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Stadium History


The Stadiums predecessor Leeds Road was home to both Town and The Giants up until 1994 and was the beloved home to the football club for 86 years.

In November 1991 a unique partnership was formed between Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield Town AFC and the Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Football Club to create a complex which would be a versatile sports, entertainment and hospitality facility with a commercial theme integrated into the design... A blueprint for others to follow.  

When the Stadium first opened in 1994 only the Riverside (Revell Ward) and the Kilner Bank (Britannia Rescue) stands were in place. The South Stand (Chadwick Lawrence) soon came after in December 1994 and the North Stand (Fantastic Media) in 1998.

The current John Smith's Stadium was originally named The Alfred McAlpine Stadium, after the construction contractor who originally built the venue in 1993. Alfred McAlpine was the main sponsor of the Stadium up until 2004.
After McAlpines ten year contract came to an end Galpharm Healthcare took over as the main sponsor and remained so up until 2012. It was after then that brewery firm, Heineken bought up the rights, renaming the venue The John Smith's Stadium.


On Saturday 20th August 1994, the then Alfred McAlpine Stadium opened its doors for the first time for the Huddersfield Town v Wycombe Wanderers Division II League match.
13,334 fans attended the Stadium’s first game, and although the match itself was disappointing with Town losing 1-0, the Stadium itself made a clear impression. In 1995 the Stadium won the RIBA Building of the Year award for its modern structure, one of the first modern-era Stadiums to be built in England.


There have already been several highlight moments at the Stadium in the short period since it first opened in 1994

  • In 2012 Huddersfield Town were promoted to the Championships, winning 8-7 against Sheffield United
  • In 2013 the Huddersfield Giants won the League Leaders Shield, with a 40-0 win over Wakefield Wildcats
  • The Stadium has hosted 4 Rugby League World Cup Matches in 1995, 2000 and 2013. Despite being a rugby league club, the Stadium has also hosted 4 Rugby World Cup matches for the 1999 World Cup series
  • Since opening in 1994 the Stadium has hosted some of the biggest names in live entertainment including; REM, The Eagles, Bryan Adams, Beautiful South, Bon Jovi and Elton John

External Stadium Shot - Revell Ward Stand

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