Spotland Stadium

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Spotland Stadium
Spotland Stadium in 2005
Full name Crown Oil Arena
Location Willbutts Lane, Spotland, Rochdale, OL11 5DS
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
Owner Rochdale A.F.C.
Operator Rochdale A.F.C.
Capacity 9,961
Field size 115 yd × 74 yd (105 m × 68 m)[1]
Surface Grass
Built 1920
Opened 1920
Rochdale A.F.C. (1920–present)
Rochdale Hornets (1988–present)

Spotland Stadium, known as the Crown Oil Arena for sponsorship reasons, in the Spotland area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, is home to Rochdale A.F.C. and Rochdale Hornets R.L.F.C and has a capacity of 10,500.


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.


In August 2016, Rochdale A.F.C. renamed Spotland Stadium the Crown Oil Arena as part of a sponsorship deal by the Bury-based fuel company Crown Oil.[2]

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[3] 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


  1. ^ "Club Records". Leeds United A.F.C. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2008. 
  2. ^ . Manchester Evening News. 8 August 2016 Retrieved 8 August 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". BBC Sport. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

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