Kirklees Stadium (currently known as the John’s Smith Stadium for sponsorship reasons) has been the home of the football club Huddersfield Town and rugby league club Huddersfield Giants since it opened in 1994, who both moved from the old Leeds Road ground.
When the first match was played on the 20th August 1994 (a 1-0 loss for Huddersfield Town to Wycombe Wanderers in the Second Division), just the two touchline stands had been completed. The South Stand was opened in December of that year, with the North Stand completed in 1998 – today the stadium has a capacity of just over 24,000. It was known as the Alfred McAlpine Stadium until 2004, before becoming the Galpharm Stadium until 2012 and subsequently the John’s Smith Stadium.
Rugby League World Cup matches have been held at the stadium in 1995, 2000, 2013 and 2021 as well as a number of Great Britain internationals. Four rugby union matches at the 1999 Rugby World Cup were also at Kirklees, three qualifying matches and one pool match with England defeating the Netherlands 110–0 in a qualifier and New Zealand beating Italy 101–3 in the pool.
Tickets at Kirklees Stadium
Huddersfield Town Tickets
Huddersfield Town tickets are available to purchase online, over the phone (01484 960 606) or at the ticket office at the stadium (open on weekdays with the exception of Wednesday between 10am-4pm and on non-matchday Saturday’s between 9am and 12pm).
Huddersfield Giants Tickets
Huddersfield Giants tickets are available to purchase online, over the phone (01484 484159) or at the ticket office at the stadium (open on weekdays with the exception of Wednesday between 10am-4pm).
Tickets during the 2022 season cost (increasing by £4 on matchdays):
- Adults – £21
- Senior Citizens (65 & Over) – £16
- Under 17s – £6
- Under 5s – Free
Kirklees Stadium Tour
Guided tours of the Kirklees Stadium take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm, costing £5 for adults and £3.50 for Juniors and Senior Citizens. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01484 484151 or 01484 484100 (Option 6).
Location & Travel to Kirklees Stadium
Kirklees Stadium is located just north of Huddersfield town centre in the West Yorkshire borough of Kirklees.
Airport: Leeds Bradford Airport is approximately 18 miles north of the stadium, serving many European destinations. The A2 FLYER bus runs to Bradford Interchange station where you can catch a connecting train to Huddersfield. Alternatively Manchester Airport is just over 30 miles away with a wider ranger of European and International flights and direct train services available from the airport to Huddersfield.
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Bus: The 200, 202, 203, 220, 229 all travel from Huddersfield Town Centre to Leeds Road/Canal Street, a short 5 minute walk from the stadium.
Driving & Parking: From the west leave the M62 at Junction 25, from the east exit at Junction 24 and if travelling on the M1 Northbound/Southbound use Junction 42 – on all routes follow signposts for Huddersfield and subsequently the stadium.
Parking for Huddersfield Town matches costs £5 at the Gasworks Steel car park and is available to purchase on the club’s ticketing website here. Parking for Huddersfield Giants matches also costs £5 and is available at St Andrews Road Car Park.
Train: Huddersfield train station has frequent services to Leeds and Manchester, among others and is located in the town centre. Walking from the station takes approximately 15 minutes along a clearly marked route.
Hotels near Kirklees Stadium
The Travelodge Huddersfield hotel is just a 10 minute walk from the stadium. Alternatively, use TripAdvisor to find some great places to stay in Huddersfield by clicking here.
Further Information & Events
Last Updated on October 13, 2022 by Sports Tourist