Bloomfield Road- Blackpool
Information about Bloomfield Road
The land on which Bloomfield Road Stadium sits has played host to more football matches even since 21st October 1899, with South Shore F.C playing their home fixtures here in the Lancashire League. Blackpool have played at Bloomfield Road since the 1901-02 season, prior to this Blackpool had shared following a merger with South Shore FC, playing their home games back then at Raikes Hall. The newly formed side beat Doncaster in their first even match at Bloomfield Road at the start of the before-mentioned season.
Upon first opening the ground, Bloomfield Road consisted of a single stand on the western side which was capable of seating 300 fans, and at the time a “good” attendance was regarded as around 2,000 fans. Expansion soon started with further areas for fans to sit and stand constructed at the beginning of 1906- making the stadium one of the first in England to have four stands- with every vantage point covered.
Continuing to grow in the first half of the 20th century, the capacity peaked at around 40,000 with the record attendance set against Wolves on 17th September 1955. Following the changes in the law, it wouldn’t be until the Premier League season that they would set their post-millennium record in a fixture against Manchester City in October 2010.
Bloomfield Road has modern stands on three sides with the corners in-between these stands also filled with seating. All of the stands are the same design, they are all only one tier high and are exactly the same height with all the seating areas covered. Stanley Matthews- a legend at the club has the West Stand named after his while the North Stand has been renamed to be called the Mortensen Kop- both of these stands were opened in 2002. You can find the hospitality area in the North West corner of the stadium with the executive boxes located at the south.
Meanwhile, 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.
Visiting fans are situated in the Stan Mortensen Stand, at one end of the ground. Just under 2,000 fans can be catered for in this area. For visiting supporters this is an improvement on the East Stand that had been used in previous seasons, as the facilities are generally much better.
Ticket prices for home fans begin from £22 for adults in all other areas of the ground, excluding the Stanley Matthew Stand. Over 60’s will pay £23 while under 19’s will cost £15. However, tickets in all other areas of the stadium cost less with adult’s tickets costing £22, over 60’s £18 and under 19’s being charged £10.
How To Get To The Bloomfield Road
The closest railway station to the ground is Blackpool South and is around a ten minute walk away. However, Blackpool South is very rarely used on match-day with most trains going to Blackpool North instead. Blackpool North Railway Station is around two miles away and therefore you may wish to jump in a taxi to the ground. Blackpool pride themselves on being the most accessible club in England with the stadium as easy to reach by car as it is by train.
There are no further developments planned for Bloomfield Road, this is mainly down to the unrest at the club and the widening chain of connection between fans and owner which in turn has seen many fans boycott games.