Macron Stadium Like?
|What's The Macron Stadium Like?|
The stadium built by Birse Construction
was opened as the Reebok Stadium in 1997 and
renamed the Macron Stadium, in another corporate
sponsorship deal in 2014. From the outside the
stadium looks simply stunning and can be seen for
miles around. I still think the view of it driving
down the slip road from the M61 motorway, is one
of the greatest sights to be seen in English
football, especially when it is lit up at night.
It has a great eye catching design and is unlike
anything else in the country.
|What Is It Like For Away Supporters?|
Away fans are housed in the two
tiered South Stand at one end of the ground,
where up to 5,000 supporters can be
accommodated, although the normal allocation is
nearer 3,000. The lower tier is shared with home
supporters, but the upper tier is given entirely
to away fans. The leg room
and facilities within this stand are good and
the atmosphere is boosted in the home end by
the presence of a drummer. Alex Smith
adds; 'away fans should note that the bottom
rows of the lower tier are not covered by the
roof and therefore you may get wet if it rains'.
Whilst Paul Kelly warns; 'the stewards at the
stadium can be a bit over zealous, often
throwing out fans for little reason. My advice
to away fans is do not even think about
celebrating a goal by going further forward than
the front row. They'll have you even if you're
just on the bit of track behind the adverts.
Also you may be told to sit down during the
game, take heed and do so. Fans have been
removed who persistently stand up during the
|Where To Eat & Drink?|
main pub for away fans is the Beehive, which is about a
10-15 minute walk away from the away turnstiles.
It is a good sized pub that also serves food. You
can also park your car there (see below). Also
there is the Barnstormers pub on Lostock Lane (from
the M61, go past the stadium on your left, move into the right hand filter lane
and turn right at the traffic lights into
Lostock Lane, the pub is down on the right) which does
admit away fans. There is also a
mixture of street parking and paid parking (at some
industrial units) in this area.
Otherwise alcohol is served within the ground, although for some games such as local derbies, the Club opt not to sell any. Alcohol available inside the ground, includes; Worthington's Bitter (£3.40), Carling Lager (£3.50), Magners Cider (£3.70), Guinness (£3.80) Red or White Wine (£4). In another good move then the Club allow your to pre-order and pay for your half time drinks, before the game has kicked off, through the purchase of tokens. Thus making it quicker to get your hands on your interval liquid refreshments.
There are a number of bars on the nearby Middlebrook Retail Park (the Macron Stadium is on the Middlebrook Retail estate). However most of these have bouncers on the doors that only admit home fans on production of a matchday or season ticket, There are though plenty of eating outlets on the Retail Park; KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and a Bolton Wanderers themed McDonalds as well as several other themed restaurants.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
John Walsh adds; 'Because
of traffic congestion on the M60 (formerly
M62), caused by the Trafford Centre, I would
recommend that those supporters travelling from
the South should take the North directions above.
It is about 10 miles further but can save 30
minutes and a lot of frustration!'
Map showing the location
of the Macron Stadium (at the bottom of
Post Ccode for SAT NAV: BL6 6JW
|Horwich Parkway railway
station serves the stadium, with regular trains from
Bolton's main railway station. Horwich Parkway
is only a few minutes walk from the stadium.
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
|Programme & Fanzines|
White Love Fanzine £1
Tripes & Trotters Fanzine £1
Manchester United, Manchester City, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan, Preston and from a little further a field; Tranmere Rovers.
operate a category system of ticket pricing
(A, B & C) whereby the most popular
matches will cost more to watch than the least
popular ones. Category A prices are shown
below with Category B & C shown
Wanderers Fixture List (to take you to the
BBC Sports Website).
The club offer regular tours of the stadium on most days. The cost of the tours is Adults £4 and £2 for concessions or £10 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). Tours must be pre-booked at the Club Shop, or by calling the Club on 01204 673650.
details of disabled facilities and club contact at
the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Record & Average Attendance|
At The Macron:
28,353 v Leicester City
Premier League, December 28th 2003.
At Burnden Park:
69,912 v Manchester City
FA Cup 5th Round, February 18th, 1933.
|Fans Reviews Of The Macron Stadium|
Ken & Eddy Smith (Watford) 22/2/14
John Rogers (Leeds United) 15/9/13
Steve Williams (Cardiff City) 3/11/12
Alan Parker (Wigan Athletic) 11/2/12
Thomas Ling (Norwich City) 17/9/11
Kevin Laidler (Newcastle United) 20/11/10
If you require hotel
accommodation in the area then first try a hotel
booking service provided by Late Rooms. They
offer all types of accommodation to suit all
tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels,
Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments
to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments.
Plus their booking system is straightforward and
easy 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. The Hotels listing also includes
details of how far away the accommodation is
located from the football ground.
Visit their Bolton Hotels & 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.
To see some photos of Bolton's previous ground Burnden Park then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.
|View From The Away Section (Lower Tier)|
Thanks to Haydn Gleed for supplying the video above.
|Map showing the location of the Macron Stadium, railway station and listed pubs|
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