Breaking fast at the football: Blackburn Rovers announce match-day Iftar for Coventry clash

Blackburn Rovers have announced their first ever match-day Iftar event during their fixture against Coventry City next month. 

The club is inviting Muslim supporters to the Legend’s Lounge of Ewood Park for Iftar, the fast-breaking evening meal which immediately follows sunset during the month of Ramadan.

The EFL Championship game is scheduled to kick-off at 7:45pm on Wednesday April 19, with the fast estimated to end at 8:26pm – just before half-time. 

Blackburn with Darwen borough has the largest Muslim population in the North West and second highest in the UK, behind only the London borough of Tower Hamlets, with 35% (54,146) of residents identifying their religion as Islam, according to the 2021 Census.

The introduction of the match-day Iftar is the latest of several community initiatives from the club.

The East Lancashire side received the Diversity Award at last year’s EFL Awards for their Ewood Express program- a special travel service which has provided thousands of local youngsters from local schools, mosques, football teams and community groups the experience of live football. 

Muslims were also invited to observe Eid prayers on the Ewood Park pitch last year – a first for any UK club, which earned Rovers praise from Muslims world-wide. 

Tickets for the Iftar event, which includes a three course meal, are priced at £60 and are available via Rovers.co.uk