Blackpool

Bloomfield Road

Capacity: 16,750 (all seated)
Address: Seasiders Way, Blackpool, FY1 6JJ
Telephone: 01253 685 000
Fax: 01253 405 011
Ticket Office: 0844 847 1953
Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: The Seasiders or Tangerines
Year Ground Opened: 1899
Shirt Sponsors: TP
Kit Manufacturer: Errea
Home Kit: Tangerine and White
Away Kit: Light and Navy Blue

External View
External View
Armfield Stand
Armfield Stand
Stanley Matthews and North Stands
Stanley Matthews and North Stands
East and Armfield Stands
East and Armfield Stands
East Stand
East Stand
Jimmy Armfield Statue
Jimmy Armfield Statue
Stan Mortensen Statue
Stan Mortensen Statue

Bloomfield Road has been almost completely re-developed over the last 15 years, 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. However the Club have announced that this stand will be closed for most league games.Situated in one corner of the ground between the West and 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.

Away fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of the ground. Up to 2,500 supporters can be accommodated in this area. For visiting supporters this is an improvement on the East Stand that has been used in previous seasons, as the facilities are generally better and there are no supporting pillars to contend with, meaning that you get a fine view of the action. This end is shared with home fans, making for a good atmosphere. 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).

Please note that a number of Blackpool Fans are boycotting the Club at this present time, which has resulted in a big drop in matchday attendances. So if you are wondering why the stadium looks quite empty........

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). Although a basic pub it has screens showing televised sport. Just a little further along Lytham Road on the corner with the seafront is the Manchester Bar. This pub has large screens showing televised sport and normally has a DJ playing loud music, who tries his best to entertain the visiting fans. However the bar prices are quite high by Blackpool standards. Also on Lytham Road (but this going in the direction of the Pleasure Beach) is the Albert Pub which normally has a good mix of home and away fans in attendance. This pub also shows BT and Sky Sports.

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.' If you are a fan of Wetherspoons pubs than on the seafront near to the Pleasure Beach is the Velvet Coaster. Opened in 2015 it is the largest Wetherspoons outlet in the country. It is though a good twenty minute walk from Bloomfield Road.

Otherwise there are plenty of pubs in Blackpool town centre to choose from. Alcohol is made available to away supporters inside the stadium.

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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 £3 for three hours, £4 for five hours, or £7 for all day. The Church address: 177 Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY1 6EU. Location Map.

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY1 6JJ

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'

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Home Fans
Stanley Matthews Stand (Centre): Adults £27, Over 60's £23, Under 19's £15
All remaining areas of the ground: Adults £22, Over 60's £18, Under 19's £10, Under 11's Free*

Away Fans
Adults £22
Over 60's £18
Under 19's £10
Under 11's Free**

* Under 11's have to become a Young Seasiders Club member to qualify.

** When accompanied by a paying adult.

Official Programme: £3

Blackpool FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Preston North End & Burnley.

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

Record 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 
2015-2016: 7,052 (League One)
2014-2015: 11,172 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 14,217 (Championship League)

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.

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me at duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.

Blackpool v Plymouth Argyle
Football League Two    
Saturday 27th August 2016, 3pm
Pete Roberts (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bloomfield Road?

I was on holiday in a Haven site with the family about seven miles from Blackpool and had planned to attend this match as soon as the fixtures had come out.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Parked car outside nearby cinema complex close to Bloomfield Road.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Had a bit of a stroll round Blackpool town centre after the wife and son had gone to the cinema, a nice walk up the promenade on a warm sunny day is a very pleasant experience. Then off to a town centre café for lunch. Never encountered many home fans in the town but there were a few Plymouth fans about.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bloomfield Road?

The ground is a million miles away from when I attended in 1974 for a Second Division match against Manchester United. Away fans had about 650 fans behind one of the goals with Blackpool fans scarcely spaced in two other stands.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was fairly entertaining and won marginally by a Plymouth goal in the second half. Plymouth fans did create a good atmosphere and constantly sang the song 'Twist And Shout'. The Blackpool fans however seemed very sullen and seemed to accept defeat straight from the first whistle.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Left five minutes before the end as the wife picked me up for a late evening visit to the nearby Pleasure Beach.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a very enjoyable day out helped by the weather. It is a bit sad to see the ground now virtually empty after the club were playing to virtual full houses five seasons ago. This is obviously linked to the fans despair of the current ownership and their tumble down the leagues.

Blackpool v Bolton Wannderers
League Cup First Round
Tuesday 9th August 2016, 7.45pm
Matthew Bowling (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Bloomfield Road Ground?

Because I love an away trip to Blackpool and it was a chance to see my first Bolton game of the new season.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We parked on a street about a 2 minute walk from the ground so parking wasn't bad but certain places are busy and there is limited parking around the stadium. The ground was easy to find from where we parked because you could see the floodlights above the houses.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight into the ground as soon as we arrived I didn't see many home fans as there was double more away fans than than home. I bought a programme inside the ground and read that before the game.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bloomfield Road?

I knew what to expect because I've been to Bloomfield Road a number of times before, so I wasn't expecting much and that's what it delivered. I was surprised to see we were given the whole North Stand but as we got closer to kick off I could see why.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

With Bolton being backed by 2,500 vocal support the atmosphere was fantastic from us but it was rather quiet from the Blackpool sections, except when they scored. It was a fairly even affair in the first half but we took the lead on the stroke of half time when Proctor headed in a cross from the left to give us a half time lead. It was all Bolton second half but failed to score and Blackpool had two chances and they converted both of them which was very frustrating. It was looking like we were exiting the cup until Woolery latched onto a head-back he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home in the 90th minute it was complete delirium. We were feeling hopeful going into extra time but two well worked Blackpool goals in the second period sent us crashing out. The facilities were okay but when you have a large following like we did there is very little room to move in the concourse.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left the ground as soon as Blackpool scored their fourth goal so it was quite easy getting away from the ground as at that time of night the roads were almost completely deserted.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was okay. A fantastic atmosphere generated by the Bolton fans but sadly the players didn't seem to respond. If Bolton were to play Blackpool away again I would definitely go.

Blackpool v Exeter City
Football League Two
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

Exeter City fans welcome signWhy were you looking forward to visiting the Bloomfield Road Ground?

This was the first game of the season and  for the majority of Exeter supporters it was another new ground. It also promised to be a good day out or weekend away in some cases.

How easy was your journey and finding the Bloomfield Road Ground?

The journey to the ground was straight forward, bar a small accident on te motorway which delayed us for a while. As always I travelled up on the supporters coach, leaving Exeter at 6.30am arriving in Blackpool just before 1pm with. The coach dropped us off at the coach station opposite the ground

What did you do before the game, pub, chippy....home fans friendly?

Having pre-ordered my programme on the coach via a fellow Exeter supporter the rest of us took the short walk into Lytham Road where we first tried Old Bridge House, not to be recommended. We then moved to the New Albert which was a better pub and home/away fan friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end and then other sides?

From the outside Bloomfield Road looks good. Away fans are housed in one corner of the North Stand at one end. This stand is joined with the West and South Stands. The remaining East Stand on one side looks quite traditional.

View From The Away End

View From The Away End At Bloomfield Road

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments etc.

The game was a good match, with chances at both ends but we still went in at half time 1-0 down. Blackpool eventually went on to win 2-0. The atmosphere was good, with both sets of supporters singing, However the Blackpool fans were mainly protesting against their owner.The stewards were good and very low key. Refreshments were averagely priced, alcoholic beverages priced at £3.00. The toilets were also clean

Comments on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away afterwards, the coach was waiting where it dropped us off. As you'd expect, traffic is slow when leaving the ground but once back on the motorway it was easy going. We got back to Exeter at around 11.00pm

Attendance: 3,754 (Around 600-700 away fans)

Blackpool v Colchester United
Football League One
Saturday 9th April 2016, 3pm
Ben Wilkinson (Doing the 92)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting Bloomfield Road?

As my team Blackburn Rovers were playing away and I needed a football fix, I made a fairly impromptu decision to jump on the train to Blackpool to watch a relegation battle by the sea. I had never been to Bloomfield Road before so was glad to tick another ground off this year.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got the train into Blackpool North station (the main station in the town) and set off on what ended up a fair trek across Blackpool. As most trains from Manchester, Preston and Yorkshire end up at Blackpool North this would be where most fans arrive. The Bloomfield Road football ground was clearly visible from a fair distance away, which made it easy to spot without much help from Google Maps.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

As I arrived at Bloomfield Road at roughly 2pm there was not much for me to do but to get my ticket. I did have time to have a quick look in the club shop, but I found it rather cramped so I left fairly quickly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bloomfield Road?

The ground looks bigger that it actually is. The 'temporary' East Stand looks fairly well hidden away leaving the other three sides (with their filled in corners) looking more imposing. I took my seat directly behind the goal in the North Stand, with the Colchester fans seated just to the left of me.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was just as expected - a very poor affair. The first half was dire and produced little chances, although Colchester probably edged it and deserved to go into the break a goal up. I did not get the 'joy' of sampling the food and drink available as it turns out that Blackpool will not serve unaccompanied under 16s; even in the home areas! The second half was much better than the first, and produced a fairly scrappy goal to the away side in the first 15 minutes. The Colchester fans had travelled a long way and sang for the vast majority of the game, fair play to every single one of them. The only chant Blackpool fans sang was a fairly basic 'Oyston out', which the Colchester fans joined in with and outsang the Blackpool fans which I found amusing. As the game petered out to a close the Colchester fans left very happy with three points aiding them trying to beat the drop (yet again) with the locals bitterly disappointed at the team's performance that left them in the relegation zone.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was quite easy as I was on foot to the station, however I didn't see any traffic in Blackpool, probably helped by the low attendance.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a decent trip, although I can't complain about the fact it cost under a tenner to get there and watch the game. If I had a spare weekend I would definitely come again.

Blackpool v Bradford City
Football League One
Saturday 26th February 2016, 3pm
Liam (Bradford City fan)

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Finding the ground is easy as its on the main road into Blackpool, coming from the M55, so you drive right past it

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to the Manchester Bar which was on the sea front. It was full of Bradford City fans. The DJ helped raise the noise levels by playing all our songs. However the drinks were a little pricey.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of Bloomfield Road?

From the outside, Bloomfield Road looks very nice, modern, and of a good size. Upon entering its not so much the same. It looks a lot smaller than I had imagined from the outside and it is hard to believe that this was a Premiership ground not too long ago. The pitch itself was in poor condition, with what looked more sand showing than actual grass. The ball never rolled properly which made for a very boring match to watch. Due to the size of our following we were housed in part of the temporary stand on one side of the pitch. This stand is quite poor with a number of supporting pillars restricting your view. The stand itself looks and feels very cheap, however it did make for a good noise when the fans starting stamping the floor when chanting.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

On arrival at the stadium we had to joining a 10 minute queue just to get to the turnstiles as the stewards was only letting a small amount up to the turnstile at a time which seemed a bit pointless. Inside the small portacabin toilets seemed inadequate for our 3,000+ travelling fans. This resulted in long queues and overcrowding inside. The stewards were friendly enough. The atmosphere was good but mostly generated from the Bradford City fans. The Blackpool areas were relatively quiet, but with the Club in free fall at the moment, I guess you could understand this. 

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting out of the stand itself was time consuming as there was just one small exit to get rid of 3,000 fans so meant queuing again and people climbing over seats to try get out quicker.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good day out overall but I think many fans come here not just for the match but also to visit Blackpool itself. Bloomfield Road is a very average stadium to say the least and the place has the overall feeling of a Club on the decline.

Blackpool v Wigan Athletic
Championship League
28th February 2015, 3pm
Dutts (Wigan Athletic fan)

Why you were looking forward to going to Bloomfield Road?

A chance to win our first game for what seemed like a generation!

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Took the train to Blackpool North, Then bought from a local store outside the railway station, a day pass for buses and trams at the bargain price of £4.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Had a couple of beers and lunch at the Layton Rakes, a Wetherspoons in the town centre. It has bus stops located opposite and buses pass every five minutes going out towards Bloomfield Road.

What you thought on seeing Bloomfield Road, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Not been for years and the ground is effectively a new one. Very plastic, loads of home fans milling around outside the ground, no problems though.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The stewards I spoke with were brilliant, very polite and respectful, helpful too. Long queue for bovril at half time. It was a good job that I didn't want a pie, as they ran out very quickly! All temporary accommodation though, toilet facilities very poor and had to walk through all the smokers to get to the bar.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the game very slow getting out of the temporary stand. Only one way in and one way out, thankfully with a win we were all pretty patient. Wouldn't like to be amongst a mob leaving though.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We won the Championship here, that is the bottom of the table battle in the Championship so good memories really. Felt for the home fans, their ground echoes a complete lack of ambition, one of the smallest in the Championship and the pitch was worse than our local park pitches, virtually no grass at all. Blackpool were poor, had a go for about 30 mins but seemed to accept the inevitable, their fans too. Great day for an away trip, pubs, bars cafés in abundance.

Blackpool v Bristol City
Championship League
Saturday March 2nd 2013, 3pm
James Prentice (Neutral fan - Doing The 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I had up until now visited all of the Lancashire grounds bar Bloomfield Road and Morecambe’s Globe Arena (not counting Anfield, even though Liverpool was historically a part of Lancs) so I wanted to get closer to completing the rest of the county and of course the hallowed 92. I had wanted to visit Blackpool many years ago before the ground was redeveloped but alas the opportunity never quite materialised. So when a potential weekend came up I had a decision to make. I eventually plumped for Blackpool ahead of Morecambe (both were at home on the same day) and got a ticket organised. I have enjoyed visiting all of the other Lancashire grounds, given that the country has so many great clubs and history, and hoped that Bloomfield Road would be just as good a day out as others I’ve had in this part of the world.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

I had in the past tentatively looked at either a weekend away in Blackpool or a train journey, but my missus was never to keen on this particular seaside venue and visiting by rail would have meant an overnight stop anyway as it is impossible to get back to Lincoln after a Saturday match. So when my missus and her friend asked if I’d take them up to Ripon for a day out at a stately home I decided I could nip across and take in a game whilst they were busy. After driving to Ripon I headed across towards Skipton, then into east Lancs before eventually reaching the M55 and getting to Blackpool, with no problems encountered apart from a short hold up on the M6. I parked up about ten minutes from Bloomfield Road and there is plenty of on-street parking nearby – just don’t park in the direct vicinity of the ground as there are matchday restrictions in force.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

I didn’t have a great deal of time to spare before the game, so after parking up I made my way to the ground and went for the swiftest of pints at the Bloomfield Hotel, which whilst not a great pub was busy and had a mix of home and away fans. I had had a romantic idea of combining a pint, a stoll along the promenade and a fish supper before the game but alas I hadn’t arrived early enough to do so – maybe next time. After getting a programme, I did a lap of the ground and took a picture of the Stan Mortenson statue before entering Bloomfield Road.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My ticket was for the ‘new’ East Stand, which was erected after the club gain promotion to the Premier League in 2010 and replaced a smaller, uncovered structure. The stand is shared between the home and away fans unless the visiting team brings a big support and it’s fair to say that this stand isn’t the best I’ve ever been in, with a multitude of pillars in place. At £24 a ticket it felt like other and I had got a very raw deal and if I was a Blackpool regular I’d definitely want to sit elsewhere given the view and the poor facilities, which are just burger vans and portacabins at either side of the stand. I’d have liked to have gotten to Bloomfield Road before its wholesale renovation and remember being enthralled by pictures of the massive uncovered terrace where the North Stand now sits. Aside from the East Stand, the other three stands are enclosed and of a similar height and design. If they raise the necessary funds to build a permanent structure on the east side then Bloomfield Road will be a tidy ground, although something about it just made me feel as though the three permanent stands had been thrown up quickly/built on the cheap. I couldn’t help thinking that a bit more thought and care might have resulted in a nicer finish.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc... 

The game was, unfortunately, one of the worst I’ve seen in ages. I have seen more than my fair share of poor matches in recent times and this one almost eclipsed last season’s goalless encounter between Walsall and Rochdale in the borefest stakes. The only real chance of the game was when Bristol City’s Tom Heaton pulled off an outstanding point-blank save from Kirk Broadfoot’s header, although City to be fair did have a second half effort chalked off for offside. Neither side were able to pass to any great effect as the pitch had cut up badly over previous weeks and the teams opted for aerial balls in case the poor surface contributed to them giving away possession. I had a steak pie and a coffee as the game kicked off and these were fairly standard. Even more disappointing than the lack of quality on the pitch, however, was the stewarding. The stewards were fairly quiet in the home areas but almost seemed to be goading some of the City fans into kicking off with their obstructive behaviour. I know away fans tend to be more boisterous than home supporters and often have a bit more to drink, but most are just up for a laugh and a good day on the road with their team and if more stewards up and down the country focused on that then even more people might travel to matches.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

I hate to say this but I could not wait for the game to end such was the lack of quality on offer. The pitch didn’t help and both sides seemed content enough with a point, so I guess overall it wasn’t as bad as it first appeared. I made a dash dead on full time and was back on the road within ten minutes, speeding out of Blackpool back to pick up my missus and her friend before going home. My convoluted route to Blackpool meant I drove a whopping 416 miles over the course of the day, but at least I’d completed another ground!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Every club is different in their own unique and special way but sadly I found it difficult to like Blackpool. The town really isn’t the greatest and I found the ground to be a bit of a disappointment. However, the home fans backed their team throughout and considering how disappointing the game was their support was a big plus point. I have to say that the City fans also kept their spirits up throughout the game and I really hope they manage to retain their place in the Championship. Overall, I was pleased to have completed another new ground and even though I didn’t enjoy the day anywhere near as some on my travels I might give myself another chance to warm to Blackpool at some point in the future. Next time though I think I will stay over, as I can’t be doing with a drive like that again!

Blackpool v Cardiff City
Championship League
Saturday January 19th 2013, 5.15pm
Nathan Walker (Cardiff City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Being in University in Preston this was the closest away game for me and a chance to see Cardiff City strengthen their grip at the top. Also Bloomfield Road has always looked like a good away day so decided to make the short trip across Lancashire. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Journey was straight forward. Got the train from Preston to Blackpool South. As you get off the train walk to the top of the station. Across the road there are steps going down into a massive car park and the ground is clearly visible. Just a 10-15 minute walk across the car park and you are outside the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I met up with some friends in the Manchester bar on the Blackpool seafront. It was a lovely pub, filled with away fans, the beer was quite expensive but expected in todays football. The ground is just a short walk away through one of many side streets, there are plenty of fans about to point you in the right direction. The home fans although not loud are very friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground itself looked good as you would expect but the away end is absolutely woeful compared to the rest. It is like a throwback to the days of Ninian Park so for some it might be a welcome return to the olden days but compared to the other stands it does look out of place. Some poor guy fell through the stand as well so be careful.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was scrappy largely due to the awful pitch. Cardiff took the lead through Kim Bo Kyung in the 54th minute before Blackpool equalised a few minutes later. But just after that, Tommy Smith scored the eventual winner for Cardiff making them go ten points clear. The atmosphere from the away end was fantastic (late kick off + Blackpool = 2000 very drunk Welshmen) but the home fans were disappointing, only making noise for their goal. The facilities were poor but for an old stand it was expected, but no beer which was a let down. The stewards were fine.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy, you come out of the away end and into the coach area where the police are on hand to tell you any other routes. For me it was around the petrol station and then into the massive car park and over to the station. After the game there was even time for a Blackpool v Cardiff snowball fight on each side of the road. Nice to see some friendly banter between the fans and everyone seemed to enjoy it. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A nice day out. A friendly pub beforehand, easily accessible ground, 3 points and a good laugh. Would definitely do Blackpool again and can see why people make a weekend of it.


Blackpool v Nottingham Forest
Championship League
Saturday October 22nd 2011, 3pm
Joseph Burns (Nottingham Forest fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
Blackpool away has always been a game that I’ve wanted to do but had never managed it. So when the fixtures came out in the summer this was the second fixture (after Derby) that I looked for. I’d heard that it’s best to make a weekend of an away day with this one so I booked a B&B and took my wife and nine-year-old-stepson. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to Blackpool was easy enough, stopping off at a motorway services to find fellow Forest fans there, which always gives me a buzz. We parked up in a car park right next to the ground which was massive so for people going to the game and leaving straight afterwards there’s no better place, it was a longer walk to our accommodation than to the ground. Bloomfield Road is very central and whilst we stumbled upon it rather than know where we were going I’d say it wouldn’t be too difficult for people to find.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
We checked into our B&B (the Danescourt) and headed out about 1pm to find somewhere to eat/have a drink. The centre of Blackpool is about a 10 minute walk from the ground with loads of cafes/chippies/pubs that welcome away fans. We stopped in a place called the Foxhall cafe for something to eat – one of many places serving fish and chips, hot dogs, toasties etc. Closer to the ground there’s a Wetherspoons that allowed away fans in but it was very busy. Most other pubs in the vicinity were home fans only apart from the Old Bridge House on Lytham Road - a couple of minutes from the ground. This place was away fans only and had a nice friendly relaxed atmosphere. They had the football on the big screens and was child friendly.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
Three sides of the ground have been completely rebuilt in the last few years and from the outside looks really impressive. The away end is the one part that still needs to be rebuilt. Currently a temporary stand (albeit a good one), we were housed on one side of it, with the remainder being on this occassion unused (apparently it is used for Blackpool fans when necessary). Once inside you find an intimate venue which looks great (this might be different though if you were in another part of the ground and looking on at the temporary stand that we were sitting in!)

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Seeing your team win away from home with ten men is always a pleasurable experience so I loved the game. Forest fans were there en masse and we made a lot of noise, whilst the Blackpool fans made hardly any. Stewards were friendly and allowed the Forest fans to stand throughout the game. This allowed us to create a great atmosphere but obviously created a problem for shorter people, my stepson had to stand on his seat for 90 minutes although he didn’t seem to mind. When we scored the whole stand shook! Being a temporary structure facilities for away fans were limited. Portakabin toilets and a couple of kiosks selling pies and drinks is the all that’s there. No alcohol is on sale.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Having only one exit we did have to wait a while to get out although after a win all Forest fans were in great spirits and didn’t seem to mind. Blackpool is full of places to go at night for adults but for people with kids there’s the Manchester family bar and a huge family pub on the central pier.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Brilliant, can’t wait to go back. Blackpool’s a great town to visit. Make a weekend of it. 

 

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Updated 7th September 2016

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