Our Impressions of The JJB Stadium
The JJB stadium is the home of both Wigan RLFC and Wigan Athletic FC, and is a multi million pound stadium built on the Robin Park complex. The opening of the JJB, was the realisation of a dream for the JJB Chairman, Dave Whelan. After the acquisitions of both Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Rugby League, the next step was to bring the towns' sporting clubs together in a fantastic new arena. This he achieved on August 4th 1999.
The stadium itself is an all seated complex, with a capacity of 25,000, and offers excellent facilities for both home and away fans. Unusually for a new stadium, this ground is not fully enclosed, with the corners remaining open. Away fans are normally located in the East (Adidas) stand, which has a total capacity of just under 8,000.
The scoreboard is situated on the back wall of the East (Adidas) stand. Each of the four stands has two large refreshment kiosks located at the concourses level, where you can buy beers, soft drinks, coffee, tea, pies, hotdogs, etc.
The seating capacity of the various stands are listed belowâ€¦
East Stand 7931 seats
West Stand 5814 seat
South Stand 5209 seats
North Stand 5209 seats
All 48 turnstiles are linked to the stadium's ground management computer, thus allowing the club to track the attendance of season ticket holders, etc.
Directions to The JJB Stadium
From the North
Exit the M6 at junction 26 and follow the signs for Wigan. Turn right at the traffic lights at the top of the slip road and then follow the road through Pemberton for about 2 miles until you reach the road junction near Aldi. Turn left at these traffic lights, and then proceed along this road, turning right at the second set of lights into Scot Lane. You should enter the Robin Park Complex with the JJB Stadium ahead of you.
From the South
Exit the M6 at junction 25, and then follow A49 to Wigan. Go straight on at the next roundabout, toward Wigan. Continue until you reach a major road junction, and then follow the road bend left keeping in the left hand lane and then right as you come around the bend turning left at the lights. Continue along this road and then turn right at the second set of lights into Scot Lane. You should enter the Robin Park Complex with the JJB Stadium ahead of you.
We have been asked to point out that parking within other area's of the Robin Park complex can result in you getting a ticket! Check out our '
Local Area around The JJB Stadium
There are 2500 spaces for fans on match days. We strongly recommend that you park in the specified areas, and not in other part of Robin Park, as you may get a ticket! Most spaces are unreserved, and if you are there early enough parking is not a problem. There is also specified parking spaces available for disabled supporters.
Martin Quinn has e-mailed us and recommends the unofficial car parks round the retail complex. 'I've parked on them for every home game since we moved there and have yet to get a parking ticket'. Sounds like a good option.
Barbara Phillips, a JJB regular has dropped us an e-mail, and says 'Your directions to the stadium seem to point people towards parking in the cinema/restaurant/club complex nearby. Officially, parking for matches is not allowed in that area. Though you probably will get away with it, there is no need as the official stadium car parks are huge, free and have proper access to both the north and the south. To get to these car parks, continue on through two sets of lights (after turning off the A49), follow the road as it bends to the right, and turn right into Stadium Road at the next set of lights. i.e. people should turn right after the next set of lights to the one you suggest.'
The Robin Park shopping complex has a large car park which many fans unofficially use. But this season, don't be tempted - the retail park's facilities are being locked from 8.30pm and this could cause a real problem for fans leaving after the game finishes around 9.45pm!
Disabled Facilities at The JJB Stadium
There are 276 disabled spaces within the JJB Stadium. Each side of the ground has 24 disabled spaces, therefore offering a choice to the spectator. All disabled seating has lift or wheel chair access ramps, and there are disabled toilets and access ramps in all stands.
There are also 40 trackside disabled spaces available in the North and South stands, with 50 trackside disabled spaces available in the East and West stands.
There are also facilities for the partially sighted and blind.
There are a limited number of disabled car parking spaces, which can be pre-booked.
Pubs Near The JJB Stadium
Directly opposite the main (West) entrance to the stadium is a bar in a sports hall called the Champions Bar. This is frequented by many Wigan fans before and after the game, and away fans are always welcome.
The Red Robin
This is a haven for home supporters. It's a great pub though, so if you can blag it, then it's worth a try! The atmosphere before & after the match is great, and the food is also pretty good.
Fast Food Near The JJB Stadium
Within Robin Park
Just outside the JJB Stadium and within Robin park itself there are the following restaurants... Frankie & Bennies, Pizza Hut, and Burger King.