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Bolton (Horwich): Directions, Beer & Food

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NOTE: This information may be out of date in an ever-changing world.


Bolton Wanderers, Macron Stadium, Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6JW


Away fans are housed in the two tiered South Stand at one end of the ground, where up to 5,000 supporters can be accommodated, although the normal allocation is nearer 3,000. The lower tier is shared with home supporters, but the upper tier is given entirely to away fans


NOTE: The stewards can be a bit over zealous, often throwing out fans for little reason. Advice to away fans is do not even think about celebrating a goal by going further forward than the front row. They will have you even if you're just on the bit of track behind the adverts. Also you may be told to sit down during the game, and fans have been removed who persistently stand up during the game.


The refreshment facilities are good with proper queuing barriers and exit lanes. One person takes the order and deals with the money, whilst another prepares your order at the same time.


There is a 125 room hotel located behind the away end of the ground, 19 of which have views of the pitch.


Disabled persons’ facilities:

Car Park A (visiting supporters only) has spaces reserved for disabled supporters, issued on a first come first served basis and charged at £7 per car. A valid blue badge must be shown to the car park steward before entry is permitted.

There are 10 spaces for wheelchair users in the section for away supporters.


How to get there:


By Road:


From the North

If travelling down the M6, follow signs for the M61 and leave at Junction 30. Once on the M61, follow signs for Manchester/Bolton and leave at Junction 6 (Macron Stadium should be visible on the left). Take the first exit off the roundabout onto the A6027, the De Havilland Way. At the next roundabout, take a left turn onto Burnden Way.


From the South

If travelling up the M6, follow signs for the M62 and leave at Junction 21a, following signs for Manchester. Join the M60 at Junction 12 and proceed to follow signs for the M61 towards Preston. Do NOT take the A666 towards Bolton. Turn off the M61 at Junction 6 and take the third exit off the roundabout onto the A6027, the De Havilland Way. At the next roundabout, take a left turn onto Burnden Way.


Car Park A is available for away supporters and is located at the South end of the stadium, accessed via the A6027, De Havilland Way. It is clearly sign-posted from the motorway junction. Cars: £7; Mini coaches: £12; Coaches: £20.


There is also a mixture of street parking and paid parking (at some industrial units) in the Lostock Lane area.

By Rail:

The Stadium is located approximately 200 metres from Horwich Parkway Station. Trains regularly run from Blackpool and Preston if travelling from the North, and Manchester and Bolton if travelling from the South.


By Bus:

The Club operates 15 separate bus routes from surrounding areas. Travel is priced at £3 for a single journey and £4 for a return journey.


FirstGroup’s double-decker buses are used. For more information or timetables visit Bolton Central or phone FirstGroup directly on 08457 881155.


Where to drink:


The 2016 Bolton Beer Festival at the Macron is covered in another thread.


Alcohol is served within the ground, although for some games such as local derbies, the Club opts not to sell any. If sold, you are allowed to pre- order your half time drinks, before the game has kicked off, through the purchase of tokens.


The main pub for away fans is the Beehive, which is about a 10-15 minute walk away from the away turnstiles. It is a good-sized pub that also serves food. You can also park your car there (see below). Also there is the Barnstormers pub on Lostock Lane (from the M61, go past the stadium on your left, move into the right hand filter lane and turn right at the traffic lights into Lostock Lane, the pub is down on the right) and admits away fans.


NOTE: The bars on the nearby Middlebrook Retail Park have bouncers on the doors and only admit home fans on production of a match-day or season ticket.


Where to eat:

There are plenty of eating outlets on the Retail Park; KFC, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and a Bolton Wanderers themed McDonald's and several other themed restaurants.

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