Ewood Park is a football stadium in the English town of Blackburn, Lancashire, and is the home of Blackburn Rovers Football Club — one of the founding members of the Football League and Premier League. Rovers have played there since they moved from Leamington Road in the summer of 1890.
The stadium opened in 1882 and is an all seater multi-sports facility with a capacity of 31,367. It comprises four sections: The Bryan Douglas Darwen End, Riverside Stand (named as such because it stands practically on the banks of the River Darwen), Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand, which is named after Blackburn industrialist and club supporter, Jack Walker.
Ewood Park was opened in 1882 and has an all-seater capacity of 31,367. The Darwen End, Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand are all very similar. All two tiers and much newer builds than the Riverside Stand (named as such because it stands practically on the banks of the River Darwen). This stand is a single tiered affair. There are very few if any bad views from within the stadium.
Ewood Park is the quintessential ‘English Style’ stadium, with four distinct stands on each side of the pitch. Here’s some detail about each of them:
The Bryan Douglas Darwen End Stand - There are two levels to this stand that are separated by a row of executive boxes. It is where the away supporters are housed.
The Jack Walker Stand - Named after the former owner of the club that led them to their most successful period, this stand has a capacity of 11,000 over two tiers separated by boxes and houses the changing rooms and tunnel to the pitch side.
The RFS Riverside Stand - This is the only part of the ground that is single-tiered and is also the oldest part of the stadium.
The Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End Stand - Originally known as simply The Blackburn end because it’s the closest stand to the city centre, it was re-named after the club’s record appearance holder in 2011.
Approximately 4,000 visiting supporters can be catered for and they're housed in the Darwen End of the ground. How much of this stand is allocated to visitors depends on the likely size of the following. Where the demand is less than around 2000 seats, the lower tier to the right of the goal (as viewed from the pitch) is normally used. If more away supporters are expected, the upper tier is used and, for the biggest followings (and sometimes on security advice), the whole of the stand will be given over to visiting supporters. The views from anywhere in the stand are very good.
The Fernhurst, which is on Bolton Road just a stone's throw away from the Darwen End of the stadium, is officially designated as the away fans pub. Another couple of options are the Golden Cup and Uncle Jacks, both within a few minutes of the stadium.
There are several takeaway outlets along Bolton Rd in both directions away from the ground. Including a chip shop, pie shop and a couple of sandwich shops.
Blackburn is a typical Northern city with plenty of character and loads of places to get a drink and a bite to eat before the match. Here are some places to help you narrow down your options:
The Golden Cup - The best pub for away fans, The Golden Cup is a fifteen minute walk or so from the ground and has a large beer garden for when the sun is beating down. It’s a Thwaites pub so you’ll get cask ales and live sport on the TV.
Fox and Hounds - This place is a Rovers pub but away fans are welcome, and it has a great pre-match atmosphere along with real ale and food. A traditional sort of establishment that is popular with sports fans.
Last Orders - Welcomes both home and away supporters and offers low prices on draught beers and shows most live sporting events.
Plenty of local car parks are provided and recommended by the club although there is a limited amount of street parking in surrounding roads. Be aware of the residents only sections however. If needed, there are plenty of buses serving the stadium which make access to and from very easy.
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