That pre-match buzz, the roar of the crowd, and the chance to see your team in action – what’s not to love about visiting a football stadium?
St Mary’s in Southampton is Southern England’s largest football stadium outside of the capital. Whether you’re there for a big game or a stadium tour when the place is a little quieter, there’s something unforgettable about seeing the place where victories are won and legacies made. It doesn’t matter if you’re on home turf or visiting for an away game-- if you’re after an atmosphere, then that’s exactly what you’ll get.
As an established Southampton institution and the home of Premier League side Southampton F.C (nicknamed The Saints) since 2001, St Mary’s Stadium has hosted plenty of nail-biters over the years. But there’s more to this landmark than the beautiful game. Read on to find out more about St Mary’s Stadium, including how to get there and where’s best to eat nearby.
St Mary’s Stadium is located in central Southampton, making it easy to reach via public transport. It can be found to the eastern end of the city centre in the docks area of the River Itchen, with its address being: Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP.
As St Mary’s Stadium is in a central location, roads around the stadium will usually be closed during matchdays, and parking will be limited. Save the fuss of driving and opt for a comfortable train ride instead.
If you don’t fancy walking, make the most of the Train Station Shuttle which runs a dedicated service to the stadium and back on matchdays. Alternatively, you can catch the number 3, 16 or 18 bus from Southampton Central station to the stadium.
Things to do at St Mary’s Stadium
Nothing beats watching your team play right in front of your very eyes – and since Southampton F.C are well established in the Premier League, there are plenty of big games that draw the crowds to this Southampton stadium.
Still keen for more football? As well as international friendly matches, St Mary’s Stadium will host matches for the UEFA Women’s EURO England 2022.
Match tickets for any upcoming games start at around £15 per person and can be found on St Mary’s’ website. Meanwhile, if you’re a dedicated Southampton F.C fan, then why not make the most of a season ticket? With a reduced price window on home matches, priority away tickets and plenty of other perks, you’re guaranteed not to miss another match. Similarly, you can secure yourself a Southampton F.C membership to enjoy discounts, exclusive content, and more.
Historically a church football team, Southampton Football Club have earned the fond nickname of ‘The Saints’, a nod to their religious history. And whether you’re a Saints fan or just have an interest in all things Premier League, you can find out more about the club by booking onto St Mary’s’ very own stadium tour. Select your tour for a non-matchday weekend or school holiday to enjoy your exclusive insight into the behind-the-scenes workings of Southampton Football Club.
Events and Conferences
If you’re planning a work conference or charity fundraising event, you’re sure to find the perfect setup with a choice between 15 versatile and unique event spaces and a further 30 meeting rooms. The stadium’s specialist catering and hospitality service, Gather & Gather, will be on hand to take any food prepping out of your hands, leaving you free to enjoy the occasion.
Southampton Football Club Megastore
Is there any better way to show your support for The Saints by coming kitted out in their colours? Whether you’re after the club’s replica kit or just fancy a bit of merch, the Southampton Football Club Megastore is always worth a visit, and it’s the perfect way to pass some time before the game.
Things to do near St Mary’s Stadium
No matter if your trip to see The Saints is a day trip or long weekend, there are plenty of fun things to do in Southampton, from the fascinating Aviation Museum to the Mayflower Theatre.
No match day is complete without a few pre-match beers. Transport can get busy around match times, so why not catch an early train and head to The Joiner’s Arms in St Mary’s? Located just a 10-minute walk from the stadium, it’s the perfect place to mix with fellow fans and belt out your favourite football chants.
Tips for the day
St Mary’s Stadium is a popular venue that can get incredibly busy, so keep your visit running as smoothly as possible with these tips:
- Roads can get congested before and after matches, so to avoid the hassle of traffic and finding a parking spot, we’d suggest taking the train instead.
- If you’re heading to a match, get there early enough to allow for extra time to get through security and find your seats. Turnstiles will be open approximately one hour and a half before kick-off – arriving an hour or so earlier should ensure you don’t have to rush. Early-arrivers can also enjoy the pre-match entertainment from Saints Brass Band on the concourse.
- Make sure you bring a bag that’s small enough to fit under a stadium seat or avoid bringing a bag completely if possible.
Food and drink
No game would be complete without some good old British stadium grub, whether that be pre-match, at half-time or after the final whistle. During matchdays, you can choose from the classics – expert burgers, and hot dogs galore, all watered down with some draught lager, bitter or ale.
If you’re hosting an event or just want some extra comfort, book your place at Saints Bar, where you can tempt your tastebuds with delicious street food and quench your thirst with exclusive access to two large bar areas. For a taste of luxury, dine in style at the Executive Boxes, or take your seat at one of the two award-winning fine-dining restaurants, The Halo or 1885.
If you’re venturing further afield, you can find plenty of places to eat and drink. For a refreshing beverage, choose from Kingsland Tavern, The Chapel Arms, O’Neills Southampton, and The Scholars Arms, or satisfy those hunger cravings at either Mexifun, Mike’s Fish & Chips, Piccolo Mondo, or Carnicero Streakhouse Restaurant & Bar.
Places to stay around St Mary’s Stadium
If you’re planning on staying in Southampton for the weekend, you’ll find plenty of places to stay close by, no matter your budget or group size. For a luxury getaway, visit either The Pig in The Wall or, Ennio’s, while those on a budget can choose between Novotel, Ibis Southampton Centre, Jurys Inn Southampton, or Premier Inn Southampton City Centre.
St Mary’s Stadium accessibility
Fans and supporters of all abilities are welcome at St Mary’s, who offer a range of facilities for guests with disabilities and additional requirements. These include lifts and accessible toilets, allowances to exit the stadium should you need to do so, and the ability to bring a larger bag if needed.