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The DW Stadium (formerly JJB Stadium)

Ground Capacity: 25,138 (all seated)
Address: Anjou Boulevard, Robin Park, Wigan WN5 0UZ
Main Telephone No: 01942-774000
Fax No: 01942-494654
Cost of Stadium: £30 Million
Opened: 1999
Pitch Size: 110 x 68 metres
First Match: August 1st 1999 Wigan Athletic 0 Morecambe 0 (Football Friendly - Att: 4,020)
Official Opening: August 4th 1999 Wigan Athletic 0 Man Utd 2 (Football Friendly - Att: 13,428)
First Rugby League Match: September 19th 1999 Wigan 10 Castleford 14 (Att: 13,374)
Record Crowd: 26th December 2005 Wigan Athletic 4 Manchester City 3 (Football Match - Att 25,017)
Largest Rugby Crowd: 11th November 2001 Great Britain 8 Australia 28 (RL International - Att: 25,011)
Lowest Crowd: 12th November 2002 Wigan Athletic 0 Doncaster 1 (Football LDV Vans Trophy Match - Att: 2,030)
Lowest Rugby Crowd: 29th January 2003 Wigan 16 Widnes 20 (Friendly Match - Att: 3,043)
Lowest Rugby Crowd for competitive match: 9th February 2003 Wigan 82 Halton Simms Cross 3 (C.Cup Round 4 - Att: 3,740)

The DW Stadium

A deal to build the DW Stadium (formerly JJB Stadium) for both Wigan Rugby and Wigan Athletic Football Club on land in the Robin Park area of Wigan was finally agreed on the 27th February 1998. The opening of the stadium was the realisation of a dream for the then JJB Sports chain chairman, Dave Whelan (to which "DW" in the current stadium title refers to). After saving both Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Rugby League from going under, the next step was to bring the towns' sporting clubs together in a fantastic new arena. This was achieved on August 4th 1999 when the stadium was officially opened by then European Football champions Manchester United who took on Wigan Athletic in a "friendly" match. However the official opening was not the first event staged there. Latics played Morecambe three days earlier on August the 1st but they were not considered big enough opposition to officially open the venue. Wigan Rugby didn't move to the stadium immediately has it opened mid rugby season. The Warriors stayed on at Central Park until the end of the 1999 regular season before making there debut at the ground against Castleford on September 19th 1999 in a play off match.

The Ground



The stadium itself is an all seated complex and following Wigan Athletic's promotion to the football Premier League the ground capacity was increased to 25,178 in December 2005 (previous capacity was 25,004).

The Stadium is fully enclosed and offers excellent facilities for both home and away fans. Away fans are located in the North Stand end of the ground. However, unlike football, there is NO segregation for rugby matches and any away supporter can sit in any stand provided seats are available. Visiting supporters are also usually allowed to take in drums, flags, banners etc.

The scoreboard is situated on the back wall of the East Stand and when Sky or the BBC are covering a game live, the big screen is situated in the North East corner of the stadium. Each of the four stands has two large refreshment kiosks located at the concourses level, where you can buy beers, soft drinks, coffee, tea, pies, hotdogs, etc and also Totesport betting kiosks if you fancy a bet. The Beer on sale is Carling and they also have Worthington Bitter. For rugby matches alcohol purchased inside the ground can be taken into seating areas. Match programmes are sold at kiosks on the ground concourses and also outside the venue.

The DW Stadium is a totally no smoking venue.

The approximate seating capacity of the various stands are listed below...

East Stand 8206 seats
West Stand 6072 seat
South Stand 5378 seats
North Stand 5392 seats

The Springfield (West) Stand - Capacity 6,072

The West Stand houses the DW Stadium reception and entrance area for visitors. It is also the home of the main stadium ticket office at the North end of the stand and a Italian restaurant named "Rigaletto's" at the south end of the stand. Players changing rooms are located on the ground floor of the main west stand. The home changing room has showers, baths, a doctors room, a stitching room, a psyhio room and a drug testing room. The first floor of the west stand also houses a players lounge and a purpose built mini police station which includes cells.

The second and third floors of the Springfield Stand house executive suites along with the conference and banqueting facilities. There is also the public safety control room and the TV Studio for use by Sky TV and terrestrial tv. The TV Gantry is situated at the top of the stand (sticking out slightly in the middle where the ITV Digital lettering is on the picture) and there is also an area for up to 10 Radio broadcasters up there in the "eagles nest". The newspaper press are given up to 60 seats with plug in points at the back of the west stand seating area.

This Stand is the most expensive of all the stands at the ground and is reserved seating. It's probably the quietest area of the ground and offers an excellent sideline view.

The stand was renamed "Springfield Stand" when the stadium was rebranded in August 2009. Springfield refers to Springfield Park, the former home of Wigan Athletic and also a former home of Wigan Rugby who played their for one season in 1901-02.

The South Stand - Capacity 5,378

The South Stand (Robin Park Arena end of the ground) is the home supporters end of the ground which offers pay on the day unreserved seating. This stand is the Wigan supporters end of the ground and is the cheapest in the stadium. It also houses kids club members so if you don't like noisy kids best not to sit in this stand.

Underneath the stand is the DW Sports Fitness South Stand Bar. This is operated as a supporters bar for season ticket holders on matchdays which sees a post match man of the match award given out.

Billy Boston (East) Stand - Capacity 8,206

The Billy Boston (East) Stand is the biggest of all the stands at the ground, with a 8,206 capacity. At the back of this stand is the Stadium scoreboard which, unlike the dodgy to the old one at Central Park, is in good working order providing the score, time and a minutes and seconds clock counting upwards as well as birthday greetings and adverts etc.

At the south stand end of the ground is a mini ticket office opening on matchdays only where seats for this stand can be purchased.

From 1999-2004 this stand was called the Adidas Stand before reverted to simply the East Stand. However in August 2009 the stand was renamed the Billy Boston Stand in reference to the former legend of Wigan Rugby League.

North Stand - Capacity 5,392

The North Stand is where away fans are situated.

Underneath this stand is the DW Stadium marquee which is the home of the kids clubs where they have a pre match party before every game. On non matchdays the Marquee is used for social events, such as wedding receptions etc.

Stadium Overview

Important Rugby League matches played at the Stadium

Test Matches

Date Match Att
2001 Great Britain 8 Australia 28 25,011
2002 Great Britain 16 New Zealand 10 22,247
2003 Great Britain 18 Australia 22 24,614
2004 Great Britain 24 Australia 12 25,004
2005 Great Britain 6 Australia 20 25,004
2007 Great Britain 28 New Zealand 22 21,275
2009 England 16 Australia 26 23,122

Roses Matches

Date Match Att
2002 Lancashire 22 Yorkshire 18 10,000

Other Information.

Car Parking
There are 2000 car parking spaces and coach parking 30 - 40 coaches

Disabled
There are 276 disabled spaces within the DW Stadium. All disabled seating has lift or wheel chair access ramps. There are also facilities for the partially sighted and blind.

Disabled car parking spaces
There are a limited number of disabled car parking spaces.

Floodlights
Floodlight average lux levels are 1202

Turnstiles
All 48 turnstiles are linked to the stadium’s ground management computer and have recently been upgraded to the Fortress GB access system

Refreshments
There are two refreshment kiosks in the oncourses of all four stands of the DW Stadium.

First Aid
There are two first aid points; the main first aid station is sited in the Springfield Stand. The second first aid point is located in the Boston Stand.

The Pitch
The pitch is 110 metres long by 68 metres wide.

Public Address System
The DW Stadium has a state of the art PA system that is linked to the scoreboard. The speakers are suspended from the roofs of all four stands. The system is capable of broadcasting both voice messages and music and is of a standard you’d expect from a new stadium.

Control Room
The DW Stadium has a designated control room fitted with a communications network linked to all areas of the stadium. It has a CCTV system lined to a bank of monitors in the control room and a computerized turnstile clocking system. It is also linked to the stadium’s PA network. The control room is sited in the West Stand of the DW Stadium and has a full view of the seating areas and playing surface.

Media Faciltieis
There are 10 radio commentary points, 60 press box seats with tables and electricity plug in points and a dedicated press lounges.

Television Facilities & Access
There is a full-length TV gantry, a designated TV Studio, a dedicated TV vehicle car park and cable ducting in to the DW Stadium.

Dressing Rooms
The DW Stadium has four designated changing rooms each with shower facilities and toilets.

Treatment Room There is designated treatment room in the tunnel area of the West Stand.

Doping Control Room
There is a dedicated doping control facility in West Stand of the DW Stadium adjacent to the tunnel area and principal home and away dressing rooms.

Electronic Scoreboard
The stadium has an electronic scoreboard capable of displaying messages, graphics and the match score. The scoreboard is situated on the back wall of the East Stand.

Signage
The DW Stadium is extremely well signposted from all major trunk roads leading into Wigan. The DW Stadium itself is clearly signposted. Each stand is clearly identified. The ticket office, car parks and entrance turnstiles are also clearly signposted.

Health & Safety
The DW Stadium is fully compliant with the guidelines laid down by the ‘Green Guide’. It satisfies all legislation regarding health and safety of a sporting venue.

Toilets
There are 18 toilet blocks situated throughout all four stands in the DW Stadium.

Pubs

DW Fitness South Stand Bar
The South Stand Bar is a supporters bar for season ticket holders only. It opens before and after every match for supporters to socialise. A previous match is normally played before each game and the team news will be announced over the microphone and sometimes an interview with a non playing member of the squad. After the match the bars normally open for an hour and their is a Players Player of the Match presentation. One drawback is that the two bars are very small and queues often unbearably long. Food (pies and peas normally) is available mind you.


Entrance to the South Stand Bar

The Red Robin
This is a great family pub located within walking distance of the ground. Home & Away fans provide a good atmosphere inside on matchdays. Good food is available if you want a pre match eat. This pub can get quite packed however but its the only real pub on the Robin Park complex. This pub also has a "wacky warehouse" for young kids.

Champions Bar
Directly opposite the main (West) entrance (at the back of Kudos night club) to the stadium is a bar in the Robin Park Sports Centre called the "Champions Bar". This is frequented by many Wigan fans before and after the game, and away fans are always welcome. Its a bit hidden though, it doesn't exactly stand out.

Frankie & Bennies
This is a more of a theme restaurant than a pub but there is a small bar area within it. Located a very short walking distance from the stadium. I find the beer quite expensive though.

Food

The DW Stadium is situated on a retail park which contains several food outlets. Best place for a pre match meal is the Red Robin pub. There is also, Pizza Hut, the Frankie & Bennies restaurant, Jamal Indian Takeaway, Burger King and a McDonalds drive-thru if you walk a bit further. There is also a restaurant in the ASDA superstore on the Robin Park complex.

Cash Machines

There are cash machines at the ASDA store as well as a Natwest Machine next to Boots and a machine opposite the Burger King on the Robin Park complex.

Accommodation

There are no hotels near to the Stadium but there are a few in the town centre and surrounding. There's the Quality Hotel opposite where Central Park used to be or the Mabs Cross Hotel on Standishgate. Click Here for more details.

Directions to the DW Stadium

From Yorkshire (M62/M61):
Take the M62 followed by the M61 and exit at junction 6, taking the first exit at roundabout.
Take the next left at the next roundabout and after 0.3 miles turn right following the signs for Wigan B5238.
After 1.8 miles turn left into the Aspull roundabout.
After seeing the Earl of Balcarres pub, turn right at the traffic lights.
At the next set of traffic lights turn left, moving into the left lane and at next lights, turn left again.
Move into the right hand lane (Caroline Street) and follow signs for Orrell.
Pass the "Go Outdoors" store (on your left) keeping in the left lane.
Pass "Office World", "Dominos Pizza" (on the left) and then Wigan Pier (on your right) and keep going through under the railway bridge, move into the right hand lane when you reach the traffic lights and "ScS Sofa" Storeon your right go straight ahead onto Robin Park Road.
You should now be able to see glimpses of the stadium on your right hand side behind the ASDA Store and Robin Park shopping complex.
For the Stadiums Official Car Park, keep going past all that and straight on at the next traffic lights. Go straight on at the roadabout that has a Chinese Restaurant on it, then take the next right. Up that round will be the official car parks. Note that parking on the Robin Park Shopping Complex is prohibited and they lock the car park at 9pm on Match Nights.
The Stadium has 2,500 free car parking spaces off Stadium Way, although street parking is limited.

From North (M6):
Leave M6 at Junction 27
(Wigan/Standish) at top of slip road turn left heading for Standish.
Follow road to T-Junction then turn right.
Follow road for approx. 1 mile then turn left into Wigan Road as signposted.
Follow road for approx. 2-3 miles until you reach large crossroad controlled by traffic lights.
Turn right, continue under bridge, then turn left (opposite Rover dealers) at slip road into Stadium Way, past the DW Soccer Dome into Car parking spaces around the Stadium.

From South (M6):
Leave M6 at Junction 25
At end of slip road turn left at roundabout onto dual carriageway heading into Wigan
Follow carriageway (A49) for approx. 2 miles to crossroads controlled by traffic lights next to Fire Station and opposite ASDA
Turn left and follow the road to traffic lights opposite Rover dealer.
Turn right at lights into Stadium Way, past the DW Soccer Dome into Car parking spaces around the Stadium.

Alternative (M6):
Leave M6 at Junction 26 (Orrell M58 Interchange)
At end of slip road turn right towards Wigan (A577) and follow the road straight on for approx 3 miles (passing through two crossed junctions with traffic lights) to crossroads controlled by traffic lights next to Fire Station and opposite ASDA
Turn left and follow the road to traffic lights opposite Rover dealer (should be signposted by now).
Turn right at lights into Stadium Way, past the DW Soccer Dome into Car parking spaces around the Stadium.

Car Parking:

There are 2500 spaces for fans on match days, and it is very advisable to use the specified areas and not to park anywhere else in Robin Park, except on the DW Stadium Car Parks themselves. Most spaces are unreserved, so if you are going to the Stadium on the day of a big match, get there early to ensure you have a space. There are spaces allocated for disabled supporters too.

Please Note the Asda Superstore now have clamping in operation to deter matchday goers from using their car park.

Trains

There are 2 stations in Wigan.
Wigan North Western - West Coast Main Line (Trains from St Helens Central, Warrington Bank Quay, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Preston & Liverpool).
Wigan Wallgate - East/West Trans-Pennine route. (Trains from Yorkshire, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, Bolton, Salford & Southport).

Both stations are opposite each other in the Town Centre and are approx 1.5 miles (about 20 minutes walk) from the ground.

From Wigan North Western turn left out of the station onto Wallgate (A49) and follow this down, past Wigan Pier and then eventually turning right onto Robin Park Road (when you see the ASDA store). The DW is situated at the back of that store. Alternatively walk along the canal from Wigan Pier to the DW Stadium.

If coming from Wigan Wallgate station turn right out of the station onto Wallgate and follow as above.

Note: If you are travelling to Wigan from Yorkshire via Manchester Piccadilly if should be noted that three trains per hour to Wigan (Monday to Saturday) depart from Manchester Victoria as opposed to just one from Piccadilly. If the Piccadilly to Wigan train isn't due any time soon it will be quicker and time saving to get any train from Piccadilly to Salford Crescent (they depart from Platform 14) and change there to meet a Victoria to Wigan train.

Buses from Wigan Town Centre to the DW Stadium.

Catch First Manchester Bus 628 (Kitt Green Circular). It drops off on Scot Lane opposite the Red Robin Pub. The service departs every ten minutes (Mon - Sat daytime) at 05, 15, 25, 35, 45 & 55 minutes past the hour from Stand P in Wigan Bus Station and stops about two minutes later at Stand C Bus Stop outside Wigan North Western Train Station if you stick your arm out for it to do so.

Buses to Wigan from Local Rugby League areas.

From St Helens - Arriva Merseyside Bus 352 runs every 15 minutes (Monday to Saturday Daytime) from St Helens Bus Station via Billinge and Orrell. Ask for the Saddle Junction which is close to the stadium.
From Leigh - First Manchester Bus 600 runs every 8 minutes (Monday to Saturday Daytime) from Leigh via Lowton, Golborne & Ashton. Ask for the Saddle Junction which is close to the stadium. Alternatively Bus 658 goes from Leigh to Wigan Town Centre.
From Warrington - Arriva Merseyside Bus 360 runs every 30 minutes (Monday to Saturday Daytime) to Wigan Town Centre.

Taxis

Due to rush hour traffic congestion taxis may refuse to take customers from town directly to the Stadium. They will however take customers to the Canal Bridge at the back of the DW. From there its about 3-4 minutes walk to the ground via a footbridge.

Disabled Facilities

Wheelchair Users - The DW has wheelchair positions for up to 250 (200 home, 50 away). This include some pitch side positions although they are normally used. The rest are located on platforms in the corners of each stand (about half way up). Positions are fully covered and flexible seating is available for helpers.

Visually Impaired - 70 home and 30 away positions are available. Positions are allocated 2 rows in front of wheelchair area. Hospital Radio Commentary via an inducted loop area / headset at a £15 returnable deposit. All covered with helpers alongside.

Hearing Impaired - 70 allocated spaces for home and away fans 15 rows from pitchside.

Toilets - Toilets adjacent to wheelchair positions. Refreshment areas in concourse are not dedicated but have low level counters. Steward assistance available on request.

Car Parking - 35 positions available but club advise that you pre book.

Executive Hospitality Lounges

The DW offers superb conference and banqueting facilities for up to 500. All twelve suites have been carefully designed to luxury standard, nine of which enjoy spectacular pitch views. A team of in-house award winning chefs create a wide range of menus for all tastes.

Suites

For details of corporate hospitality options - Click Here

Old Pictures

Outside the stadium before rebranding.

Aerial view of the stadium before rebranding.

Outside the stadium before rebranding.

View towards East and South Stands before rebranding

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