Stadium Way, Huddersfield HD1 6PG, England
The John Smith’s Stadium, which is also known as the Kirklees Stadium, is home to Huddersfield town football club and rugby league. The stadium is a multi-use venue, hosting football and rugby matches, music concerts and other events.
John Smith’s Stadium was proposed in 1992, with construction starting almost straight away in order to have the stadium ready for the 1994 to 1995 season. As it was a relatively quick opening, the stadium started with only the two side stands, and the south and north stands were constructed and opened in the following years.
The stadium has been used for major rugby matches, such as the qualifying matches for the 1999 Rugby World Cup and one of the World Cup matches. The Rugby League World Cup was held here in the years of 1995, 2000 and 2013. The stadium hosted the quarter finals of the 2012 Rugby League World Cup.
Football is one of the main events hosted at the John Smith’s Stadium, and is hosted here regularly for home games. Huddersfield have hosted a premier league game here too, between Huddersfield and Newcastle United, where Huddersfield won 1-0.
Bands such as REM, The Eagles, Bryan Adams, The Beautiful South, Bon Jovi, Blue, Elton John, Lulu and Little Mix have performed here.
There are private hire function rooms within the stadium, hosting corporate events, special occasions, weddings, meetings, training days and more. There are also classes and events to attend including free events and community classes.
The stadium works closely with the community, offering lots of work experience and apprenticeship opportunities for Kirklees college. The restaurant within the stadium works with local suppliers for fresh produce and ensures environmental responsibility and the best sourced ingredients.