Stadium of Light

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Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light in 2008
Location Stadium Of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU
Opened 1997
Expanded 2002
Owner Sunderland A.F.C.
Surface lawn
Construction cost £ 23million
Architect TTH Architects
Main contractors Ballast Wiltshire PLC
Capacity 49 000
Field dimensions 115 × 75 yards (105 × 68 metres)
Tenants
Sunderland A.F.C.

The Stadium of Light is a football stadium in Sunderland, England. It is the current home stadium of Sunderland A.F.C. This stadium was officially inaugurated by the Prince Andrew, Duke of York, on the 30th July, in 1997, during a match between Sunderland A.F.C. and Ajax Amsterdam.

The Stadium of Light is a all seated stadium and mainly used for the leaguematches of Sunderland A.F.C. Beside this use there were some matches of nationalteams.

Date Result Competition
10 October 1999  ENG 2–1  BEL Friendly
27 November 2002  ENG 3–5  ITA Under 20 International
2 April 2003  ENG 2–0  TUR UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

The Stadium is also used for concerts (for example Oasis, Take That and Pink). Also the graduation ceremony of the University of Sunderland is held in the stadium.

Visitors[change | edit source]

Season Average Highest
1997-98 34,334 41,214
1998-99 38,724 41,634
1999-2000 41,375 42,192
2000-01 46,790 48,285
2001-02 44,108 47,989
2002-03 39,672 47,586
2003-04 27,119 36,278
2004-05 28,821 47,350
2005-06 33,904 44,003
2006-07 31,883 44,448
2007-08 43,344 47,802
2008-09 40,168 47,936
2009-10 40,355 47,641

The record of visitors was in a leaguematch versus Liverpool with 48,353 set 13 April 2002.