Kirklees Stadium (currently known due to sponsorship as the John Smith's 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 league side Huddersfield Giants, both of whom moved from Leeds Road.
The stadium was a venue at the Rugby League World Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2013, in addition to the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It is owned by both clubs, as well as Kirklees Council.
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The club moved the short distance to the then called Alfred McAlpine Stadium in 1994 after leaving their former Leeds Road ground, their home for 86 years. When the stadium originally opened it had just three sides with the North Stand being opened later in 1997. In 2004 it was renamed the Galpharm Stadium, before becoming the John Smith's Stadium in 2012, in a new five-year sponsorship deal with Heineken.
Each stand is semi-circular rather than rectangular and is further enhanced with large white steel tubing above the contours. The ground has won many design awards. The John Smith's Stadium seats 24,500 people along with hospitality boxes and conference rooms. The Direct Golf UK 'main' Stand incorporates a row of 26 executive boxes running between the two tiers. The Britannia Rescue Stand, across from the main stand, is a large, single-tiered stand which seats over 7,000. The Pink Link South Stand is usually allocated to away fans and seats 4,054. This is built into natural banking and is the most basic of the stands. The Fantastic Media North stand is the tallest stand with two tiers, 16 hospitality boxes and a viewing room for players' guests. The lower tier consists of temporary seating that can be removed for events such as concerts.
Up to 4,000 visiting Supporters can be accommodated here and are in the South Stand behind one of the goals. The facilities, refreshment bars, leg room and view of the playing action are all very satisfactory as you'd expect from a ground built in the 90's.
There are local 'football' car parks ranging between £3 and £5 and Street parking is available, but you'll need to be prepared for the 15 minute walk in. There is also a fair-sized car park located at the ground which costs £6.
The Gas Club on Gasworks Street, about five to ten-minute walk from the Stadium. The Club does charge a £2 entry fee, but both the drinks and food were reasonably priced. You can also park in their car park at a cost of £6'. Please note that after the game the Club reverts to a 'home fans only' bar.
On the main Leeds Road near to the stadium (on the opposite corner to the Mini Car Dealership and beside a Costa Coffee outlet) is the modern looking Yorkshire Rose pub. This pub normally has a mix of home and away fans in attendance and being part of the 'Two For One' chain also offers food. It is not particularly a large pub and does fill up quickly on matchdays, so if you intend going there, then get there early.
I have been to The John Smith's Stadium once as a Southampton fan. Below was the result:
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