Blackpool FC - Bloomfield Road

Bloomfield Road Guide

Stadium Info

Bloomfield Road has undergone a total redevelopment over the last 10 years. The South stand was finally completed in March 2010 and with the completion of the temporary East stand in time for the start of the 2010/11 season, capacity has risen by as much as 40 percent since last season with a sell out now a modest 16,000. For a Premier League side, it still seems low but they're making positive moves in the right direction. North, West and South stands are connected and look very modern. Atmosphere shouldn't be hard to come by and acoustics within the stadium are excellent. Once the stadium is complete it'll be a tidy little place to visit. There is a new supporters bar under the Jimmy Armfield South Stand that's also worth a look.

Away Fans

Visiting supporters are situated in the Stan Mortenson North Stand behind one of the goals where 2,500 away fans can be accommodated. The stand has some decent facilities with good toilets and catering outlets. The leg room is ample as you would expect from a reasonably new build.

Stadium Layout

Bloomfield Road seating plan:

Bloomfield Road seating plan

Where To Drink

There are a number of pubs within 10 minutes walking distance of the ground. The Old Bridge Inn on Lytham Rd, the Swift Hound on the Odeon Cinema Complex or The Waterloo which is south of the ground are all very hospitable pubs. A short walk down Bloomfield Road, away from the seafront, will bring you to The Bloomfield, at the junction with Ansdell Road. Just along Bloomfield Road in the direction of the Promenade is The Old Bridge. A lively pub that allows away supporters in. Turn left at The Old Bridge and there is a Wetherspoons pub called The Auctioneer, near Blackpool South Station, with cheap beer and decent food. Joice's Plaice Fish and Chips (near Waterloo pub) has also been recommended.

Parking

There are three large car parks surrounding the stadium with the biggest of which believed to have been the largest football car park in Europe at one time, which should make parking very easy. It is however quite expensive to park in any of these and if you're trying to save the pennies then there is street parking, but you'll need to be prepared to walk 10 or so minutes in to the stadium unless you arrive early and find one of the few available in closer proximity. The town has fantastic rail and bus links with the main station for coaches next to the stadium making access to and from the ground very easy if you choose not to travel by car, or even if you choose to park further away.

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By Train

The nearest / closest train station to Blackpool's Bloomfield Road is Blackpool South, served by hourly trains between Colne and Preston, and is around ten minutes walk away from the ground. However, this is not a main line station and fewer trains stop here.

The main station in the town (and likely to be the one you arrive at) is Blackpool North. This is around two miles away and is about 20 minutes walk, which on a pleasant summers day is a lovely choice. Alternatively, buses run the route to the ground or it's only a short cab ride that should cost around about 4.50.

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Fans Reviews

  • Travel: The road layout has changed slightly since I was last there! In hindsight should have stayed on M55 a junction longer, so as long as you do that it's easy, can't miss it. Pay and display literally 10 seconds from the ground. Just be aware that they charge more during holiday season! Might have been August when I went, but it was nothing like holiday season!

    Refreshments: If you can't find anything in Blackpool, you're blind! Good pub called the Happy Jock just away from the ground towards the front.

    Impressions: It will be a smart little ground when it's finished as it is, away fans currently have to endure a shaky uncovered temporary stand, which is just lovely on horrible rainy nights like my first visit. Thankfully it has now been replaced with another temporary stand, but that one at least has a roof. The South Stand, which was still unfinished on my first visit, is now finished and opened in March 2010.

    Atmosphere: Can't argue with Blackpool fans, they made plenty of noise all the way through. Probably the only time I've ever heard a drum too that actually helped the atmosphere rather than drowning it out. Wigan fans were poor, the performance didn't exactly help, but any noise we did make early on was nothing in that uncovered side. A big improvement on my second visit understandably given the roof over the away end and the improved performance.

    Anything Else: On completion of the Armfield Stand in March 2010, smaller away followings were accommodated in the corner of the North Stand, while bigger followings stayed in the temporary East Stand. With Blackpool now promoted to the Premier League, the old temporary East Stand has been replaced with a temporary East Stand! It is a big improvement on the old one though, and does have a roof now, and away fans now have around 2,000 tickets, taking up half of this stand.

    Enjoy: Until that away end is changed, it will always be still a bit of a hole for visiting fans. Promotion has improved it, but it still spoils an otherwise top away day!

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Ground Name: Bloomfield Road
Capacity: 16,000 (all seated)
Address: Seasiders Way, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6JJ
Main Tel No.: 0870 443 1953
Team Nickname: The Seasiders or The Tangerines
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Site: www.blackpoolfc.co.uk

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