Wigan Athletic Football Club,
THE DW Stadium, named after club’s owner Dave Whelan, was officially opened in May 1999 by Sir Alex Ferguson, and has a capacity of 25,168. The inaugural game in the ground, then named the JJB Stadium, was a friendly against Ferguson’s then European Champions Manchester United.
Away fans are situated in North Stand (5,418), while home fans cheer the team on from the Boston Stand (8,238), the South Stand (5,412) and the Springfield Stand (6,100).
Intriguingly, the first away team to win at the stadium were... Wigan Athletic! An FA Cup First Round tie against Cambridge City had to be played there as the opposition’s facilities were deemed unsuitable, so the Latics had to play in their change strip and use the away dressing rooms at their home ground! They won the game 2-0.
A Foot in Both Camps:
John Butler is remembered fondly by both sets of supporters after making over 300 senior appearances for Stoke City and Wigan Athletic. The full-back started his career at Springfield Park, spending seven years with the Latics before making the move to the Victoria Ground for £100,000 in 1988. He returned to Wigan in 1995, and finished his professional career there, retiring in 1997.
On leaving the Britannia Stadium, take the A50 then merge onto the A500.
Join the M6 motorway, signposted the North West.
Leave the M6 at Junction 25, taking the A49 signposted to Wigan.
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Warrington Road/A49.
Go through the next roundabout.
At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Robin Park Drive.
Turn right onto Loire Drive.
Go through the next roundabout, then the DW Stadium will be on your right.
The DW Stadium has 2000 car-parking spaces located around the stadium. Please refrain from using the Robin Retail Park, cinema, Asda and B&Q car-parks.
Visiting fans can use ‘Car Park 1’ at a charge of £5 for cars, £10 for minibuses and £20 for coaches.
50 miles. Journey time – 55 minutes. For the Sat Nav: WN5 0UZ.
Wigan is served by two railway stations (almost opposite each other on Wallgate in Wigan), Wigan Northern Western and Wigan Walgate.
Wigan North Western is on the West-Coast mainline with links to Liverpool while Wigan Wallgate is used for regional services to Manchester, Southport and Liverpool (via Kirkby).
Taxis are available from outside Wigan North Western station which is approximately 1.4 miles away from the DW Stadium.
BBC Radio Manchester and Absolute Radio Wigan broadcast live commentary on the majority of Wigan’s matches.