. There are a number of City Council Car Parks which are recommended by the club, as well as a number of other parking options, such as Park and Ride.
We’ve compiled a list of car parks, below, near to St Mary’s Stadium for hassle free parking while you’re at the match.
|Car Park||Sat Nav||Cost||Distance to Ground||Description|
|Ocean Village||SO14 3TG||£1 per hour||1.3km||Ocean Village, in the Marina area, is popular among away fans as it is a short walk from the stadium and has a number of eating options as well as a pub on site. However, its increased popularity has led to increased traffic congestion, making it a slower getaway once the game has finished.|
|Oakbank Road Car Park||SO19 9DT||Free||2.1km||There is a public car park which is free for the first 5 hours situated on Oakbank Road, to the south of the Woolston side access to the Itchen Bridge. Steps up on to the Itchen Bridge give you a short 10 minute walk to the stadium.|
|Eastgate Multi Storey Car Park||SO14 3HH||£4.50||1.6km||Eastgate Car Park is one of a number of City Council Car Parks recommended for fans by Southampton FC, and is a 10 minute walk from St Mary’s.|
|Bedford Place Multi Storey Car Park||SO15 2DT||£4.50||1.9km||Bedford Place Car Park is one of a number of City Council Car Parks recommended for fans by Southampton FC, and is a 10-15 minute walk from St Mary’s.|
|Grosvenor Square Multi Storey Car Park||SO15 2GR||£4.50||1.9km||Grosvenor Square Car Park is one of a number of City Council Car Parks recommended for fans by Southampton FC, and is a 10-15 minute walk from St Mary’s.|
|West Park Road Multi Storey Car Park||SO15 1AP||£4.50||1.9km||West Park Road Car Park is one of a number of City Council Car Parks recommended for fans by Southampton FC, and is a 10-15 minute walk from St Mary’s.|
|Marlands Multi Storey Car Park||SO15 1BA||£3.50||2.1km||Marlands Car Park is one of a number of City Council Car Parks recommended for fans by Southampton FC, and is a 15 minute walk from St Mary’s.|
It’s around a 30 minute walk from the nearest railway station, which is Southampton Central, to St Mary’s Stadium. There is a shuttle bus which leaves from Blechynden Terrace bus stop that takes fans to the stadium, but many away fans choose to walk and stop at a few pubs on the way.
When you exit the station from the southern entrance, turn left and walk up Western Esplanade, which then becomes Civic Centre Road. Stay on this road, walking between the Civic Centre and the Marlands Shopping Centre. You’ll come to a crossroads next to a couple of banks, where you should cross over on to New Road, and follow this across a park and past a college. When you reach a set of traffic lights, cross Kings Way on to Northam Road. Follow this for around 400m and you’ll see St Mary’s Stadium on your right.
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There are a number of away friendly pubs near St Mary’s Stadium, all of which cater to different needs. Please note, however, that some bars require club colours to be covered and some do not allow children.
However, rather than take our word for it, we want to give you the view from other away fans who have visited St Mary’s Stadium.
Over the coming months we will be building up fans reviews of the best places to drink on an away trip to Southampton, and you’ll be able to find them here.
In the meantime, we’ve included a map below with all the best away pubs highlighted for you.
See what other away fans think of Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium in our ‘Away Day Reviews’.
If you’ve already been, then you can share your experience with us by writing your own review.
See how Southampton perform in our away day rankings, where away fans rate the pie, pint, cuppa and away day overall.
Check out our photo gallery where you can view other away fans’ photos. You can also share your own experience by uploading your own!