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St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton opened in 2001 as the home of Southampton FC, a football club in the English Premier League. It replaced former ground The Dell which, had it been adapted to an all-seater stadium, could have held only 15000 fans. It is used for far more than football, however; there are conference, and vocational training facilities and concerts and films are regular events. As will be seen when we discuss on- and off-street parking, the answer to the question of where to park is by no means a simple one.
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The nearest on-street parking spaces to St Mary’s Stadium are in St Mary’s Street, a walk of perhaps five minutes but, except for Blue Badge holders, whose stay is unlimited, the maximum stay is two hours between 08:00 and 18:00 hours Monday to Saturday, and 13:00 to 18:00 hours on Sundays and bank holidays. This is not enough for almost any event, and anyone asking the question “where to park at St Mary’s Stadium?” almost certainly intends to be there for a match or other occasion. If on-street parking is what you want, try parking on the other side of the Itchen Toll Bridge, walking across the bridge and turning right on the B3038; it should take no more than 20 minutes to reach the stadium.
St Mary’s Stadium has its own car park, and conference arrangers should book these. On match and other event days, and apart from six spaces set aside for disabled visiting fans, almost no parking spaces at St Mary’s Stadium are available for visitors.
The nearest multi-storey car parks are:
All of these are at least a 10 to 15-minute walk from St Mary’s Stadium.
Chapel Road is very close to St Mary’s Stadium, and shuttle buses operate from Terminal 2 at the Town Quay, starting 2½ hours before kick-off and operating for 45 minutes after the match is over. There are also plenty of bus services.
Six parking spaces are reserved in the North Car Park for visiting disabled fans. The charge is £6, but you need to book in advance and demand is high. Blue Badge holders can use the on-street parking in St Mary’s Street free of charge and are not subject to the two-hour maximum stay.
During football matches and other events, the council closes several roads close to the stadium. Anyone who has parked within walking distance of the stadium should expect a delay of 30 to 45 minutes to get clear of the stadium.
Charges and the maximum stay limit for parking spaces near St Mary’s Stadium are not waived on bank holidays.
While it is permitted to set down disabled passengers close to St Mary’s Stadium, pedestrian traffic on match and event days can be extremely heavy, and some roads are closed so that getting close enough to pick the person up again can take an hour or more.
Anyone going to St Mary’s Stadium is likely to be going for a match, event or conference, but Southampton has many attractions in its own right. Why not make a weekend of it?