Timeline: A history of the Reebok Stadium

The Bolton News: An aerial view of the Reebok Stadium An aerial view of the Reebok Stadium

AS Bolton Wanderers bid farewell to the Reebok Stadium and start a new era with the Macron Stadium, we look at the history of the ground.

1997: The all-seater Reebok Stadium with a capacity of 28,723 is completed, replacing the club’s old ground Burnden Park. It is opened by Labour’s deputy prime minister John Prescott.

The first competitive match between Wanderers and Everton on September 1 ends in a 0-0 draw.

1999: The lowest attendance for a competitive match was recorded when Wanderers played Gillingham in the second round of the League Cup.

2000: The stadium is used for the Rugby League World Cup Semi-Final between England and New Zealand.

2001: Home of the Wanderers hosts rugby league’s World Club Challenge Grand Final between Australian side Brisbane Broncos and St Helens.

2003: Wanderers record their highest Premier League crowd of 28,353 in the clash against Leicester City on December 28.

2004: Record League Cup attendance of 18,037 is recorded in the third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

2005: Piano man Elton John plays at the Reebok and Coldplay film the video for hit single Fix You during two sell out concerts at the stadium.

2005 Bolton boxing star Amir Khan won wins last match of his amateur career beating Mario Kindelan at the Reebok.

2008: Reebok gets its lowest Premier League attendance of 17,014 against Derby County on January 2.

2008: Wanderers hit the heights in Europe with a record UEFA Cup attendance of 26,163 against Atletico Madrid on February 14.

2013: The Reebok hosts its 10th consecutive UK Open Darts Championship.

2013: Wanderers unveil a bronze statue of their most famous player, Nat Lofthouse, ahead of the game against Queens Park Rangers on August 24.

2014: Wanderers announce name and sponsorship change from Reebok Stadium to Macron Stadium.

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12:13am Fri 25 Apr 14

CarlXVIGustaf says...

Gartslime is the king of sleaze and his time is running out. The Bolton News must not be brow-beaten by the Chairman. He has failed and has dragged us into the filth while earning silly money for his failure.
Gartslime is the king of sleaze and his time is running out. The Bolton News must not be brow-beaten by the Chairman. He has failed and has dragged us into the filth while earning silly money for his failure. CarlXVIGustaf
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6:38am Fri 25 Apr 14

Our streets says...

You forgot to mention....Broken Britain
You forgot to mention....Broken Britain Our streets
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7:39am Fri 25 Apr 14

CarlXVIGustaf says...

Welcome to broken Bolton!
Welcome to broken Bolton! CarlXVIGustaf
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12:14pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Bristol White says...

I don't think this is correct. I thought that the capacity of the Reebok was 25,000 when opened, with the capacity increasing a few years later. Can the Bolton News check this?
I don't think this is correct. I thought that the capacity of the Reebok was 25,000 when opened, with the capacity increasing a few years later. Can the Bolton News check this? Bristol White
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3:38pm Fri 25 Apr 14

stantheman133 says...

People will still call it the "Reebok" stadium for years to come.
People will still call it the "Reebok" stadium for years to come. stantheman133
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10:33pm Fri 25 Apr 14

CarlXVIGustaf says...

Attendance for 1998 RL International GB vs NZ was 27,486 after a season where all the home sellouts were officially (but incorrectly) stated as 25,000
Attendance for 1998 RL International GB vs NZ was 27,486 after a season where all the home sellouts were officially (but incorrectly) stated as 25,000 CarlXVIGustaf
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