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Headingley Rugby Stadium
New Headingley South Stand.jpg
Headingley South Stand
Full nameHeadingley Rugby Stadium
LocationSt. Michael's Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3BR, West Yorkshire, England
Coordinates53°48′58.87″N 1°34′55.82″W / 53.8163528°N 1.5821722°W / 53.8163528; -1.5821722 Coordinates: 53°49′01″N 1°34′56″W / 53.81694°N 1.58222°W / 53.81694; -1.58222
Public transitNational Rail Headingley
OwnerLeeds Rhinos
OperatorLeeds Rhinos
Capacity19,700[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
Opened1890
Renovated1991, 2011, 2017–19
Expanded1931, 1932, 2006
Tenants
Leeds Rhinos (1890–present)
Leeds Tykes (1991–2020)
Bramley (1997–1999)

Headingley Rugby Stadium shares the same site as Headingley Cricket Ground and is home to Leeds Rhinos. Headingley is the 5th largest rugby league stadium in England.

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. Leeds were founder members of the Northern Union in 1895 and 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.[3]

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

The former South Stand, built in 1931 and demolished in 2017
The former South Stand, built in 1931 and demolished in 2017

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.[4] 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.

2016–2019: Major redevelopment

In 2015 it was announced that the North and South stands were to be rebuilt as part of the overdue redevelopment of the stadium. Parts of the South Stand were condemned in 2011 and the club wanted to modernise the rest of the ground after the new West Stand was completed in 2006.

The South Stand was demolished at the back end of the 2017 season with the North Stand following at the end of the season.

The new South Stand was officially opened on Boxing Day 2018. The standing capacity remains the same as the previous stand with additional seats due to the new North Stand being smaller. The new North Stand opened in May 2019

2020–present

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and lockdowns Headingley was chosen as one of the Super League venues to host multiple rounds behind closed doors.

The stadium also hosted the 2022 Championship Summer Bash.

Future

The rebuilding of the North and South Stands in 2018 future proofed the stadium. The only part of the ground that remains untouched is the Western Terrace. The club have explored possibilities of expanding the stand and putting a roof over it however due the there being a public right of way and residential houses plans have never been able to come to fruition.

Layout

North Stand

Capacity- 3,825 (seated)

North Stand
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

Extentia Stand (formerly the Carnegie Stand)
Extentia Stand (formerly the Carnegie Stand)

Capacity- 4,550 (1,844 seated)
The Global East Stand[5] 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

New South Stand
New South Stand

Capacity- 7,721 (2,217 seated) The South Stand is well known in rugby league for being the ground's popular side. The original stand was open to the elements but, following rebuilding in the 1930s, it was partially enclosed by a pitched roof. The roof was extended to cover the entire stand in the 1960s.

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.

Prior to the replacement of the original roofs in 1999, the front of the South Stand featured a narrow spiral staircase, in full view of all spectators, via which television commentators accessed the television gantry on the roof. Rugby League commentator Eddie Waring claimed that, to brave the taunts and insults from fans as he climbed the stairs, he would sing the hymn, "Fight the Good Fight" to himself until reaching the sanctuary of the commentary box.[6]

Western Terrace

Western Terrace
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.

Sponsors

Headingley first sold naming rights in 1990 to brewers Bass following which the stadium's official name became Bass Headingley. Following the end of this arrangement the ground did not have another naming rights sponsor until 2006 when Leeds Metropolitan University took the rights during the construction of the Carnegie Stand.

In 2017, Headingley sold the naming rights to Bingley-based publishers Emerald Group during the redevelopment of the North and South stands. Emerald withdrew their sponsorship from the full Headingley complex in November 2021, after which the rugby stadium reverted to its original name of Headingley Stadium.

Year Sponsor Name
1990–1994 Bass Brewery Bass Headingley[7]
2006–2017 Leeds Metropolitan University Headingley Carnegie Stadium
2017–2021 Emerald Group Publishing Emerald Headingley Stadium

Other uses

Rugby League Internationals

World Cup matches

Headingley has hosted 12 World Cup games since England first hosted the tournament in 1960. The stadium will host three more games during the postponed 2021 World Cup.

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
21 October 1960  Australia 21–15  New Zealand 1960 World Cup 10,773
24 October  Great Britain 11–4  Australia 1970 World Cup 15,169
7 November 1970  Australia 12–7  Great Britain 18,776
16 March 1975  England 11–4  France 1975 World Cup
12 November 1975  Australia 25–0  England 7,680
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
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
4 November  New Zealand 56–10  Papua New Guinea 2013 World Cup 18,180
15 November  New Zealand 40–4  Scotland 16,207
24 October  Jamaica v  Ireland 2021 World Cup
30 October  New Zealand v  Jamaica
5 November  New Zealand v  Ireland

Women's World Cup matches

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
9 November England England v Brazil Brazil 2021 Women's World Cup
Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea v Canada Canada
17 November Canada Canada v Brazil Brazil
England England v Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea

Test matches

List of rugby league test matches played at Headingley.[8]

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
25 January 1908 United Kingdom 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
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
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
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
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
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

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.

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
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
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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 Yorkshire 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 tour 15,000
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 Yorkshire Yorkshire 5–2
Australian colours.svg
Australia
5,310
22 November 1952
Australian colours.svg
Australia
45–4
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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 tour 13,993
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 Challenge

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

Date Winners Score Runners-up Competition Attendance
18 July 1997
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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

Rugby League Finals

First Division finals

The ground has hosted six of the old First Division Finals. The first being in 1914 when Salford beat Huddersfield and the last in 1968 when Wakefield beat Hull KR.

Since Super League inception in 1996, Old Trafford has hosted all but one Grand Final.

Season Champions Score Runners-up Attendance
1913–14
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Salford
5–3
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Huddersfield
8,091
1919–20
Hullcolours.svg
Hull F.C.
3–2
Giantscolours.svg
Huddersfield
12,900
1920–21
Hullcolours.svg
Hull F.C.
16–14
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Hull Kingston Rovers
10,000
1922–23
HKRcolours.svg
Hull Kingston Rovers
15–5
Giantscolours.svg
Huddersfield
14,000
1966–67
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Wakefield Trinity
7–7
Saintscolours.svg
St. Helens
20,161
1967–68
Wcatscolours.svg
Wakefield Trinity
17–10
HKRcolours.svg
Hull Kingston Rovers
22,586

Second Division finals

Headingley hosted its first Championship Grand Final in 2007 when Castleford beat Widnes in front of 20,000 people to be promoted to Super League. The event returned in 2014 when Leigh beat Featherstone however they were not promoted due to Super League then licensing period.

In 2022, the Million Pound Game will be played at Headingley after it previously being played at the home of the highest seeded team.

Year Winners Score Runner-up Attendance
2007
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
42–10
Widnes colours.svg
Widnes
20,814
2014
Leigh colours.svg
Leigh
36–12
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Featherstone
9,164
Million Pound Game
2022 TBD TBD

Third Division finals

As part of the Championship Finals that included the Championship Grand Final, Headingley hosted the Championship 1 Grand Finals

Year Winners Score Runner-up Attendance
2007
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Featherstone
24–6
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Oldham
2014
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Hunslet
17–16
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Oldham
9,167

Challenge Cup Semi Finals

Headingley has hosted 13 Challenge Cup semi finals and one replay since 1981. The last semi final to be held at Headingley was in 2015 when Hull KR beat Warrington. In recent years the semi finals have been held at one neutral venue as a double header.

Year Winner Score Loser
1981
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Hull Kingston Rovers
22–5
Saintscolours.svg
St. Helens
1982
Hullcolours.svg
Hull
15–11
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
1983
Fevcolours.svg
Featherstone Rovers
11–6
Bullscolours.svg
Bradford Northern
1985
Hullcolours.svg
Hull
10–10
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
R
Hullcolours.svg
Hull
22–16
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
1987
Faxcolours.svg
Halifax
12–8
Widnes colours.svg
Widnes
1988
Faxcolours.svg
Halifax
0–0
Hullcolours.svg
Hull
1992
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
8–4
Hullcolours.svg
Hull
1994
Wigancolours.svg
Wigan
20–6
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
1998
Sheffeagles colours.svg
Sheffield Eagles
22–18
Redscolours.svg
Salford
1999
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London Broncos
33–27
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
2000
Bullscolours.svg
Bradford
44–20
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Warrington
2002
Wigancolours.svg
Wigan
20–10
Castleford colours.svg
Castleford
2015
HKRcolours.svg
Hull Kingston Rovers
26–18
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Warrington

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