The Stadium of Light is the home ground for Sunderland Football Club. The club formed in 1879 and now plays in a 49,000-capacity stadium. The best time to watch Sunderland play is in a derby match against their neighbors, Newcastle. Derby matches are serious business for both the players and supporters, when the atmosphere gets electric. The nearest accommodation to the Stadium of Light is just over one mile away, where you find a choice of hotels and guest houses.
Queen Vic Hotel
Located just over one mile from the Stadium of Light, the Queen Vic Hotel overlooks Sunderland Marina, which exits into the North Sea. The hotel has a three-star rating from the British tourist board, and has single, family and double guest rooms. Prices in 2010 started at $109 (£70) and included breakfast. If you plan to visit for a weekend to catch Sunderland play, the hotel is also close to shopping, restaurants and theater. It is also two-miles from Sunderland city center's pubs where you can either celebrate or drown your sorrows, depending on the match result.
Best Western Roker Hotel
The Best Western Roker Hotel is a two-mile walk or short taxi journey to the Stadium of Light. While at the hotel, relax by enjoying the views of Roker Beach. Rooms have modern furnishings in warm tones. If you want, you don't have to leave the hotel other than going to watch Sunderland play. The hotel has an Italian restaurant and French Brasserie to satisfy your rumbling stomach, and a well stocked bar. Room prices started at $86 (£55) a night in 2010, and all room types include breakfast. Features that make the Roker Hotel stand out include its vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free meals, parking, its family-friendly atmosphere and a regular schedule of events.
Travelodge hotels offer reasonably priced accommodations throughout the UK. The nearest Travelodge to the Stadium of Light is a one-mile walk in Sunderland city center and next to the Sunderland Empire Theater. From the hotel, easily walk to Sunderland's main attractions such as Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Find a cinema, tea room and Nando's restaurant a short stroll away. While the hotel only offers standard hotel accommodations, due to its budget nature it does accept pets and has on-site parking.
For the most budget-minded travelers, a number of guest houses have easy access to the Stadium of Light. Within a two-mile walk, near Roker Park and the seafront stand Chaise Guest House and Belmont Guest House. Both guest houses offer rates that include breakfast, and 2010 rates started as low as $34 (£22) per night for a single room. Both guest houses also cater to vegetarians and accept pets. The proprietor of the Belmont Guest House has a particular interest in genealogy, and is happy to help guests research and learn about the area's local history. To keep busy in the hours outside watching Sunderland play, the Beamish museum is a short drive away. The museum, set among 300 acres, focuses on the Industrial Revolution of northeast England.