Newcastle Eagles venue guide

Information to help plan your trip to see a basketball game at Sport Central, home of the Newcastle Eagles in the BBL.

? Address ∙ ? The venue ∙ ? Seating ∙ ? Tickets ∙ ? Food and drink ∙ ? Entertainment ∙ ? Public transport ∙ ? By car ∙ ? Parking ∙ ? Accommodation ∙ ? Previous visits


? Address

Sport Central, Northumbria University, Radnor St, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 8ST

? The venue

Part of a £30m facility where the Eagles have played since it opened in 2010. It also offers swimming, track running, climbing, golf, squash, basketball, netball, badminton, and volleyball. Home games are also played here by Team Northumbria in Super League netball.

Planning permission has been granted for a new 2,800 purpose-built arena in Elswick in the West End of the city, following a revision to an earlier £6million plan.

? Seating

Capacity: 3,000. Standard flip-down seats (pictured) on all four sides of the court.

? Tickets

The visiting team may offer a small number of its tickets to travelling fans, usually priced at £10 adults / £8 children. Your name will then be on the team’s guest list at the venue’s ticket desk, where they will issue you your ticket. Where seating is allocated, tickets bought through the visiting team are usually grouped together behind their bench.

Alternatively, you can buy tickets through the home venue. Prices are more expensive this way, though discounts might be found through their social media (Facebook / Twitter).

? Food and drink

The club states that outside food is strictly prohibited from being taken into Sport Central. Hot dogs and nachos are available from three separate refreshment kiosks located alongside the North Stand, South Stand and in the main foyer. Bottled Carling and Magners are available. Draught Carling in pint and 2-pint servings has been sold in the past, but on neither occasion I’ve visited.

Alternatively, find various other options in the city centre on your way. The Five Swans on Saint Mary’s Place by Eldon Square, a busy Wetherspoon pub close to the venue with some outdoor seating, is a likely meeting point for travelling fans before/after the game.

? Izzy’s vegan choice: Bohemian is a vegetarian restaurant, bar and record shop, close to Newcastle Central Station, which offers pizza, tapas and other mains. The Ship Inn is a pub 15-20 minutes walk to the venue with a fully vegan food menu. For other suggestions, visit HappyCow or download their app. ??

? Entertainment

Swoop.

Northstars cheerleaders, games on court, and the ever-popular duck throw.

? Public transport

The nearest Metro stop to the venue is Haymarket. A single zone Metro DaySaver costs £2.80.

? By car

Sat nav reference: NE1 8QD

? Parking

Free parking is available at Northumbria University on game nights on Falconer Street, I’m informed. Alternatively, parking is free in Newcastle after 6pm and there are car parks on both Argyle Street and Ellison Place.

? Accommodation

Premier Inn Newcastle City Centre (New Bridge Street) is very close by. The venue’s right in the city centre so there are numerous other options available.

? Previous visits

  1. Fri 16/12/2016: Newcastle Eagles 89 – 82 London Lions (BBL Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg)
  2. Fri 13/10/2017: Newcastle Eagles 85 – 79 London Lions (BBL)

I strive to offer useful information based on past personal experience and secondary sources. All information is given in best faith and I hope is as accurate as possible for you to plan and enjoy your day. Please let me know of any corrections or other suggestions.