12:32 15 February 2012
By Latics Staff
A brief history of the DW Stadium
On the 1st of August 2009 the home of Wigan Athletic became "The DW Stadium" in partnership with DW Sports Fitness.
The change in name brings about a new era fro the Club after the previous name deal with JJB Sports came to an end.
The Stadium was built by Alfred McAlpine and completed in August 1999. Wigan Athletic had spent the previous 67 years playing at Springfield Park, and the first football match at the JJB Stadium was a friendly against Morecambe, just before the stadium's official opening.
The stadium's official inauguration was marked with a friendly between Wigan Athletic and neighbours Manchester United on the 4th August 1999, who were then reigning European Champions, with Sir Alex Ferguson officially opening the stadium.
The first competitive football match here took place on 7 August 1999, with Wigan Athletic facing Scunthorpe United in a Division Two match. Simon Haworth scored twice, including the first competitive goal at the new stadium, as Athletic triumphed 3-0.
Latics strangely, were also the first away team to win a competitive football match at the stadium. A first round FA Cup tie against non-league Cambridge City was played here due to City's ground being deemed unsuitable to host the tie. Latics played in their change strip and used the away dressing room since it was technically a 'home' game for Cambridge City. Stuart Barlow scored twice in the game to secure the win for Wigan.
FACTS & FIGURES
Boston (East) Stand - 8206 seats and 24 disabled spaces
Springfield (West) Stand - 6072 seats and 24 disabled spaces
South Stand - 5378 seats and 21 disabled spaces
North Stand - 5392 seats and 21 disabled spaces
16 trackside disabled spaces are available in the Springfield Stand
Disabled Toilets and access ramps in all stands
Hospitality Lounges Dining Capacities
Club lounge - 120 dining
Coors lounge - 120 dining
Chairman’s Suite - 12 dining or 18 standing
Directors Suite - 24 dining or 30 standing
Chairman's Guest Suite - 24 dining or 30 standing
4 Executive Boxes - 14 each box
Second Floor lounges - 400 dining
Marquee - 350 dining
South Stand Suite - 350 dining
There are 2000 car parking spaces and coach parking for 30 - 40 coaches
There are 276 disabled spaces within the DW Stadium. All disabled seating has lift or wheel chair access ramps. There are also facilities for the partially sighted and blind.
Disabled Car Parking Spaces
There are a limited number of disabled car parking spaces.
Floodlight average lux levels are 1202
All 48 turnstiles are linked to the stadium’s ground management computer and have recently been upgraded to the Fortress GB RFiD & Barcode access system
There are four refreshment kiosks in the concourses of all four stands of the DW Stadium.
There are two first aid points; the main first aid station is sited in the Springfield Stand. The second first aid point is located in the Boston Stand.
The pitch is 110 metres long by 68 metres wide.
Public Address System
The DW Stadium has a state of the art PA system that is linked to the scoreboard. The speakers are suspended from the roofs of all four stands. The system is capable of broadcasting both voice messages and music and is of a standard you’d expect from a new stadium.
The DW Stadium has a designated control room fitted with a communications network linked to all areas of the stadium. It has a CCTV system lined to a bank of monitors in the control room and a computerized turnstile clocking system. It is also linked to the stadium’s PA network. The control room is sited in the West Stand of the DW Stadium and has a full view of the seating areas and playing surface.
There are 10 radio commentary points, 60 press box seats with tables and electricity plug in points and a dedicated press lounges. The press box is also equipped with TV monitors to allow members of the press to see instant replays of the action.
Television Facilities & Access
There is a full-length TV gantry, a designated TV Studio, a dedicated TV vehicle car park and cable ducting in to the DW Stadium.
The DW Stadium has four designated changing rooms each with shower facilities and toilets.
Treatment Room There is designated treatment room in the tunnel area of the West Stand.
Doping Control Room
There is a dedicated doping control facility in West Stand of the DW Stadium adjacent to the tunnel area and principal home and away dressing rooms.
The stadium has an electronic scoreboard capable of displaying messages, graphics and the match score. The scoreboard is situated on the back wall of the East Stand.
The DW Stadium is extremely well signposted from all major trunk roads leading into Wigan. The DW Stadium itself is clearly signposted. Each stand is clearly identified. The ticket office, car parks and entrance turnstiles are also clearly signposted.
Health & Safety
The DW Stadium is fully compliant with the guidelines laid down by the ‘Green Guide’. It satisfies all legislation regarding health and safety of a sporting venue.
There are 18 toilet blocks situated throughout all four stands in the DW Stadium.