Known to the locals as Bloomers, Bloomfield Road is Blackpool’s purpose-built football stadium. Home to Blackpool FC since 1901, the fortunes of the town’s local team may go up and down more times than the Big Dipper at the Pleasure Beach, but the fans remain loyal and the 17,338-capacity ground still rocks to their chants come match days. If you fancied catching a game while you’re on a Blackpool city break, you may be in luck - tickets rarely sell-out. But if you do miss out on a chance to cheer on the ’Pool, why not take a stadium tour instead to soak up some of the club’s fascinating history?
Why not blow the whistle on your footie-mad Blackpool visit in style, by booking into a Premier Inn near Blackpool FC? There’s one just a 15-minute walk away - making it perfect for a post-match pit-stop before you head out for a night on the town.
Get to the ground early because there’s plenty of entertainment laid on to keep you busy. The club shop opens at 9am on match days and it’s great for souvenirs. Then take your seats in the stadium at 2pm to watch the players warm-up, while big screens play videos and goal compilations along to a pumping soundtrack designed to rev up the crowd.
Whether you’re visiting on an access-all-areas stadium tour or coming to watch the game of the season, we’ve got all the information you need to kick off your Bloomfield Road visit in style.
A 90-minute stadium tour of Bloomfield Road gives you a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes at this historic club. With a professional tour guide leading the way, you’ll get to see the trophy cabinet, the Presidential Suite and the players’ dressing rooms, before walking down the tunnel to go pitchside. Available only on selected days (but usually taking place on a Friday) adult tickets cost £10, concessions cost £7 and there’s a family ticket for £27. To book, call 0844 847 1953 and select Option 3, or visit the club’s website.
League tickets to see Blackpool play are capped at £25 for adults. Under-11s must become a member of Young Seasiders for £5, but this gives them free admission to all home English Football League matches with a paying adult or senior. You can either pick up tickets in advance on the club website, or buy them on the day of the match - the ticket office opens at 9am. Visiting supporter? You may also be able to get tickets on the day at the away ticket booth, situated in the away end. These are subject to availability.
Bloomfield Road has its own family room that opens at 12pm for a 3pm kick-off or at 6pm for an evening game. Here, young footie fans have their own dedicated space, complete with table football, pool and games to keep them busy, while the adults can enjoy some pre-match refreshments at the adjoining Seasiders Bar. They may even get to meet members of the Blackpool first-team who often turn up for photographs and mingling, as well as club mascot Bloomfield Bear who gives out certificates to young fans attending their first game.
There are parking spaces at the stadium for disabled supporters, but these are limited and normally already reserved for season ticket holders. Your best bet is to try one of the council car parks nearby, which offer free parking for up to three hours for blue badge holders. Once inside the stadium, there are wheelchair spaces at the front rows of the North, South and West stands. There’s also a match commentary service so that visually impaired supporters can catch all the action, with free headsets available from the ticket office.
Blackpool’s a town that’s all about fun, and nowhere encapsulates this better than its tower which, unlike other iconic buildings, is packed with fun attractions that just keep multiplying. But what’s on offer at each one?
Blackpool Tower Eye
For those panoramic views from the top, you’ll need to do the Blackpool Tower Eye experience. Once you’ve bought your ticket, your visit starts at the 4D cinema, which gives you a glimpse of the Tower’s history - with special effects that keep things interesting for all. Then you’ll take the lift up to the observation floor 380ft up - and do the glass skywalk if you dare. From there, you can go higher but stairs are involved!
Blackpool Tower Circus
The Blackpool Tower Circus may not have missed a single season since 1894, but it’s still moved with the times. Today the best new acts around flock here to perform their adrenaline filled stunts. But while the acts are bang up-to-date, the circus itself is pleasingly nostalgic - think red velvet seats and ornate gold ceilings. And it’s one of only four circuses in the world to have a secret pool, which makes for some stunning water finales.
Blackpool Tower Ballroom
That famously springy mahogany floor, the ornate Wurlitzer that rises out of the stage - a trip to the elegant ballroom at the Tower is a trip back in time. You can pay a small fee to watch the dancers from the balcony, but if you wanted to take a twirl it costs around £10 (although it’s cheaper if you book online). Or why not book an afternoon tea? It’s £50 for two, but that includes your entrance fee as well as the sarnies and scones.
Blackpool Tower Dungeons
The Blackpool Tower Dungeons has a cast of actors, special effects - and some genuinely frightening moments. Like the London version, it’s a walk-through attraction that brings the darker side of history to life in all its smelly, noisy glory. This time though, it’s Lancashire’s history that’s explored. If you’re of a nervous disposition, you may want to give the ride a miss - called ‘Drop Dead’, it simulates being executed by hanging.
Jungle Jim’s Adventureland
Kids will love the soft play area at the Tower. Jungle Jim’s Adventureland is an Aztec adventure with ball pits, huge slides and loads of things to clamber up and down on. It’s very popular, so sessions are limited to an hour and it’s suitable for anyone younger than 14 and under 4ft 9in. Tickets cost £5 online or £6.50 on the day, but it’s free for adults. You’ll need to swap your ticket for a coloured wristband at reception.
If you’re visiting Bloomfield Road, rest assured you’re never very far away from some delicious fish and chips - this is Blackpool, after all. But if you fancied something different, where should you head for? Find out here.
The ground’s Seasiders Bar opens at 12pm for a 3pm kick-off or at 6pm for an evening game. The pre-match refreshments on offer include alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks as well as the usual chips, pies and burgers, all of which are very reasonably priced. Once inside the stadium, fast food kiosks serve more football-style grub as well as cider and beer to wash it all down with.
Close to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and about a 20-minute walk from the ground, you’ll find the Velvet Coaster. It’s a pub that serves good food like pizza, curry and lasagne in generous proportions - perfect if you’re a hungry football fan! The pub is on the large-side, which makes it easy to find a seat and it’s great if you’re in a hurry - the service is speedy no matter how rammed it gets inside.
Bloomfield Road is less than one and a half miles south of the city centre and is easily accessible by train, car or bus. Or why not book into a Premier Inn near Blackpool FC? There’s one just a 15-minute walk away.
The postcode for your sat nav is FY1 6JJ. On-site parking at the ground is limited so it’s best to use one of the adjacent pay and display facilities, such as the one at Seasiders Way or Bloomfield Road itself.
The stadium is about a mile and a half from the town centre, so to save your legs, jump on either the number 7, 11 or 14 bus. The nearest bus stop to the stadium is on the east side, on Central Drive.
The St Chad’s tram stop is less than a five-minute walk away from Bloomfield Road. From the town centre, head to the North Pier stop and take a tram heading south - there are only four stops until you get to St Chad’s.
Blackpool South train station is just half a mile away from the ground, so it will only take you about 10 minutes to walk. If you’re coming from Blackpool North it’s about half an hour on foot - or just catch a tram from the North Pier.
Seaside kitsch, mountainous sticks of rock and an eye-watering electricity bill - it has to be Blackpool. Light up your visit to the Vegas of the North with a stay at the Premier Inn Blackpool (Beach). And our Premier Inn Hotel Blackpool Airport is right by the airport, yet within walking distance of the seafront.
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