Wigan Athletic FC - DW Stadium

DW Stadium Guide

Stadium Info

The newly renamed DW Stadium was originally opened in 1999 and has a capacity of just over 25,000. All four stands are similar in height and looks and the four corners are open which unfortunately takes away from the little atmosphere that gets created. Away fans are housed in the North stand behind one of the goals.

Away Fans

Up to 5,200 visiting supporters are allocated the North Stand behind one of the goals. Facilities and the view of the playing surface are generally very good, whilst the refreshments are reasonably priced with hot dogs, pies and burgers starting from £1.90.

Stadium Layout

DW Stadium seating plan:

DW Stadium seating plan

Where To Drink

The Swan and Railway is close to both stations and does food, but is small inside. Walking towards the ground there is a pub on the left called the Orwell which welcomes well behaved away supporters and does a special fans lunch with several menu choices at excellent prices along with competitive beer prices. The Queens Arms is also nearby the ground and welcomes away fans, as does The Bowling Green which is less than 10 minutes walk away from the ground.

It's almost all transnational fast food outlets in the retail park in which the DW is situated. We thoroughly recommend Market Street Fish and Chips, a short walk from both railway stations on Market Street.

Parking

Parking is available at the stadium itself in a large car park situated behind the away fans section. It costs £5 per vehicle which is very much the standard price these days but unless your quick on your toes in leaving the stadium after the game, it can take a long time to get out afterwards. Arrive early and be prepared to leave as quickly as you can is common advice.

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By Train

The nearest / closest train stations to Wigan Athletics DW Stadium are Wigan North-Western (on the West Coast Mainline) and Wigan Wallgate (trains from Liverpool and Manchester) which are both within a few minutes of each other in the town centre. They're both just under 2 miles from the ground and there's no bus service. A cab will set you back about £6 with a tip.

If you fancy a wander the DW Stadium is a 10 to 15 minute walk from either station.

The Games To See

Rivals - Bolton, Man City, Preston, Burnley, Man Utd

Fans Reviews

  • Travel: I live in Wigan, so getting there has never been a problem for me, and it's one of the reasons I ended up following Wigan on the side in the first place. When I was a teenager, it was less than £20 for both me and my cousin to jump the bus and go to the game. So of course, before I was old enough to start going away with Everton, Wigan provided a cheap and accessible cure to my football fix! .. Old enough to drive now of course and have done for years. Never used to have a problem parking at Aldi and walking across, but once Wigan got into the Premiership, most of the local businesses on the retail parks stopped letting people park on them. Parking at the ground is an absolute no no given the price and how long you can sit in that one line of traffic trying to get out. I also found out to my cost that street parking in Newtown is not advised any more since I had my car radio stolen in other words, there aren't many alternatives! There is parking at the cinema opposite the ground, which you can either pay a fiver for, or you can lie and tell them you're going to the pictures and park for free on the other side! Or park where I do, at a social club on Scot Lane behind the police station for a quid, or on the street there for free! Takes a little while getting out, or you can go the long way around but get there a lot quicker heading back through Norley but its safe enough and not that far to walk.

    Refreshments: Wigan is famous for pies and not without good reason! It is the undoubted highlight of Wigan away the chunky steak pie! £1.60 (last season, might have gone up since my last visit) just solid meat, pastry, gravy, absolute pie perfection! Never needed to eat anywhere else at Wigan, though being retail park based, there is of course the obligatory Pizza Hut/ Burger King/ Frankie & Benny's and McDonalds a bit further away. .. It's not that bad for getting a drink either as far as other retail park grounds go. There is a fans bar inside the sports centre opposite the ground, which I used to go in while I still went to Wigan games as a home fan, and both Frankie & Benny's and the Indian takeaway next door also let fans in to drink on match days. The Red Robin is the away fans pub and does decent 2 for 1 on food, and there is also an away fans bar under the North Stand.

    Impressions: For a new ground, a let down. It's not big enough inside, any kind of away following and you will really struggle to move about, the central blocks of the away end in particular get really uncomfortably crowded, and that is not helped by police and stewards complicating things, getting in the way and now not allowing you to come out in a different block and walk across the walkway at the front of the stand that would be too much like common sense, a human crush is far more preferable!

    Atmosphere: Surprisingly, I think it has got worse since promotion despite the crowds doubling. When I used to go in Division Two and the Championship, the ‘singers’ all went in the South Stand, the North Stand was the family stand, and the East was for away fans. Now of course it makes sense not to give away fans in the Premiership 8,000 tickets, but they should have looked into splitting the East Stand, rather than split everybody up. The South is now the family stand, but some of the singers have now moved to the north corner of the East Stand next to the away end but it just isn't the same. The heart of the support has all been moved around, and the atmosphere just doesn't seem to be what it used to be. It was never the best before either, especially with the away fans being so far away, but there was always a decent atmosphere in the South. Getting rid of unreserved seating has probably contributed to it too. .. For the rugby, it varied on my visits. Smallish crowds against the likes of Bradford, Castleford and Crusaders and very little atmosphere, to a near full house for a Derby with Saints where it was excellent. I suppose that sums it up, it can be brilliant for the bigger games, but not so good for the smaller ones.

    Enjoy: I'm not a fan of newer grounds. The fact that Wigan share with the rugby team too means that they aren't really allowed to imprint their own identity on the place with stand names etc. (Though that has been improved recently with the renaming of the Springfield and Boston Stands) It's a trip that will always be special to me because of where I live and my connections and history, but pretty much the same these days as Bolton, Boro, Derby etc.

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Ground Name: DW Stadium
Capacity: 25,023 (all seated)
Address: Robin Park, Newtown, Wigan, WN5 0UZ
Main Tel No.: 01942 774 000
Team Nickname: The Latics
Year Ground Opened: 1999
Site: www.wiganlatics.co.uk

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