The Reebok Stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers and built by Birse Construction, opened in 1997 with a revolutionary “space age” design, is an all seater stadium, with a capacity approaching 29,000. Each of the stands has a rectangular lower tier, with a semi-circular upper tier. The ground is completely enclosed and has a large video screen in one corner, replaying match highlights.
An unusual feature of the Reebok is that the opposing teams emerge from separate tunnels located either side of the halfway line. Away fans are housed in the two-tiered South Stand. The lower tier of this stand is shared with home supporters, but away fans are allocated the entire upper tier, and can usually create a good atmosphere when full.
How to get to the Reebok Stadium
Bolton’s Reebok Stadium is located in Burnden Way, Middlebrook Leisure & Retail Park, Bolton BL6 6JW, with easy access from motorways.
Drivers arriving from the North should exit the M6, taking the M65 towards Blackburn. Exit the M65 at junction 2, following the M61 towards Manchester. On exiting the M61, the Reebok Stadium can be seen, but is well signed nonetheless.
Away fans driving from the South should follow the M6 as far as junction 21a, following the eastward M62 as far as junction 12. Thereafter, follow the M61 and signage for Bolton / Preston. Exit the M61 at junction 6, from whence the stadium is visible and clearly signposted.
The Reebok Stadium is situated 4 miles west of Bolton town centre. The closest train station is Horwich Parkway, within 400 yards of the ground. There are direct rail links to Manchester airport (a trip of about ¾ of an hour) and Manchester city centre (approximately 20 minutes). Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airports are Manchester International (24 miles) and Liverpool John Lennon. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Bolton 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.
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Where to Park?
2000 free car parking spaces are available at the Reebok Stadium. However, reports from fans suggest that the away sections become vastly overcrowded, with many vehicles blocked in by other vehicles. Several industrial estates close to the ground offer reasonably priced parking.
A recommended idea is to park at the Beehive pub, about ½ a mile past the stadium. This can be reached by leaving the M61 at junction 6, heading for the stadium, but continuing past the ground to Chorley New Road. Free parking is offered for patrons of this away friendly pub.
Away Friendly Pubs near the Reebok Stadium
Most pubs in the immediate vicinity of the ground admit home fans only. However, the Middlebrook Retail Park has many food outlets, such as Burger King, KFC and a Bolton-themed McDonalds.
The Bromilow Arms is a recommended away friendly pub. It can be reached by passing the stadium on the left, and turning right into Lostock Lane, with The Bromilow Arms located on the left. It is reported to offer a good choice of real ales and food, along with a friendly “country style” atmosphere and a good mix of home and away fans.
The Barnstormers, in the same area, also welcomes away supporters, with a good atmosphere, real ales and decent food available.
Hotels near the Reebok Stadium
The 4-star De Vere Venues Whites Hotel, De Havilland Way, Horwich, BL6 6SF is fully integrated into Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, within easy reach of Manchester city centre and has attracted good reviews from visitors. Offering a combination of comfort, style and football, along with value for money, it offers free on-site parking for patrons.
The 4-star Holiday Inn Bolton Centre, 1 Higher Bridge St, Bolton, BL1 2EW has been refurbished in recent years, endeavouring to offer an informal yet sophisticated atmosphere. Located in the heart of Bolton, just over 4 miles from the Reebok, this hotel is easily accessed from the M61 and M62 and has attracted mostly positive reviews from guests. All rooms are air-conditioned, with free on-site parking available.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip to the Reebok Stadium?
Fans have found the Reebok Stadium easily accessible with the surrounding area appropriate for large numbers of people.
The majority of visiting fans have remarked upon the friendly atmosphere within the ground, with no feeling of intimidation, despite mixing with the home fans. The vast majority of away fans have been impressed by the looks of the Reebok and the quality of the seating. Refreshment facilities are reported as excellently organised, with barriers and exit lanes, though queues are unavoidably long at half-time.
Further downsides include overzealous stewards, who have been known to eject away fans from the ground for persistently standing during the game. Additionally, the rows of the South Stand lower tier which are closest to the pitch are not covered by the roof, leaving them open to the elements.