Ground Guide - DW Stadium

Capacity: 25113
Postcode: WN5 0UH

Location: Wigan, England
First opened: 1999
Tenants: Wigan Warriors, Wigan Athletic FC
Matches: Quarter Final 2

The stadium was opened by Sir Alex Ferguson before a friendly between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United in 1999. Wigan Athletic had previously played at Springfield Park.

It is home to both Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic FC, both clubs currently play in the highest division in their respective sports, making Wigan one of the best sporting towns in the UK.

After the football club moved into the stadium, the Warriors held their first game at the new stadium. Wigan had just played their final game at Central Park against St Helens, but faced the prospect of playing their play off game against Castleford at the DW Stadium. 

Castleford upset the Warriors with a 14-10 win in favour of the visitors, and unexpectedly ended Wigan’s season early.

The stadium has played host to some of the most iconic test matches in the 21st century. 

The stadium was the venue for the third and deciding Ashes test match in 2001, which Great Britain lost 28-8. The following year Great Britain needed to beat New Zealand in order to tie the series, after both sides drew the second test 14-all. Great Britain were able to draw the series after winning 16-10. 

The second Ashes series in the 21st century was kicked off at Wigan, and it began with a bang. From the kick off Adrian Morley was sent off for a high tackle on Robbie Kearns, and Great Britain went onto lose the match 22-18.

12 months later Great Britain won their first test match against Australia at the Wigan-based stadium after five years. This came during the group stage for the Tri Nations in which the Lions won 24-12. They went onto win the group, but lose the final at Elland Road against the Kangaroos. 

 

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