The stadium was built in 1892 near the city's gallows, which is where the ground's Gallowgate End gets its name from, and its cantilever roof is the largest of its kind in Europe.
The ground has also been witness to cricket history, being the venue of Great Britain's first ever test victory in 1909 against Australia.
Newcastle have endured their fair share of ups and downs in recent years, being relegated from the Premier League in 2009.
Owner Mike Ashley subsequently renamed the club's stadium the SportDirect.com @ St. James' Park ground to generate additional revenue for the club as they struggled to cope financially with the cost of relegation, and it has since been rebranded as the Sports Direct Arena.
It is another stadium which is scheduled to host Rugby World Cup matches in 2015, whilst the then called St James' Park also held games during the 1996 European Football Championships, and was another venue for England internationals during Wembley's rebuilding.
It will host preliminary games as well as one of the quarter finals of both the men's and women's football tournaments during the Olympic Games.