The club is delighted to announce that Sunderland AFC Ladies will play their home games at Mariners Park in the upcoming Women’s Super League (WSL 1) season.
The Lady Black Cats will play their first game at Mariners Park on Saturday, September 30, with champions Chelsea due to visit for a 6pm kick-off.
South Shields FC season ticket holders will be able to gain half-price entry for the Chelsea fixture. Usual admission prices are £5 for adults, and £2.50 for under-18s and over-65s.
The SAFC Ladies team had been paying at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground (Hetton Centre), and opted to move after the moving of the WSL to a winter league highlighted some scheduling conflicts with other fixtures at the Hetton Centre.
South Shields FC Commercial Director David Mitchell said: “We are delighted to welcome the Sunderland Ladies team to Mariners Park.
“It is a great honour for South Shields Football Club to be able to host their matches here, hopefully for a long time to come.
“We have invested heavily in our playing surface and our facilities over the summer and it shows how far we have come when a team of this level wants to use our venue.”
Sunderland Ladies general manager Sonia Kulkarni, said: “Mariners Park is a great venue and we are very much looking forward to our new season at South Shields.
“Our fans have given us such tremendous support over the last few seasons and the move to Mariners Park will open up a whole new audience to women’s football, which is a huge positive for us.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground. We had some memorable matches there and would like to thank everyone at the Hetton Centre for their support.”
SAFC Ladies season ticket prices for the new FA Women’s Super League campaign have been held for the third consecutive year, priced at £40 for adults and £15 for under-18s and over-65s. A family ticket for one adult and one child is £50, and two adults and two children is £95.
Season tickets will go on sale this week and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.