Huddersfield Town

John Smith's Stadium

Capacity: 24,500 (all seated)
Address: John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Telephone: 0870 444 4677
Fax: 01484 484 101
Ticket Office: 01484 484123
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards
Club Nickname: The Terriers
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Shirt Sponsors: Rekorderlig Cider
Away Shirt Sponsors: Radian B
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Red and Black Hoops

John Smiths's Stadium
John Smiths's Stadium
North Stand
North Stand
South Stand
South Stand
West Stand
West Stand
East Stand
East Stand

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.

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 John Smith's Stadium, I have always been thoroughly impressed with the stadium and the general set-up.

Food on offer inside the stadium, includes; Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Hamburgers (£3.20), Hot Dogs (£3.20), Peppered Steak Pie (£3.50), Meat and Potato Pie (£3), Chicken Balti Pie (£3), Cheese and Onion Pie (£3) and Sausage Rolls (£3) 

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, including of course John Smith's! (£3.50 a pint), Fosters (£3.50 a pint),  Bulmers Cider (330ml bottle £3.50), Bulmers Red (330ml bottle £3.50), Fosters (330ml bottle £3.10), Red or White Wine (187ml bottle £3.70).

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). 

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.

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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)

Official Programme £3.

Bradford City and Leeds United.

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)

 

For 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)

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Huddersfield Town v Watford
Championship League
Saturday October 27th, 2012, 3pm
Matthew Batchelor (Watford fan)

For the last couple of years I have been to a Watford away game for my birthday e.g. the Madejski Stadium last season. After scouring the fixture list, Huddersfield seemed the perfect away day. Having looked at the good reviews on the website it only made me more excited about going.
 
Having stayed in Manchester the night before (as I live near Eastbourne), me and my Dad made the short hop across the
Pennines on a glorious day. The journey from Manchester took less than one hour and before we knew be were on the Leeds Road and trying to find somewhere to park. As we arrived at around 12pm parking was not much of an issue, as we parked near an industrial estate just off the Leeds Road. Along the road, we had previously seen some fast food outlets, so we got some food there.
 
As we walked into the dip in which the stadium is situated, my first impressions of the ground was that it was very impressive, although not as big as I thought it would be. Around the stadium there many trees which make the surrounding area a lot nicer than the
normal terraced houses on a street. We walked along the back of the Main Stand and was greeted very warmly by a Huddersfield Town official who pointed us towards the away end and gave us directions to places where we could have something to eat. 

Having watched the
players and the manager (Gianfranco Zola) get off the coach, we made our way around to the turnstiles where we paid and walked into the open air concourse. Walking into the stadium itself, the stands were pleasing to the eye compared to the normal box - like structures. To the away ends right, you will find the Huddersfield faithful who can really make some noise.
 
The first half ended 1-0 to Huddersfield. To enlighten the mood, me and my Dad went to get some food, however the queues were really long and it took us near on 15 minutes just to get some drinks. This was the only real downer on the day. The second half kicked off and Watford were playing some nice football. Four goals later, the ref blew his whistle and Watford had won 3-2! This was a great result for Watford who are near the bottom of the table, while Huddersfield were second in the league.
 
After the match it was an absolute nightmare trying to get away from the game. The Leeds road was completely at a standstill and it took 35 mins to drive around five miles to the motorway. Apart from the that the journey back to Manchester was uneventful and passed very quickly.
 
Altogether and a great day out, with the people of Huddersfield making their team proud. Would hugely recommend it to any away fan. Next year, another birthday and another away trip...


Huddersfield Town v Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday October 20th, 2012, 3pm
Championship League
Thomas Sperrink (Wolves fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

It was a new ground for both my Dad and I to visit, plus we were on a good run of wins away from home so we were hoping to get at least a point.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

The journey wasn’t too bad, the M6 was typically busy but once onto the M62/M60 it was a quick run over the Pennines. Rather than using the ground postcode we went straight to the pub we had chosen, which worked out quite well as it meant we didn’t go through the town centre and managed to find some free street parking.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We parked by the Slubber Arms which had a main bar and a smaller one only serving Timothy Taylor’s Landlord/Best Bitter and Carling. The pub was pretty busy but was a nice traditional pub which served great beer (I had a pint of each of the Landlord and Best Bitter and both were excellent) and nobody seemed to have a problem with me wearing colours. The home fans seemed quite friendly and a couple chatted to us at the bar.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

It was only a 5-10 minute walk to the ground and on first seeing the stadium it was very impressive.  It reminded me of Bolton’s Reebok, and created a great atmosphere in the main single terrace stand to our right.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

We weren’t able to get a pie as the queues at the two kiosks were ridiculous both before the game and at half time, which I found surprising as although we took 2,700 I don’t think that was a sell out, but they were totally unable to cope. The toilets were fine and stewards were very relaxed, allowing people to smoke as it is open air at the back of the stand.

The game saw Huddersfield take a deserved 2-0 lead as they played a perfect coutner attacking game with two excellent goals from Vaughan and Beckford resulting from left wing crosses.  Wolves came back strongly second half and despite pulling one back through Ebanks-Blake we couldn’t force an equaliser.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Walked back to the car and found the traffic surprisingly light, although we did get held up by the totally unnecessary police escort given to the away fan coaches.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Good day out, impressive ground, although I don’t know how they would ever expand the size with the arched roofing. Another great little pub to go back to and really only the kiosk service and result let it down.

Huddersfield Town v Preston North End
Saturday October 22nd, 2011, 3pm
League One
Andrew Riley (Preston North End fan)

Having previously researched the stadium on this useful website, it looked very inviting to visit due to the style and size, besides I was confident that the North End could get a result with high expectancy following our relegation from the Championship. The journey there was very easy. I departed on the coach from Deepdale at 12:30pm for a short trip over the Pennines on a glorious day. At the stadium there was a designated area/car park for coaches only. Unlike many other stadiums, this makes the walk to the ground a lot easier and shorter.

As the stadium is positioned in a valley type area, there wasn't much food outlets/facilities around the stadium so we were stuck with the outdoor concourse which was not a problem. Although there seemed a large number of police outside the ground, both sets of fans seemed friendly to each other as we walked to the stadium.

My first impressions of the superbly designed sporting venue put a smile on my face and it gave a sense of excitement. The stadium from the outside looked surprisingly small and less tall to how I had imagined, however that was due to it being situated in a dip. The outside spacing area was level with the back row so when you entered, you were looking straight down on a stand that I would say consisted 20 rows'ish which was not steep. The Pink Link Stand (away) was single tiered however it was good to see two of the other stands having a second tier which made the size of the stadium look rather large from inside.

As kick off approached I was surprised by how many Northenders made the trip to support Phil Brown's men and soon came close to filling the away end. This was a perfect recipe for a great atmosphere and with most PNE fans standing for the whole game through out, there was a large group of Town supporters stood to the right of us on the adjacent single tiered stand, which gave an opportunity for both sets of fans to give plenty of banter to each other. The atmosphere was one to remember. 

Huddersfield were 3-0 up by half time due to the superb brilliance of Jordan Rhodes which gave the North End faithful not much hope coming into the second half. Furthermore, the Town fans did make sensational noise after they scored and felt like I was in a Premier League environment. Despite that, North End did put on some pressure second half and as a result, Juvhel Tsoumou gave the whites a glimour of hope on the 61st minute however it only resulted in a consolation. 

At half time, the food options was extremely limited and this is a point I would like to highlight. They had ran out of pies etc, with only having microwaved sausage rolls on offer which were served on a paper plate. In addition the prices seemed a bit steep. The toilets were clean and had no problems using them although busy! These problems could have may been prevented if not so many North End fans turned up on the day, as you could pay on the day. These situations caused problems for the stewards in my opinion with over 2,600 Northenders altogether though I am not complaining about that. 

After the match, getting away from the ground was easy after a short walk back to the coach it was hard to find your coach with there being so many of them from Preston. This was quite amusing however nothing to do with the Stadium. 

All in all, despite the result, this was a great day out representing Preston, making so much noise! I would definitely go back to this stadium in the future and depending both teams are still in the same division next year, I will be making a return without any doubt. Also I would recommend traveling to this stadium wherever you are in the country as a friendly, relaxed and fun day out is on offer supporting your beloved team. However remember to go stocked with plenty of food in your pockets!

Huddersfield Town v Notts County
League One 
Sunday March 27th, 2011, 1pm
Paul O'Shea (Doing The 92)

Having visited the old Leeds Road ground years ago I decided it was about time I took in the Galpharm Stadium.
 
Arriving by train in Huddersfield is always a pleasure, the station is a good old fashioned building and within it is a belter of a pub; the Kings Head. This is situated in what used to be the 3rd class waiting room and has some superb cheap beer. Also nearby is the wonderful Sportsman  
another excellent pub. 
 
After taking on refreshment I made for the ground which is only about 15 minutes away. The stadium looms up as you approach up a sweeping access and you get a glimpse of the pitch through the open corner between the stands.
 
My ticket for the 'Fantastic Media Stand' was at £21, a bit pricey but with the game being shown live on Sky, Huddersfield had come up with a promotion, encouraging adults to bring on child all for the bargain price of £12. This meant loads of very young fans but a good idea nonetheless.
 
Although fairly high up the view was very good and a good game ensued although Notts were fairly poor, Town running out 3-0 winners.
 
Hollands pies were available although some lengthy queues at halftime and special praise for the loos which were spotless..
 
There was a good atmosphere with Town making plenty of noise and I was sorry when the match ended.
 
Getting away was a breeze and I was back in the town centre in no time.
 
As new stadiums go I liked the look and feel of this one and I enjoyed my day out.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton
League One
Saturday October 28th, 2010, 3pm
Steve Ridgley (Southampton fan)

I was really looking forward about visiting the Galpharm Stadium. It stood out to me as a unique design, unlike many other new grounds that are quite similar looking. Huddersfield is also a long way from Southampton, and there is a proud feeling when you travel the length of the country to watch your team!

Finding the Ground was fairly easy, although there was a lot of traffic going into Huddersfield, which resulted in a bit of a delay. Parking was fairly hard too; all the side streets near the ground were very congested so in the end we decided to park in the ground car park for a cost of £5.

Due to the rush, we thought we’d get a bite to eat inside the Galpharm. My experience of the Potato pie wasn’t one to relish! It was canteen style junk that doesn’t put a dent in your hunger. I would recommend a take away shop on one of the side streets rather than the ground food.  

My first impressions of the stadium were as I expected. A very bold design that has a lot of individual style about it. I thought the architects did well to make it different to other new grounds. When we walked into the away stand we were very impressed with it. It generated a good atmosphere, thanks to some great acoustics for singing which made it special! The p.a sound system was also quite loud. But it was a nice change to clearly hear the team line ups!

The game itself was one to forget for Southampton Fans. Town dominated all game in all aspects. On and off the pitch, they played well, their fans got behind them and they ran out 2-0 winners! But still it was an enjoyable experience in a fantastic ground! The atmosphere as I have mentioned a few times was great. Stewards were ‘ok’ apart from trying to get us to sit down at the beginning (I think we would of sat down in disappointment anyway after 10 minutes!). Toilets were okay and people got through them reasonably quickly, eventhough they were a bit packed.

Getting away from the ground was as you would expect a bit congested but once we got on the way out of Huddersfield it was fine. 

All in all a very good day out despite the result. Great stadium, great atmosphere, not bad trip at all! One of the best grounds I have been too, but it has to be said if we would have won it would have been a whole lot better! 

Huddersfield Town v Bournemouth
League One
Saturday September 4th, 2010, 3pm
Adam Peel (Bournemouth fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

With our promotion to League One this year, I was on a mission to attend every home and away game for my club and with several big stadiums to visit this season, this was certainly one to look forward to seeing for the first time.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

I took the AFCB supporters coach to Huddersfield so the journey was relatively hassle free. No major traffic problems, arrived at the stadium with plenty of time to spare.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

After visiting the club shop, I went to a bar near the stadium (forget the name) which allowed both sets of supporters and showed the lunchtime game on tv. The bar was nice with a quiet atmosphere and some of the home fans were very friendly asking about the journey up and so forth and thoughts on the game ahead.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

Definitely one of the best grounds I’ve been to. While it may not exactly be the biggest, from a design perspective it was marvelous. Great circular shape for each stand with the Wembley style archways over each of them. Very nice on the eyes and was pleased that the away fans got a whole stand to themselves.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc.. 

Game was very satisfying which I guess rally added to the occasion. Despite dominating the first half, our slender lead was pegged back just before half time. Then went 2-1 down in second half but fought back really well to secure a 2-2 draw. Stewards were friendly enough, had a little natter before the game about our strikers. Cheeseburger was decent, blah blah. No complaints from hospitality point of view.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Was a little slow but you have to expect that. Been to a lot of worse grounds when it comes to getting away for sure.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

At this point in the season, still my favourite away day so far, despite not securing a win. The stadium itself being a real high point along with friendly home fans, good atmosphere during the game with both fans making a lot of noise and an overall good performance from the lads to secure a very satisfying result. Definitely an away game I’ll be going back to assuming we play in the same league again.

Updated 15th April 2015

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