Gateshead International Stadium guide
Gateshead International Stadium is a multi-purpose, all-seater venue in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. Originally known as the Gateshead Youth Stadium, the venue was built in 1955 at a cost of £30,000. It has since been extensively re-developed on three occasions. Its capacity of around 11,800 is the greatest in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead, the third-largest in Tyne and Wear (behind St James’ Park and the Stadium of Light), and the sixth-largest in North East England.
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The main arena is principally used for athletics. It is an IAAF-standard track and field stadium, and has hosted a number of major events, including the British Athletics Championships, the European Athletics U23 Championships, and the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
The stadium is also home to Gateshead FC, a National League North football club. It has also hosted matches for other football clubs, including Newcastle United and Sunderland AFC. The stadium is part of the GO Gateshead Leisure Centre, which also includes a gym, swimming pool, and sports hall.
Pubs near the Gateshead International Stadium, home of Gateshead FC
- The Schooner is a lively free house with local beers and home-cooked food, plus a rocking jukebox and live bands. It’s located just a short walk from the stadium, on the banks of the River Tyne. Address: S Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3AF. Phone: 0191 477 7404.
- The William IV is a traditional pub with a friendly atmosphere and a good selection of beers and ales. It’s located in Gateshead town centre, about a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Address: 286-288 High St, Gateshead NE8 1EL. Phone: 0191 478 1305.
- Ye Olde Fleece is another traditional pub with a lot of history. It’s located in Gateshead town centre, about a 10-minute walk from the stadium. Address: 291 High St, Gateshead NE8 1EQ. Phone: 0191 443 0027.
Here are some other pubs in the area that are worth checking out:
- The Blue Bell is a traditional pub located in the village of Felling, about a 25-minute walk from the stadium. They have a good selection of beers and ales, as well as a hearty food menu. Address: Victoria Ave, Felling, Gateshead NE10 9LX.
Hotels near the Gateshead International Stadium
- Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead. Unfussy rooms, some with sofa beds, in a casual hotel offering a restaurant with a bar, plus a gym.
- Leonardo Hotel Newcastle Quayside – Formerly Jurys Inn. Relaxed rooms in a down-to-earth riverside lodging offering a restaurant, a bar and a coffee shop.
- Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre Millennium Bridge hotel. Modern en suite rooms in budget hotel with river views, plus on-site restaurant and free parking.
- Travelodge Newcastle Central. Unpretentious budget hotel offering straightforward rooms, plus a restaurant/bar.
All of these hotels are within a 10-minute walk of the Gateshead International Stadium, making them ideal for visitors who are attending events at the stadium. They also offer a variety of amenities and price points, so there is something to suit everyone’s needs.
How to get to the Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead football ground
The stadium is located at Neilson Road, Gateshead, NE11 0BU. From the A1(M), take junction 65 for the A194(M) towards South Shields. At the end of the A194(M), take the exit for the A184 towards Gateshead. The stadium is situated about three miles further along this road on the right hand side.
By public transport:
The stadium has its own Metro station, called Gateshead Stadium. This is served by the Yellow and Green lines. From Newcastle Central Station, you can take a Yellow line train to Gateshead Stadium. The journey takes about 15 minutes.
You can also take a bus to the stadium. The number 93 bus stops outside the stadium. This bus runs from Newcastle City Centre to Gateshead and back.
The stadium is about a 20-minute walk from Newcastle City Centre. Cross the River Tyne over the Millennium Bridge and then follow the signs for the stadium.
There are taxi ranks located outside Newcastle Central Station and at other key locations in the city. A taxi ride from Newcastle City Centre to the stadium will take about 10 minutes.
The Gateshead International Stadium is fully accessible to wheelchair users and people with other disabilities. There are disabled parking spaces available at the stadium and there are accessible lifts and ramps throughout the building.
Things to do near the Gateshead International Stadium
The Gateshead International Stadium is located on the banks of the River Tyne, opposite the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. There are a number of things to do near the stadium, including:
- Visit the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. This iconic tilting bridge is one of the most photographed landmarks in the North East of England. It is free to cross and offers stunning views of the Tyne Bridge and the city skyline.
- Explore the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The Baltic is a world-renowned art gallery housed in a former flour mill. It hosts a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year, as well as a cafe and restaurant.
- Take a walk or cycle along the Quayside. The Quayside is a vibrant waterfront area with a variety of bars, restaurants, and shops. It is also a popular spot for walking and cycling, with a dedicated path that runs along the riverbank.
- Visit the Sage Gateshead. The Sage is a concert hall and music center that hosts a variety of performances throughout the year, including classical music, jazz, and popular music.
- Catch a rugby match at the Gateshead International Stadium. The stadium is home to the Newcastle Falcons, a professional rugby union team.
Here are some other things to do near the Gateshead International Stadium:
- Visit the Angel of the North. This iconic sculpture is one of the largest in the UK and is located just a short walk from the stadium.
- Explore the Victoria Tunnel. This Victorian tunnel was built to transport coal under the River Tyne. It is now open to the public for tours.
- Visit the Biscuit Factory. The Biscuit Factory is a former biscuit factory that has now been converted into an arts center. It houses a number of galleries, studios, and shops.
- Take a boat trip on the River Tyne. There are a number of companies that offer boat trips on the River Tyne, which is a great way to see the city from a different perspective.
- Visit the Great North Museum: Hancock. This museum is home to a collection of over 15 million objects, including natural history specimens, archaeological finds, and art works.