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Opened 1994

Capacity 24,121

Rating: 4.3

(3051) Google Reviews

Brilliant night at the stadium impressive facilities unfortunately Barnsley lost and were relegated. We were in on of the hospitality boxes good view for the game the staff were brilliant the food served was excellent. Grate experience other than the final score.
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11 months ago
I only went to the comic convention today to meet a few childhood heroes, not for the sport, but the building itself seems quite modern & canny usable. It has that essence if the old terraces coupled with modern amenities & of course the obligatory overpriced bar & food area.
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6 months ago
The stadium is very spacious however insanely unorganised when it comes to concerts. We only had the option to use portaloos the entire concert which were disgusting from the start. Apparently there is some proper toilets but only available to people who got seated tickets. We had to queue over an hour for a bottle of pop at an outside burger van because all the stalls only seemed to sell beer. Everyone just bumped into each other because there were queues going every direction in the car park. Everyone stood inside the stadium smoking and no one battered an eyelid even though it was meant to be no smoking. Personally I wouldn't go back. I love the bands and the music and I had a great time. But I'd never go to this Venue again. Worst place I've ever been to by far. I assume it's better when it comes to football but wouldn't recommend it for concerts unless you decide to be seated. Then maybe you get treated better! Only positive is literally the size.
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9 months ago
Went to see green day, fall out boy and weezer on the Hella Mega Tour. The event itself was fantastic, so well put on with great sound quality and a fantastic day! The facilities at the stadium were great as was the staff and stewarding and prices were reasonable considering the event so highly recommended
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9 months ago
Good view from the core stand for hella mega tour, not the greatest organisation to get in. £7 for a pint of cider,£6.50 for a pint of lager,despite the name,no John smith's served! helpful staff, easy walk from centre of town, Good sound
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9 months ago
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History (from Wikipedia)

During planning and construction, the stadium was referred to as the Kirklees Stadium. It was built by Alfred McAlpine,[8] designed by Populous and was awarded the RIBA Building of the Year award for 1995.[9]

The decision to build a new stadium for Huddersfield Town and 
Huddersfield Giants was made in August 1992. Construction began the following year and it was completed in time for the 1994–95 season, enabling the clubs to move to their new base after 86 years at Leeds Road and 114 years at Fartown respectively, with the Rugby club sharing Leeds Road from 1992 to 1994.

When the stadium opened only the two side stands (the Riverside and Kilner Bank stands) were ready. The South Stand was opened in December 1994. Construction on the North (Panasonic) Stand began in 1996 and it was completed in 1998, bringing the overall capacity of the stadium to approximately 24,500. The estimated cost of construction was £40 million.

A ski slope will be built next to the stadium.


Initially, the stadium was owned by a consortium made up of Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Huddersfield Town A.F.C. and Huddersfield Giants in a 40:40:20 proportion. Following the purchase of Huddersfield Town A.F.C. from the administrators in 2003, Ken Davy became chairman of both sports clubs, which were owned by companies he controls, Sporting Pride.[11] The present ownership of the stadium is Kirklees Metropolitan Council 40%, Huddersfield Town FC 40%, and Huddersfield Giants 20%. The current Managing director of the stadium company is Gareth Davis[12] who succeeded Ralph Rimmer in 2010. On 24 December 2009, Huddersfield Town announced that 40% of the shares owned by Huddersfield Sporting Pride would be transferred to the football club, owned by current chairman Dean Hoyle, but the deal was delayed due to a rent dispute between Davy and Hoyle. The deal was finally completed on 3 September 2013.[13]


From 1994 until 2004 the stadium was known as the Alfred McAlpine Stadium. Alfred McAlpine had been the main construction contractor and its name was part of the payment contract for ten years. The company elected not to renew its sponsorship which was taken up by Galpharm Healthcare, leading to the new name. Individual stands are sponsored by local businesses. On 19 July 2012, it was announced that the brewery firm, Heineken had bought the sponsorship rights for the stadium using their domestic John Smith's Brewery as the beneficiary, and as such the stadium was renamed as The John Smith's Stadium on 1 August as part of a five-year deal. In December 2016, this was extended for a further five years.[14]

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