John Smith's Stadium
|Full name||The John Smith's Stadium|
|Former names||McAlpine Stadium
|Location||Stadium Way, Huddersfield, HD1 6PG, England|
|Owner||Kirklees Metropolitan Council
|Operator||KSDL (Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd.)|
|Field size||115 x 76 yards|
|Surface||Grass with Under-soil heating|
|Huddersfield Town (1994- Present)
Huddersfield Giants (1994- Present)
The John Smith's Stadium, originally the Alfred McAlpine Stadium and more lately the Galpharm Stadium, is a multi-use sports stadium in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, England. Since 1994, it has been the home ground of football club Huddersfield Town and rugby side Huddersfield Giants.
During planning and construction, the stadium was referred to as the Kirklees Stadium. It was built by Alfred McAlpine, designed by HOK Sport and was awarded the RIBA Building of the Year award for 1995,
The decision to build a new stadium for Huddersfield Town was made in August 1992. Construction began the following year and it was completed in time for the 1994–95 season, enabling the club to move to its new base after 86 years at Leeds Road.
When the stadium opened only the two side stands (the Riverside and Kilner Bank stands) were ready. The South Stand was opened in December 1994. Construction on the North (Panasonic) Stand began in 1996 and it was completed in 1998, bringing the overall capacity of the stadium to approximately 24,500. The estimated cost of construction was £40 million.
Initially, the stadium was owned by a consortium made up of Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield Town A.F.C. and Huddersfield Giants in a 40:40:20 proportion. Following the purchase of Huddersfield Town F.C. from the administrators, Ken Davy became chairman of both sports clubs, which are owned by companies he controls. The present ownership of the stadium is Ken Davy's company, Huddersfield Sporting Pride owns 60% and Kirklees Metropolitan Council 40%. The current Managing director of the stadium company is Gareth Davis who succeeded Ralph Rimmer in 2010. On 24 December 2009, Huddersfield Town announced that 40% of the shares owned by Huddersfield Sporting Pride would be transferred to the football club, owned by current chairman Dean Hoyle, but the deal was delayed due to a rent dispute between Davy and Hoyle. The deal was finally completed on 3 September 2013.
The North Stand or Fantastic Media Stand for sponsorship reasons is located behind the goal post at the north end of the ground. It has two tiers and houses 16 hospitality boxes and is completely seated. The lower tier contains temper art seats that can be removed for concerts or other events.
Capacity- 7,000 (seating)
The East Stand known as the Kilner Bank Stand or the Britannia Rescue Stand for sponsorship reasons is a large single their stand that runs along the side of the pitch and is completely covered seating. The stand also holds the TV gantry.
Capacity- 4,054 (seating)
The John Smiths South Stand as it is known for sponsorship reasons is an all seated stand built into a bank and is completely covered as well as having the big screen is used by away fans
The West stand is the main stand and is known as the Revell Ward Stand for sponsorship or Riverside Stand. It has two tiers and 26 hospitality boxes and incorporates the player changing rooms, tunnel, dug out, ticket office and club shop.
From 1994 until 2004 the stadium was known as the McAlpine Stadium. Alfred McAlpine had been the main construction contractor and its name was part of the payment contract for ten years. The company elected not to renew its sponsorship which was taken up by Galpharm Healthcare, leading to the new name. Individual stands are sponsored by local businesses. On 19 July 2012, it was announced that the brewery firm, Heineken had bought the sponsorship rights for the stadium, and as such the stadium was renamed as The John Smith's Stadium on 1 August as part of a 5-year deal.
|1994-2004||Alfred McAlpine||McAlpine Stadium|
|2004-2012||Galpharm Healthcare||Galpharm Stadium|
|2012-2017||Heineken||John Smiths Stadium|
The stadium is home to Huddersfield Giants RLFC and Huddersfield Town Football Club.
It hosted its first match in August 1994 when Huddersfield Town lost 1–0 to Wycombe Wanderers in Football League Division 2. Former Blackburn Rovers player Simon Garner scored the goal for the visitors.
On 4 June 1999, it hosted England’s under-21’s 2000 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification Group 5 match against Sweden’s under-21’s. The hosts thrashed the visitors 3 - 0 with a brace from Carl Cort and a goal from Richard Cresswell.
Australia's rugby league world cup matches
|14 October 1995||Fiji||66 - 0||7,127||1995 Rugby League World Cup, Group 1|
|22 October 1995||New Zealand||30 - 20 (OT)||16,608||1995 Rugby League World Cup, semi-final|
|19 November 2000||Wales||46 - 22||8,114||2000 Rugby League World Cup, semi-final|
Other International Rugby League matches
|31 October 1998||New Zealand||16 - 22||18,500||1998 NZ tour of Britain|
|11 November 2001||Australia||20 - 12||21,758||2001 Ashes series|
|16 November 2002||New Zealand||14 - 14||23,604||2002 NZ tour of Britain|
|22 November 2003||Australia||12 - 18||24,126||2003 Ashes series|
|6 November 2004||New Zealand||22 - 12||20,372||2004 Tri-Nations|
|12 November 2005||38 - 12||19,232||2005 Tri-Nations|
|27 October 2007||20 - 14||16,522||2007 All Golds Tour|
When the Great Britain national rugby league team were split, it has hosted two England rugby league internationals. The results were as follows;
|7 November 2009||New Zealand||20 - 12||19,390||2009 Four Nations|
|2 November 2013||Ireland||42 - 0||24,375||2013 World Cup|
|29 October 2016||New Zealand||-||2016 Four Nations|
|1 February 2002||Newcastle Knights||41 - 26||21,113|
|13 February 2004||Penrith Panthers||22 - 4||18,962|
|3 February 2006||West Tigers||30 - 10||19,207|
Despite Huddersfield not being a strong rugby union area, the stadium has been used for four full cap international rugby union matches. It hosted three qualifying matches for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and one pool match in the pool. Half the matches have seen century scores; by England against Netherlands (110–0) and by the All Blacks versus Italy (101–3).
- Final Standings
- Match Schedule
- Galpharm Stadium at AJ Specification database[dead link]
- Engineering giant Stadia Ingenia Magazine, March 2005
- Huddersfield's community stadium dream sours in ownership wrangle
- Gareth Davies is new boss of Kirklees Stadium Development Ltd
- Dean Hoyle hails ‘landmark’ deal to restore Huddersfield Town stadium shares - Huddersfield Examiner
- "John Smith's Stadium International rugby league matches". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
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