St James’ Park, home of Newcastle United FC, has launched a new Terrace Bar, which is the first new drinks venue to open at St James’ Park in more than a decade. The 700 capacity venue, at the south west corner of the ground was formerly the club’s ticket office and will be run by Sodexo Prestige, which operates the catering and events at Newcastle United.
The £300,000 development – which can be privately hired for parties and other informal social occasions, complementing existing event facilities at the ground – has resulted in the creation of 30 new jobs bringing the number of catering and events staff at NUFC to 700.
Colin Perkins, Sodexo Prestige regional account director, said:
Not only is the Terrace Bar at the heart of St James’ Park, but it’s at the heart of the city of Newcastle. We expect its location, combined with the high standard and choice of food and drinks on offer, will rapidly make it the premier choice, not just for fans on match days, but for anyone looking for a really vibrant, exciting venue in which to hold an event of their own.
Former team captain Bobby Moncur was joined by current first team players as he pulled the inaugural pint in the bar, which will open four hours before kick-off for all home games and remain open for two hours after the final whistle with fans able to watch Premiership action on 33 wall-mounted televisions.
The club’s main Box Office is now located upstairs in the St James’ Park retail store, with a new match day box office in operation beneath the Milburn Stand ahead of every home fixture.