Gateshead International Stadium (GIS) is an iconic sporting venue and one that all of us here at Gateshead Football Club call home.
Originally entitled Gateshead Youth Stadium, the venue is not without its fair share of history, having been originally built in 1955. Throughout the years, it has hosted innumerable sporting events and has also been extensively redeveloped on three separate occasions. The GIS we know and love today is hardly recognisable from the original premises erected in ‘55 – which consisted of little more than a cinder running track and an asphalt cycling track – but it certainly retains the same North East spirit in abundance.
Today, Gateshead International Stadium is the base for Gateshead FC, Gateshead Harriers and Gateshead Storm Rugby Club, and is the only IAAF-standard athletics stadium within the North East. Over the years, this fantastic space has hosted a menagerie of pop icons through to Olympians, with its hallowed ground witnessing world records broken in both track and field.
With a capacity of roughly 11,800, it’s the largest sporting venue within the Borough of Gateshead, the third-largest in Tyne and Wear (trumped only by St James Park and the Stadium of Light) and overall the sixth-largest within the North East region.
The extensive stadium, after several bouts of redevelopment, now houses five artificial outdoor football pitches, indoor athletics training facilities, an outdoor athletics track and field, a sports hall, a state-of-the-art gym and conferencing facilities, as well as a media and management centre.
Luckily for visitors, the stadium has its dedicated café area providing fresh and delicious hospitality dining to hungry Heed Army spectators on match days.
Spectators visiting Gateshead International Stadium can fuel up with first-class food in the café and Gateshead FC ticket holders can also enjoy delicious fare provided by Dicksons on the concourse during match days.
Dicksons became the official concourse food supplier at GIS in 2021, and are the perfect candidate to feed hungry mouths on match days. Boasting the title of leading family-run manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler of own-recipe meat and food products in the Tyne and Wear region, Dicksons was originally established in South Shields back in 1953, and now has over 30 locations across the North East region under its belt. With Dicksons on hand during match days, hungry spectators can tuck into hearty pies and fresh pasties whilst enjoying the quality sport.
With the Stadium’s 5-star food hygiene rating, visitors can also rest assured that all of the delicious, quality fare on offer at the Stadium is prepared in line with strict hygiene standards.
Visitors are advised that food is only sold at the Stadium on match days, as the café is not open to the general public throughout the week.
Visit Gateshead International Stadium and enjoy an excellent standard of facilities and amenities. You can purchase tickets for upcoming Gateshead FC fixtures here.