is a football stadium
in the English town of Blackburn
, and is the home of Blackburn Rovers Football Club
— one of the founder members of the Football League
and Premier League
. Rovers have played there since they moved from Leamington Street in the summer of 1890. The stadium opened in 1882 and is an all seater multi-sports facility with a capacity of 31,154. It comprises four sections: Darwen End, Riverside Stand (named as such because it stands practically on the banks of the River Darwen), Blackburn End, and Jack Walker Stand, which is named after Blackburn industrialist and club supporter, Jack Walker
. The football pitch within the stadium measures x .
Ewood Park is the second oldest home to a Premier League club. Stamford Bridge
was constructed earlier (1876), although its current tenants did not start playing there until 1905.
Football had been played on the site since at least 1881; Rovers played four matches there when it was known as Ewood Bridge
and was most likely little more than a field. Their first match was against Sheffield Wednesday
on 9 April.
Ewood Park was opened in April 1882 and during the 1880s staged football, athletics and greyhound racing. Rovers moved back in in 1890, signing a ten year lease at an initial annual rent of £60. Their first match at the... Read More