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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.

Headingley Rugby Stadium
Extentia Stand-Headingley Rugby.jpg
Full nameHeadingley Stadium
LocationSt Micheals Lane, Headingley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates53°48′58.87″N 1°34′55.82″W / 53.8163528°N 1.5821722°W / 53.8163528; -1.5821722
Public transitNational Rail Headingley
OwnerLeeds Rugby
OperatorLeeds Rhinos
Capacity21,062[1](13,000 during redevelopment)
Record attendanceAll Time
40,175 (Leeds vs Bradford Northern, 21 May 1947)
Super League
23,035 (Leeds vs 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)
Yorkshire Carnegie (1991–present)
Bramley (1997-1999)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.[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 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.[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 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.

LayoutEdit

Emerald North StandEdit

Capacity- 3,825 (seated)

 
North Stand under construction

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.

Extentia StandEdit

 
Extentia Stand

Capacity- 4,550 (1,844 seated)
The Extentia 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 StandEdit

 
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 gauntry.

Western TerraceEdit

 
Western Terrace

Capacity- 4,966
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.

 
Panoramic of the ground during redevelopment.

SponsorsEdit

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.

Year Sponsor Name
2006–2017 Leeds Metropolitan University Headingley Carnegie Stadium
2017– Emerald Group Publishing Emerald Headingley Stadium

International fixturesEdit

Rugby league Test matchesEdit

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

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

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.

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
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

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

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
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

Finals fixturesEdit

Championship finalsEdit

Date Winners Score Runners-up Attendance
1914   Salford 5–3   Huddersfield 8,091
1920   Hull 3–2   Huddersfield 12,900
1921   Hull 16–14   Hull Kingston Rovers 10,000
1923   Hull Kingston Rovers 15–5   Huddersfield 14,000
1942   Dewsbury 13–0   Bradford
1967   Wakefield 7–7   St Helens 20,161
1968   Wakefield 17–10   Hull Kingston Rovers 22,586

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rlfans.Com". Rlfans.Com. Retrieved 7 April 2013.[failed verification]
  2. ^ "Club Records". Leeds United A.F.C. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 3 April 2008.
  3. ^ "Elland Road – Information". wafll.com. Retrieved 3 April 2008.
  4. ^ LeedsVarsity.com retrieved 20 June 2014
  5. ^ "World Club Challenge 2012 - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Emerald Headingley's East Stand to be renamed the Extentia Stand". The Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Headingley - Results - Rugby League Project". www.rugbyleagueproject.org. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
Preceded by
Sydney Cricket Ground
1968
Rugby League World Cup
Final venue

1970
Succeeded by
Stade de Gerland
1972

Coordinates: 53°49′01″N 1°34′56″W / 53.81694°N 1.58222°W / 53.81694; -1.58222