Club news: SoL set for face-lift

A significant investment programme is now being implemented to ensure that the stadium maintains the exceptionally high standards set when it opened. The most significant aspect of the work will see a rolling replacement programme for the stadium’s seats, which will commence soon.

The installation will be carried out in a number of phases, to fit around the busy itinerary of football matches and other major events. The first phase will see seats in the east stand replaced.

The remaining seats will be installed gradually, in order to minimse any disruption to the stadium operations.

Sunderland AFC’s CEO, Martin Bain said: “After almost 20 years, naturally some areas of the Stadium of Light are in need of a face-lift. It is a magnificent home for our football club and we want to ensure that it is a stadium our fans can continue to be proud of.  The replacing of the seats will be the most visual aspect of the work we are undertaking and is something I am sure Sunderland fans will welcome”. 

The stadium’s largest hospitality and function room, the Montgomery Suite - named after the much-loved 1973 goalkeeping hero – will also undergo a make-over, bringing a contemporary new look to the popular matchday hospitality venue. 

Added to this, Sunderland’s squad will see a new-look tunnel as they take to the field against Middlesbrough in the opening home game of the season, with imposing life-sized graphics featuring first-team players and a nod to the mining heritage of the site, adorning the walls.

The Wear-Tees derby is David Moyes’ first game at the Stadium of Light since his appointment. The Black Cats welcome newly-promoted Middlesbrough on Sunday 21 August, in a 1.30pm kick off.

Tickets and matchday hospitality for the game are still available.


Online: (24-hour service)

0871 911 1973 (24-hour service)

Stadium of Light ticket office, opening hours as listed…

Monday-Friday, 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday, 10am – 1pm  

Match day, 10am – kick-off


A fantastic range of hospitality options are available for 2016-17, priced from just £55 per person, per game (in the popular Black Cats Bar). For more information on suites, executive boxes and availability, call 0871 911 1555 or email

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