Home of Bolton Wanderers FC

Opened 1997

Capacity 28,723

Rating: 4.1

(2078) Google Reviews

Argyle on tour!! Impressive stadium....too big for their fan base. Its surrounded by eating and drinking facilities and delivers on all the options outside stadium. However, inside the food and drink facilities for away fans is poor...slow service with huge queues which is not acceptable. We had 1400 fans....and they couldn't cope...poor show. As at Sheffield Wednesday they play loud music right up until kick off time which means you get no atmosphere and are unable to hear the fans supporting their team....pathetic
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a year ago
Fantastic stadium. Still a Premier League standard. Shame the atmosphere was a bit flat; not many home fans in comparison to the ground and had the awayfans up in the top tier with the gods. Had a good awayday picking up a point up here with a great pub up the road.
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3 months ago
A brilliant stadium and hopefully they'll be back in the Premier League one day. Staff were very friendly, the pitch was unreal and the facilities were top-notch. Another one ticked off the list from the 92.
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7 months ago
Parking is a nightmare. We had to park miles away then walk. The traffic near the stadium and retail park was shocking. I would avoid shopping there on a match day. The stadium was nice but the steps from the concourse up to the stand are very narrow. I could see this as a safety issue if crowded and it felt a bit uncomfy. The view from our seats was good. There was a good range of food and drinks and I believe the Carr's pasties were delicious.
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5 months ago
Sad to see Bolton Wanderers having so many financial problems although the stadium is one with good modern facilities with good views from everywhere in the ground. The car parking is expensive and dreadful for exiting the ground. The away fans in particular are placed in a car park which is very muddy and full of potholes with only one exit. The stadium also occasionally has concerts and rugby league finals.
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3 years ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

University of Bolton Stadium is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of almost 29,000 and was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park.

Burnden Park, which at its peak had held up to 60,000 spectators, was becoming increasingly dilapidated by the 1980s, and a section of terracing was sold off for redevelopment as a supermarket to help pay off the club's rising debts. Bolton Wanderers had dropped into the Third Division in 1983 and later spent a season in the Fourth Division. In January 1990, the 
Taylor Report required all clubs in the first and second tiers of the English league to have an all-seater stadium by the 1994-95 season. Bolton were still in the Third Division at this stage, but were aiming for promotion - which was finally achieved in 1993. By this stage, the club's owners had decided to relocate to a new all-seater stadium away from Burnden Park, and by 1995 had identified a location at Horwich as the preferred site of a new stadium.

The lead consultant/architect of the project was Lobb Sports, while local firm 
Bradshaw Gass & Hope acted as planning supervisors and quantity surveyors, the contractor was Birse Construction, and Deakin Callard & Partners provided structural engineering services. The value of the contract was £25 million (US$42.1 million).[7] The stadium is noted for its distinct gabled architecture, first pioneered by the John Smith's Stadium.

The stadium was opened in 1997 by 
John Prescott, a Labour Party politician who was the Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time.[8]

The stadium consists of four stands: The Carrs Pasties (North) Stand at one end; the South Stand (Franking Sense and also the away end) at the other end; the West Stand at one side of the pitch; and the Nat Lofthouse (east) Stand at the other side.

When the stadium was named after long-time team sponsor Reebok in 1997, fans considered the title impersonal and believed that too much emphasis was being placed on financial considerations. This opposition considerably lessened after the stadium was built, as fans grew accustomed to the name and were bolstered by Reebok's status as a local company.

The Macron title was applied in July 2014 after the Bolton Wanderers club finalised a partnership with the large Italian sportswear brand. In April 2014, long-serving club chairman Phil Gartside stated that he was "proud" to be associated with Macron and had "been very impressed with their [Macron's] passion for football". A four-year duration was negotiated for the Macron deal and the club had the option to extend at completion.

When the deal with Macron came to an end in August 2018 the stadium was again renamed, this time as the University of Bolton Stadium.

Things to do in Bolton.

Olympus Fish & Chip Restaurant.

24 Reviews
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Having tried fish and chips all over the world, Olympus by far is the best! Not just because of the very high quality of (very decently priced) food, and... Read More

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Such a lovely place and staff! I went in for tea one evening and wound up with slightly different to what I'd ordered. Wasn't my cup of tea. Went back... Read More

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As a non UK resident, I crave good old fish and chips. The service is genuinely friendly and efficient. Semi self service to your table, go to the bar,... Read More

Ye Olde Man & Scythe.

14 Reviews
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One of the oldest Inns / Pubs in the world, originally established in 1251 and rebuilt in 1636. Being exiled from Manchester at the moment & now living... Read More

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It seems to be a recurring theme that when I got for a drink with a certain friend of mine he takes me to the oldest pub he knows, first it was Whitelocks... Read More

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When I used to go out in Bolton this place was always going to be on the cards for a 'Thatch' as we called it (Thatchers Cider AKA Rocket Fuel!) If you go... Read More