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Wigan Athletic - 23 February

INFORMATION FOR TOWN FANS

We travel to Wigan Athletic on Saturday 23 February in the Championship.  The following guide has been produced for Town fans making the trip to DW Stadium.  This is based on Wigan’sinformation for fans visiting the DW Stadium plus additional information specific to this game.

For any further information, please contact Elizabeth Edwards, Supporter Liaison Officer on slo@itfc.co.uk or (+44) (0)7968 876504 or on Twitter at @ITFC_SLO.

Wigan Athletic information

The address for Wigan Athletic Football Club is DW Stadium, Loire Drive, Robin Park, Wigan, WN5 0UZ.

Wigan’s visiting supporters guide can be found on the Wigan Athletic website (https://www.wiganathletic.com/) via the following link:

https://www.wiganathletic.com/siteassets/pdf-documents/waf17575_visitingsupportersbrochureoct18_06.pdf

A printable two page version can be found at the following link:

https://www.wiganathletic.com/siteassets/pdf-documents/waf16426_supportersguideinsert_08web-1.pdf

www.footballgroundguide.com provides some information here:

https://www.footballgroundguide.com/leagues/england/championship/dw-stadium-wigan-athletic.html

We have picked out the key information for Town fans below and added other material based on previous visits to the DW Stadium and information that is specific to our fans.

Specific information for Town fans 

Ticket sales

Tickets are available for this game at a cost of £20 for adults and £15 for seniors (65+).  Tickets for U18s and full-time students with ID are free.  U12s must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Tickets can be purchased on www.itfcdirect.com under tickets/away matches, in Planet Blue on a non-matchday and the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a Saturday match day (up until 13:30) with the usual priorities applying for buying tickets.

Disabled fans requiring tickets should contact ITFC’s Disabled Liaison Officer Lee Smith on 01473 400556 or by email on mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk

Travelling to Wigan

Supporters Coach

For those travelling from Ipswich the official coaches are leaving Portman Road at 07:00 at a cost of £37 for adults (with concession prices for U23s, U19s and 65+ Seniors), and are estimated to arrive back at Portman Road at 23:00.  Coach travel is now on sale, subject to the usual priorities, and can be booked onwww.itfcdirect.com or in Planet Blue on a non-matchday or the Ticket Enquiry Centre on Portman Road on a Saturday match day (up until 13:30).

There is a planned stop at Blyth Services on both the outward and return trip.

Pick-ups at Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket can be arranged for this game.  If you want to organise a pick-up please call the Ticket Enquiries Team on 03330 050503 or email mainticketoffice@itfc.co.uk.   The cut-off point to request a pickup is midday on Wednesday 20 February.  Your details will then be passed onto the coach company, Galloway Travel Group.

Note that all official coaches are non-smoking and the consumption of alcohol on board is strictly forbidden.   ITFC recommend that all supporters under 16 are accompanied by an adult.

Car

Note:  The long-term roadworks on the A14 (several miles either side of Cambridge) are resulting in evening and weekend road closures.  These are not normally announced until just a day or two in advance.  We recommend that you keep an eye on @A14C2H on Twitter – any closures are announced here. to

The postcode for the DW Stadium is WN5 0UZ – however if you are intending to park at the stadium it is recommended you follow the Sat Nav postcode WN5 0UN.  It should be a 4-and-a-half hour drive from Ipswich, but you should allow at least another hour as there are roadworks on all routes.

From Ipswich the most direct route is via the A14 / M6 / M6 toll / M6.  Please note, though, that there are long stretches of roadworks with speed restrictions and likely delays for much of the M6.  We normally take the A1 option (outlined below) to avoid these delays. 

The Wigan visiting supporters guide gives the following directions from the M6: “Exit the M6 at Junction 25.  At the end of the slip road (approx. 1 mile) turn left at the roundabout, sign-posted Wigan A49.   Continue past Sainsbury’s and go straight ahead at the traffic lights.  Follow signs for Wigan A49 for 1.2 miles to Saddle Junction.  At the Saddle Junction, take the first exit sign-posted Standish A49 into Robin Park Road, driving past the Asda superstore.  Follow signs for DW Stadium.  For Stadium car parks, take the third right into Stadium Way.”

The obvious alternative route is via the A14 / A1 / M62 / M61.  At junction 6 of the M61, use the left lane to merge onto De Havilland Way/A6027 towards Chorley (this is the turn-off where you would go right for Bolton’s Macron Stadium).    Google maps then suggests you take the A6, B5238, A49, Spencer Road and Beech Hill Avenue to Stadium Way, Wigan. 

Parking

If you are parking at the ground, the Wigan visiting supporters guide suggests you follow signs for Car Park 1 (Sat Nav postcode WN5 0UN).  Parking costs are £5 for a car or motorbike and £10 for a mini bus.  As with all stadium car parks there is likely to be a delay in getting out of this car park after the game.  The stadium area leads onto a single road out of a retail park, with the exit controlled by traffic lights. 

The guide also advises that fans avoid parking on the adjacent retail park.  www.footballgroundguide.com states that parking here is restricted to two hours and it is not unknown for parking tickets to be handed out.

The car parks at the front of the stadium are owned by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, and must only be used if paying the applicable fee and displaying a ticket.

Otherwise there is parking in Wigan town centre although this is roughly a 20-minute walk from the stadium

Wigan has a limited number of designated spaces for disabled supporter car parking on the adjacent Robin Park Arena, close to turnstiles and entry points to the stadium.  

Train

Note: There are planned engineering works on the Ipswich to London line with buses replacing trains between Witham and Newbury Park.

There are two train stations in Wigan.  Wigan North Western is on the East Coast Mainline with frequent services to Preston, Birmingham and London on Virgin Trains.  Local services to Liverpool, Bolton and Manchester operate to and from Wigan Wallgate, which is directly across the road from Wigan North Western.

It is a long old trip by train taking at least five hours 15 minutes and in most cases much longer.   The good news is that the Northern Rail strikes have now finished. 

There are two options, cross country and via London.

Going cross country, there are a number of options.  For example, leaving Ipswich at 06:00 with changes in Ely and Birmingham New Street will get you to Wigan North Western at 11:37.  The 08:00 from Ipswich with changes at Peterborough, York and Manchester Oxford Road gets to Wigan North Western at 13:19.  Leaving at the same time with two changes at Ely and Birmingham New Street you will arrive at Wigan North Western at 13:37.  On the way back there is a train at 17:49 from Wigan North Western.  Changing at Manchester Oxford Road and Ely you will arrive back in Ipswich at 23:22.

Via London, trains leave from London Euston for Wigan North Western.  The journey will involve a train from Ipswich to Witham where you pick up a bus to Newbury Park.  From Newbury Park you take the underground to Euston to pick up the train to Wigan.  An example journey is to leave Ipswich at 07:09 and arrive in Wigan at 12:24.  The journey time from London is around two hours – note that there are other trains from London Euston to Wigan which are timetabled to take much longer (up to three hours).  After the game there is a train back to London at 18:09 – if you are going onwards to Ipswich you should arrive back at 23:42.  There is an earlier train out at 17:28 but this requires a change at Crewe for London (note this train does go to London Euston but takes 3 and a half hours if you don’t change at Crewe).

Whatever your travel plans, it’s worth checking www.greateranglia.co.uk for updated times and any late changes to engineering works. 

Getting to the ground from the station

Walking

Wigan North Western and Wigan Wallgate (for Town fans travelling on local services from Manchester, Liverpool and Bolton) are a 20 – 25 minute walk from the ground. 

If you are walking from Wigan Wallgate turn right out of the station and go down the road past Wigan North Western Station which will be on the left-hand side.   So, if you are walking from Wigan North Western station turn left out of the station.  Go under the railway bridge and walk along Wallgate Road. When you come to Domino’s Pizza on the left-hand side the road will fork.  Stay on the right hand side passing Topps Tiles on the right.  Pass the Volkswagen Garage which will be on your right to a bridge over a canal.  You should be able to see the DW stadium on your right.  You can either continue straight on under a railway bridge and then turn right into Frith Road which leads into Stadium Way.  Alternatively, turn right over the bridge and follow the home fans along the shortcut alongside the canal.

Bus

www.footballgroundguide.com mentions the 621 First Manchester Bus which goes from between Wigan Wallgate and Wigan North Western and drops off outside the Red Robin pub which is around a 3-4 minute walk from the stadium.  The 600 bus, which is a bit more frequent, runs from the stations to the Robin Park roundabout which is about a 5-10 minute walk to the ground.

The Wigan visiting supporters guide mentions that GMPT / South Lancs Travel operate a circular 644 service to and from Wigan bus station which has several stops on Robin Park Road, 2 mins walk from the DW Stadium. The following services all pass ASDA at Newtown, which is 5 mins walk from the DW Stadium; 605, 606, 610, 631 and 632 all from Wigan bus station.

Pubs

The Red Robin pub, opposite the cinema complex, and approximately 500 yards from the stadium is used mainly by away fans.

Outside the away turnstiles, in the North Stand, is the Marquee suite which is specifically for away fans.  The bar sells hot and cold drinks, including alcohol, and food and shows football on the big screen.  We have always found this bar to be very friendly and welcoming.

www.footballgroundguide.com also mentions town centre pubs (about a 20 – 25 minute walk from the stadium).  There is a Wetherspoons, the Moon Under Water, and the Anvil pub which is next to the bus station.  If you are planning to pop into the Swan & Railway, opposite Wigan North Western rail station, we understand that it has been closed for some months.  (All is not lost though – see the next paragraph for a further suggestion).

We also put in a mention for a pub called Wigan Central, Arch no 1&2, Queen Street, WN3 4DY.  It is a multi-award-winning pub, including Wigan CAMRA Pub of the Year.  Owned by Prospect Brewery, it offers up to 7 real ales, and is railway themed, with arrival and departure boards for both Wigan stations.  There’s no official dress code, but it sounds as if anoraks are ‘de rigueur’.

Any shops and food outlets near the ground?

The DW Stadium is next to the Robin Retail Park, which is home to several large stores including Currys PC World, Next, Boots, Smyths Toys, Argos and Pets at Home.  Within Next is a Costa Coffee café, whilst Burger King, KFC and Subway are at the far side of the retail park. The Red Robin pub, mentioned above, is approximately 500 yards from the stadium and is welcoming to all supporters, but is used mainly by fans of the visiting club. 

Can I get money?

The nearest cash machine is a 5 minute walk away from the DW Stadium, located outside the Argos store on the Robin Retail Park.

At the ground

Dave Whelan Statue

The Dave Whelan statue outside the DW stadium is definitely worth a look.  It shows Dave Whelan holding aloft the FA Cup and is fantastically realistic.  But Town fans would expect that to be the case, as the sculptor is very familiar to us – Sean Hedges Quinn who sculptured the superb Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson statues at Portman Road.  Sean has been commissioned to sculpture the Kevin Beattie statue for Portman Road so we should soon see another great example of his work.   

Wigan Athletic Family Zone

The Family Zone is located under the East Stand and is open to all supporters both home and away from 90 minutes before kick off.  Entry is free and the activities on offer include football competitions, X-Box computers, pool, table football and face painting.

Refreshments are available with free tea and coffee for adults and free fruit for youngsters.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Family Zone also incorporates The Game Zone, home to games consoles allowing younger fans to pit their wits against fellow fans and sometimes even first team players.  Wigan Athletic are also the first club in the country to offer supporters the opportunity to enjoy a Virtual Reality experience, but parental permission must be granted for supporters under the age of 12.

Tickets on the day?

It is not yet known whether tickets will be available on the day of the match.  This information will be published on the club website (www.itfc.co.uk), twitter (@IpswichTown) and facebook (www.facebook.com/officialitfc) as soon as the information is available. 

Away end

We will be located in the North Stand.  This also houses the Marquee Suite, mentioned above. 

 

Disabled Supporters

Each stand at the DW Stadium has two designated accessible platforms in excellent positions with catering and toilet facilities available, lifts to the concourse and direct access to the platforms. These platforms are designated for supporters, who use a wheelchair, with personal assistant seats allocated alongside the platforms.

Programmes

Wigan Athletic produce a match programme for every match at the DW Stadium.  The match programme is on sale from approximately 90 minutes before the game from the yellow mobile kiosks outside the DW Stadium. The match programme is priced at £3.00.

Security

As at all grounds expect to be searched prior to entering the stadium. 

Food and Drink facilities

According to Wigan’s own guide, concourse catering includes the usual football fare.  We think they are being a bit modest, as Wigan is famous for its pies, and they have often been a bit of a highlight for us.  Their guide does mention a “pea supper pie”, which surely has to be tried!  Details and prices can be found in the Concourse Catering section at the following link:

https://www.wiganathletic.com/siteassets/pdf-documents/waf17575_visitingsupportersbrochureoct18_06.pdf

Smoking

Smoking of cigarettes and e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere in the stadium.  Supporters who wish to smoke or use e-cigarettes can exit the DW Stadium, using gate P, and with the directions of stewards. Supporters need to ensure that they have their match tickets with them to ensure re-entry.

Flags

Away supporters may position flags in selected areas of the North Stand.  However, flags must not have poles attached and must not obscure sponsors’ advertising banners.

Anti-social behaviour

If you see, hear or are the victim of discrimination or anti-social behaviour, please report this to the Wigan Athletic ‘Together’ incident reporting line by texting WIGAN to 80800 and providing details of the incident.

You can also report any discrimination or anti-social behaviour to Kick it Out using the Kick It Out app which is available to download from the App Store or Google Play, or via: Facebook /kickitoutofficial; Twitter @kickitout; email info@kickitout.org; phone 0800 169 9414

Staying the night?

Only a short walk down the road off Stadium Way (postcode - WN5 0LX), Wigan Athletic have partnered with the Holiday Inn Express.  Guests are able to enjoy 20% off hotel food and beverage when you book your room directly with Holiday Inn Express – your match ticket must be presented when booking and at point of purchase.

There are a number of other hotel options around the town centre, so a fair bit closer to pubs and nightlife.