The Reebok Stadium
The Reebok Stadium is the home stadium of English Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, and is located in the Middlebrook Retail Park in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester.
It is commonly known as 'The Reebok'. It has four stands: The Bolton Evening News (North) Stand at one end, the Woodford Group (south) Stand (the away end) at the other end, the West Stand at one side of the pitch and the Nat Lofthouse (east) Stand at the other side. The stadium has a hotel built into it, giving stunning views of the pitch from some of the rooms. The hotel is operated by the De Vere brand.
It is a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of 28 723, 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 stadium is noted for its distinct gabled architecture. It was opened on September 1, 1997, by the recently appointed Labour Party deputy prime minister John Prescott.
The Reebok Stadium is named for long-time team 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 fans have grown accustomed to the name.
The first competitive -- and English Premier League -- match at the stadium was a 0–0 draw between Bolton and Everton on September 1, 1997.
The first player to score at the stadium was Alan Thompson, with a penalty in the 1–1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, on September 23. Chris Armstrong, who later in his career had a short spell with Wanderers, got the equaliser.
The first club to win a competitive match at the Reebok Stadium was Aston Villa, 1–0 on October 4, in the stadium's fifth match. Savo Miloševic scored the goal.
In addition to hosting football games, the stadium also offers other services, such as a hotel and function rooms.
The stadium has been used to host concerts by famous acts such as Oasis, P!nk, Elton John and Coldplay.
Most notably, footage from the Coldplay concert was used in the video for the single, "Fix You", which shows lead singer Chris Martin entering the stage as the song reaches its climax.
The stadium has also held Great Britain rugby league internationals, the UK Open Darts Championship and boxing matches with local boxer Amir Khan.
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