Stadium of Light
The Stadium of Light is the largest
new football stadium to be built in the UK this century and its facilities,
architecture are second to none. Opened in 1997, with a fixture against past
World Club and European champions, Ajax.
This awesome 42,000-capacity
structure dominates the Wearside skyline.
With work underway to increase the
capacity to 48,000 by the start of next season, the stadium is a frontrunner to
host England games while Wembley is being revamped.
The stadium was built on the site
of a former coalmine, signifying the football clubs bond with its people.
Streaker dodges ban on matches Mar 5 2002
By The Evening Chronicle
A streaker who left Newcastle
United's Craig Bellamy gobsmacked at the Tyne Wear derby match has had a
down from magistrates.
Sunderland fan Frederick Pearson
was seen by millions of TV viewers when he dashed naked across the pitch at
the Stadium of Light.
Pearson is now counting his lucky
stars after his streak almost led to him being stripped of the right to
attend Premiership matches.
At Sunderland Magistrates' Court,
prosecutor Deirdre McKiernan, asked for a three-year ban when Pearson, 27,
of Coalbank Road, Hetton-le-Hole, admitted a charge of going on a playing
But Sunderland magistrates
dismissed it a "non-violent, misplaced prank". They gave him a conditional
discharge for a year and ordered him to pay £50 costs.
Miss McKiernan said that after
Pearson ran diagonally across the pitch, taking off his clothes until he was
naked, two stewards took hold of him and he was handed over to police.
Asked later why he did it, he
replied: "I thought the game was boring. I had to do something to give the
lads a laugh."
His solicitor, Michael Coulthard,
said Pearson's streak was a spur of the moment decision after he was egged
on by his friends.
said: "Mr Pearson realises he was silly. There was no violence and this
offence is at the very bottom of the spectrum.
was a harmless, daft, non-threatening thing to do. It was a moment of
madness and doesn't merit a banning order. He's made a fool of himself, big
After the hearing,
Pearson said: "It's a great weight off my mind. I didn't realise until just
before the hearing that I could be banned. I would have been gutted. I feel
|Car: A19 from
North and South. Take the A1231 (Sunderland North) turn off. After
four roundabouts keep to the left hand lane and follow signs for B1289 (Roker).
Continue on this road and you will see the Stadium on your right.
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Opening times: call 0191 551 5055
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