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Venue guide: St James' Park

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St James' holds 52,000 spectators

Where is it?: Strawberry Place, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

How do you get there?: As the stadium is located right in the city centre, the advice is to use public transport if at all possible. The main National Rail station is only 10 minutes south of the ground, while there are three Metro stops — Haymarket, Monument and Central — nearby and several bus routes as well.

Capacity: 52,339.

What events will be held there and when?: Football (July 26, 29, 31, August 1, 3 and 4).

Public facilities: If you don't like the plentiful fare inside the stadium, there are many pubs, restaurants, cafes and sandwich bars within easy reach outside.

History: Home to Newcastle United since 1892, although football has been played on the site for 12 years longer, with Newcastle Rangers and Newcastle West End the tenants before Newcastle East End moved in and changed their name to United. Since then St James' has been the subject of many battles with the local council as the Magpies have tried to expand it. One such row cost Newcastle the chance to be a venue for the 1966 World Cup. However, when Euro 96 came along, there were no such problems and St James' hosted three group games. It has also staged seven England internationals and numerous pop concerts. The stadium was recently renamed the Sports Direct Arena after owner Mike Ashley's company while United look for a ground sponsor, but that move did not go down well with Newcastle fans, who still refer to it as St James' Park - and that will be its title during the Games because of the International Olympic Committee's sponsorship rules.

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