Spotland Stadium

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Spotland Stadium
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Full name Spotland Stadium
Location Spotland, Rochdale, England
Coordinates 53°37′15″N 2°10′48″W / 53.62083°N 2.18000°W / 53.62083; -2.18000Coordinates: 53°37′15″N 2°10′48″W / 53.62083°N 2.18000°W / 53.62083; -2.18000
Built 1920
Opened 1920
Capacity 10,249
Tenants
Rochdale Hornets
Rochdale A.F.C.

Spotland Stadium (known locally as just Spotland) is a sports venue located at Willbutts Lane in the Spotland area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester. It is currently home to Rochdale AFC and Rochdale Hornets RLFC. It has a capacity of 10,249.

Stands[edit]

The ground has four stands: the Co-Operative Stand (or Main Stand), the Thwaites Beer Stand (the Sandy Lane End), the T.D.S Stand (Pearl Street end) and the Westrose Leisure Stand (the Willbutts Lane Stand). All are fully seated, apart from the Sandy Lane End, which is a small terrace behind one of the goals.

History[edit]

Other uses[edit]

Apart from local football and rugby league, Spotland has in the past been used to host minor nations rugby league matches, such as British Amateur Rugby League Association (British Amateur Rugby League Association) matches, and also the National League Cup finals of 2003 and 2004.

Rugby League World Cup[edit]

Spotland Stadium was selected as a venue for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup hosting a match between Fiji and Ireland. This was the first time that Rochdale has staged an event in a World Cup in any sport. The event was sold out with almost 9,000 people[1] attending, setting what was incorrectly claimed to be a new stadium record, even though Rochdale AFC had 24,231 for an FA Cup tie v Notts County in December 1949 and three higher crowds for FA Cup and play-off games between 1990 and 2008 against Northampton, Coventry and Darlington.

Spotland Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". BBC Sport. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

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