Capacity: 25,023 (all seated)
|What's The DW
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
Programme & Fanzine
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
DW Stadium Location Map
|What's The DW Stadium Like?|
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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
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:
Map showing the location of DW Stadium (at the bottom of this page).
Post Code for SAT NAV: WN5 0UZ
If anyone can provide me
with a photo of the North Stand then please email
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 thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
|Manchester City, Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers & Burnley.|
|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.
a stadium plan showing the individual block
numbers then visit the
|Programme & Fanzine|
Cockney Latic Fanzine: £1
|Wigan Athletic fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).|
|For 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 JJB 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.
2012-2013: 19,359 (Premier League)
2011-2012: 18,634 (Premier League)
2010-2011: 16,812 (Premier League)
|Fans Reviews Of The DW Stadium|
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Last Updated: 10 January 2014