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Reebok Stadium

Bolton, England

Home of the Bolton Wanderers

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Reebok Stadium (map it)
Burnden Way
Bolton, England BL6 6JW
United Kingdom


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Reebok Stadium website

Year Opened: 1997

Capacity: 28,723

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Wandering Around the Reebok

The Reebok Stadium, named after one of the club's sponsors, was built in 1997 as a replacement for Bolton Wanderers Football Club’s historic Burden Park ground. Consisting of four stands, the stadium has an all seated capacity of 28,723, and with its gabled roof architecture, the stadium is distinctive from other new builds in the United Kingdom over the recent years. The view of the stadium’s diamond style floodlights from the nearby motorway is stunning, and the Reebok is one of the few English grounds that possess a continental feel about it from the outside.

One of the stadium's other different feature is that each team emerges from its own tunnel located on either side of the dugouts. Banqueting suites and conference rooms housed within the stadium ensure that the Reebok Stadium is functional seven days a week. The stadium also has under soil heating, ensuring that most games are played during inclement weather.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    3

The stadium's forecourts are well populated with food kiosks and the offerings are of good quality and reasonably priced for a higher level British stadium. The pies are excellent and hot dogs, burgers, and chips are also available in addition to chocolate and crisps. Locally brewed beer and lager are also available, as well as soda and hot drinks.

Atmosphere    3

The stadium's atmosphere is about average, but this is due only to the fact that games rarely sell out. When full, the atmosphere is as good as any, and games against local Lancashire neighbours can be special. Most of the noise generated by the home supporters comes from the direction of the North Stand with away supporters housed in the two tiered South Stand.

Neighborhood    3

Bolton is a Lancashire mill town located around ten miles from Manchester and at the foot of the Pennines. Bolton itself has little to offer visitors other than the Bolton Museum and the Octagan Theatre. The Middlebrook Retail Park is adjacent to the stadium and has a host of top stores in addition to a number of eating houses, such as McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, and Pizza Hut. The Beehive public house is used by supporters for a pre-match pint, and there are also a number of hotels at and around the stadium and an ASDA Supermarket which also has a restaurant.

Fans    3

Although crowds were sometimes poor by Premier League standards when the club was in the top flight of English Soccer, attendances have not declined much since the clubs relegation last year. One of England's traditional clubs, Bolton supporters are always welcoming and the stewards are particularly friendly. Bolton have a good away following and when doing well on the pitch are capable of attracting 20,000 plus supporters to their games despite being in close proximity to the big two Manchester clubs. There is also a good family atmosphere around the place and local rivals are Blackburn, Wigan, Burnley, Bury, Blackpool, and the Manchester big boys of City and United.

Access    3

The stadium is located on Junction 6 of the M61 motorway, which is easily accessed by all other Lancashire motorways. Parking for both home and away supporters is available on the stadium car parks priced at £6. Do not park on the Retail Park, as limited parking will result in clamping. There are other car parks within a ten minute walk costing £4. Horwich Parkway station serves the stadium with connections available from Bolton Railway station which, in turn, is served from Manchester mainline stations. The nearest airport is Manchester, which is around a thirty minute drive away.

Return on Investment    3

Admission prices are between £28 and £32 with reductions available for O.A.P's and juniors. With plenty of competition for supporters, the Reebok offers comfort that some of the older and more historic nearby stadiums can't.

Extras    3

There is a club superstore at the stadium, with the stadium's concourses also housing Betting Kiosks. Match day programmes and Fanzines can be purchased around the stadium, and stadium tours are available most days and are reasonably priced.

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