Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light is the magnificant home of Sunderland AFC, widely regarded as one of the best stadia in Europe.
It was opened with a showpiece game against Ajax in July 1997 and initially had a capacity of 42,000. With the subsequent North Stand extension and other ground improvements, the present day capacity is 49,000.
It stands on the banks of the River Wear, a vision of the future and a landmark for Wearside. The Stadium's design drew inspiration from Sunderland's proud industrial heritage in glass-making, shipbuilding and coal-mining. With its bowl-shaped lower deck and a second tier over the West and North stands, it provides the ultimate in spectator comfort.