Ewood Park is the home ground for Blackburn Rovers Football Club and is located in Blackburn, Lancashire. Blackburn Rovers is a legendary club, having been a founding member of both the Football League and the Premier League. The team has been playing its games at Ewood Park since summer 1890 when they moved out of the Leamington Road ground.
Old Ewood Park
There has been football taking place at Ewood Park since at least 1881. It had its official opening in 1882, with Blackburn Rovers moving into the ground permanently in 1890. There were a number of renovations over these early years, particularly after a portion of a stand collapsed with the 20,000 crowds during a game against Everton.
It was in 1913 that a two-tier stand was built at Ewood Park, which meant that the total capacity for the ground was now over 70,000. It was in 1929 that the record crowd for a game at Ewood Park was seen.
This saw over 65,500 people pack in for a clash against Bolton Wanderers. It was in 1958 that floodlights were first installed into the stadium.
New Ewood Park
When Jack Walker bought Blackburn Rovers, he set out on a mission to improve the club in all facets. He began to lead the financing for the renovation work towards the end of the 1980s. He set about plans to build three new stands at Ewood Park that would see the newly renovated all-seated stadium having a capacity of over 31,000.
The first two of these new stands were open for business in February 1994, with all of the work being completed in August 1994. The official opening took place in November 1995, with Blackburn beating Nottingham Forest 7-0.
The largest stand is named after Jack Walker being the Walker Stand. This can seat 11,000 people and was built in the early 1990s. It is a key location for hospitality boxes in the stadium. The Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End contains 8,000 seats and was also built at the beginning of the 1990s. It has a statue of Jack Walker and a memorial garden for the long time owner and lifelong support of the club.
The RFS Riverside Stand was replaced in 1988 after it was found to be unsafe. It is the oldest portion of the current stadium and holds about 1,256 people. There have been plans to redevelop this stand and increase the capacity of the stadium by about 9,000. Finally, the Bryan Douglas Darwen End was developed in 1993 and this two-tier stand plays host to both away and home fans.
Blackburn Rovers was created in 1875 and in 1888 it was a founding member of the Football League, as well as being one of the founder members of the Premier League in 1992. It has been playing at Ewood Park since 1890.
Over the years, the club has been the top flight league winners on three occasions, including winning the Premier League in 1994/1995 after finishing runner-up the previous season. It has also captured six FA Cups, as well as a Football League Cup.
The main rival for the club is with Burnley, with the East Lancashire Derby always being hotly contested. The club now plays in the Championship, having been in football's top flight for most of its existence.
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