Stadium of Light Metro station has been revamped to celebrate 20 years of the nearby football ground and recognise the station’s importance for the growing leisure and conference market.
The station is decked out in red and white stripes and the historic Sunderland AFC crest in time for the start of the new football season.
The revamp recognises the growth of the on-going redevelopment of the ‘Stadium Village’ area of Sunderland, with the new Hilton Garden Inn hotel, Aquatic Centre and Beacon of Light building increasing visitor numbers.
The improved walking route from the station, beside the Tesco superstore, make Stadium of Light the natural station for the area.
Nexus, which owns Metro, is also testing out a new covering for its existing vitreous enamel panels at the station which, if successful, can be used to refurbish stations elsewhere on the network. Wayfinding signage has also been upgraded to help visitors find their way.
Metro Services Director, Chris Carson, said: “Metro services have proudly served the Stadium of Light for many years. As part of the 20th anniversary to mark Sunderland AFC moving into the stadium we have rebranded its namesake Metro station in the club’s iconic colours.
“This station has a growing importance to the city of Sunderland as it taps into the conference and leisure market.
“There has been a huge amount of regeneration in the area around the Stadium of Light, which has boosted visitors numbers in the city.
“The station looks fantastic and is really eye catching for visitors, including visiting football supporters who use Metro to get to games at the Stadium of Light.”
Kevin Ball, former SAFC captain and club ambassador, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Stadium of Light Metro station reflecting the club’s iconic red and white stripes. It’s hard to believe that it has been 20 years since the stadium opened and it’s great to see Nexus commemorating the milestone in such a visually stunning way. You certainly know where you are now when you pull into the station!”
Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for City Services, Councillor Michael Mordey said: “The Metro system is a hugely important part of our public transport system, and it’s great to see one of our most popular stations rejuvenated in this way to more closely associate it with our football club.
“The Stadium of Light is a fantastic asset to Sunderland in so many ways, not only as a world class football venue but also focal point for the on-going regeneration of this part of the city.
“We hope football fans will appreciate the new colour scheme for the station, and passengers will recognise it as a place where they can get off and see other parts of Sunderland before travelling on to the city centre.”