Newcastle United’s famous St James’ Park stadium will host six football matches during the 2012 Olympic games.
Newcastle United’s famous St. James’ Park
The announcement is that the 52,387 capacity stadium has been chosen as one of six football grounds to host Olympic football games in July and August of 2012. Newcastle will be the venue of both the group stage games and at least one quarter-final.
The other grounds chosen as venues are Old Trafford in Manchester, The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wembley Stadium in London, Hampden Park in Glasgow and the City of Coventry Stadium.
Newcastle’s ground is the sixth largest capacity of football stadiums in the United Kingdom, and of course the white cantilever roof is visible across the City of Newcastle, and is the largest cantilever roof in Europe.
The stadium was first used by Newcastle United in 1892 after the unification of Newcastle East End and Newcastle West End, although football had been played there since 1880.
The famous ground was recently said to be one of the hot spots of football by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, just before FIFA officials were to inspect the stadium last August for the 2018 World Cup.
This is what Arsene said:
“When the FIFA delegation arrive in Newcastle this week, I hope they are stunned by the sight of St.James’ Park.”
“By the way it dominates the skyline, a sporting citadel and the heartbeat of the city.””In a city that breathes football.”
“There, they have a love of the game that is remarkable”
The ground was referred to as the Cathedral on the Hill by former Newcastle manager and football great, Sir Bobby Robson.