The ground has largely been rebuilt in recent years, with £42 million worth of work commencing in 1998. St James' Park is now totally enclosed. The additional tier on the Sir John Hall Stands has increased the capacity to 52,387. These stands have a huge lower tier, with executive boxes and a smaller tier above. The development created the largest European cantilever structure. A spectacular roof allows natural light to penetrate. Many quality Newcastle hotels are within easy reach of St. James' Park. Newcastle has announced plans to redevelop the Gallowgate End of the stadium. The £300 million plans, including the construction of a new conference centre, a Newcastle United hotel and apartments, would see the capacity of the ground increase to 60,000. However, such plans are subject to approval and no formal timescales are in place.
Daily tours, including the museum are available at 11am and 1.30pm (except match days).
There is a fair selection of pies on offer, plus the usual burgers and hot dogs, all served in Newcastle United packaging. Separate refreshment areas serve alcohol, also in Newcastle United plastic glasses.
For the 2008/09 season away fans have been relocated to the far side of the Sir John Hall Stand. Up to 3,000 fans can be accommodated in this section for Premiership games and more for cup games. However, it is a climb of 14 flights of stairs up to the away section and situated quite far away from the pitch.
Since the club’s beginnings, many of its members have made the trip to the UK to watch Newcastle in action.