Post Office Road

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Post Office Road
Featherstone Rovers Rugby Ground. - geograph.org.uk - 223815.jpg
Location Featherstone, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°40′43″N 1°21′17″W / 53.67861°N 1.35472°W / 53.67861; -1.35472Coordinates: 53°40′43″N 1°21′17″W / 53.67861°N 1.35472°W / 53.67861; -1.35472
Owner Featherstone Rovers
Operator Featherstone Rovers
Capacity 6,750
Surface Grass
Opened 1904
Tenants
Featherstone Rovers

Post Office Road, currently styled as the Bigfellas Stadium for sponsorship purposes (and previously The Chris Moyles Stadium named after the Radio 1 DJ and celebrity Chris Moyles and before that the Lionheart Stadium after sponsorship from UK Coal),[1] is a rugby league ground in Featherstone, near Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England. It is the home of rugby league club Featherstone Rovers. The ground's current capacity is 6,750.

The ground opened in 1904 and has been used by the club since their formation in 1908.[2] The record attendance is 17,000 from a 1957 game against St Helens.

Sponsorship and name changes[edit]

From 2007, it was announced that ground would be renamed the Chris Moyles stadium after the Radio 1 Disc Jockey. This decision attracted criticism from some fans who felt Moyles had nothing to do with the tradition of the club or rugby league (he was born in Leeds and is famously a loyal Leeds United fan). However others saw it as a positive move and good publicity for the team. Moyles did not pay any money in the deal but mentioned Featherstone Rovers occasionally on his breakfast show.[1][3] From 2009, the ground sponsorship was taken up by Bigfellas Nightclub following a two year sponsorship deal.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Herbert, Ian (18 November 2006). "Rugby fans baffled as ground is named after DJ". The Independent. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Featherstone Rovers Yorkshire Rugby League
  3. ^ "Rooney backs Yorkshire schools". Rugby League News. Retrieved 28 January 2007. 
  4. ^ "Featherstone Rovers make a big step to name stadium". Pontefract & Castleford Express. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 

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