Wigan Athletic – DW Stadium

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jjb stadiumThe DW Stadium, formally known as The JJB Stadium was completed in August 1999, at a build cost of £30 million, replacing Wigan’s previous Springfield Park ground, where they had played for close to 70 years.

It was renamed as the DW Stadium in August 2009 after their chairman and benefactor Dave Whelan, following the collapse of JJB Sports, who the stadium was previously named after.

It is an all-seater arena with a capacity of 25,135, in four single-tier stands. The North Stand, behind the goal, is usually allocated to away fans, though if away support is small, visiting supporters may find the North Stand closed, with alternative seating offered.

The stadium also has facilities and access for up to 300 disabled fans, with facilities for partially sighted fans. The pitch contains a small amount of synthetic material for improved durability.

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How to get to the DW Stadium

By Road:
dw stadium directionsThe DW Stadium is located at Stadium Way, Robin Park, Newtown, Wigan WN5 0UZ.

Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M6 at junction 27, turning left at the end of the slip road. Turn right at the T-junction (signed “Shevington”) and turn left after about a mile into Old Lane (signed “B5375 Standish Lower-Ground”). Follow this winding country road for 2 miles. At the traffic lights, turn right into Scot Lane and first left into Stadium Way.

Away fans arriving from the South should exit the M6 at junction 25, turning left at the end of the slip road onto the A49 towards Wigan. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout, continuing on the A49 for just over a mile, to the Saddle roundabout. Take the first exit (signed “Standish A49″) into Robin Park Road, passing the Asda superstore. Follow signage for the JJB stadium. The map below can provide driving directions from all UK locations and is useful for finding car parking facilities and suitable pubs near the DW Stadium.

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By Rail:
wigan train stationWigan’s North Western & Wallgate stations are virtually opposite each other. Both are a 30-minute walk to the stadium, and many visiting fans suggest a bus or taxi to the ground. The No. 600 bus runs to the Robin Park roundabout, which is within a 5-10 minute walk of the ground. On exiting the station, turn left from Wigan North Western station and right from Wallgate station, proceeding under the railway bridge. Follow Robin Park Road as far as the Seven Stars hotel (the stadium is visible), turn right and right again to reach the ground. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Manchester International is the nearest airport to the JJB Stadium, at a distance of some 25 miles. There are frequent, direct train connections from the airport to both of Wigan’s main stations, with a journey time of about 75 minutes. Visiting fans should use Wigan North Western station for the return trip to the airport. Click here to check the current flight times

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

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

Where to Park?

dw stadium parkingVisiting supporters must resist the temptation to park in the nearby Robin Retail Park, B & Q and Asda car parks. Numerous fans have reported getting parking tickets or having their vehicles clamped in these areas. The DW Stadium has 3 public car parks (Car Parks 2 and 5 are reserved), which provide ample parking. Car Park 4, accessed via Frith Street, next to B & Q, is free, but fills early and is generally closed an hour before kick-off. Car Parks 1 (Visitors) and 3 (behind the East Stand) provide reasonably priced parking. However, there are inevitably delays in exiting the on-site car parks, particularly if the crowd is large.

Away Friendly Pubs near the DW Stadium

pubs near dw stadiumMany visiting fans have reported that The Swan & Railway, opposite the Wigan North Western station is a “home only” pub, best avoided by visitors. Also in Wigan town centre, The Anvil, next to the bus station, has received several recommendations from away supporters. The Moon Under Water is also popular with visiting fans.

For those energetic to make the 30-mnute walk to the ground, there are a couple of recommended watering holes en route. The Orrell, at Wigan pier, is reported to offer a friendly welcome, whilst offering a good range of beers and food. The Jacobs Well Pub, in the same area, is also recommended. The “traditional” pub for away fans is the Red Robin, just a few minutes walk away from the ground, opposite the Cinema Complex. Inside the ground, the Marquee Bar is reserved for away fans.

Hotels near the DW Stadium

britannia hotel wiganThe 3-star Britannia Hotel, Almond Brook Road, Standish, Wigan WN6 0SR provides value for money accommodation in a quiet location near junction 27 of the M6, about 3 miles from the DW. Guests have remarked upon modern facilities including an air conditioned gym and indoor swimming pool. Additionally, ample free parking is provided. ramada bolton

The Ramada Bolton, Manchester Rd, Blackrod BL6 5RU has received excellent guest reviews for facilities, service, food an overall value for money. Within 4½ miles of the DW, this stylish, modern hotel is ideally located close to M61, M62, M65 and M6 motorways.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the DW Stadium?

away fans wiganMost visiting fans appear to have enjoyed visiting the DW Stadium, though certain aspects of the ground have received mixed reviews. Away supporters have been almost universally impressed by the modern looks of the ground. The North Stand has received many plaudits, with excellent views of the play, no supporting pillars and ample legroom.

The atmosphere within the ground appears to vary greatly from match to match, with some visitors reporting it as excellent, while others were disappointed. Catering facilities have generally received good reviews, with fans experiencing no problems in getting good quality food and drink inside the ground, on even the busiest days. However, some visitors have commented on the long queues and poor quality of food available.

26 thoughts on “Wigan Athletic – DW Stadium”

  1. Awesome!!

    I loved this ground!

    Arrived very early and parked in a run down loose tarmaced car park two minutes walk to the ground. As we were so early we went into the JJB Soccerdome and just milled around, then had breakfast in the bar there.

    We finally went to the ground at around 2pm, and remember there was a doorway ‘guarded’ by a security guy. I enquired as to what was inside and it was a drinking area for away fans.

    We went in and it was like being at a wedding. There was an internal marquee, laminate flooring, plants, bar, television, live music and beer. I’m not sure if this is a well kept secret, but it wasn’t very busy in there, so getting a beer and not being stepped on, or your personal space invaded was extremely easy!!

    This place seriously knows how to look after away fans – a highly recommended experience, assuming they still do this!!

    The atmosphere of the ground was borderline poor to average, but this is probably due to the low capacity.

    Traffic leaving the ground seemed heavy!

  2. As a Wigan fan myself I live in manchester so I try and go most home games, I tend to drive there so any away supporters getting off the m6 like I do I recommend that you aim to get off the motorway around 1ish (for a 3pm kick-off) otherwise you’ll be stuck in traffic up to the ground and you will be running it does seem to take ages for some un-know reason as the attendence isn’t massive each week.
    I park in the car park area next to the red robin pub its a fiver but its 30 seconds to walk to the ground and a fiver is nothing considering tickets are always cheap.
    We have a great set off fans and the banter will go on through the match don’t be offended well unless we beat you of course haha.
    NOTE: don’t park in the complex where the shops are, where asda, burger king, jjb, boots etc is your car will probably get clamped as the last few times I’ve walked through their I’ve seen a couple been clamped.

  3. Fantastic ground, It was really easy to get to from the m6 north.
    The lighting and the way the ground has been constructed made it great for a good atmosphere you can really make some noise in this place. there was 5500 fans there and only because of the youtube vids i realised that the wigan fans were booing at the final whistle.

    Clean and tidy area with a good police presence and nice having a away car park.

    On a whole a great stadium.

  4. The view of the action was very good in this ground.
    I found the leg room slightly cramped but no worse than many other grounds.
    Stadium feels nice and modern with a generally friendly atmosphere.

    I was disappointed by the turnout of the home fans, the attendence was very low but then again it was a few weeks after christmas during a credit crunch!

    Away from the ground, i found the George Orwell pub a really nice place to drink with a very cheap carvery!

  5. The ground is very easy to get to from the motorway. We arrived a couple of hours before kick off for a cup game (January 2010) and parked in the car park of the Robin pub. We had a couple of drinks in there and the doorstaff allowed us to leave the car there (free parking) while we attended the game.
    The food kiosks at the ground were quiet – we had cheese pies, which were not up to much!
    Decent view in the away end but the turn out for that game, particularly from the home fans was disappointing. What was even more disappointing was the result – we got beat good ‘n proper !!

  6. What can anyone say about Wigan. It’s my favourite away ground in the premiership. Wigan is 1 of the most freindly grounds I’ve ever been to. There’s numerous places to Park around the ground with a huge away fans car park. There is a retail park near the ground that has every form a eatery you can imagine a Pizza Hut, McDonalds and a burger king. Wigan are alos famous for their excellent pies which I can confirm are great. Wigan have opened a lounge type bar which away fans with tickets are allowed to enter. Similar to a wedding reception it’s a huge room with a bar and it also sells pies as well. It’s outside the away end and is open to all away fans. You can stay there until 5 to 3 and still be at your seat for when the team come out. I love Wigan away as they really are a freindly bunch. it’s about as away freindly as you can get. Wigan fans are passionate yet freindly. The stewards and staff at Wigan are excellent. The stand is quite steep so it’s not really a ground where you want to be standing up the whole game. My most recent visit was excellent a later winner really sealed a good day. I’d recommend it to any away fan.

  7. On my visit to the DW i went by car and they seems to be loads of parking spaces near to the ground with away friendly pubs in the area. The wigan supporters were nearly non existent around the area of the ground with the crowd attendance of 15,000 and 5,000 of them sunderland fans. when in the ground the concourses can get crowded but are generally okay and the view from the away end is superb with good legroom. From the away end you can really generate a good atmosphere and to the left of the away end they is a drummer in the wigan section which could only try and create a atmosphere but thats all.

    I would defiantly recommend a trip to the DW as it is a good cheap day out with i superb view of he action and good legroom.

  8. the orwell pub at wigan pier is well worth a visit,good beer,friendly staff and a 5 minute walk from train station on the way to the ground.

  9. This is by far the worst ground I have visited during my 92 ground mission. Wigan v Preston in the cup. (isn’t this suppost to be a derby game?). They had closed an entire stand because of the lack of spectators. Preston almost had more fans than wigan. 6,987 fans in total which is disgraceful for a premier league club. There was no food or drink on offer at half time in any of the kiosks. NONE! The journey into the ground took so long we almost missed the kick off due to poor link roads from the motorway and heavy roadworks. The parking is a nightmare, with most surrounding car parks clamping and no instructions to match parking! Collecting our tickets from the ticket booth was poor as there was only one member of staff at the kiosk. The surrounding area is grim and there are no pubs or restaurants nearby! I would like to comment on the beer but there wasn’t any! Fair play to the Preston fans, they were the only highlight of the game! Poor standard of football too, Preston should have won! I hope they get relegated, that ground and club is not up to Premier League standards, I can think of several league 1 and league 2 grounds that are! DW Stadium 1/10.

    1. Ignore the guy above he clearly does not know what he is on about! During my visit to watch fulham last season, I had a great time, some many places to park and one of the best places to eat a pie! The near by pub was very friendly and made you feel very welcome. So once again ingnore the bad reviews like guy above maybe they support lower league teams and are jealous! 9/10!

  10. The walk to the stadium isn’t 30 minutes at all, usually takes about 15. It is not signposted though and you don’t see many fans along the route, so have your directions at hand! I’d strongly suggest buying a pie at Galloways opposite Wigan Wallgate Train Station. Although the pies are nice inside the stadium, Galloways are the nicest pies I have ever tasted and they are cheaper.

  11. This ground is the nearest to my own home in West Lancahsire, just a 20-minute drive. We followed easy signs to the ground and parked in a designated away fans car park. It cost a fiver and couldn’t have been easier. The above comment about parking chaos is just plain rubbish. There is a bar designated for away fans outside the ground but attached to the stadium with Sky Sports on the TV. A few home fans wandered in but everything was relaxed and friendly. The beer could have been better quality. The stadium is really impressive inside with a good atmosphere although it wasn’t full by any means. We had a pre-match pie of the very highest quality. Service was given with a smile and all the Wigan staff deserved credit. A really great ground to visit.

  12. Even though I’d been to Wigan on a number of occasions I’d never been to the ground until this year.
    Wigan is a fantastic town to drink in and all the pubs seem to be away fan friendly, if you travel by train
    then you arrive at Wigan North Western which is right in the town centre. The ground is about a 20 minute
    walk away in the opposite direction from the town, it’s a straight walk so you cant get lost. The ground is
    in the middle of a retail park so if you do travel by car or coach and fancy a few pints before the game use
    the away fans only bar under the away stand, it as to be the best bar for away fans in the country, complete
    with it’s own giant screen which was showing the Saturday lunch time game. The view from the stand was very
    good and with 3,000 blues fans there the atmosphere was really good, how’ever it was spoiled by the Wigan
    stewards who dispite before the game telling Blues fans they could sit in the overspill of seats in the left hand
    corner decided 15 minutes into the game to move them all out this despite there being no more seats available
    which did amount to to some tension between the Blues fans and the stewards. Overall dispite losing to a late
    goal it was a good experience and one I could recomend , certainly one of the better days out in the Premiership.

  13. just got back from the DW today. Wigan 0 – 0 Villa
    Went on the coach so parking wasn’t an issue, stadium right next too loads of shops and a burger king which we went too which wasn’t too busy. The ground was nice lots of leg room, some Wigan fans near the away fans tried to create a bit of an atmosphere although they did have a drum. A terrible performance by Villa didn’t stop us singing our hearts out, although wigan did deserve to win it.
    Had a decent day too be fair would reccomend it.



  14. The stadium is fine and the faciliries within the ground are better than average but I do wish they consider people not travelling by car. The bus from the town centre drops you half a mile from the stadium and taxis are hard to find especially after the game.

  15. just before I start off, am I only 14 so don’t be suprised when you see spelling mistakes….but anyways, I went with 5 mates (all same age( and we got the coach, it was a company bus, backpage, who do coaches for all newcastle away matches. we went through the pennienies and stopped off at kendal services on the way for about an hour. It was about a 4 hour journey (including the stop, so 3 hours travelling) and we arrived at wigan at 1:50, after leaving at 9:30 ish. There is an official away fans car park, which was very very very busy with about 20 coaches and around 15 mini coaches and alot of cars! it is about a 3 minute walk down to the ground, wigan fans are walking along, otherside of the road understandably. Their was a large police presence, including horses but they were all very friendly. To get into the area, just outiside the north stand (the stand we had to ourselves) you have to just simply show your tickets and only away fans were allowed outside the stand (was different after the game however which left to a fair bit of abuse exchanged between both fans but no trouble) We went to the away fans marquee for all ages, which was fairly big with carpet floor and a big screen tv showing the west ham vs hull match. We stayed in there for a bit then made the about 10 second walk to the turnstiles, which were no problem, we walked up about 2 flights of stairs, and when you sit at the VERY top of St.James park for every home match, this is quite re-freshing. The concourses aren’t as croweded as people say they are, it was heaving with people having a sing song, dancing, singing etc before the game, and there was still plenty of room for the not as loud ones to just stand and watch. We asked the stewerds, who were fairly friendly, where out seats where showing him our tickets, as the letters showing the rows on the stairs were almost invisible. We get well and truly thumped 4-0 with the worst performance of the season! Every time wigan scored, “Tom Hark” by the Piranhas played with all the wigan fans(and newcastle fans sarcastically for the first two goals) jumping up and down singing along with it. Every time wigan fans scored they ran over to the Newcastle fans causing abit of aggro between fans, but nothing more than just alot of swearing and abuse. After the game there was no really trouble, a few anti-Wigan songs, from newcastle fans but that was it, also an idiot from both Wigan, and one from Newcastle were individually giving each other abuse which lead to nothing more than them running over to each other and swear alot but the police intervened man handling the newcastle fan by the collor then pushing him away. Getting out of the away fans car park, does take about half an hour (probably less for the likes of Fulham, or other teams with a low away attendance) but it was fairly alright finding our coach, probably only because we were park infront of a bright red one! Overall I would reccomend this trip for anyone! if Wigan are playing well it can make for a decent atmosphere and banter between both sets of fans with no real risk of trouble going to happen.

  16. Looks a decent ground from the outside. Red Robin pub only two minutes from the ground for away fans which was packed with Newcastle fans, plastic glasses which i hate but good atmosphere.Inside the ground it looks quite plain. Newcastle’s 5000 fans made alot of noise,otherwise it would have been like a morgue.Wigan fans very friendly, a good day out apart from the score.

  17. This was my first away match ever and what a treat it was! Travelled down from yorkshire with the Newcastle based fans, through manchester – easy as you like journey, 20 minute wander to the ground (except watch out for missing it, it’s in the middle of a retail park and looks like a warehouse from outside) . Got there around half 1, strolled around to the away end only to find double doors leading to an away fan drinking area where there were no queues at the bar and comfy seats with live sky on for the early kick off. We brought more fans than they did but a friendly club nontheless.

  18. Hi ther!!!

    I am the new land lady of the swan and railway pub in Wigan town centre. I took over the pub on the 16th October 2012 and would like to request that the comment stating my pub not suitable for away fans is no longer relavent. Since taking over the pub I have welcomed away fans and have had great feedback from them. I am unsure of why my pub is advertised as a pub to avoid by away fans but I plan to have this changed!!!!

    Please re-word your website as it is potentially loosing me custom. my doors are open to anyone who wants a fun friendly and safe atmosphere

    Rebecca Jones
    Swan And Railway hotel

  19. First visit to the DW week before last. Drove up on my own so was a bit wary when I got there. Found a place to park about ten mins walk away . Concealed colours on walk in but to be honest wasn’t an issue going back to the car as didn’t feel threatened in any way. Stadium itself was pretty smart. Modern, unobstructed views. Cup of Bovril and a decent pie was ( from memory ) £3.20 and think a pint was £3. Atmosphere was a little lacking at times prompting chants of “Is this a library, is this a library” but ebbed and flowed as the goals came. In short decent trip, decent stadium, fair prices and would recommend.

  20. Very impressed with the stadium, away friendly bar in the ground with live football on the big screens was a brilliant way of segregating the fans before kick off. Wigan fans were frankly awful, I know it was only the fa cup but Bournemouth had a good 450 mile round trip to the ground and still took 3000, as upose to Wigan’s 5000 home support. The away fans completely out sung them and the chant ‘is this a library’ really summed up the home fans. All in all great day out and really recommended.

  21. Went to the DW this season and i have to say i was pretty impressed with the ground itself and with the Wigan fans too as they were a sound bunch of supporters.The only real things that i didnt like about the ground was the amount of legroom and how crowded the concourses became due to the 4,700 Sunderland fans that made the trip to the DW. Anyways, a pretty good ground to visit!

  22. A really straightforward away day!

    An easy 20 minute walk from Wigan North Western station – once you are at the retail park you can’t miss the stadium keep walking with the station on your right for a good away pub called Red Robin. Food available that is not gourmet but very cheap – do get here early though if you intend to eat! We got there at 11:30 for a 3pm kick off and there were loads of empty tables, 30 mins later while we were eating it was rammed with Spurs fans and long wait for food!

    There is The Marquee (which isn’t an actual marquee, it is a function room built into the stadium – the entrance is in between the 2 away turnstiles) but has absolutely no atmosphere and is like a bad wedding reception.

    A big away support of 4,800 means the concourse was busy, but you can’t argue with a pint for £3.20 – even though it was Carling. Most pubs in the town seem to be quite friendly atmospheres, and welcome away fans (this may be different for local rivals). Our train home wasn’t until 7pm, and even the Swan & Railway was full of Spurs!

  23. A good away day. Drove into Wigan at 12 for a 3pm Sunday kick off and parked in the town centre so my young sons could have walk after the drive. Parked for £1.50 (24hrs weekends), which was spot on.
    At the ground watched the first half of Watford v Forest in a lounge (The Marquee) in the North Stand which welcomed Boro fans and was almost exclusively Boro. Staff were friendly, lots of space and seats at big round tables a la wedding reception/Chinese restaurant. Pies on sale, and tea and coffee for us designated drivers as well as a well staffed bar
    The North Stand main concourse was roomy, plenty of bars: good, modern facilities.
    View of the game good. We had all the North Stand and stewarding was visible but not intrusive/aggressive.
    After game walked back into town and was glad to avoid traffic around the stadium. Went back via M61, M62 and caught up the away coaches by Wetherby. Nice one.

  24. Well this was my 1st away day ever and i knew we had a good record at Wigan and under Martin O Neil we were going ok at the time the journey down there not bad but its was january so the snow was canny bad, but i had a drink no far from the ground for all the away fans and the away end not far either and the day its self was great 3-2 win for Sunderland and the pies are lovlely if wigan come back up its worth the journey by far my best away day.

  25. Went here for a very chilly league game. I was surprised at the lowly turnout of the Wigan fans, especially considering we were supposed to be a visiting team worth watching. I was also surprised at how good the ground itself is. We were given an entire end and, with it practically being a box, the noise we could make was amplified nicely.

    Traffic getting to the ground was very busy, but parking near the ground is simplicity itself. Plenty of space and not expensive at all. The food and drink in the ground wasn’t expensive, but it wasn’t up there with the best the PL offered at the time. The seats were good with enough legroom and the view was totally unrestricted and very good.

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