Headingley Rugby Stadium
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Headingley Rugby Stadium, (known as Emerald Headingley Stadium due to sponsorship), shares the same site as Headingley Cricket Ground and is home to both Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie rugby teams. Headingley is also the 5th largest rugby league stadium in England.
|Full name||Headingley Stadium|
|Location||St Micheals Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England|
|Capacity||21,062(13,000 during redevelopment)|
|Record attendance||All Time|
40,175 (Leeds vs Bradford Northern, 21 May 1947)
23,035 (Leeds vs Bradford Bulls, 2003)
|Field size||115 yd × 74 yd (105 m × 68 m)|
|Surface||Grass and astro turf mix|
|Renovated||1991, 2011, 2017-19|
|Expanded||1931, 1932, 2006|
Yorkshire Carnegie (1991–present)
1889-1980s: Construction and developmentEdit
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 gamesEdit
New changing rooms were added in 1991, the same year Leeds RFU were founded and moved into Headingley. In July 1998, Leeds RFU 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 redevelopmentEdit
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.
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 gamesEdit
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. 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 redevelopmentEdit
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.
Emerald North StandEdit
Capacity- 3,825 (seated)
tand in the ground and backs onto the cricket stadium. The stand also houses the changing rooms as well as the media and journalists and a bankqueting suite that is shared by both the cricket and rugby grounds.
Capacity- 4,550 (1,844 seated)
The Extentia Stand 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.
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 gauntry.
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.
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.
|2006–2017||Leeds Metropolitan University||Headingley Carnegie Stadium|
|2017–||Emerald Group Publishing||Emerald Headingley Stadium|
Rugby league test matchesEdit
List of rugby league test matches played at Headingley.
Rugby League Tour MatchesEdit
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.
|20 January 1908||Northern Union XIII||14–6||New Zealand||1907–08 All Golds tour||8,182|
|6 January 1912||Australasia||8–6||Leeds||1911–12 Kangaroo Tour||1,000|
|19 October 1921||Australasia||11–5||Leeds||1921–22 Kangaroo Tour||14,000|
|23 October 1929||Leeds||11–5||Australasia||1929–30 Kangaroo Tour||10,000|
|19 October 1933||Australia||13–0||Yorkshire||1933–34 Kangaroo Tour||10,309|
|29 November 1933||Australia||15–7||Leeds||5,295|
|6 March 1935||English League||25–18||France||1935 French tour||15,000|
|1 December 1937||Leeds||21–8||Australia||1937–38 Kangaroo Tour||5,000|
|27 October 1948||Australia||15–2||Leeds||1948–49 Kangaroo Tour||13,542|
|24 November 1948||Yorkshire||5–2||Australia||5,310|
|22 November 1952||Australia||45–4||Leeds||1952–53 Kangaroo Tour||20,335|
|13 October 1956||Leeds||18–13||Australia||1956–57 Kangaroo Tour||24,459|
|16 April 1958||English League||19–8||France||1958 French tour||13,993|
|12 September 1959||Australia||44–20||Leeds||1959–60 Kangaroo Tour||14,629|
|21 September 1963||Australia||13–10||Leeds||1963–64 Kangaroo Tour||16,641|
|25 November 1967||Australia||7–4||Leeds||1967–68 Kangaroo Tour||5,522|
|17 October 1978||Australia||25–19||Leeds||1978 Kangaroo Tour||9,781|
|26 October 1980||New Zealand||25–5||Leeds||1980 New Zealand Kiwis tour||5,662|
|20 October 1982||Australia||31–4||Leeds||1982 Kangaroo Tour||11,570|
|29 October 1983||Queensland||58–2||Leeds||1983 Queensland Maroons Tour||5,647|
|19 October 1986||Australia||40–0||Leeds||1986 Kangaroo Tour||11,389|
|21 October 1990||Australia||22–16||Leeds||1990 Kangaroo Tour||16,037|
|5 October 1994||Australia||48–6||Leeds||1994 Kangaroo Tour||18,581|
|23 October 2015||New Zealand||34–16||Leeds Rhinos||2015 New Zealand Tour||20,158|
World Club matchesEdit
|18 July 1997||Leeds Rhinos||22–14||Adelaide Rams||1997 World Club Championship||11,269|
|3 August 1997||North Queensland Cowboys||48–14||Leeds Rhinos||12,224|
|17 February 2012||Leeds Rhinos||26–12||Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles||2012 World Club Challenge||21,062|
|22 February 2013||Melbourne Storm||18–14||Leeds Rhinos||2013 World Club Challenge||20,400|
|21 February 2016||North Queensland Cowboys||38–4||Leeds Rhinos||2016 World Club Series||19,778|
|1921||Hull||16–14||Hull Kingston Rovers||10,000|
|1923||Hull Kingston Rovers||15–5||Huddersfield||14,000|
|1968||Wakefield||17–10||Hull Kingston Rovers||22,586|
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