Southampton travel information
31st January 2015
Southampton v Swansea City
Sunday, February 1, 4pm kick-off.
Address: The St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP
Telephone: 0845 688 9448
What's it like? Up to 3,000 away fans are in the Northam Stand at one end of the stadium, where the view of the pitch and the facilities are excellent. Leg room is good, although the width of the seating is a bit narrower than other grounds. The concourse behind the stand has a bookmakers and televisions which show the game as it is played. It has a number of eating and drinking outlets with plenty of staff to clear the queues quickly. Pies, burgers and hot dogs are available. There's also a 'Pie & Pint' outlet just serving beer and pies.
Hotels - Hotels in the city centre include two Ibis hotels, a Novotel, Jury's Premier Inn, Holiday Inn, Mercure and many more chain and independent hotels and bed and breakfasts.
Pubs and grub -Yates on Above Bar Street (SO14 7FH) is on the way from central station while pubs in the St Denys area are also recommended. As most fans end up in the city centre before the game, there are plenty of pubs to choose from including The Prince of Wales (SO14 0QF) and The Rockstone (SO14 0JL) while The Anchor (SO40 9GD) next to the East Street indoor shopping centre is also recommended along with Ocean Village (SO14 3TJ) and the Wetherspoons The Standing Order (SO14 2DF) in the city centre. The stadium is around a 20-minute walk away. The Joshua Tree (SO14 5QN) is a 5-10 minute walk from the ground and is good for both home and away supporters and is amongst the closest to the away coaches dropping off point in Britannia Road through the local industrial estate. The 'King Alfred (SO14 0PD) is also close to St Mary's - just a short walk - and they show Sky Sports and often have a barbeque on matchdays.
Parking - There's hardly any parking available at the stadium for away fans and there's parking restrictions in the local area. Most fans head for the city centre car parks and walk 15-20 minutes to the stadium. The NCP city centre car park costs £5. After the game the roads around the city centre become very busy. Alternatively, park around the Marina area (Ocean Village) - £5 for 6 hours and walk 10 minute to the ground. Parking around here is good as at the end of the game, you can avoid the city centre gridlock, by going along the coast on the A3024 and onto the M271/M27.
By train: The stadium is a mile-and-a-half from Southampton station (large car parks there), and takes 30 minutes to walk. There are signs which direct fans from the station to the ground. There's also a shuttle bus, operating from the Blechynden Terrace bus stop outside the station. Trains leave Swansea at 7.45am, 9.25am and 10.25am for Southampton, with return trains coming back at 5.15pm, 6.15pm, 7.15pm and 8.15pm for the four-hour journey.
Please note, fans planning to travel by rail to this game are going to find their journey severely affected by engineering work. The line is closed between Swansea and Cardiff all day on that day with buses replacing trains. The Cardiff to Portsmouth service is also affected by engineering work between Salisbury and Romsey, so buses will replace trains between these two points.
Further information is available either through www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk or by calling 08457 000 125. Alternatively, Nation Rail Enquiries can also provide full details of the timetable that is available on 08457 484950.
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