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.
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.
University of Bolton Stadium seating plan:
The Beehive is located on Chorley New Road, with the advantage of fans being able to park their cars there for £5 and claim the monies against drinks at the bar.
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 at a cost of £6 per car. 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 (half a mile past the stadium coming from the motorway) where you pay £5 per car but get it all back at the bar.
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The nearest / closest train station to Bolton Wanderers's University of Bolton Stadium is the Horwich Parkway train station which is just 100 yards away. It is situated on the Manchester Airport to Preston and Blackpool North/Blackpool North and Preston to Manchester Airport line.
Rivals - Man Utd, Man City, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan, Preston
Travel: The journey to the ground was easy with trains every 30 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly to Horwich Parkway then a 5 minute walk.
Refreshments: I had to go around to the far side of the ground to the club shop in order to purchase a ticket. Matchday programmes were available at points around the ground. All the fans I encountered seemed friendly.
Impressions: From the outside, the ground looks impressive especially as you walk up from the station. I was behind the goal in the North Stand lower tier with the home supporters. The view was good with no restrictions and some good leg room. The other stands all mirror their opposite sides.
Atmosphere: The game was good but not entertaining, Wednesday running out as 2-0 winners. The atmosphere was good but most of the noise came from the away section. The stewards were low key and friendly. The refreshments seemed pricey for individual items but the beer and pint offer at £6.50 was acceptable and the pie I had was among the best I’ve had on an away day.
Exit: Getting away afterwards was easy as I had the short walk back to the station.
Ground Name: University of Bolton Stadium
Capacity: 28,723 (all seated)
Address: Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6JW
Main Tel No.: 0844 871 2932
Team Nickname: The Trotters
Year Ground Opened: 1997
Online Shop: BWFC Photos