Headingley Rugby Stadium

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Headingley Rugby Stadium
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Headingley Rugby Stadium
Full nameHeadingley Rugby Stadium
LocationSt. Michael's Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates 53°48′58.87″N1°34′55.82″W / 53.8163528°N 1.5821722°W / 53.8163528; -1.5821722
Public transit National Rail logo.svg Headingley
Owner Leeds Rugby
Operator Leeds Rhinos
Capacity 19,700 [1]
Record attendanceAll-time
40,175 (Leeds v. Bradford Northern, 21 May 1947)
Super League
23,035 (Leeds v. Bradford Bulls, 2003)
Field size115 yd × 74 yd (105 m × 68 m) [2]
SurfaceGrass and astro turf mix
ScoreboardPhilips VideoTron
Construction
Built1897 [3]
Opened1890
Renovated1991, 2011, 2017-19
Expanded1931, 1932, 2006
Tenants
Leeds Rhinos (1890–present)
Leeds Tykes (1991–2020)
Bramley (1997-1999)

Headingley Rugby Stadium (known as Emerald Headingley Rugby Stadium due to sponsorship) shares the same site as Headingley Cricket Ground and is home to Leeds Rhinos. Headingley is also the 5th largest rugby league stadium in England.

Contents

History

1889-1980s: Construction and development

Leeds St Johns, who were later to become Leeds Rugby League Football Club then Leeds Rhinos, moved to Headingley in 1889 and built Headingley stadium. Headingley hosted rugby league's first ever Challenge Cup Final in 1897.

In the 1930s, major developments took place on two sides of the rugby ground. The South Stand was completed in 1931, with some of the work being carried out by club players, while the old wooden North Stand was burned down during a match against Halifax on 25 March 1932. By the end of 1932, a new North Stand had been completed. The record attendance at Headingley was 40,175 for the rugby league match between Leeds and Bradford Northern on 21 May 1947. Undersoil heating was installed in 1963 but has since been removed due to ongoing problems, and floodlights were installed in 1966. The 1970 Rugby League World Cup Final between Great Britain and Australia was played at the stadium before a crowd of 18,776.

The third and deciding Test of the 1978 Ashes series was played at Headingley before a crowd of 30,604.

1990s–2000: Rugby union and World Cup games

New changing rooms were added in 1991, the same year Leeds RFC were founded and moved into Headingley. In July 1998, Leeds RFC became part of the world's first dual-code rugby partnership, Leeds Rugby Limited.

Headingley only hosted one match of the 1995 Rugby League World Cup, held in England and Wales to celebrate the centenary of rugby league in England. Host nation England defeated rugby league minnows South Africa 46–0 in front of 14,041 fans.

Two matches of the 2000 Rugby League World Cup were held at Headingley which included England v. Fiji which England won by 66–10 in front of a crowd of 10,052 and latterly the quarter final fixture between England and Ireland which England won by 26–16 and attracted 15,405 spectators.

2001–2006: East Stand expansion and redevelopment

In 2001 capacity was increased marginally by extending the terracing around the corner in between the Western Terraces and the North Stand.

Since 2005 Headingley rugby stadium has been the venue for the annual varsity rugby union match between Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds which has attracted over 11,000 spectators. [4]

2005 also saw the construction of the Carnegie Stand, built to replace the Eastern Terrace. The new stand had two tiers with 1,844 seats and hospitality suites. It was opened on 1 September 2006 for the Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves.

2012–2015: More international games

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The 2012 World Club Challenge saw the first time that the stadium was fully packed to its capacity when the home team, and Super League XVI Champions, Leeds Rhinos took on the 2011 NRL winners the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles. 21,062 turned out to see the Rhinos defeat Manly 26–12, the game being highlighted by Ryan Hall's 90 metre intercept try midway through the first half. [5] This saw Leeds gain some revenge for their 28–20 loss to Manly in the 2009 World Club Challenge at Elland Road.

The stadium hosted two matches of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup: a Group B game featuring New Zealand, the defending World Cup Champions, and Papua New Guinea on Friday 8 November which the Kiwis won 56–10 in front of an audience of 18,180. Headingley also hosted a Quarter-final game on Friday 15 November between New Zealand and Scotland which New Zealand won by 40–4 to a crowd of 16,207.

In 2015 Headingley hosted New Zealand again for the first time since 2013 where they took on Leeds Rhinos as a warm up for their test series against England. It also marked 120 years of rugby league being played at the stadium.

2016–present: Major redevelopment

In 2015 it was announced that the North and South stands were to be rebuilt as part of the redevelopment of the stadium. The new North stand will include new changing rooms and hospitality for both the cricket and rugby ground, with the cricket side having three tiers. The South Stand will also be rebuilt as it was condemned in 2011 with plans since then to rebuild the stand. The new South stand will have the same standing capacity and will also house seating due to the North stand being slightly reduced and will have a similar design as the Carnegie Stand.

Work on the new South Stand began in 2017, with the old structure demolished in September of that year. The stand is due to be open for the 2019 season.

Layout

Emerald North Stand

Capacity- 3,825 (seated)

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North Stand

The North Stand backs onto the cricket stadium. The stand also houses the changing rooms as well as the media and journalists and a banqueting suite that is shared by both the cricket and rugby grounds.

Global East Stand

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Extentia Stand

Capacity- 4,550 (1,844 seated)
The Global East Stand [6] was completed in 2006 and replaced the Eastern Terrace. The stand has two tiers; the bottom contained terracing whilst the top contains seating, hospitality boxes, bars and a restaurant. It was originally known as the Carnegie Stand but was renamed Extentia Stand in late 2018.

South Stand

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New South Stand

Capacity- 7,721 (2,217 seated) The South Stand is well known in rugby league for being the Kop of the ground. The stand was rebuilt in 2018 and contains two tiers, the bottom tier is terracing and the upper tier is seating. The stand also contains the TV gantry.

Western Terrace

Western Terrace Western Terraces, Headingley Stadium during the second day of the England-Sri Lanka test (21st April 2014).JPG
Western Terrace

Capacity- 3,604
The Western Terrace is the only part of the stadium not covered and houses the away fans. It is the only part of the ground that has had no major redevelopment nor are there any plans to do so as there is a public right of way and housing behind it. The biggest change to the Western Terrace is the permanent video board in the South West corner which replaced the temporary one in the North West corner.

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Panoramic of the ground during redevelopment.

Sponsors

Headingley first sold naming rights in 2006 by Leeds Metropolitan University during the construction of the Carnegie Stand.

In 2017, Headingley sold the naming rights to Bingley-based publishers Emerald Group to help fund the redevelopment of the North and South stands.

YearSponsorName
2006–2017 Leeds Metropolitan University Headingley Carnegie Stadium
2017– Emerald Group Publishing Emerald Headingley Stadium

International fixtures

Rugby league Test matches

List of rugby league test matches played at Headingley. [7]

DateWinnersScoreRunners-upCompetitionAttendance
25 January 1908 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Northern Union 29–7Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1907–08 New Zealand Tour 8,182
21 October 1921Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 6–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour 31,700
15 January 1927Flag of England.svg  England 32–17Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1926–27 New Zealand Tour 6,000
9 November 1929Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 9–3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour 31,402
11 November 1933Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 7–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour 29,618
16 October 1937Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5–4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour 31,949
17 May 1947Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 5–2Flag of France.svg  France 1946–47 European Cup 20,000
4 October 1947Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11–10Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1947–48 New Zealand Tour 28,445
9 October 1948Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 23–21Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour 36,529
15 December 1951Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 16–12Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1951–52 New Zealand Tour 18,649
4 October 1952Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 19–6Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour 34,505
25 October 1952Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 22–16Flag of France.svg  France 1952–53 European Cup 10,380
17 December 1955Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 28–13Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1955–56 New Zealand Tour 10,438
26 January 1957Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 45–12Flag of France.svg  France 20,221
14 March 1959Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 50–15Flag of France.svg  France 21,948
21 November 1959Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11–10Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour 30,301
21 October 1960Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 21–15Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1960 World Cup 10,773
30 September 1961Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 29–11Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1961 New Zealand Tour 16,540
17 November 1962Flag of England.svg  England 18–6Flag of France.svg  France 11,099
30 November 1963Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 16–5Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour 20,497
21 October 1967Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 16–11Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour 22,293
18 October 1969Flag of England.svg  England 40–23Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1969–70 European Cup 8,355
24 February 1970Flag of England.svg  England 26–7Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 9,393
24 OctoberFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 11–4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1970 World Cup 15,169
7 November 1970Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 12–7Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 18,776
6 November 1971Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 12–3Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1971 New Zealand Tour 5,479
24 November 1973Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 14–6Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1973 Kangaroo Tour 16,674
16 March 1975Flag of England.svg  England 11–4Flag of France.svg  France 1975 World Cup
12 November 1975Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 25–0Flag of England.svg  England 7,680
29 January 1977Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 6–2Flag of England.svg  England 1977 European Cup 6,472
18 November 1978Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 23–6Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1978 Kangaroo Tour 30,604
21 February 1981Flag of France.svg  France 5–1Flag of England.svg  England 1981 European Cup 3,229
18 November 1982Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 32–8Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 1982 Kangeroo Tour 17,318
17 February 1984Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 10–0Flag of France.svg  France 7,646
1 March 1985Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 50–4Flag of France.svg  France 6,491
9 November 1985Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 6–6Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1985–88 World Cup 22,209
24 January 1988Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 52–4Flag of France.svg  France 6,567
6 February 1988Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 30–12Flag of France.svg  France 7,007
29 October 1988Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 30–28Rest of the World12,409
7 April 1990Flag of France.svg  France 25–18Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 6,554
16 February 1991Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 60–4Flag of France.svg  France 5,284
2 April 1993Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 72–6Flag of France.svg  France 8,196
6 November 1993Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 29–10Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1993 New Zealand Tour 15,139
14 OctoberFlag of England.svg  England 46–0Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1995 World Cup 14,041
4 NovemberFlag of England.svg  England 66–10Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 2000 World Cup 10,052
11 NovemberFlag of England.svg  England 26–16Four Provinces Flag.svg  Ireland 15,405
9 NovemberFlag of England.svg  England 22–4Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 2003 European Cup 2,124
22 October 2006Flag of England.svg  England 26–10Flag of France.svg  France 5,547
22 October 2006Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 18–10Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 2008 World Cup Qualifying
22 June 2007Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 42–14Flag of France.svg  France 12,685
4 NovemberFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 56–10Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea 2013 World Cup 18,180
15 NovemberFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 40–4Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 16,207
24 OctoberFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica vFour Provinces Flag.svg  Ireland 2021 World Cup
30 OctoberFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand vFlag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
5 NovemberFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand vFour Provinces Flag.svg  Ireland
9 November Flag of England.svg England Women v Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Women 2021 Women's World Cup
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea Women v Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Women
17 November Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Women v Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Women
Flag of England.svg England Women v Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg Papua New Guinea Women

Rugby league tour matches

Other than Leeds club games, Headingley has also seen Leeds, the county team Yorkshire and a Northern Union XIII (sometimes called English League) side play host to various international touring teams from 1911–2015.

DateWinnersScoreRunners-upCompetitionAttendance
20 January 1908 England colours.svg Northern Union XIII 14–6 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 1907–08 All Golds tour 8,182
6 January 1912 Australian colours.svg Australasia 8–6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1911–12 Kangaroo Tour 1,000
19 October 1921 Australian colours.svg Australasia 11–5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1921–22 Kangaroo Tour 14,000
23 October 1929 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 11–5 Australian colours.svg Australasia 1929–30 Kangaroo Tour 10,000
19 October 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia 13–0 Flag of Yorkshire.svg Yorkshire 1933–34 Kangaroo Tour 10,309
29 November 1933 Australian colours.svg Australia 15–7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 5,295
6 March 1935 England colours.svg English League 25–18 France colours.svg France 1935 French tour15,000
1 December 1937 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 21–8 Australian colours.svg Australia 1937–38 Kangaroo Tour 5,000
27 October 1948 Australian colours.svg Australia 15–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1948–49 Kangaroo Tour 13,542
24 November 1948 Flag of Yorkshire.svg Yorkshire 5–2 Australian colours.svg Australia 5,310
22 November 1952 Australian colours.svg Australia 45–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1952–53 Kangaroo Tour 20,335
13 October 1956 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 18–13 Australian colours.svg Australia 1956–57 Kangaroo Tour 24,459
16 April 1958 England colours.svg English League 19–8 France colours.svg France 1958 French tour13,993
12 September 1959 Australian colours.svg Australia 44–20 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1959–60 Kangaroo Tour 14,629
21 September 1963 Australian colours.svg Australia 13–10 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1963–64 Kangaroo Tour 16,641
25 November 1967 Australian colours.svg Australia 7–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1967–68 Kangaroo Tour 5,522
17 October 1978 Australian colours.svg Australia 25–19 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1978 Kangaroo Tour 9,781
26 October 1980 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 25–5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1980 New Zealand Kiwis tour 5,662
20 October 1982 Australian colours.svg Australia 31–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1982 Kangaroo Tour 11,570
29 October 1983 Queensland colours.svg Queensland 58–2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1983 Queensland Maroons Tour 5,647
19 October 1986 Australian colours.svg Australia 40–0 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1986 Kangaroo Tour 11,389
21 October 1990 Australian colours.svg Australia 22–16 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1990 Kangaroo Tour 16,037
5 October 1994 Australian colours.svg Australia 48–6 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds 1994 Kangaroo Tour 18,581
23 October 2015 New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand 34–16 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2015 New Zealand Tour 20,158

World Club matches

Headingley has hosted 5 games of the World Club Challenge / Championship / Series between 1997–2016.

DateWinnersScoreRunners-upCompetitionAttendance
18 July 1997 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 22–14 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams 1997 World Club Championship 11,269
3 August 1997 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 48–14 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 12,224
17 February 2012 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 26–12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles 2012 World Club Challenge 21,062
22 February 2013 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 18–14 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2013 World Club Challenge 20,400
21 February 2016 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 38–4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2016 World Club Series 19,778

Finals fixtures

Championship finals

DateWinnersScoreRunners-upAttendance
1914 Redscolours.svg Salford 5–3 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 8,091
1920 Hullcolours.svg Hull 3–2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 12,900
1921 Hullcolours.svg Hull 16–14 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 10,000
1923 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 15–5 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield 14,000
1942 Ramscolours.svg Dewsbury 13–0 Bullscolours.svg Bradford
1967 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield 7–7 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 20,161
1968 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield 17–10 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 22,586

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Preceded by
Sydney Cricket Ground
1968
Rugby League World Cup
Final venue

1970
Succeeded by
Stade de Gerland
1972

Coordinates: 53°49′01″N1°34′56″W / 53.81694°N 1.58222°W / 53.81694; -1.58222