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Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland

If you’re looking for a Sunderland venue for your conference, meeting or event, then why not consider Sunderland Association Football Club’s Stadium of Light.  The Stadium boasts some of the North East’s finest conference, banqueting, functions and events facilities, providing you with the perfect Sunderland venue for any occasion.

Sunderland AFC embraces the North East region’s rich and proud heritage, whilst offering some of the finest and innovative facilities anywhere in the country. Remnants of our iconic history, alongside memorabilia from Roker Park can be seen throughout the Stadium. Tastefully intertwining Sunderland’s heritage with our modern facilities, giving the Stadium character, and leaving your attendees no doubt of where they are and a brief insight into our local history.

The Stadium is proud of its excellent reputation for conferences and banqueting, and we will be able to cater for whatever your event may be – with natural daylight in all spaces and outside terraces boasting panoramic views of the river Wear. A visit to the Stadium of Light will persuade you that this is the perfect backdrop for your event. Our suites accommodate anything from 1:1 meetings, to conferences for 600 people, and we could even stretch it to 49,000 as our event spaces are tailored to you. We excel with those finer details, as we find it’s the little things that really add value and deliver a personalised experience. We can offer you full audio visual service, complimentary Wi-Fi access, office facilities, a free spacious car park and a wide range of first class locally sourced food and beverages. There are plenty more options available, and we are more than happy to support you throughout delivering your event, and guaranteeing its success. With a prime city centre location and of 1,100 free on-site car parking spaces, the Stadium is an ideal venue. Conveniently placed for all major road links, several bus routes and a short stroll away from the Stadium of Light and St. Peter’s Metro stations.
Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland

The Stadium of Light is fully flexible space, and is able to host conferences, meetings, exhibitions, training exercises, banqueting and award dinners. The Stadium’s flexibility is something we strive to promote, as it is a vital part of our success as an events venue and something we are proud of. The Montgomery Suite with its high ceilings is ideal for large stage sets, complemented by the Business Lounge creating an adjacent exhibition space and for the evening these can be easily transformed into a spectacular awards dinner venue complete with dance floor and entertainment. Some of the smaller rooms offer panoramic views over the River Wear and the city centre, while the Executive Boxes have the pitch itself as a backdrop.

There are a host of extras the Stadium has to offer over more conventional conference centres. We can offer pitch-side and concourse access for delegates, personalise the scoreboard with your corporate message or acknowledge high achievers with ‘their name in lights’. For larger conferences, on selected dates take your indoor conference outdoors with pitch-side staging and stadium seating guaranteed to keep your delegates’ attention. The Stadium also has a host of concerts and outside events taking play throughout the year which are perfect events to entertain your top clients in one of the Executive Suites with VIP seating. As you would expect the Stadium of Light can include a tour of the venue delving into the club’s history and a behind the scenes insight into what it takes to have such a popular club.

From just £25.00+ VAT per person* for a full day you can enjoy:

  • A main meeting room
  • A working lunch from our fresh, locally sourced menus
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Free parking
  • Equipment hire
  • A dedicated duty manager
  • Tea and coffee served throughout the day

*Minimum numbers of 40 people apply.

The Stadium of Light offers 54 hospitality boxes available for hire.  The boxes are a mixture of sizes, meaning there are perfect options for up to 10, 12 or 25 delegates available.

When it comes to dining at the venue, there are a host of rooms suitable for any occasion. Some with outdoor dining space for summer evenings or BBQ lunches, others with their own private bars and lounge style seating. From small intimate dinners to grand affairs, our menus are created from locally sourced seasonal produce and the chefs and front of house team ensure you never lose that all important personal touch and unique client experience.

The Stadium of Light has extensive experience in hosting beautiful weddings.  Catering for large celebrations for up to 1000 guests, the stadium provides packages with stunning inspiration for extravagant and artistic weddings. The team deliver a seamless service from start to finish.  Packages include private entrance with red carpet, dance floor and staging plus additional rooms for prayers, changing and photographs.

Whether it’s your office Christmas party, a night out with your mates, a family get-together or an intimate dinner, the Stadium of Light is a magical location for your festive gathering.

Every year we put together a range of Christmas themed packages, giving you the opportunity to book onto the night which best fits your party.  Join us for our Party Nights, Christmas Lunches, Golden Oldies Afternoon, New Years Eve Ball or design your own Private Christmas Party. Our variety of events and entertainment is complemented by our stylish suites that can host anywhere from 10 to 1,000 guests, obviously not forgetting the mouth-watering dishes, first class service and bespoke drinks packages, you can be confident there’s a party for you.

If you’d rather a more exclusive evening, one of our private party nights is perfect for you. Let your imagination run wild as we help tailor the celebration of your dreams to your exact requirements. From choosing the menu, the entertainment, the theme, the decorations, we will be there every step of the way to ensure your bespoke event looks and runs exactly as you envisioned it.

However you choose to celebrate, our personal Christmas coordinators are on hand to support your event from start to finish.  You can be confident of first-class service, great value and an occasion to be remembered by you and your guests.

Throughout the Summer, day delegate rates start from just £25.00 per person. If you’re the office Christmas party coordinator then why not check out the party plans at the Stadium from just £9.99 per person, you can even build your own drinks package.

Why not celebrate your event or special occasion with us. We can cater for up to 1000 at the Stadium of Light and a dedicated member of our team will personally supervise all elements to ensure a day to remember.

Every couple dreams of the perfect setting for their big day. A unique location, seamless organisation, the ideal place to celebrate and relax with friends and family. The Stadium is licensed to offer a full wedding ceremony service complete with a breathtaking backdrop and unrivalled reception facilities.

Our dedicated team of highly experienced wedding coordinators, which includes our own Master of Ceremonies, will assist in managing and coordinating everything, leaving you to make the most of your special day.

We offer a host of packages for you to chose from. Each one is designed to cater for all tastes, from traditional to Halloween themed, and  our budgets are extremely competitive.

Graduation ceremonies are held in the magnificent Stadium of Light.  With a city centre location and on-site parking, the stadium is an ideal venue; conveniently placed for all major road and rail links.  Summer ceremonies take place outside in the West Stand, while winter ceremonies are a more intimate affair, taking place indoors inside one of the ground’s many suites. All hospitality suites are purpose-built for comfort and convenience, most of which have outstanding views either across the River Wear or overlooking the pitch.  Our diverse range of suites offer a wide range of features including:

  • Reception areas with pre-ceremony refreshments
  • VIP Executive Box upgrade packages
  • Gowning
  • Photography
  • Areas to purchase University merchandise
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Free car parking (1,100 spaces)

The Hilton Garden Inn will be the best value hotel for business or leisure in Sunderland and the surrounding area.

Located at the entrance of the Stadium village site, adjacent to the Stadium of  Light, which is one of the key conference, events and leisure facilities in the North East of England. The Hilton Garden Inn is the perfect destination for a leisure break or a location for business.

The hotel is ideally situated to enjoy the sites of Sunderland such as Roker beach, National Glass Centre and Penshaw Monument or to take in a football game at the Stadium of Light.

Perfect for business or pleasure. This hotel is in a prime city location, and boasts an excellent base to work from, conferencing and banqueting facilities available both on site and at the Stadium of Light.

Our Hotel
•  141 bedroom  (all a minimum of 23sqm)
•  Full service grill restaurant
•  Private dining rooms
•  Feature bar area
•  Lounge
•  Welcome foyer floor area and reception
•  Private garden courtyard
•  Complimentary fitness suite – 24 hour
•  Complimentary business centre – 24 hour
•  Executive suites available
•  Massage / treatment room
•  Conference/ meeting rooms
•  Located next to the Stadium of Light which is a major events and conferencing facility
•  5 minutes from Sunderland city centre
•  20 minutes from Newcastle city centre
•  25 minutes from Durham city centre
•  Free car parking
•  Hilton Garden Inn satisfaction promise™

Find out more about matchday hospitality packages at Sunderland AFC, please email or call 0371 911 1555.

Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland Venue - The Stadium of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland Association Football Club - Conferences, Meetings and Events Venue
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The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland located a stones throw from the stadium offers 141 bedrooms.  Each guest room has complimentary WiFi, air conditioning, fridges, flat screen TVs and more.  All rooms are equipped with a spacious working area and ergonomic chair.  The hotel also includes the Karbon Grill Kitchen & Bar. 

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