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Huddersfield Town FC
John Smith's Stadium

Capacity: 24,500 (all seated)
Address: Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Main Telephone No: 0870 444 4677
Fax No: 01484 484 101
Ticket Office: 01484 484123
Team Nickname: The Terriers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards

Home Shirt Sponsors: Rekorderlig Cider
Away Shirt Sponsors: Radian B
Home Kit Colours: Blue and White
Away Kit Colours: Red and Black Hoops
Kit Manufacturers: Puma

Official Web Site: www.htafc.com
Unofficial Web Sites:
Terrier-Bytes
Vital Huddersfield Town (Vital Football)

Supporters Association
Down At The Mac (Forum)

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Contents
What's The 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
By Train
Layout Of The Stadium
Admission Prices
Programme Price
Local Rivals
Fixtures 2014-2015
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
John Smith's Stadium Location Map


 

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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.

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Looking Towards The Fantastic Media (North) Stand


Panasonic North Stand

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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.

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Where To Drink?
John 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!

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Riverside Stand


Riverside Stand

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How To Get There By Car & Where To Park
The 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 (6) and a number of unofficial car parks nearby (expect to pay around 5). 

Map showing the location of the John Smith's Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: HD1 6PX

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By Train
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 save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Layout Of The Stadium


Layout

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Admission Prices

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 brackets:

Home Fans:
Direct Golf UK
Stand (Upper Tier): Adults 33 (A 31) (B 29) (C 27) (D 26), OAP's/Students 25 (A 23) (B 21) (C 19) (D 17), Under 16's 12 (A 12) (B 10) (C 10) (D 8)
Direct Golf UK
Stand (Lower Tier): Adults 31 (A 29) (B 27) (C 25) (D 23), OAP's/Students 23 (A 21) (B 19) (C 17) (D 15), Under 16's
12 (A 12) (B 10) (C 10) (D 8)
Britannia Rescue Stand: Adults 30 (A 28) (B 26) (C 24) (D 22), OAP's/Students 21 (A 19) (B 17) (C 15) (D 13), Under 16's 12 (A 12) (B 10) (C 10) (D 8)
Fantastic Media
Stand (Upper Tier):
Adults 30 (A 28) (B 26) (C 24) (D 22), OAP's/Students 20 (A 18) (B 16) (C 14) (D 13), Under 16's
12 (A 12) (B 10) (C 10) (D 8)
Fantastic Media Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults 26 (A 24) (B 22) (C 20) (D 20), OAP's/Students 19 (A 17) (B 16) (C 13) (D 13), Under 16's 10 (B 7) (C 5)
 
Away Fans:
Adults 30 (A 28) (B 26) (C 24) (D 22)
OAP's/Students 21 (A 19) (B 17) (C 15) (D 13)
Under 16's
12 (A 12) (B 10) (C 10) (D 8)

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Programme
Official Programme 3.

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Local Rivals
Bradford City, Leeds United.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field
website.

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Fixtures 2014-2015
Huddersfield Town fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Record & Average Attendance
Record 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.

Average Attendance:
2013-2014: 14,213 (Championship League)
2012-2013: 14,978 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 14,145 (League One)

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Fans Reviews Of The John Smith's Stadium

Matthew Batchelor (Watford) 27/10/12
Thomas Sperrink (Wolverhampton Wanderers) 20/10/12
Andrew Riley (Preston North End) 22/10/11
Paul O'Shea (Doing the 92) 27/3/11
Steve Ridgley (Southampton) 28/10/10
Adam Peel (Bournemouth) 4/09/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the football ground.

Access their Huddersfield Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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Map showing the location of the John Smith's Stadium, Railway Station and Listed pubs



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Feedback
If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, please e-mail me duncan@footballgroundguide.com and I'll update the guide.



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Last Updated: 9 July 2014