|Full name||The Reebok Stadium|
England, United Kingdom
|Operator||Bolton Wanderers (1997–present)|
|Architect||Populous (then HOK Sport)|
|Field dimensions||110 x 72 yards (100.6 x 65.8 metres)|
The Reebok Stadium is the home stadium of English Football League Championship club Bolton Wanderers, and is located on the Middlebrook Retail Park, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester. It is commonly known as 'The Reebok'. It has four stands: The Bolton Evening News (North) Stand at one end, the South Stand (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. The stadium has a hotel built into it giving views of the pitch from some of the rooms. The hotel was operated by the De Vere Group until August 2013, when the club took charge.
It is a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of 28,723 which was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park. Despite the improved facilities and larger capacity (and resultant larger ticket revenues), this move was unpopular with many of the club's fans. This was partly due to the new stadium being built out-of-town, and partly due to sentimental attachment to the old stadium and its history. In recognition of this, the street on which the stadium is situated is called Burnden Way.
The lead consultant/architect of the project was Lobb Sports, but the local firm of Bradshaw Gass & Hope acted as planning supervisors and quantity surveyors. The value of the contract was £25 million. The stadium is noted for its distinct gabled architecture, first pioneered by the Galpharm Stadium. The upper-tier corners do not have seating due to concerns of health and safety access.
The Reebok Stadium is named for long-time team sponsor, Reebok. Again, this was unpopular with many fans, as it was considered impersonal, and that too much emphasis was being placed on financial considerations. This opposition has considerably lessened since the stadium was built, however, as fans have grown accustomed to the name and since Reebok is a local company.
- The first competitive – and Premier League – match at the stadium was a 0–0 draw between Bolton and Everton on Monday 1 September 1997.
- The first player to score at the stadium was Alan Thompson, a penalty in the 1–1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, on 23 September. Chris Armstrong, who later in his career had a short spell with Wanderers, got the equaliser.
- The first League Cup match took place on 30 September 1997. Bolton drew 4–4 with Leyton Orient but won 7–5 on aggregate.
- The first club to win a competitive match at the Reebok Stadium was Aston Villa, 1–0 on Saturday 4 October 1997, in the stadium's fifth match. Savo Milošević scored the goal.
- The first FA Cup match at the stadium took place the following season, on 1 January 1999. Wolverhampton Wanderers won the match 2-1.
- Lokomotiv Plovdiv were the visitors in the first UEFA Cup match at the stadium, on 15 September 2005. Boban Janchevski scored first for the visitors, but two late goals from El Hadji Diouf and Jared Borgetti secured a 2–1 home victory in Bolton's first European match. It was also the first European competitive game that the club had played in its history.
- The first Premier League crowd of under 20,000 at the Reebok Stadium was recorded against Aston Villa on 28 October 2007. The attendance for that match was 18,413. The game finished 1-1.
In addition to hosting football games, the stadium also offers other services, such as a hotel and function rooms.
The Rugby League World Cup Semi Final in 2000 between England and New Zealand was hosted at the Reebok Stadium. The rugby league football World Club Challenge took place there in 2001 between the National Rugby League (NRL) Grand Final premiers Brisbane Broncos and the Super League grand final premiers St. Helens. Another World Club Challenge took place in February 2007, on this occasion St. Helens were the eventual winners beating Brisbane Broncos.
The stadium has also held Great Britain rugby league internationals, The UK Open Darts Championship, boxing matches with local boxer Amir Khan and 16 April 2011 when it hosted its first rugby union match when Sale Sharks lost to London Irish.
Every November the Reebok Stadium hosts Kidz up North which is one of the largest free UK exhibitions totally dedicated to children with disabilities and special needs, their parents, carers and professionals who work with them.
The venue's Premier Suite is home to the UK's leading amateur mixed martial arts event, Full Contact Contender. As of 16 March 2013 The Reebok has played host to three Full Contact Contender events.
Lowest Premier League attendance: 17,014 v Derby County, 2 January 2008
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The stadium's West Stand lies about 200 metres from Horwich Parkway railway station. The station lies between Lostock and Blackrod on the Manchester to Preston Line. Football specials operate to and from this station on matchdays. Bus services are laid on by the club from across the borough when the Wanderers are at home.
On non-matchdays Horwich Parkway is served by three services an hour in each direction, operated by Northern Rail or First TransPennine Express. Numerous routes serve bus stops near or at the ground, operated by Arriva and FirstBus.
- To check the stadium's full postal address, go to the Royal Mail address finder and type: BL6 6JW. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
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- Reebok Stadium architect Populous
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- Wharton, Brad. "Full Contact Contender 3 Report and Results". YourMMA.tv. YourMMA. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- McCann, George. "FCC 5 Review and Results". Love2Fight Magazine. Love2Fight Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2013.
- "Directions To The Reebok Stadium". Bwfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
- Stadium Information at Bolton Wanderers official website
- Reebok Stadium information at the official website