|What's Bloomfield Road Like?
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Stanley Matthews And North Stands (photo)
Where To Drink?
A Closer Look At The North Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
East Stand (photo)
Armfield Stand (photo)
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Other Places Of Interest
Bloomfield Road Location Map
|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
Thanks to Peter Gillatt of the It's Not Orange It's Tangerine website for providing the photo above.
|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..
Stanley Matthews (West) & North Stands
|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.
|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
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).
|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'.
to Pete Sadler for providing the two photos above.
|Preston North End & Burnley.|
Stanley Matthews West Stand (Centre): Adults £27, Over 60's £22, Under 19's £19, Under 16's £17
Stanley Matthews West Stand (Wings): 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
East Stand: Adults £24, Over 60's £19, Under 19's £16, Under 16's £14
|Official Programme: £3|
|For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.|
|Blackpool FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|Record & Average Attendance|
|38,098 v Wolverhampton
Division One, September 19th, 1955.
Modern All Seated Attendance Record:
16,116 v Manchester City
Premier League, October 17th, 2010.
2010-2011: 15,775 (Premier League)
2009-2010: 8,611 (Championship League)
2008-2009: 7,843 (Championship League)
|Fans Reviews Of Bloomfield Road|
|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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Last Updated: 22 April 2013