A Rough Guide To Southampton For England Fans
Monday, 9th Sep 2019 14:40
If you are an England supporter visiting St Mary's for Tuesday night's England V Kosovo game, here is all the information you will need about the area and what to do.
Here is all the information you will need about getting to Southampton, where to park and where to eat and drink.
St Mary's Stadium is situated in the Northam area of the City approximately 10 minutes walk from the City Centre and 15-20 minutes from Southampton Central train station.
From the M3 take the A33 into Southampton. Continue on the A33 until you reach the junction with the A3024 Northam Road and turn left onto this road towards Northam. Then turn right onto the B3038, Britannia Road for the stadium.
However there is little parking near to the Stadium so fans arriving by car are advised to use one of the City Centre Car parks, the handiest if your drive into the City via the A33 are the Bedford Place & Grosvenor Square multi storey car parks
An alternative route would be to take the M27 west bound when you leave the M3 and then come off at junction 3 for the M271 towards Southampton Docks, then follow signs for West Quay shopping centre where there are numerous parking spaces.
The stadium is located just over a mile away from Southampton Central Railway Station (where there is also quite a large car park), which should take about 15-20 minutes to walk.
When you come out of the station look towards the railway tunnel and the City Centre is on the hill by the clock tower, walk past the clock tower and the stadium is straight on past it, it is well signposted.
Where To Eat Drink
There are several areas where you can drink or eat before the game.
London Road /Bedford Place
This is nearer the ground than the other options but is a bit more of a locals place in that although there is parking it is not so plentiful and it is the hardest place to get away from after the game, it has a few bars, but unless you know the area and where to park etc perhaps not your best option.
The Stadium Area
There are few options in the vicinity of the stadium, Northam Club on Northam Road will generally let in fans for a £1 admission and slightly past that is the Prince Of Wales pub a good traditional watering hole.
Shamrock Quay is also popular with home fans when Saints play at St Mary's and is close to the ground, however unless you know the area it is in a little bit of a difficult place to find, it does however have a few decent bars in the vicinity.
St Mary's Stadium
It is a nice compact modern stadium with a capacity of around 32,000, Leicester City's ground built a year later is very similar.
The concourses are quite spacious and have more than adequate facilities both in terms of food and drink outlets and toilets etc.
The view from every area of the ground is superb, so it won't matter which part of the stadium you are seated in.
It s usually quite quick to get out of at the end, but difficult to get away from the stadium area if you are heading for the train station or City Centre due to congestion on the foot bridge across the railway, so if you are catching a train allow a good 30 minutes to get back to the station because of this issue.
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