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Away Fan Guide: Blackpool

16 March 2018

Blues fans travelling up to Bloomfield Road to watch Southend take on Blackpool can find all the information needed for the trip in our away fan guide.

What is the ground like?

Bloomfield Road has been almost completely re-developed over the last 15 years, with three permanent stands being built, along with a temporary stand on the East side. The three permanent sides are of similar design, being single tiered, all of the same height, seated and covered. The Stanley Matthews (West) Stand on one side of the stadium and the Mortensen Kop (North Stand) at one end, were both opened in February 2002. The North West corner between these stands has also been filled with seating, enclosing this area of the ground. 

In March 2010 the long awaited South Stand was finally opened, being a mirror image of the North Stand, and extending around and meeting the Stanley Matthews Stand, enclosing the South West corner of the stadium. During the 2011/12 season the South East corner between the South Stand and the temporary East Stand was also filled with an additional 500 seats. The South Stand has been named the Armfield Stand in tribute to the Blackpool legend, Jimmy Armfield and has a capacity of 3,600 seats. On the East side of the ground the Club have erected a new covered temporary stand.

Outside the stadium, behind the North Stand is a statue of the former Blackpool legend Stan Mortensen, whilst outside the main entrance is a statue of Jimmy Armfield.

Away fans

Away fans are housed in the Stan Mortensen (North) Stand, at one end of the ground. Up to 2,500 supporters can be accommodated in this area.

Food inside ground includes a range of Pies; Potato & Meat, Steak, Cheese & Onion (£2.50), Sausage Rolls (£2), Cheese Pasties (£2) and Hot Dogs (£3).

Pubs

Popular with away fans is the Old Bridge House pub on Lytham Road. It is only short walk away (walk down Bloomfield Road towards the sea front and then turn right into Lytham Road and the pub is down on the right). This pub has screens showing BT and Sky Sports. Just a little further along Lytham Road on the corner with the seafront is the Manchester Bar. This pub has large screens showing televised sport. However, the bar prices are quite high by Blackpool standards. Also on Lytham Road (but going in the direction of the Pleasure Beach) is the Albert Pub which normally has a good mix of home and away fans in attendance. This pub also shows BT and Sky Sports.

A good family pub close to the ground is the Waterloo in Waterloo Road. Clean, comfortable and friendly; Sky TV on large screens and reasonable, inexpensive food.

Only a seven minute walk away from the ground going up Bloomfield Road, is the Bloomfield Brewhouse. It is a civilised place with good beer and reasonable food. Real ale is available, including some beers that it brews itself in its own microbrewery and has Sky Sports.

Another good pub is the called the Auctioneer on Lytham Road, near Blackpool South Station. This former Wetherspoons pub is about a ten minute walk from the ground and serves food too. If you are a fan of Wetherspoons pubs than on the seafront near to the Pleasure Beach is the Velvet Coaster. Opened in 2015 it is the largest Wetherspoons outlet in the country. But it is a good twenty minute walk from Bloomfield Road.

Otherwise, there are plenty of pubs in Blackpool town centre to choose from. Alcohol is also made available to away supporters inside the stadium in the form of; Lager, Bitter and Cider (all £3 pint, or 500ml bottle), plus Wine (Red, White, Rose, 187ml bottle £3).

Directions

Travelling by road

Leave the M6 at Junction 32 and take the M55 to Blackpool. Then at the end of the M55 continue straight onto the A5230 and then Yeadon Way towards Blackpool town centre. The ground which is signposted from here, as the road leads into Seasiders Way, you will reach on the right hand side. A huge pay and display car park is located to the left of Seasiders Way, which stretches all the way from near the Blackpool South station up to the ground. It costs £3.50 for three hours or £6 for up to six hours (some of the pay machines also accept credit/debit cards).

Please note that unlike most towns and cities in England the pay and display car parks near to the ground still charge after 6pm. Otherwise street parking (although there are restrictions in the immediate vicinity around the ground).

Park at St Cuthberts Church

There are 40 parking spaces available in the St Cuthberts Church Car Park in Lytham Road, which is only a five minute walk away from the ground. It is pay-and-display, costing just £3 for three hours, £4 for five hours, or £7 for all day.

The Church address is: 177 Lytham Road, Blackpool, FY1 6EU.

Post Code for SAT NAV: FY1 6JJ

Travelling by train

The closest railway station to the ground is Blackpool South and is around a ten minute walk away. However fewer trains stop at this station with most calling at Blackpool North. Blackpool North Railway Station is around two miles away and therefore you may wish to jump in a taxi to the ground.

For anyone arriving by train at Blackpool North a cheaper alternative than a taxi may be the number 11 bus from the bus station across the road. Buses to Lytham St Annes pass the end of Bloomfield Road and run every 15 minutes.

Programme - £3

(via football ground guide)


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