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Blackpool FC
Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 16,750 (all seated)
Address: 
Seasiders Way, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 6JJ
Main Telephone No: 0871 622 1953
Fax No: 01253 405 011
Ticket Office: 0844 847 1953
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Team Nicknames: The Seasiders or Tangerines
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Shirt Sponsors: Wonga.com
Home Kit Colours: Tangerine & White
Away Kit Colours: White With Tangerine Sash
Kit Manufacturers: Errea
Official Web Site:
www.blackpoolfc.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Vital Blackpool (Vital Football Network)
Blackpool FC Blog
Another View From The Tower
Seasiders Podcast
Blackpool FC Badge Collectors
Supporters Association
Back Henry Street (Forum)

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Contents
What's Bloomfield Road Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
East and Armfield Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
Stanley Matthews (West) and North Stands (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
East Stand (photo)
By Train
Armfield Stand (photo)
Local Rivals

Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Programme Price
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Other Places Of Interest
Hotel Accommodation
Bloomfield Road Location Map


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What's Bloomfield Road Like?

The ground has been almost completely re-developed over the last decade, with three permanent stands being built, along with a temporary stand on the East side. The three permanent sides are of similar design, being single tiered, of the same height, all seated and covered. The Stanley Matthews (West) Stand on one side of the stadium and the Mortensen Kop (North Stand) at one end, were both opened in February 2002. The North West corner between these stands has also been filled with seating, enclosing this area of the ground. Behind the main seating in the West Stand and the North West corner, is a hospitality balcony with executive boxes at the rear from the south end to the Directors' Box at the halfway line, from which point to the North West corner is the Sir Stanley Matthews Hospitality Suite.

In March 2010 the long awaited South Stand was finally opened, being a mirror image of the North Stand, and extending around and meeting the Stanley Matthews Stand, enclosing the South West corner of the stadium. During the 2011/12 season the South East corner between the South Stand and the temporary East Stand was also filled with an additional 500 seats. The South Stand has been named the Armfield Stand in tribute to the Blackpool legend, Jimmy Armfield and has a capacity of 3,600 seats. On the East side of the ground the Club have erected a new covered temporary stand. Although temporary it is of a good size housing some 5,000 fans in a single tier of seating. It is also covered, which is a big improvement over the previous smaller structure that was previously in place on this side. The only main drawback is that it has a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it. Situated in one corner of the ground between the East & South stands is a large video screen.

Outside the stadium, behind the North Stand is a statue of the former Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen, whilst outside the main entrance is a statue of Jimmy Armfield.

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External View


  Bloomfield Road external view

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are housed on one side of the temporary East Stand, at one side of the pitch, where up to 2,500 supporters can be accommodated. This stand is shared with home fans, with away fans being housed on the northern side. Although the stand is covered, there are a number of supporting pillars running along the front of the stand that may hinder your view. If you find that you are sat towards the middle of the stand, then you will have the 'added comfort' of padded seats. However the facilities are not that great with portakabin toilets etc..

Neil McEachnie a visiting Blackburn Rovers fan adds; 'Even at 6'6" tall, I found that there was plenty of leg room within the stand. The pillars though are annoying, they restrict your view wherever you sit. The toilets are all portakabins, so be prepared to queue. You can tell the stand is temporary as when the singing gets going you can feel the floor below you move!' I would also suggest that if that there is a sizeable away support that you arrive at the turnstiles in good time. I arrived 10 minutes before kick off to find the queue stretching back from the away entrance and around the corner along the road behind the stand. It meant that I didnít get to my seat until at least 10 minutes after the game had started. I did find it amusing though to see notices taped up by the away turnstiles which said; ĎPlease refrain from bouncing on the floor of this stand.í It didnít exactly give me confidence in its structural integrity! Plus always remember to wrap up well in winter, as the wind that comes off the Irish Sea can go right through you!

Food inside ground includes a range of Holland's Pies; Potato & Meat, Steak, Cheese & Onion, Chicken & Ham (all £2.50) and Herta Hot Dogs (£2.60).

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 East And Armfield Stands


East and Armfield Stands

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Where To Drink?
Popular with away fans is the Old Bridge House pub on Lytham Road. It is only short walk away (walk down Bloomfield Road towards the sea front and then turn right into Lytham Road and the pub is down on the right) and has screens showing Sky Sports.

Nigel Richardson a visiting Hull City fan recommends the 'No 1 Bar, which is a Working Mens Club, that is adjacent to the away supporters entrance to the ground on Bloomfield Road. It was very welcoming and admits away fans for a small fee'. Steve Gardner a visiting Gillingham fan informs me; 'A good family pub close to the ground is the Waterloo in Waterloo Road - genuinely family friendly except in the games area. Clean, comfortable and friendly; Sky TV on large screens and reasonable, inexpensive food'.

Steve Lumb adds; 'Another good pub is the Wetherspoons pub called the Auctioneer on Lytham Road, near Blackpool South Station. It's about 10 minutes walk to the ground and serves cheap beer and brilliant grub.' Otherwise there are plenty of pubs in Blackpool town centre to choose from. Alcohol is not available to away supporters inside the stadium.

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Stanley Matthews (West) & North Stands


Stanley Matthews And North Stands

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park

Leave the M6 at Junction 32. Follow the M55 into the outskirts of Blackpool and continue straight along this road until you see the ground on your right. The ground is roughly located about half way between the Pleasure Beach and the Tower and is about a 1/4 of a mile inland from the south shore. A huge pay and display car park is located just across the road from the ground, which stretches all the way from near the Blackpool South station. It costs £3.50 for three hours and £7.50 for up to 12 hours (some of the pay machines also accept credit/debit cards). The car park nearest to the South Station is more expensive to park in (£5 for three hours), but it easier to get out of and back on the road towards the M55 after the game. Matthew Stimpson informs me; 'Please note that unlike most towns and cities in England the pay and display car parks near to the ground still charge after 6pm. Some visiting fans on my visit assumed that they would be free after 6pm and ended up with a parking ticket'. Otherwise street parking (although there are restrictions in the immediate vicinity around the ground).

Park at St Cuthberts Church
There are 40 parking spaces available in the St Cuthberts Church Car Park in Lytham Road, which is only a five minute walk away from the ground. It is pay-and-display, costing just £1.50 for three hours, £3 for five hours, or £4 for all day. The Church address: 177 Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY1 6EU. Location Map.


Map showing the location of the Bloomfield Road football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY1 6JJ

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East Stand

By Train
The closest railway station to the ground is Blackpool South and is around a ten minute walk away. However fewer trains stop at this station with most calling at Blackpool North. Blackpool North station is around two miles away and therefore you may wish to jump in a cab to the ground.

Mark Gillatt adds; 'For anyone arriving by train at Blackpool North a cheaper alternative than a taxi may be the number 11 bus from the bus station across the road. Buses to Lytham St Annes pass the end of Bloomfield Road and run every eight minutes. Fans should alight at the Bridge House pub (okay for a pint) and walk down Lonsdale Road to the ground'.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Looking Towards The Armfield Stand


Looking Towards The Armfield Stand

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Local Rivals
Preston North End & Burnley.

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Admission Prices
Home Fans:
Stanley Matthews West Stand: Adults £25, Over 60's £20, Under 19's £17, Under 16's £15
Family Area: Adults £25, Over 60's £20, Under 19's £17, Under 16's £14, Under 12's £12
Armfield Stand: Adults £25, Over 60's £20, Under 19's £17, Under 16's £15
Mortensen Stand: Adults £25, Over 60's £20, Under 19's £17, Under 16's £15
East Stand: Adults £24, Over 60's £19, Under 19's £16, Under 16's £14

Away Fans:
East Stand: Adults £24, Over 60's £19, Under 19's £16, Under 16's £14

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Ground Layout


Ground layout

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Programme
Official Programme: £3

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Blackpool FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

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Record & Average Attendance
38,098 v Wolverhampton Wanderers,
Division One, September 19th, 1955.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
16,116 v Manchester City
Premier League, October 17th, 2010.


Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 14,217 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 13,917
(Championship League)
2011-2012: 13,917 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of Bloomfield Road

James Prentice (Doing The 92) 2/3/13
Nathan Walker (Cardiff City) 19/1/13
Joseph Burns (Nottingham Forest) 22/10/11

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Other Places Of Interest
Blackpool is not Britain's premier seaside resort for nothing, so why not make a weekend of it? If you're feeling brave try the UK's largest and fastest roller coaster, 'The Big One' at the Pleasure Beach. I braved it, but was in shock afterwards! So much so that I had to seek out the Pleasure Beach bar for medicinal purposes. Only one word of caution, look at the other fixtures on the same day in Manchester/Bolton/Preston etc.. as your game, because other away supporters attending these games will also be probably be heading to Blackpool after the game. So if there is a particular group of supporters from another club who you would rather avoid, my advice is to stay away.

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They have a huge choice of places to stay and their booking facility is straightforward to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. Hotels are listed giving details of their distance from the ground.

Access their Blackpool Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map showing the location of Bloomfield Road, railway stations and listed pubs


 

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Last Updated: 28 August
2014