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Wigan Athletic FC
DW Stadium

Capacity: 25,023 (all seated)
Address: Loire Drive, Wigan, WN5 0UZ
Main Telephone No: 01942 774 000
Fax No: 01942 770 477
Ticket Office: 0871 663 3552
Pitch Size: 110 x 60 metres
Team Nickname: Latics
Year Ground Opened: 1999
Undersoil Heating: Yes

Shirt Sponsors: Intersport
Home Kit Colours: Blue and White
Away Kit Colours: Yellow and Blue
Kit Manufacturers: MiFit
Official Web Sites:
www.wiganlatics.co.uk
www.dwstadium.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
The Cockney Latic

This Northern Soul


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Contents
What's The DW Stadium Like?
External View (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
South Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Boston Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
By Train
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Ground Layout
Programme & Fanzine
Fixtures 2014-2015

Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
Springfield Park
Hotel Accommodation
DW Stadium Location Map


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What's The DW Stadium Like?

The DW Stadium was opened in 1999 after the Club moved from its former home of Springfield Park, where it had been in residence since the Club's formation in 1932. The DW is a functional stadium but overall it has somewhat of a bland look. In fact I would say that it looks more interesting from the outside from a distance than it does within. The four separate stands are of roughly the same height and are all single tiered. They are also quite steep meaning that fans are sat quite close to the playing action, although this is mitigated a little by the fact that the stands themselves are set back a fair distance from the pitch perimeter.

Both the side stands have large supporting steel frameworks visible above their roofs, whilst oddly both ends are different, having the steel framework located below the roof line. Unusually for a modern stadium, it does seem to be lacking in the number of corporate areas and executive boxes. There is an electric scoreboard above the Boston (East) Stand, on one side of the ground.

The stadium was originally named the JJB Stadium under a sponsorship deal was lasted for 10 years. This was replaced by a new deal in August 2009, which saw the stadium being renamed the DW Stadium in partnership with DW Sports Fitness.
The stadium is also shared with Wigan Warriors Rugby League club.

Of interest outside the ground is Robins Park, where Wigan play their reserve games and athletics meetings are held. There is quite a sizeable stand on one side of the Park, which was better than a lot that I have seen at other grounds around the country.

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DW Stadium - External View


  DW Stadium External view

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?

Away fans are located in the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where up to 5,400 visiting supporters can be accommodated. The stadium is functional and the facilities adequate, but it just seems to lack something, to give it that memorable feeling. The view of the playing action and leg room are generally adequate. To the left of the away section is where the singing Wigan fans tend to congregate, who are aided by a drummer. The public address within the stadium is particularly loud, none so when 'I'm a Believer' by the Monkees is blasted out just as the teams get ready to kick off.

The concourses are spacious and the facilities are good. There are screens showing the early kick off game and a betting outlet. Food on offer includes a range of Hollands Pies, including Chunky Steak, Meat & Potato and a Cheese Pie (all 2.30). There were also Herta Hot Dogs (2.60). The stewards were generally helpful and relaxed.

Scott Carpenter a visiting Newcastle fan adds; 'the concourses seemed too small for the large amount of away fans attending on my visit, which led to it being rather uncomfortably crowded at half time'. Pat Bird a visiting West Bromwich Albion fan informs me; I was very impressed with the price to get in (20), for a seat right behind the goal. The end given over to visitors was steeply banked with generous leg room. So far so good, however, I would have to agree with the comments of the Newcastle fan. It was an almighty struggle to get through to the loos at half-time. The concourse and toilet areas did not seem adequate to cope with a large away following. We parked in the car park behind the visitors end, which was fine, however, it took an age to get away after the match. For anyone visiting the DW you could do worse than have a meal after the match in one of the nearby restaurants before heading for home. Within 100 metres of the ground there is a Franky & Bennys, an Indian restaurant and a number of other establishments'. Directly behind the away end there a Fish & Chip restaurant (which also has a takeaway) called Sharpy's.

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South Stand


  South Stand

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Where To Drink?
Simon Wright a visiting West Bromwich Albion fan informs me; 'Beside the away turnstiles is an entrance to the large indoor Marquee Bar, specifically for the use of away fans. It has the usual bar, big screen television and sells pies, as well as teas and coffees. It's a great comfortable facility and welcomes families.' I was particularly impressed with this facility and with a stage on one side and low lighting, I was almost waiting for the dancers to emerge! However on my last visit the queues to get served were quite long eventhough there wasn't a particularly large away following in attendance. Otherwise the traditional pub for away fans visiting the DW stadium is the Red Robin, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground opposite the Cinema Complex.

The centre of town is about a 20 minute walk away where you will find a Wetherspoons outlet called the 'Moon Under Water' which was popular with away supporters on my last visit. Also worth a visit is the award winning 'Anvil' pub, which is located next to the bus station. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Also worth a mention is the Berkeley on Wallgate (near the railway station). This fair sized pub, had a good mix of home and away supporters on my last visit, serves five ever changing real ales and shows Sky Sports on a huge screen. Otherwise alcohol is available inside the stadium. Andrew MacGregor adds; 'The Swan and Railway pub opposite North Western railway station was very welcoming. They encouraged us to put our Reading flag up in the window and were very pleasant to us all'.

On the concourse alcohol is available in the form of draught Worthingtons and Carling (both 3.20 a pint). There are two counters serving beer and to try and bring some the order, at the largest one there is a queuing system in force which is overseen by the stewards. Plus there is a limit of buying two pints per person, so can you can get served relatively quickly compared to some other grounds. My only slight gripe is that no food is served from these outlets, meaning that you have to queue up again at a different counter for that. On occassions where the away end is sold (or almost sold out) then the Marquee Bar is opened at half time too.

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Boston Stand


Boston (East) Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
From The South:
Leave the M6 to Junction 25 then take the A49 to Wigan. After around two and a half  miles you should pass a junction on your left with the A577 and then approach a large roundabout, that has a McDonalds on the right hand side. Continue straight on but keep in the left lane and then at the lights
(with the SCS Sofa and Bed store in front) take the left hand filter lane by the large Asda superstore towards Robin Park. Currently there is a new housing development on the left which has some handy street parking. Otherwise continue straight on passing the Red Robin pub on your right. At the next roundabout go straight across and at the next traffic lights turn right into stadium way for the ground and car parks.

From The North:
Leave the M6 at Junction 26 and follow the signs for Wigan town centre along the A577. After around two miles you will pass an Aldi store on your left before reaching a large a roundabout (which is the junction with the A49). K
eep in the left lane and then at the lights (with the SCS Sofa and Bed store in front) take the left hand filter lane by the large Asda superstore towards Robin Park. Then as From South above.

Paul Heywood adds; 'I would recommend that away supporters, travelling from the South, should come off at Junction 26 (see From The North) as there are often queues from Junction 25 towards the stadium.

Map showing the location of DW Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: WN5 0UZ

Car Parking:
There is a large car park at the stadium, specifically for the use of away supporters, which costs 5 per car or motorbike, 10 for mini buses and 20 for coaches. As you may expect though, there is sometimes quite a delay in getting out of this car park after the game, especially if there has been a larger than normal crowd in attendance. Make sure though that you avoid parking on the nearby Retail Park, as parking there is restricted to two hours and I have been informed of a number of fans who have ended up getting parking tickets (50) because of this.

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Springfield Stand


Springfield (West) Stand

If anyone can provide me with a photo of the North Stand then please email me.

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By Train
Wigan's central railway stations (Wigan North Western & Wallgate stations) are a good 20 minute walk from the ground. So either take a taxi, or break up the journey with a few pub stops on the way!

On exiting Wigan North Railway Station turn left and go down the road heading under a railway bridge. On leaving Wallgate station turn right and go down the road passing Wigan North station on your left and then proceed under the railway bridge. It is a fairly straight walk along Robin Park Road passing the Jacobs Well Pub (at Wigan Pier) on your left, which is okay for away supporters. When you reach the Seven Stars hotel, you should be able to see the stadium over on your right. Either at the Seven Stars Hotel turn right and follow the locals on a shortcut along a canal to the stadium, or take the next road on the right.

Adam Hodson adds; 'I caught the train to Wigan Wallgate, crossed the road in between the two stations and I jumped on the 621 First Manchester Bus which dropped me off outside the Red Robin Pub. I then had a short 3-4 Minute walk from the Bus stop to the stadium. Bus No 600, a more Frequent service, runs up to Robin Park Roundabout from the two stations, It's about a 5-10 Minute walk from the roundabout to 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 logo below:

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Local Rivals
Manchester City, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers & Burnley.

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Admission Prices
Common with most Clubs, Wigan operate a category system (A & B) for matches whereby tickets cost more for the most popular matches (category A). Category B prices are shown below in brackets.

East & West Stands (Centre)

Adults 22 (17)
Over 65's 17 (B 12)
Under 16's 12 (7)

All areas of the stadium:
Adults 20 (15)
Over 65's 15 (10)
Under 16's 10 (5)

Juniors can obtain a further discount on the concession price in the home areas, providing that they first become Club members.

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Ground Layout


DW Stadium Wigan Layout

For a stadium plan showing the individual block numbers then visit the
Mayfair Global Events website. Please note they are NOT connected to the Club.

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Programme & Fanzine
Official Programme: 3
Cockney Latic Fanzine: 1

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

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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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Record & Average Attendance
At the DW Stadium:
25,133 v Manchester United
Premier League, May 11th 2008.


At Springfield Park:
27,526 v Hereford United 
FA Cup 2nd Round, December 12th, 1953.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 15,177 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 19,359 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 18,634 (Premier League)

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Fans Reviews Of The DW Stadium

Josh Grainger (Leeds United) 5/4/14
Cameron Ormerod (Bolton Wanderers) 15/12/13
Alex Royal (Middlesbrough) 25/8/13
Matthew Jackson (Newcastle United) 17/3/13
Chris Henry (Sunderland) 19/1/13

Matty Atkinson (Sunderland) 19/1/13
Paul R (Arsenal) 22/12/12
Dom Bickerton (Stoke City) 31/3/12
Robert Allen (Manchester City) 16/1/12
Elliot Guthrie (Arsenal) 3/12/11
Zac Cohen (West Ham United) 15/5/11
Patrick Burke (Everton) 30/01/10

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Springfield Park

Before moving to the then called JJB Stadium in 1999, Wigan played their football for over 100 years at Springfield Park. Enjoy some photos and historical information about the former football ground and learn about the 'famous' grassy bank end in the Old Football Grounds Section.

Hotel Accommodation
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 DW Stadium.

Access their Wigan 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 Location of the DW Stadium, Railway Stations and listed Pubs


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


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Last Updated: 1 September 2014