John Smith's Stadium Like?
Looking Towards The Fantastic Media (North) Stand (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Where To Drink?
Riverside Stand (photo)
How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
Layout Of The Stadium
Record & Average Attendance
Fans Ground Reviews
John Smith's Stadium Location Map
|What's The John Smith's Stadium Like?|
|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. Most new stadiums in this country are rather boring affairs with little character, but the Galpharm does not fall into this category. Each stand is semi circular rather than rectangular, and is further enhanced with large white steel tubing above the contours. In fact from the car park I first thought it looked like a new ride at Alton Towers! It is good to see something different from the architects for a change. The ground has won many design awards and is well worth a visit. The only disappointment is that the corners of the ground are open. The Fantastic Media North Stand at one end and the Direct Golf UK (Riverside) Stand at one side are both two tiered stands, each with a row of executive boxes running across the middle. The other two sides of the ground are large single tiered affairs. One of these the Britannia Rescue Stand, at one side of the pitch, can accommodate 7,000 supporters. There is an electric scoreboard at the back of the away end. The stadium is completed with a striking set of four floodlights. The stadium is shared with Huddersfield Giants Rugby League Club.|
|What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?|
|Away fans are located at one end of the ground in the John Smith's (South) Stand, where up to 4,000 supporters can be accommodated. The facilities in this stand and the view of the playing action are both good. The acoustics of the stand are good also, meaning that a relative small number of fans can really make some noise. There is also a Ladbrokes outlet and a bar serving alcoholic drinks at the back of the stand, which remains open during the first half and half time. I have enjoyed my visits to the Glapharm Stadium, I have always been thoroughly impressed with the stadium and the general set-up.|
|Where To Drink?|
Ellis a visiting Leicester City fan recommends
the Gas Club on Gasworks Street,
about five to ten minute walk
from the Stadium. 'On our visit there
was a good mix of home and away fans. The Club does
charge a £1 entry fee, but both the
drinks and food were reasonably
priced. You can also park in
their car park at a cost of £3'. Please note that after the game
the Club reverts to a
'home fans only' bar.
Tim Oscroft informs me; 'The Head of Steam pub at the railway station is pretty good and serves food too'. Also near to the railway station is the Cherry Tree pub. This Wetherspoons outlet is located on John William Street and is popular with away fans. Otherwise if you like your real ale, then Huddersfield has a number of entries in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Those in the town centre closest to the ground include; The King's Head (very near to the Head of Steam), The Sportsman on St John's Road, the Vulcan in St Peter's Street and Slubbers Arms on Halifax Old Road.
There is also a cinema and entertainment complex behind the North Stand, which also contains the Rope Walk pub. Craig Murray a visiting AFC Bournemouth fan adds; 'We went for a pre-match pint at the Rope Walk. Inside it was a mixture of home and away fans and the locals were very friendly and happy to chat about footy. We were also very impressed by the pub`s queuing system! Basically a straight line queue and 4 staff working flat out, which meant it moved quite quickly.'
Alcohol is also made available to away fans inside the stadium and I presume that includes John Smith's!
|How To Get There By Car & Where To Park|
stadium is just off the A62 Leeds Road. It can be
easiest reached from Junction 25 of the M62, simply
follow the signs for Huddersfield (A62) and you will
come to the stadium on your left. Alternatively, if
approaching from the South, then leave the M1 at
Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the
A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town
centre try to keep to the right hand lane as you will
turn right at the roundabout and onto the A62 Leeds
Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road
on the right. For the car parks turn right at the
traffic lights, where the Market Pub is on the corner.
The stadium is generally well signposted around
Huddersfield town centre.
There is a fair sized
car park located at the ground (£5)
and a number of unofficial car parks nearby (expect
to pay around £4).
Post Code for SAT NAV: HD1 6PX
|The ground is walkable from
Huddersfield train station, it should take no more
than 15 minutes at a comfortable pace. After
coming out of the Railway Station, turn down past the
front of The George Hotel. Go straight over the
crossroads into Northumberland Street and walk down
across the Ring Road straight on into Leeds Road. Turn
right down Gasworks Street. Straight over the
crossroads to the ground.
Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the thetrainline website to see how much you can save.
Like a number of
Clubs, Huddersfield operate a match category
policy (A*, A, B, C & D)
whereby the ticket prices cost more for the most
popular games. Category A* prices are shown below with the
other categories shown below in
|Official Programme £3.|
|Bradford City, Leeds United.|
details of disabled facilities and club contact at the
ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.
|Huddersfield Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)|
|Record & Average Attendance|
At Leeds Road;
67,037 v Arsenal,
FA Cup 6th Round, February 27th, 1932.
At the Galpharm Stadium:
23,678 v Liverpool,
FA Cup 3rd Round, December 12th 1999.
2012-2013: 14,978 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 14,145 (League One)
2010-2011: 13,733 (League One)
|Fans Reviews Of The John Smith's Stadium|
Batchelor (Watford) 27/10/12
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