Bloomfield Road, named after the road on which its main entrance used to stand, has been the home of Blackpool F.C. since 1899.
In the early 2000s, the South and West Stands were demolished to make way for new stands.
The West Stand was replaced by the new Sir Stanley Matthews Stand, the ground’s main stand. Delays in the construction of a new South Stand reduced the capacity of the stadium to an all-seated 9,650, a problem that was hastily resolved due to Blackpool’s promotion to the Premier League, and after playing their first two games of the season away from home, the new four-sided Bloomfield Road, with a capacity of 16,700 opened it’s doors for Premier League Football with a 2-2 draw against Fulham on 28th August 2010.
How to get to Bloomfield Road
The Bloomfield Road Stadium is located at Seasiders Way, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 6JJ.
Drivers travelling to Bloomfield Road from both North and South are advised to follow the M6 as far as junction 32, exiting onto the M55 towards Blackpool. After about 13 miles, pick up the A5230 as far as the first roundabout, taking the 2nd exit onto Yeadon Way. At the second roundabout (about 2 miles), take the 2nd exit onto Parkinson Way.
Having passed through one roundabout, turn right into Waterloo Road, left into Central Drive and left again into Seasiders Way. The ground is situated on the left.
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The nearest railway station is Blackpool South, a 10-minute walk from the ground. However, Blackpool North station, about 2 miles from Bloomfield Road is served by more trains. Visiting fans arriving at Blackpool North are advised to take a taxi to the ground or the regular no. 11 bus from the bus station opposite. Click here to check the current train timetables
Blackpool International Airport is located within a few minutes of the town centre, with excellent public transport links. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Blackpool that can take you to and from Bloomfield Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
There is limited on-street parking near the ground, but the large, reasonably-priced pay and display car parks near the ground are recommended. Visitors should note that, unlike many, these car parks continue to charge after 6 p.m. and several away fans have picked up parking tickets.
Away Friendly Pubs near Bloomfield Road
Many visiting fans have recommended Blackpool town centre for away friendly pubs. Recommended venues include The Auctioneer, near Blackpool South station, serving cheap beer and excellent food, and The Albert and the Lion, a Wetherspoons pub near to the Tower. A little closer to the ground, The Swift Hound pub, in Festival Park offers a great atmosphere, with home and away fans mixing freely.
For families, The Waterloo is recommended. It is comfortable and friendly, with large-screen Sky TV and serves good, reasonably-priced food. There is a working men’s club, known as the No. 1 Bar, adjacent to the away entrance. Away fans are welcome and will be admitted on payment of a small fee.
Hotels near Bloomfield Road
The Best Western Big Blue, Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool FY4 1ND is located within 2 miles of the city centre, near the entrance to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It has received excellent guest reviews with regard to condition, facilities, service and value for money. All rooms feature televisions with DVD players, complimentary wireless Internet access and tea / coffee making facilities. Free on-site parking is available.
The 4-star Hilton Blackpool, North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2JQ may appeal to visitors for whom budget is not a consideration. Situated on the North Promenade, just a mile from the town centre, recent renovations have led to this hotel receiving top marks from visitors. All rooms are air-conditioned, while facilities include indoor pool, steam room and sauna.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Bloomfield Road?
The major disappointment previously reported by fans visiting Bloomfield road was the lack of a South Stand. The temporary East Stand offered only the most basic facilities and left supporters exposed to the elements. Thankfully this is no longer a concern, and the leg room is reported as satisfactory and the view of play is generally good.
However, numerous visitors have reported that the East Stand is very cold and blinding sunlight can impede the view. Many away fans have also found the atmosphere within the ground poor, with very little noise from the home fans. On the plus side, visitors have reported the limited facilities to be clean and tidy, with club staff and stewards offering an excellent, helpful welcome.