The ground itself is now a truly spectacular construction. With its own St James' Metro station, wonderful modern facilities and a capacity of more than 52,000 it is little surprise that it has been chosen as a football venue for the 2012 Olympic Games. With the largest cantilever structure in Europe over the Milburn and Leazes stands, some of the seats offer spectacular views over the city.
Many people find it difficult to buy into the idea that Newcastle United is somehow different as a football club. After all, they haven't been really successful for a long time now and last season's relegation to the Championship was a bitter blow to their pride.
But football needs clubs like Newcastle United to do well – clubs that are still, at heart, rooted in their local area. If the team can get off to a good start in their new Championship surroundings, then St James' Park will be one fabulous place to visit next year – just as it was last time around when King Kev took the Toon Army back to the top flight.