Ewood Park was opened in 1882 and has an all-seater capacity of 31,367. The Darwen End, Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand are all very similar. All two tiers and much newer builds than the Riverside Stand (named as such because it stands practically on the banks of the River Darwen). This stand is a single tiered affair. There are very few if any bad views from within the stadium.
Approximately 4,000 visiting supporters can be catered for and they're housed in the Darwen End of the ground. How much of this stand is allocated to visitors depends on the likely size of the following. Where the demand is less than around 2000 seats, the lower tier to the right of the goal (as viewed from the pitch) is normally used. If more away supporters are expected, the upper tier is used and, for the biggest followings (and sometimes on security advice), the whole of the stand will be given over to visiting supporters. The views from anywhere in the stand are very good.
Ewood Park seating plan:
The Blackburn End of Ewood Park itself is the Blues Bar, a Rovers-themed sports bar, for season ticket holders and blues bar members. The beer tends to be on the pricey side, but they do serve food too and there are lots of screens around the walls, showing a feed from RoverVision or Sky Sports News. The club has recently opened a lowered bar area, to accommodate disabled fans wishing to order food or drink. Elsewhere, in terms of pubs, the Fernhurst, which is on Bolton Road just a stone's throw away from the Darwen End of the stadium, is officially designated as the away fans pub. Another couple of options are the Golden Cup and Uncle Jacks, both within a few minutes of the stadium.
There are several takeaway outlets along Bolton Rd in both directions away from the ground. Including a chip shop, pie shop and a couple of sandwich shops.
Plenty of local car parks are provided and recommended by the club although there is a limited amount of street parking in surrounding roads. Be aware of the residents only sections however. If needed, there are plenty of buses serving the stadium which make access to and from very easy.
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The nearest / closest train station to Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park is the Blackburn railway which is about a mile and a half from the ground, about a 20 minute walk away. The station empties onto the Boulevard, the central bus station from where several buses (3, 3A, 3B, 46 and 346) run past the ground (heading for Darwen).
Mill Hill station, on the line between Blackburn and Preston, is actually nearer the stadium (about a mile or a 15 minute walk), but beware not all trains on the line stop there, though football special trains often use Mill Hill rather than Blackburn.
For further information about journeys by public transport, visit the Blackburn Transport website at Blackburn Transport or call their enquiry line on 01254 504800.
Rivals - Burnley, Bolton, Preston, Man Utd, Man City
Travel: The traffic was queued up coming off the M65 westbound, so we went around the back way to Branch Road. I recommend this if you’re planning to park down there and it’s busy. A hail storm and very squally shower as we came off the motorway did not help. I went into the first car park I saw by Riverside Industrial Estate. I’m glad I did as there were limited spaces in there and there were only two car parks closer to Ewood. The nearest one was for permit holders only so all home fans. It was a very soggy walk to start but it soon brightened up for the rest of the walk. Mind the puddles, they’re huge!
Refreshments: We just went into the ground as it was a 12pm kick off and a local derby. We got into the ground early, but it was busy as the away end was sold out.
Impressions: The ground is okay, although it looks a lop-sided, as one stand is clearly older and smaller than the rest. Underneath the away stand it is very gloomy and quite congested when the end is full so we grabbed two drinks and went to our seats.
Atmosphere: All of the atmosphere was created by 7500 away fans, the home fans made little noise. We enjoyed the game and scored early. Rovers weren’t at the best shooting wise but the last 20 minutes were very nervy. It felt like a good atmosphere but I’m sure the home fans felt like they weren’t at the same party. We chose not to eat at the ground. Stewards were fine, and there was a lot of police, some of whom said hello as we passed. Nearly all the away fans stood throughout the game.
Exit: Parking on Branch Road made this as easy as it could be. The sun came out for the second half so it was a more pleasant walk. There was a bit of a queue to get out but once we got moving, we got to the M65 quite quickly.
Enjoy: It was a great way for my son to experience his first away game, but that was largely down to the result. The Blackburn fans don’t create an atmosphere it that could be down to the situation with the club. We had a great time, and that was thanks to the Preston fans.