Blackburn Rovers – Ewood Park

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Ewood Park blackburnPrior to their relegation in 2012, Ewood Park was the oldest home to a Premier League club, having opened in 1882.

It is an all seater multi-sports facility with a capacity of 31,400, and is home to Blackburn Rovers FC.

Jack Walker took over as chairman in 1991 and invested heavily in Ewood Park. By early 1994, the two-tiered Blackburn and Darwen End stands, behind the goals, had been opened. The Jack Walker Stand, on the site of the old Nuttall Street Stand was completed for the 1994-95 season. Away fans are housed at the Darwen End, occupying the whole upper tier and part of the lower tier.

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How to get to Ewood Park

By Road:
ewood park directionsEwood Park is located in Nuttall Street, Blackburn, Lancashire BB2 4JF.

Drivers headed from the North are advised to leave the M6 at junction 30, following the M61 as far as junction 9. Exit onto the M65 towards Blackburn exiting onto the A666 at junction 4 and following the signage for Blackburn.

From the South, M6 junction 29 is recommended, exiting onto the M65 towards Blackburn. Turn right at the first set of lights and the stadium is located on the right after about a mile.


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By Rail:
blackburn train stationThe nearest railway stations are Blackburn (1½ miles) and Mill Hill, within less than a mile of the ground, with connections from Manchester Victoria and Preston. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Blackpool International airport is approximately 23 miles from Ewood Park, while Manchester International is within 30 miles. Both offer convenient rail links to Blackburn. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Blackburn that can take you to and from the stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Blackburn Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

blackburn fc parkingOn-street parking near Ewood Park is restricted and nearby roads closed for up to an hour after a match.
Various private car parks are available around the ground, at reasonable rates. Perhaps the best option for a quick exit is to go down the A666 hill, passing a garage on the left and turning right at the first set of traffic lights. In this area several industrial units offer cheap parking.

Away Friendly Pubs near Ewood Park

pubs near ewood park stadiumThe majority of pubs in the immediate vicinity of Ewood Park are strictly “home only” and should be avoided by visiting fans. The White Bull, on Livesey Branch Road is away friendly, with a reportedly excellent atmosphere and good range of beers on offer.

The Fernhurst Arms on the Bolton Road is the traditional “away” pub, located opposite the Darwen end of the stadium. It is spacious, with a good restaurant to the rear and a large screen with Sky and Setanta sports. Parking is also available, but departure will be delayed due to road closures (see above).

For fans arriving at Mill Hill station, the Navigation is only a 5- minute walk away. Turn left on exiting the station and the pub is on the right near the bridge over the canal. It reportedly offers a good mix of home and away supporters.

Hotels near Ewood Park

holiday inn express burnleyAlthough some 10 miles from Ewood Park, the Holiday Inn Express Burnley, 55 Pendle Way, Burnley BB12 0TJ has attracted excellent reviews from visitors. This modern hotel, situated in the Pennine hills, enjoys excellent transport links. Free on-site parking is available.

macdonald tickled trout hotelThe Macdonald Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston New Rd, Samlesbury, Preston, PR5 0UJ, is situated just off junction 31 of the M6, some 7 miles from Ewood Park and about a mile from Preston railway station. With a 4-star rating, its guest reviews have been encouraging and appears to provide value for money. Free one-site parking is available.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Ewood Park?

away fans blackburnMost fans have reported enjoying their day at Ewood Park, finding it easy for travel and excellent value for money. Numerous fans have remarked on the friendly, relaxed atmosphere inside the ground. However, many commented that the lack of a “full house” detracted somewhat from the atmosphere.

The facilities provided have been described as above average, though several visitors noted the extremely cramped concourse and lengthy queues at half time. Another major complaint from visiting fans is barely adequate legroom, due to the lack of space between the rows of seats.

Your comments about Blackburn Rovers – Ewood Park


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  1. David

    I made the trip to Ewood park for the Arsenal away gave two years back.

    The journey is lenghty, made all the worse by the M6 around Stoke, which always seems to be a major problem, but as per always with British motorway infrastructure, there is no logical explanation why!

    We parked in a retail park, pretty much opposite the ground, in the McDonalds car park. Probably not to be advised but we got away with it. It was free, convenient and as we arrived at 2.50pm, was our only real option!

    The ground itself is ‘okay’. Atmosphere is good.

    We didn’t get a chance for pre match pint.

    We ended up in a pub after, whose name eludes me, but if I recall correctly was close to the ground. It was friendly and welcoming without being packed to the walls.

    We then went to the chinese takeaway for food afterwards, and ended up answering the telephone for them giving the locals banter!

    A god day out, just be prepared for a lenghty drive!


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  3. Tony (blackburn)

    I wouldn’t recommend parking on the Mc Donalds carpark opposite Ewood Park as David the Arsenal fan did,as clamping now takes place on match days.Nor would i recommend parking on nearby side roads as most are resident parking with badges and police monitor these during the game.
    Their are numerous carparks on the small ind estates on Branch Rd and off Livsey Branch Rd,and on the large carpark opposite the Ewood Arms on Bolton Rd most charge £3-£4.
    The Fernhurst on Bolton Rd is the traditional away fans pub which on match days has a marque on the carpark with outdoor bars and food outlets.There are several other eateries inc bakers and chinese take aways along Bolton Rd.Most other pubs are home fans only
    .But the bars in the ground are open to away fans,unlike Villa,and the prices aren’t to bad compared to other grounds and you can get one or two pint glasses,wine bottles or spirits.


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  5. Jon

    Easy way to park for free the adjacent to the Golden Cup P.H. just off the Bolton Road (A666) When you come off the M65 follow the signs to Ewood Park you turn right at the ‘T’ Junction. Then first left after you go under the M65 with the Golden Cup P.H. to your right. It’s a long road with roads off it too. Park a good hour before kick off as it is very popular. Also free parking at the Golden Cup if you have a drink there.


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  7. Damian Pearce

    i would recommend the fernhurst pub to every toon fan as it is owned by toon fans the party tent is the place to be before the game at ewood i shall be there this weekend and really cant wait howay the lads!!


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  9. Stu

    12th Feb 2011, Ferhurst Pub, chocca block with Toon fans before the game, inside and out. Asked a steward at the ground where else to go for a drink. He pointed behind the McDonalds but said, “yer might not be very welcome though” Decided to go into the ground to watch the early kick off. That was boring. Grounds ok, bit old, but ok, severe lack of atmosphere in the home 3/4’s due to the lack of support, but amongst the Toon fans fantastic atmosphere. At final whistle everybody just rushes off as quickly as possible. Plenty of cheap parking on Branch road to the south of the ground


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  11. Jon Donaldson

    As a Burnley fan not recommended for away trips. We set off from Turf Moor 3 hours before kick off and was ushered into the ground straight away.

    Atmosphere was good from Burnley fans as it was a local derby, and we couldn’t wait for kick off. I didn’t buy anything because I didn’t want to pump money into local rivals. Although I think a pint of Carlsberg was £2.80.

    The atmosphere was electric at kick off and all the way through the game it continued. The game itself was dire from a Clarets perspective as we got beat 3-2. I was surprised at it being a local derby, the segregation wasn’t brilliant, these are our main rivals and although there was a line of police dividing the two sets of supporters, one Blackburn fan could almost touch a fellow Burnley fan as he tried to cause trouble and he wasn’t the only one. The Police didn’t do alot to prevent this.

    Our trip back was as boring as the game as we were locked in for another hour and then let out to go home.


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  13. Kieran Foynes

    Good ground, not very good atmosphere went there this season took 7000 on a wednesday night, outsang them all game but decent food an drink in the ground with reasonable prices stewards were sound let us stand all game, When they went 1 nil up they wer tryna wind us up which failed. Al together a decent night out although we lost 3-1.


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  15. martin

    I visited ewood park in the 2010/11 season for the newcastle game. It was my first premier league away game and I thoroughly enjoyed every aspaect of the day. The atmosphere in the stadium was excellent although the newcastle fans probably made most of the noise. Nice little stadium! Lookin forward to coming back this season!!!


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  17. bob skinner

    went in the ferhurst before wolves game was charged £2 to enter the pub and had to wait about 15 minutes to get served although there was a bar outside the wait to get served was even longer would recomend going straight into the ground you get served easier and the price of a pint is only 10 pence dearer


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  19. Daniel Buck

    Have to say the overall experiance wasent that great. Took ages to park because everywhere was blocked off. The one pub full of United fans didnt allow kids in and the match itself was a bore draw which cost us the title. There were hardly any Blackburn fans which was surprising seen as most teams at least manage a sell out when united come. The Rovers fans who were there celebrated a 0-0 draw like they had won the FA Cup. The police kept us in at the end (allthough not for long) . All the people on the street were selling United flags and scarves and there was hardley anywhere at all to get something to eat, not the best away trip ive been on.


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  21. Mac

    Been to Ewood Park about a dozen times and it never grows old for me. Obviously being a Newcastle fan we don’t always get the result we desire but aside from that it’s a decent away. Unlike the Boltons and Wigans of this league, Ewood Park isn’t in the middle of a shopping centre and feels like a traditional English ground.

    The traffic is a nightmare getting up that bank towards the motorway but then this is the case at every ground in the country. Parked in the carpark outside the ground and the guy in the black & white striped jumper and Swag bag took £10 (TEN) to park. Slightly steep but what can you do?

    The ground itself is canny. One stand to the right of the Darwen End (Away end) is older than the other 3 stands and seems to house the OAP’s and fair weather fans. The atmosphere is, in a work, diabolical. Odd groups of teenage Blackburn fans shouting obscenities but that’s all part and parcel.

    The leg room at the seats is pretty tight (Maybe that’s me being a fat Geordie) and have found myself with Darwen End shin everytime I’ve left from scraping against the chair of whoever’s unfortunate enough to have me screaming in their ear for 90 minutes.

    The beer’s wet, which is all you want and only a few pence dearer than in the Fernhurst pub opposite the ground. Very little tribalism in Blackburn so not likely to encounter many idiots looking to spoil your trip.

    I guess to summarise, it’s a good away day and to make things better, they’re a poor side now so you might see your club win.


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  23. andy

    sorry to tell all the away fans,but the furnhurst is now under a new brewery and will not allow away fans in.no doubt its something to do with the venkys,as they are killing everything else around the club.


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  25. Michal

    I visited Ewood Park for the first time last night. Arrived in a coach, bit of traffic at the M65 junction. We parked the coach behind Darwen End along with several other United fans – 7,000 in total. Because of that, everyone felt very comfortable with wearing our colours. Thought concourse was very good, queues were one of the shortest I’ve seen. Stewards were relaxed, everybody moved around, no trouble. Legroom was adequate, although I stood for 90 minutes. Atmosphere was rather poor, it took the crowd 45 minutes to wake up (Rovers won a corner). Home fans were rather polite, only one man took the piss out of Evra’s wayward cross (got up from his Riverside Stand seat, came to the ad boards, and made an impression of someone falling down). After the game, we went to coaches and left pretty quickly.
    Cracking away day, hope Rovers stay up purely because of that tbh


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  27. nathan

    went there this year must say it was a long journey up from the midlands.but when we got there we got a police escort which was nice . villa had 3200 fans that day . the fernhurst wasnt open which was a disopointment but there was a mc donalds down the road from the away end which made up for it.

    inside the ground the concourse is small and crampted and when i got to my seat there was very little leg room.the home fans create a good atmosphere but when the villa scored it was like a libary.

    overall a good day out but the one thing i would say is be prepared for a lenthy journey if your coming from london and the south

    up the villaaaaa!!!!!!!!!


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  29. alan

    went to blackburn against birmingham 10/11/2012 told to go to the fernhurst for good drink and good laugh managed to get in but no longer a football pub. cant believe witnessed over 100 peop[le being turned away whilst we sat in an empty pub, cant believe they can afford to turn away custom .


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  31. Garny

    The Fernhurst closed its doors to ‘football’ supporters in April 2012. It was taken over by Hungry Horse and is now an eatery type establishment. Away fans are no longer welcome or allowed access on match days. The Golden Cup, Bolton Road, Blackburn is now recommended.


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  33. Andy....Boro fan

    Great day out at Blackburn (2/11/13). Visited the Navigation pub, before and after the game. Excellent hosts and people in there. Good beer with a friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended for good access to and from the stadium.
    Asked for directions after the game and a couple of home fans virtually took us to the pub which was very helpful, so thank you to them. Definitely use again for next visit.

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