Sunderland fans in action

How Sunderland's atmosphere compares to Sheffield United and Middlesbrough - thousands of fans vote

Over 40,000 fans watched Sunderland’s Championship return against Coventry City last weekend – but where does the Stadium of Light’s atmosphere rank?

Sunderland fans unveiled a superb flag and mosaic display at the Stadium of Light before the Coventry City game with the scenes broadcast to the world on Sky Sports.

Over 40,000 fans were in attendance to cheer the Wearsiders on for their first Championship game in over 1,500 days.

To mark the occasion, supporter group The Spirit of ‘37 organised a huge surfer flag in the Roker End alongside a full-stadium red and white mosaic to greet the players ahead of the clash against Coventry.

The display followed similar in last season’s play-off semi-final second leg against Sheffield Wednesday but where does the Stadium of Light’s atmosphere rank when compared to Sunderland’s Championship rivals? has compiled an overall rating of each stadium based on thousands upon thousands of fans’ vote – which included location, view, food, facilities and atmosphere.

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