The University of Bolton Stadium in Horwich, Greater Manchester, England, is the home ground of Bolton Wanderers F.C.
Opening in 1997, it was named the Reebok Stadium, after club sponsors Reebok. In 2014, Bolton Wanderers signed a naming rights deal with Italian sportswear company Macron. It was renamed the University of Bolton Stadium in 2018. A hotel forms part of the stadium and some of the rooms offer views of the pitch.
The University of Bolton is a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of 28,723 which was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park. Despite the improved facilities and larger capacity (and resultant larger ticket revenues), this move was unpopular with many of the club's fans. Most new grounds tend to be unpopular at first however and in recent years it's been much more appreciated. There are no bad views within the stadium and all seats have unrestricted views.
As is the case with most stadiums built from the ‘90s onwards The Uni of Bolton has a bowl style to its arrangement. The ground is still divided into four distinct sections, however, each named after the geographical location of the stand itself with occasional changes because of sponsorship deals. Each part of the ground has two tiers, with the lower tier one continuous bowl and the upper tier a separate section all of its own. Here’s a bit of info on each:
The North Stand - The upper section of this stand houses the club’s family section. The North Stand is found behind the goal.
The South Stand - The ‘South’ part of this stand's name indicates that it’s at the opposite goal-end to The North Stand. This stand normally houses the away supporters and has a capacity of 6000.
The East Stand - Based on the East side of the ground, this stand runs along the side of the pitch and has numerous executive boxes separating the upper section from the lower.
The West Stand - Typically considered to be the main stand owing to the fact that it houses the club’s facilities like the changing rooms and the dug-outs, this stand also contains the Director’s Box and executive boxes.
Up to 5,000 visiting supporters can be accommodated and are allocated the South Stand behind one of the goals. Generally, the allocation is nearer 3,000 however and when this amount is taken the lower tier can be shared with home fans The upper tier however, is reserved for away fans. The leg room and facilities within this stand are very good and the view is fantastic.
The Beehive is located on Chorley New Road, with the advantage of fans being able to park their cars there.
The University of Bolton Stadium is located on the Middlebrook Retail Park which has plenty of fast food outlets including a Nandos, Burger King, Pizza Hut, a BWFC themed McDonalds and several other themed restaurants.
Parking is freely available at the stadium. It is advisable to leave your car here in the secured car parks as there's little parking in surrounding areas. However, if you are determined to park on the roads to save a few quid, try parking at the Beehive pub which is on the roundabout.
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