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Your essential Plough Lane guide for Bolton

12 August 2021

Where to go, what will be open - and everything you need to know for our historic homecoming.

How to access the Stadium

Plough Lane will open for home fans from 1pm (two hours before kick-off) and it is advised that these fans arrive as early as possible. Away supporters can arrive from 1.30pm onwards. Supporters must enter the Stadium via their designated entrance for their stand which is indicated on their ticket. Additionally, fans will be required to go through security where bags may be searched.


Below is a colour coded map of the Stadium entrances to help fans find their allocated point of entry. 



All home fans will enter via the Plough Lane end of the Stadium only. Please note that fans in the Movers Stand or Ry Stand can only enter via Gates 3, 4 and 5. Gate 6 is not open for this game. Fans seated in the Cappagh Stand can only enter via Gate 2.

Away fans can only access the Stadium by Gate 7, which is accessed via St Martin’s Way or Maskell Road. 


There will be no parking on site (accessible spectators will be given separate guidelines). We recommend fans travel to the Stadium by train, bus, or, if you are local, by simply walking to the ground. There will be no parking available at Garrett Business Park.


To help reduce queues at checkpoints, we ask fans not to bring bags into the Stadium where possible. If essential, then please only bring an A5 bag (21cm x 15 cm x 10cm) or a clear bag only. Large bags or suitcases (including cabin bags) are not permitted.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks will be available to purchase at the Stadium. Fans are also permitted to bring water in a clear plastic bottle if they wish. However, no glass, cans, metal bottles or thermos flasks will be allowed. All fans will have access to food and drink concessions around the Stadium, although, unfortunately due to fire regulations, fans in the Ry and Movers Stands will not have access to the first floor concessions in the Cappagh Stand. As a result, all fans seated in the Cappagh Stand will need to show their match ticket in order to get back to the first floor concourse. Please note that all concessions will close at 4:15pm.

Cashless Stadium

For this test event we will be testing a semi cashless Stadium. This means that most of the Stadium will only accept card payments apart from the club shop and Matchday Magazine sellers. Fans who turn up on the day with only cash will be able to purchase vouchers in denominations of £10 at the Matchday Magazine stalls which can then be used to buy food and drinks in the concessions.

The Club Shop

The club shop will be open from 11.30am to 2.45pm, and then again between 5pm and 6.30pm.

Matchday Magazine

The Matchday Magazine can be purchased for £3 at the club shop and also inside each of our four stands. Sellers will also be positioned outside the Cappagh Stand entrance and at our new Ry and Movers Stands entrance along Plough Lane.


All home fans from general admission areas will have access to the pub. However, as this is a test event the pub will operate during the same opening times as the other concessions throughout the Stadium meaning it will not be open after the match. This will not be the case for future games.


Although it is not compulsory, we’d like encourage fans to adhere to the covid protocols:

  • When inside the concourse areas, corridors, toilets and other internal areas, fans are encouraged to wear a face covering. Masks will not be required in the stands and external areas however you can continue to wear a mask if you wish.
  • Fans will have the option to scan a track and trace QR code upon arrival to the Stadium as we look to reduce the spread of the virus – this is not mandatory requirement to enter the Stadium.
  • Fans are asked to read to the Supporters Code of Conduct prior to being able to download their tickets, in particular you must agree to the following:
    • Please do not attend the match if you display Covid-19 symptoms 48 hours prior to the test event
    • Please do not attend the match if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days
    • Please do not attend the match if you currently self-isolating

We encourage all fans to take a lateral flow test 48 hours prior to the event, however, it must be stressed that you will not have to provide a negative test result to enter the Stadium. We are aware of the number of asymptomatic carriers or mildly symptomatic people in the community therefore this will help to keep everyone safe both inside and outside of the ground.

Although fans are not required to social distance whilst seated in the stands, we advise fans to keep a moderate distance between parties whilst walking throughout the concourse areas. 


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