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St. Mary's Stadium
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Full name Saint Mary's Stadium
Owners Southampton Football Club
Location Southampton, England
Broke ground 2000
Opened August 2001
Tenants Southampton F.C.
Capacity 32.689
Field dimensions 102 x 68 metres
(112 x 74 yards)

St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England, has been the home stadium of Premier League club, Southampton F.C. since 2001. The stadium has a capacity of 32,505 and is currently the largest football stadium in South East England.

History

Since the 1980s, when Southampton regularly challenged the best sides in the English league (particularly in 1984 when they were league runners-up), there had been talk of the club relocating to a new stadium to replace The Dell due to the old stadium's cramped location which made it unsuitable for major expansion work.

When the Taylor Report on 29 January 1990 required all First and Second Division clubs to have all-seater stadiums by August 1994, Southampton's directors initially decided to upgrade The Dell into an all-seater stadium (which was completed in 1993) but speculation about relocation continued, especially as an all-seater Dell had a capacity of just over 15,000; despite this, Southampton continued to defy the odds and survive in the new FA Premier League after 1992.

After a lengthy and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to build a new 25,000 seater stadium and leisure complex at Stoneham, on the outskirts of Southampton, the city council offered the club the chance to build a new ground on the disused gas work site in the heart of the city, about one and half miles from The Dell.

The move was cited as the club returning home, because the club was formed by members of the nearby St. Mary's Church, as the football team of St. Mary's Church Young Men's Association before becoming Southampton St. Mary's F.C., and eventually Southampton F.C.

Construction started in December 1999 and was completed at the end of July 2001, with work on the stadium itself and improvements to local infrastructure cost a total of £32 million.

The Saints have been in residence since August 2001 when they moved from The Dell, which for the final years of its life, held just over 15,000 spectators – less than half the size of the new stadium. The first match was played on 1 August 2001 against RCD Espanyol, with the Spanish side winning 4–3.

The first competitive hat trick at the stadium was scored by Stafford Browne for Aldershot Town in a 3–1 victory over Havant & Waterlooville in the Hampshire Senior Cup final on 1 May 2002.

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Premier League stadiums 2017–18

Anfield (Liverpool) · Bet365 Stadium (Stoke City) · Emirates Stadium (Arsenal) · Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) · Falmer Stadium (Brighton) · Goodison Park (Everton) · King Power Stadium (Leicester City) · Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield Town) · Liberty Stadium (Swansea City) · London Stadium (West Ham United) · Old Trafford (Manchester United) · St. James' Park (Newcastle United) · St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton) · Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace) · Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) · The Hawthorns (West Bromwich) · Turf Moor (Burnley) · Vicarage Road (Watford) · Vitality Stadium (Bournemouth) · Wembley Stadium (Tottenham Hotspur)

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