St. Mary’s Stadium,
ST. MARY’S Stadium, which became Southampton’s home in 2001 when they moved from the Dell, has a capacity of 32,689 and is the largest football stadium in the south of England, outside of London.
The stadium is a complete bowl, with all stands of equal height. There are two large screens at either end that can be seen from any seat.
The stadium’s four stands are named after the areas of Southampton they face. The main (east) stand is the Itchen Stand, and faces the River Itchen. The opposite stand is called the Kingsland Stand. Behind the south goal is the Chapel Stand, and to the north is the Northam Stand.
Away fans are allocated seats in the Northam Stand.
SOUTHAMPTON is served by Southampton Central railway station. On matchdays shuttle bus services run from there to St. Mary’s.
These services commence two hours before the game and will continue to run until kick off. The service will also be in operation after the match to take passengers back to the railway station.
Simply show your match ticket in order to use the shuttle bus service which costs £2 per return journey.
BBC RADIO Solent cover all Southampton’s first team games, while BBC Radio Five Live coverage the majority of their home and away games.
On leaving the Britannia Stadium head North West and exit the roundabout to the A50
At the roundabout, take the first exit onto the A500
At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the M6 (South) ramp to Birmingham
At junction 8, exit onto M5 toward Birmingham (W & S)/West Bromwich
Take the exit onto M42
Continue onto M40
At junction 9, take the A41/A34 exit to Bicester/Aylesbury/Oxford/Newbury
At the roundabout, take the third exit onto the A34
At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the M3 Ramp to Southampton/Bournemouth/Portsmouth
At junction 14, exit toward A33/Southampton
Merge onto the A27
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Bassett Ave/A33
Slight left onto St. Andrews Rd/A33
Continue onto Northam Road/A3024
Turn right onto Britannia Road/B3038 and the stadium will be on your right
THERE is little parking available at the ground and restrictions operate around it on match days. Car parking is available in the city centre, however lengthy queues do build up after matches.
Parking is also available in the marina area, known as “Ocean Village” which can be reached by heading along the coast on the A3024 and M271/M27 and is only a 10-minute walk from the ground.
185 miles. Journey time – 2 hours, 59 minutes. (For the Sat Nav S014 5FP)
FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS:
MICK MILLS spent four-and-a-half years in charge of Stoke and made more than 120 appearances for Southampton – but it’s at Ipswich that he’s most revered.
It’s not surprising either after a 17-year Portman Road career that saw him clock up a club record 741 league and cup appearances for the Tractor Boys.
The 64 year old former left back also helped them land the FA and UEFA Cups under the management of Bobby Robson and played 42 times for England, winning eight of those caps as captain.
There was widespread surprise when Ipswich elected not to offer him a new contract and at the age of 33 Mills launched a new phase of his playing career with Southampton.
Anyone who thought his best days were behind him were mistaken as he produced a string of outstanding top-flight displays in a three season stay at the Dell.
He joined the Potters as player-manager in June 1985 and made 44 appearances before retiring as a player in May 1988 – at the age of 38 - to concentrate solely on life as a boss. However, his time at the Victoria Ground came to an end in November of the follow year as he resigned after a run of poor results.
He has been awarded an MBE for services to football.