The Reebok Stadium is the home
stadium of Bolton Wanderers F.C., and is located on the
Middlebrook retail park in Horwich, near Bolton.
It is a modern, all seater stadium with a capacity of 28,000
which was completed in 1997, replacing the club's old ground,
Burnden Park. Despite the improved facilities and larger
capacity (and resultant larger ticket revenues), this move was
unpopular with many of the club's fans. This was partly due to
the new stadium being built out of town, and partly due to
sentimental attachment to the old stadium and its history. In
recognition of this, the street on which the stadium is situated
is called Burnden Way.
The Reebok Stadium is named for long-time club sponsor, Reebok.
Again, this was unpopular with many fans, as it was considered
impersonal, and that too much emphasis was being placed on
financial considerations. This opposition has considerably
lessened since the stadium was built, however, as people grew
accustomed to the name.
In addition to hosting football games, the stadium also offers
other services, such as hosting of catered functions.