Away days – Macron Stadium, Bolton

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Aston Villa is set to take 4,342 up to the Macron Stadium to take on Bolton Wanderers tomorrow evening for the Championship fixture that is also live on Sky Sports.

The Macron Stadium, formally known as the Reebok Stadium, has been the home of Bolton since it’s opening in 1997. The Bolton Whites Hotel forms part of the construction of the stadium which offers some rooms with views of the pitch. The stadium is also a temporary location of Bolton Wanderers Free School.

The Macron is totally enclosed with each stand having a rectangular lower tier and a semi-circular upper tier above. An unusual feature of the stadium is that the two teams emerge from separate tunnels on either side of the halfway line.

THE AWAY SUPPORTERS

Away supporters are housed in the two-tiered South Stand where up to 5,000 supporters can be accommodated, although the usual allocation is around 3,000. Lower allocations usually see the lower tier shared with home fans.

The leg room is decent and the views are good as you would expect with a modern day stadium. The bottom rows of the lower tier are not covered by the roof so if the weather is against you then you could get wet.

The refreshment kiosk’s use a queuing system with an entry and exit lane. Food on offer includes your usual pies (£2.90), burgers (£3.50) and Hot Dogs (£3.50).

Alcohol can be served within the ground dependant on fan behaviour and authorities. Drinks include Worthington’s Bitter (£3.40), Carling Lager (£3.50), Magners Cider (£3.70), Guinness (£3.80) and wine (£4). The club also allows you to pre-order and pay for your half-time drinks before the game is kicked off, making it quicker to get your drinks at the interval.

ANY CHANCE OF A BEER?

The Beehive is a 15 minute walk from the MacronThere aren’t many options for places to drink around the Macron Stadium. The Beehive is the main pub and is about a 15-minute walk away from the stadium. It is a decent sized pub that serves food but gets very busy as you would expect. Sky Sports and BT Sports are both available.

Another option is the Barnstormers pub on Lostock Lane which is usually a mixture of home and away supporters.

Most pubs and bars around the stadium will only allow home supporters and home tickets are usually required on entry.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Leave junction 21A of the M6 and take the M62 Eastbound leaving at Junction 12. Follow signs for the M61 (Bolton/Preston) and leave the motorway at Junction 6. The ground is clearly visible and signposted from here.

A train from Birmingham New Street to Horwich Parkway will take around three hours. The Macron Stadium is just a few minutes walk away.

Those travelling by train have been wanted that there is a replacement bus service between Bolton and Piccadilly, Wigan and Preston.



PARKING

Parking is available at the Macron, but costs £7 for cars and £13 for minibuses. As you would expect with stadium parking, getting away at fulltime can be a problem.

There is plenty of cheaper parking in and around the industrial estate usually around £4-5. Parking is also available at the Beehive pub.

EXTRA INFORMATION

If you have Twitter then it is well worth following the official WMP Villa FC account. PC Stuart Bladen usually tweets live updates throughout the day.

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