There are many world class venues for sport in Lancashire. With 13 teams in the Premier and football league all having their own all-seater stadiums, just the football teams in the region provide facilities that are as good as any area of this size has in the world.
The football stadium facilities are headed by Old Trafford which is the home to Manchester United Football Club. The stadium can seat 74,994 spectators which makes it the largest football club stadium in the country and Manchester United have used it since 1910. During the redevelopment of Wembley, the National side used the ground for many of its home games.
Manchester City play their home games at the City of Manchester stadium which can hold 54,000 spectators. The Stadium was originally built to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Once the games had been completed, the stadium was restructured so that Manchester City could now make it their home ground.
The venue is also known as the Etihad Stadium and replaced the club’s old home ground, Maine Road, where the team had played for the previous 80 years. The City of Manchester stadium is the 4th largest club ground in the country and currently the side are the Premier League champions.
The sixth largest football stadium in the country is Anfield which is the home ground for Liverpool FC. The side have played at the ground since 1892 and has hosted some famous European matches especially at the end of the 20th century where Liverpool had one of the strongest club sides in the world.
One of the newest football stadiums in the county is the Macron Stadium which is the home of Bolton Wanderers. The ground was built in 1997 and replaced the old ground Burden Park. The construction includes a hotel with some of the rooms having views of the pitch.
It is a very modern stadium which includes the Bolton Wanderers Free School. It has a capacity for 28,700 spectators and has multi-purpose use with a number of music concerts being hosted there.
A stadium which is used by two sports is the DW Stadium and it is home to Wigan Athletic Football Club and Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club. The stadium is owned by Dave Whelan who took over JB sports to create DW sports fitness.
The football club owns the venue, but it is also leased out to the Warriors, with the agreement set in place for another 50 years. The stadium has a capacity for 24,826 spectators and can also be used for music events and a variety of other entertainments.
The Old Trafford name in Manchester is also given to the home of the county’s cricket team, Lancashire CCC. Only half a mile away from the football ground, the venue can hold 26,000 spectators and cricket has been played there since 1857.
There has been much redevelopment of the ground since 2003. This has resulted in the wickets changing from an east-west alignment to a north-south position. There is now a new media centre and many hospitality boxes are found within the main stands.
Lancastrians love of sport is reflected by the quality of the stadiums the county has to offer. As well as these grounds hosting club matches many of them are also home to international games.