University of Bolton Stadium
The University of Bolton Stadium is located in Horwich, Greater Manchester. It is the home ground of Bolton Wanderers FC since 1997. At the opening it was named the Reebok Stadium, after club sponsors Reebok. In 2018 it was renamed the University of Bolton Stadium in 2018. The stadium replaced the club’s old ground Burnden Park. Burnden Park, which at its peak had held up to 60,000 spectators, was becoming increasingly dilapidated by the 1980s, and a section of terracing was sold off for redevelopment as a supermarket to help pay off the club’s rising debts. Bolton Wanderers had dropped into the Third Division in 1983 and later spent a season in the Fourth Division. In 1993 the club finally promoted again. By this stage, the club’s owners had decided to relocate to a new all-seater stadium away from Burnden Park, and by 1995 had identified a location at Horwich as the preferred site of a new stadium.
Location: Bumden Way, Horwich, Bolton, England
Public Transport: Horwich Parkway Station. The station is located approximately 400 meters from the Stadium.
Burnden Park was the home Bolton Wanderers FC between 1895 and 1997. It was the scene in 1946 of one the greatest disasters in English football. On 9 March 1946, the club’s home was the scene of the Burden Park disaster, which at the time was the worst tragedy in British football history. 33 Bolton Wanderers fans were crushed to death, and another 400 injured, in an FA Cupquarter-final second leg tie between Bolton and Stoke City. The stadium was demolished in 1999, two years after Bolton moved to their new home at the at that time called Reebok Stadium.
Location: Burnden, Bolton, Greater Manchester
Capacity: 25,000 (at closing), 70,000 (maximum)