Blackburn Rovers, along with Aston Villa are one the founder members of the Football League and Premier League. They have played their home games at Ewood Park since the summer of 1890 when they moved from Leamington Street.
Ewood Park has a capacity of 31,367 and it comprises of four stands: The Bryan Douglas Darwen End, Riverside Stand, Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand, which is named after Blackburn industrialist and club supporter, Jack Walker.
Blackburn Rovers have put together a visitors guide which you can read here.
You can also do a virtual tour of Ewood Park here.
Away supporters are housed in the ‘Bryan Douglas Darwen End’ which can hold up to 7,000 fans. Usually, away supporters share the stand with home fans and only get 4,000 tickets but due to Villa’s high demand, they have been allocated the whole stand.
The facilities at Ewood Park are pretty decent with various food and drink options available although alcohol is usually served prior to kick-off.
If you are hungry before the game, there is a McDonalds allocated opposite Ewood Park that has a ‘walk through’ service for supporters to help speed up service.
I NEED A PRE-MATCH PINT!
The Fernhurst pub is located on Bolton Road and in previous visits has been the destination for Aston Villa supporters however the pub has been taken over by hungry horse and is largely a food pub these days. Although they do allow supporters on match day football fans will be ejected if they start singing.
Due to this Blackburn have created a fan zone by the Darwin End of the stadium. They have two large screens that usually show previous encounters between the two clubs. You can purchase both food and drink here and they offer a ‘Pie and Pint’ deal for £4.90.
The Golden Cup on Blackburn Road is also happy to accept away supporters. We also received a tweet from the Havelock Inn earlier this week informing us that Aston Villa supporters are welcome and the pub is located just 5 minutes away from Ewood Park.
HOW DO I GET THERE?
Leave the M6 at Junction 29 and join the M65 East towards Blackburn. Leave at Junction 4 and join the A6666. Ewood Park is very well signposted and is a mile up the road on your right.
Matchday parking is available at Ewood Park, either in advance or via cash on the day, on Car Park H, Car Park F and Car Park B priced at just £10 – subject to availability.
Accessible Match Day Car parking is available at Car Park B – which is located behind the Darwen End Stand, and Car Park H – which is located behind the Blackburn End Stand. Priced at £10. Please note a disabled blue badge without a permit is not sufficient to access Car parks B and H.
If you have pre-booked a car parking space please look for car park signs near the ground. Car Park F is approximately 100 yards from the ground. A permit is not required but surfaces are not considered suitable for wheelchairs users or those with mobility issues.
For further details, prices and to pre-book please phone 01254 508283.
Various other parking is available from as little as £5 around Ewood Park. Roads can be closed up to 30 minutes after the game so there may be a bit of a wait after the game.
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.