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Sunderland


Current LeagueEngland » Championship
Current GroundThe Stadium of Light
Previous GroundsRoker Park
Sunderland Fans2,169
Average Number of Grounds Visited49.49
Formed1879
Websitewww.safc.com
NicknameThe Black Cats, The Mackems
Previous NameSunderland and District Teachers
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Twitter@SAFCOfficial
Twitter Hashtags#SAFC
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New stadium effect

Roker Park was Sunderland's home for 99 years. Whilst fans were sad to leave, the move to the Stadium of Light has produced great results for the club, both on and off the pitch.

The Black Cats' last season at Roker Park ended relegation from the Premier League. Sunderland's first season at the Stadium of Light saw them finish 3rd in the Championship before winning the league a year later. This was followed by consecutive 7th place finishes in the top flight before they were relegated again in 2003. The rollercoaster ride has seen them improve their average league position from 32nd to 18th.

The team responded to the new stadium as did the fans with the average attendance increasing more than doubling from 17,914 to 36,841 - an increase of almost 20,000.

Old stadium: Roker Park (1898 - 1997, 99 years)
New stadium: The Stadium of Light (Opened 1997, £24m)

Old stadium average attendance: 17,914
New stadium average attendance: 36,841
Difference: +18,927 (+106%)

Old stadium average league position: 32
New stadium average league position: 18
Difference: -14

Average attendance

Roker Park
1987/198817,425
1988/198914,878
1989/199017,987
1990/199117,987
1991/199218,390
1992/199317,258
1993/199416,934
1994/199515,344
1995/199617,482
1996/199720,865
The Stadium of Light
1997/199833,492
1998/199938,577
1999/200041,375
2000/200146,791
2001/200246,745
2002/200339,698
2003/200427,119
2004/200528,821
2005/200633,904
2006/200731,887

League position

Roker Park
1987/198845
1988/198931
1989/199026
1990/199126
1991/199240
1992/199343
1993/199434
1994/199542
1995/199621
1996/199718
The Stadium of Light
1997/199823
1998/199921
1999/20007
2000/20017
2001/200217
2002/200320
2003/200423
2004/200521
2005/200620
2006/200721

See how Sunderland compare to other teams with our full New Stadium Effect analysis of all the top teams in England and Wales who have moved to a new ground since the 1980s.


Saturday 3pm kick-off stats

How often do Sunderland play at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon?

Overall Saturday 3pm stats

45%
of league matches kick-off at 3pm on a Saturday
(42/94)
47%
of league home matches
(22/47)
43%
of league away matches
(20/47)

Next and last Saturday 3pms

Next Saturday 3pm home match
-
Last Saturday 3pm home match
48 days ago
4th May 2024 vs Sheffield Wednesday
Next Saturday 3pm away match
-
Last Saturday 3pm away match
55 days ago
27th Apr 2024 vs Watford

Kick-off days and times

Saturday 15:00
42/94 - 45%
Saturday 12:30
7/94 - 7%
Wednesday 19:45
6/94 - 6%
Sunday 12:00
5/94 - 5%
Tuesday 19:45
5/94 - 5%
Tuesday 20:00
5/94 - 5%
Friday 20:00
4/94 - 4%
Wednesday 20:00
3/94 - 3%
Monday 15:00
3/94 - 3%
Monday 20:00
2/94 - 2%
Monday 12:30
2/94 - 2%
Sunday 15:00
2/94 - 2%
Saturday 17:30
2/94 - 2%
Sunday 17:00
1/94 - 1%
Tuesday 15:00
1/94 - 1%
Friday 19:45
1/94 - 1%
Friday 15:00
1/94 - 1%
Thursday 19:45
1/94 - 1%
Friday 17:30
1/94 - 1%

Fixture data gathered from multiple sources. Based on all matches played since the start of the 2022/2023 season.
See how Sunderland compare to other teams with our full Saturday 3pm analysis of all the top teams in England and Scotland.


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