Always nice to see people speaking positively about Newcastle United and St James Park.
All Newcastle fans love St James Park, well all the ones I have ever met, anyway.
What’s not to like?
It both towers over the city centre AND is part of the city centre.
The whole city is buzzing on a match day and tens of thousands of match-going fans take advantage pre-match and post-match, of the fact that there are hundreds of bars and restaurants (and shops apparently…) within a few minutes walk from Newcastle United’s stadium.
We all love it but it is even nicer when outsiders share the love.
I hadn’t seen this before but back in April 2013, Brad Guzan was asked to pick out his Top 5 Most Epic Soccer Stadiums in the World.
At the time he was playing in the Premier League for Aston Villa, whilst these days he is turning out for Atlanta in the MLS.
Read here what he had to say about St James Park, then his other four choices are below.
Brad Guzan talking to The Players’ Tribune:
St. James Park:
“This is one of my favorite stadiums from an architectural standpoint.
“At field level, the way the transparent roof extends over the stands creates a really dramatic atmosphere.
“There are technically larger stadiums in the Premier League, but St. James’ feels really massive. Newcastle also puts the away fans at the very top, top, top corner of the stadium so you can barely see them.
“The passion of the fans in the Northeast of England is crazy.
“Back in the day, Newcastle was a Champions League team and the fanbase is dying for a return to glory, so there’s a lot of pent-up energy and frustration. It creates a unique kind of tension. I guess you could compare it to the Oakland Raiders in America.
“Going into Newcastle, you know you’re going to be exposed to some very interesting chants and songs. The supporters are going to tip-toe right up to the line of decency, and maybe over it. The banter is borderline abusive but often hilarious.
“Thankfully, once you get on the pitch, it’s actually quite hard to make out what the fans are saying, especially at a 50,000-seat stadium like St. James’ Park.
“At the smaller grounds like Loftus Road, where there’s just a few thousand people sitting five feet behind your goal, it’s a different story. You have to be very focused not to let it distract you.
“Off the field, I’ve been told that Newcastle is a very good night out. I’ve never been out (and with a new baby at home, probably never will have the pleasure), but I’ve certainly heard some stories.”
The other four choices by Brad Guzan were:
Estadio Olímpico, Honduras