The northeast has a proud sporting heritage which can be seen nowhere better than in Newcastle’s long list of championship cups and tournament titles. Whether you’re a football fan or think rugby rules, you’ll find your match in one of the city’s excellent sports venues. Check out our rundown of the best places to join sporting heroes and cheering crowds.
Home to Newcastle United, or as they’re better known the Magpies, St. James' Park sits in the city centre, where a football ground has stood since 1880. If you’re not visiting on match day, take a tour. You’ll see everything from the trophy room to the players' dressing room.
From strong men to darts champions, wrestling titans to basketball giants, the Metro Radio Arena welcomes a range of sporting stars each year. Whether it’s a match or a show, this flexible space can hold over 11,000 and still give you a great view of all the action.
Located at the heart of Newcastle’s leafy High Gosforth Park, Newcastle Racecourse is one of the most popular flat tracks in the UK. With 30 horse racing fixtures throughout the year, you can enjoy a day at the races whatever time of year you visit.
If rugby is your sport, take a trip to Kingston Park. Home to the Newcastle Falcons, this stadium hosts rugby union and league matches, as well as the occasional football match. Smaller than some of Newcastle’s other sporting venues, you won’t miss a crash tackle or conversion at Kingston Park.
Just across the river in neighbouring Sunderland, you’ll find the Stadium of Light. Home to Sunderland AFC, the stadium is filled with 49,000 spectators on match day. A healthy rivalry between local teams means you’ll be met with an electric atmosphere if you visit on a derby match day.
Previously known as Brough Park, head to Newcastle Stadium for a night of greyhound racing, food and fun. With a restaurant and bar area overlooking the track, you can grab a bite to eat, pick up a pint and place your bets on the next race.
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