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The Pennine Way Stadium is a multi-use sports facility in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. It is the home of Hemel Stags rugby league club.

Pennine Way Stadium
Full namePennine Way Stadium
LocationPennine Way,
HP2 5UD,
Hemel Hempstead,
Hertfordshire
Coordinates51°46′4.87″N 0°27′12.83″W / 51.7680194°N 0.4535639°W / 51.7680194; -0.4535639Coordinates: 51°46′4.87″N 0°27′12.83″W / 51.7680194°N 0.4535639°W / 51.7680194; -0.4535639
Capacity2,000 (406 seats)
Record attendance679
v Oldham
12 May 2013
SurfaceGrass
Construction
Broke ground1981
Built2008
Opened1981
Tenants
Hemel Stags
(1981-)

HistoryEdit

Hemel Stags were formed in 1981. Since then they have been based at the Pennine Way Stadium. Hemel Stags played their first match at Pennine Way on 3 April 1981 against Walthamstow-based McEntee, losing 38-0.

A 21-year Dacorum Borough Council lease was granted to Stags in 1985. In February 1985, Hemel Stags opened their first social club at Pennine Way. It incorporated a bar and a social/recreational area. The clubhouse doubled in size in 1987. Growing confidence in the club in the early 1990s saw the opening of a completely new social club with the old clubhouse being converted into changing rooms.

Ground difficulties meant that Hemel had to leave the Alliance league and drop down to the Rugby League Conference in 1999.

In September 2008, the club obtained planning permission for a small stadium at Pennine Way and in 2010 the first stage was completed with the enclosure of the ground and the opening of an all-weather training pitch and the floodlighting of the main pitch.

In preparation for Hemel's admittance to the semi-professional Championship 1, a 406-seat stand was built at the end of the 2012 season.

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