The Stadium of Light’s current capacity of 48,707. It was built on the former site of the Monkwearmouth Colliery by Ballast Wiltshire plc, and opened with a showpiece game against Ajax in July 1997.

It replaced the club’s former home of 99 years, Roker Park, located less than two miles away. Construction officially began in May 1996 and took 14 months to complete, producing what is now regarded as one of the finest stadiums in Europe.

The original capacity was 42,000, which subsequently increased when an extension to add another tier to the north end of the ground opened in 2000.

Along with hosting football matches, the stadium has played host to performers such as Beyoncé, Rihanna, Oasis, Take That, Kings of Leon, Coldplay and the Spice Girls. The ground also holds conference and banqueting suites, the Black Cats Bar, and a club shop selling Sunderland merchandise.

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