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"Great for the big game, dour for the average gate."

has rated Ewood Park 4.0 out of 5.

smithybridge-blue's review of Ewood Park

Easily accessable, Ewood Park, although 3 sides being completely re-built since the advent of the Premier League, has retained its Lancashire character. A good atmosphere can be created for the big games but the place can be rather subdued for the average fixture. The future of big games regularly featuring at this stadium is in doubt as the takeover of new owners, and the manner in which they are running the club does not auger well for the immediate future (2012-13) having suffered relegation from the Premier League and a succession of new managers, whom are largely unwanted by demanding supporters who are used to better.


Well located considering that this ground has been in this part of Blackburn since the year dot, and the club has never had to locate to the edge of a suburban sprawl, like most new grounds these days. A short hop off the M65 (well signposted) and a couple of miles walk from Blackburn railway Station. There are a couple of large car parks at the ground, but sidestreet parking is for residents only and are strictly patrolled. A good 1 mile walk to the ground if you find a street outside the restriction zone.


The views of the playing area are excellent, especially from the upper tiers of the Jack Walker Stand, The Blackburn End and The Darwin End. The old Riverside Stand lets the whole aspect of the ground down, but if another Stand was constructed along the same line as the 3 newer structures it would never be filled due to the overall lack of support for this club unless they are playing their local rivals from Manchester, Liverpool or Burnley.


Facilities within the stadium in the 3 newer stands are very good. Refreshingly clean and well maintained. TVs easily veiwable on the spacious concourse and plenty of room to queue for toilets and food.

Food & Drink

As usual - rather expensive. One and a half to two times normal shop prices for pies, crisps and chocolate bars and a quid on the normal price of a run-of-the-mill pint of beer. They do a meal deal which is a bit cheaper - but it's not what I call a deal!

Police & Stewards

Not much evidence of police at low key games. Stewards friendly and helpful. Office staff very pleasant and helpful.


When the ground has a full house (generally for local derbies due to the large allocation of tickets given to visiting supporters) the atmosphere can be fantastic, obviously due to a vociferous away following. For your average game the place can come across as rather subdued, dour and soulless.

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Ratings for Ewood Park

LocationAspect 1 rating: 3.5 stars
ViewAspect 2 rating: 4.0 stars
FacilitiesAspect 3 rating: 4.0 stars
Food & DrinkAspect 4 rating: 2.5 stars
Police & StewardsAspect 5 rating: 4.0 stars
AtmosphereAspect 6 rating: 3.0 stars
OverallOverall rating: 4.0 stars

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