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Opened 1994

Capacity 24,121

Rating: 4.3

(3388) Google Reviews

Easy to find street parking. Very friendly locals. The stadium is starting to look a bit tired, toilets and food outlets far to small and becomes a tight squeeze. The view for the match was very good and another victory for the Sky Blues
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in the last week
Great stadium on the edge of the town. I had no problem with match day parking on St Andrews Road (10 minute walk from the ground) as I arrived very early. They have some good activities prior to kick off outside the ground including a fan zone. The away end concourse is outside and the toilets are as expected in a football stadium, penguin shuffle your way in and out. Prices for food and drink are expensive. But in the ground the atmosphere was surprisingly good, and the home fans turned up despite it being a midweek fixture. A great away day.
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6 months ago
Really nice stadium. Stewards are friendly and helpful. Hot dogs are decent. Fans are a bit quiet. Nice experience for an away fan. Well done Huddersfield.
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4 months ago
So Pretty. Came here early for the game against Southampton. Ended 1-1 All the Staffs were on deck and did such a fine job
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4 months ago
Here for Muse. Beautiful venue in a lovely location. Very well organised to handle big crowds and yes, a little slow leaving, but 24,000 people were all heading towards town, so it is what it is. No parking issues as I stayed in Leeds and caught the train. Well worth the trip. 5 minutes walk from the station. I would come here again for a concert.
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9 months ago

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.
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Ownership[edit]

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]

Sponsorship[edit]

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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