LFW Travel Guide – Bolton, Reebok Stadium
Wednesday, 30th Nov -0001 00:00 by Clive Whittingham
QPR hit the road again next Saturday with a crunch relegation six pointer at Bolton. If you’re going to support the lads, read on.
Ground Name: Reebok Stadium
Address: Burnden Way, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6JW
Main Number: 0844 871 2932
Box Office: 0844 871 2932
A long trip, 214 miles and just shy of four hours from Loftus Road, but a very easy one as the Reebok Stadium sits right next to the M61 motorway. Use the M1 out of London and then the M6 north until it reaches junction 21a. Join the M62 there, heading east, and go two junctions until it becomes the M60. Go two junctions east on the M60, leaving at 15 and join the M61 towards Preston, Wigan and Bolton. Leave at junction six and the ground is basically right there and clearly valuable.
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Parking: Certainly no shortage of that here. The official away car park behind the away end charges £6 per car but does box them in which means you can only leave when the person in front of you leaves – that said, QPR’s travelling support may not be big in number for this one so you may be alright. Alternatively lots of the businesses in the surrounding business park do parking cheaper (usually £4) and with a quicker get away. To get there go past the stadium on your left then get in the right hand filter lane to turn right into Lostock Lane. The Beehive Pub next to the ground has parking for £5 which I then refunded if you go in and spend at the bar.
Train: Firstly, a reminder that Horwich Parkway is the station next to the ground, on the Manchester to Preston and Blackpool line, not Bolton which is on the stopper service and is miles away. If we’re here next season then a tip is to go via Preston, which is substantially cheaper than via Manchester when booked in advance. At this late stage though it’s either £74 return or try the 0840 which can have you at Horwich for 1124 for £37.10 and then the 1446 back that comes back to Euston at 1742 for £19 - £56.10 in total. The station is literally right next to the ground.
Coach: The coach leaves Loftus Road at 6.30am for this 12/45 kick off. It will pick up at the Target Roundabout at 7am. The price is £32 adults, £21 seniors and young adults, and £19 for juniors. Usual discount for season ticket holders. The LSA coach is leaving The Springbok at 7.30am priced £30 adults and £20 concessions, call Gary on 07506 028 189 to book.
Pubs: As ever with an out of town ground the pickings are slim. The Beehive is the pub right next to the ground, and then further past the away end on Lostock Lane (see directions in parking section) is The Barnstormers. The place is surrounded by the usual hideous eateries – McDonalds, Burger King, Pizza Hut – however the bars on the nearby retail park have strictly enforced home fan only policies.
Tickets: Rangers have an initial allocation of 2,781 tickets in the lower tier of the South Stand behind the goal. They’re priced £22 for adults, £15 for seniors and young adults and £9 for juniors. Wheelchair tickets are the same with a free helper. Concessions will be required to produce identification at the turnstiles. Tickets are on general sale until close of business next Thursday, March 8.
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