Information for supporters heading to Wigan Athletic tomorrow…
What is the ground like?
The DW Stadium was opened in 1999 after the Club moved from its former home of SpringfieldPark, where it had been in residence since the Club's formation in 1932.. The four separate stands are of roughly the same height and are all single tiered. They are also quite steep meaning that fans are sat quite close to the playing action, although this is mitigated a little by the fact that the stands themselves are set back a fair distance from the pitch perimeter.
Both the side stands have large supporting steel frameworks visible above their roofs, whilst oddly both ends are different, having the steel framework located below the roof line. There is an electric scoreboard above the Boston (East) Stand, on one side of the ground.
The stadium was originally named the JJB Stadium under a sponsorship deal which lasted for 10 years. This was replaced by a new deal in August 2009, which saw the stadium being renamed the DW Stadium in partnership with DW Sports Fitness. The stadium is also shared with Wigan Warriors Rugby League club.
Away fans are located in the North Stand at one end of the stadium, where up to 4,800 visiting supporters can be accommodated. Although this stand has a capacity of 5,500 seats, the allocation is restricted to 4,800 to prevent over crowding on the concourse. The view of the playing action and leg room are generally adequate. To the left of the away section is where the singing Wigan fans tend to congregate, who are aided by a drummer.
Please note that the marquee located at DW Stadium will not be open for away fans on Saturday. On the concourse, alcohol is available in the form of draught Fosters, Strongbow and John Smiths. (all £3.20 a pint).
Otherwise the traditional pub for away fans visiting the DW stadium is the Red Robin, which is only a few minutes walk away from the ground opposite the Cinema Complex.
For those who wish to make a larger trek to the ground, in the centre of town which is about a 20 minute walk from the ground, where you will find a Wetherspoons outlet called the 'Moon Under Water'. Also worth a visit is the award winning 'Anvil' pub, which is located next to the bus station. Both these pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also worth a mention is the Berkeley on Wallgate (near the railway station).
Travelling by road
Leave the M6 to Junction 25 then take the A49 to Wigan. After around two and a half miles you should pass a junction on your left with the A577 and then approach a large roundabout, that has a McDonalds on the right hand side. Continue straight on but keep in the left lane and then at the lights (with the SCS Sofa and Bed store in front) take the left hand filter lane by the large Asda superstore towards Robin Park. Currently there is a new housing development on the left which has some handy street parking. Otherwise continue straight on passing the Red Robin pub on your right. At the next roundabout go straight across and at the next traffic lights turn right into stadium way for the ground and car parks.
Post Code for SAT NAV: WN5 0UZ
Travelling by train
Away fans travelling by train will need to catch a Virgin train from London Euston that’s heading to Glasgow Central, but get off at Wigan North Western.
Wigan's central railway stations (Wigan North Western & Wallgate stations) are a good 20 minute walk from the ground. So either take a taxi, or break up the journey with a few pub stops on the way!
On exiting Wigan North Western Railway Station turn left and go down the road heading under a railway bridge. On leaving Wallgate Station turn right and go down the road passing Wigan North Western Station on your left and then proceed under the railway bridge. It is a fairly straight walk along Wallgate Road. On reaching a Domino's Pizza takeaway on you left, the road forks. Stay on the right hand side continuing past a Topps Tiles outlet on your right. After then passing a Volkswagen Garage on your right, you will reach a bridge over a canal, from which you should be able to see the DW Stadium over on your right. Either turn right just over the bridge and follow the locals on a shortcut alongside the canal to the stadium, or continue straight on under a railway bridge and then turn right into Frith Road which leads into Stadium Way.
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(via football ground guide)