Some call it the McAlpine, others the Galpharm, and the latest generation the John Smith’s. Call it what you like, this is the place we go week after week, month after month, year after year. This is the place we experience pure exhilaration and devastating heart break. This is our home.
A home built to house around 25,000 fans, complete with corporate hospitality suites, offices and conference rooms. Opening its doors in 1994, the McAlpine as it was called at the time was awarded the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Building of the Year award for 1995 for its pioneering design, even the new Wembley takes inspiration from the grounds architecture.
Designed by Lobb-HOK Sport and built by Alfred McAlpine it cost in the region of £40 million to build. Through their vision, thought, application, funding and desire to build something different they were able to create a ground designed for the future of the club and the town of Huddersfield.
The facilities, refreshment bars, leg room and view of the playing action are all very satisfactory as you’d expect from a ground built in the 90’s, with the away stand accommodating up to 4,000 visiting Supporters, and on occasion is home to the Huddersfield supporters club “The North Stand Loyal”.
The best places to eat and drink before and after a game around the ground are in the town centre. It’s a short 20 min walk, so depending on how many you have and how fit you are it may be best to get a phone a taxi.
The stadium has hosted Rugby League Internationals, Rugby Union International matches. It also hosted an England football Under-21 international match.
After a period of non-activity on the popular music front, the John Smith’s Stadium hosted Elton John for the first time in June 2005 and the year after during the summer of 2006 a second Bryan Adams concert.
Have a birthday coming up? Holidays at work that need using? Want to know more? Well….the stadium operators offer a guided tour most days throughout the year via appointment with prices starting from around £15. The tour peels back the curtain and uncovers the usually restricted areas such as Huddersfield Town’s dressing rooms, the players’ tunnel, board room and even the pitch itself.
How does the John Smith’s line-up?
Capacity: 24,500 (all seated)
Address: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, HD1 6PX
Pitch Size: 115 x 76 yards
Year Ground Opened: 1994
Cost: estimated construction £40 million