Holker Street, also known as the Progression Solicitors Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is a sports stadium located in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Currently and originally used as a football ground, it has also previously been used for speedways races.
In addition, the ground also previously had some leisure centre facilities, including four squash courts which have now been demolished. Its current owners and tenants for the vast majority of its history are Barrow A.F.C., who have played at the ground since 1909.
Holker Street is the definition of an old-fashioned English football ground, with terraces being the dominant way that people watch matches.
The stadium itself is a traditional stadium which has benefited recently from the addition of roofing over another of the stands, which just leaves the Crossbar Terrace as the only completely uncovered stand. The ground previously hosted speedway meetings during the 1970’s before they had to remove the track to comply with league regulations.
The away fans tend to be housed in one section of the Holker Street Terrace, which is close to the Brian Arrowsmith Stand. That is located at one end of the ground, whilst the Hoker Street End is at the other.
Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Holker Street Terrace (towards the Brian Arrowsmith Stand) at one end of the ground. There is also some additional standing space available beside the Brian Arrowsmith Stand. Oddly the Club have elected to segregate supporters at that end by the use of a dividing fence which means that no visiting fans can stand directly behind the goal. During the Summer of 2020, a roof was erected over the whole of the Holker Street End, providing welcome cover for visiting supporters. This should also help boost the atmosphere inside the ground. In addition to this terraced area, a number of seats are made available to away fans in the covered Brian Arrowsmith Stand.
The Club has its own club house bar called the ‘Crossbar’. This bar welcomes away supporters and has SKY and BT Sports television. Elaine Warden informs me; 'There is a pub next door to the ground called the Soccer Bar which is independent from the club and popular with visiting supporters as well as home fans.'
Otherwise, if you go along Walney Road (A590) towards the town centre firstly passing Asda, then turning left onto Duke Street, you will find the Ambrose Hotel, which has a selection of real ale. Alternatively, continue on the A590 passing first ‘The Owl and The Pussycat’ pub (part of the Hungry Horse chain) before you will reach a retail park that has a number of eating outlets including a McDonalds and KFC as well as a Tesco Extra.
If you have a bit more time on your hands you might park at the Holker Street end of the ground then you can take the 10-15 minute walk down Holker Street into the town centre.
At the junction of Holker Street and Abbey Road, near the railway station, you will find a fine action statue of Emlyn Hughes, who came from Barrow. Across the road is ‘The Duke of Edinburgh’, a developing four star hotel with a good selection of drinks generally, real ales in particular, while walking a further block to your right you will encounter ‘The Furness Railway’, a Wetherspoons pub themed to the company that led to the development of Barrow.
There is a large amount of on-street parking available close to the ground; just remember to check for any parking restrictions that are in place.
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