Headingley Carnegie Stadium
St Michael's Lane
Facilities: Headingley is one of the most famous stadiums in the world, with the main stand sandwiched in between the cricket ground and rugby ground, serving both. There is a covered seating area along one side with covered terracing on the other. One end remains uncovered, but the impressive new Carnegie Stand modernises the old ground.
Impressions: The South Stand certainly creates an intimidating atmosphere at the old ground, although the unprotected end doesnt keep out the weather, particularly on those cold Sundays in Yorkshire. The programme was top quality too, although the refreshments let us down – they didnt do pies! With the home faithful usually turning up in droves, there's usually a good crowd at the ground.
Records: The record attendance at Headingley for a Rugby League match is the 40,175 who watched the game between Leeds and Bradford on May 21st 1947.
History: Headingley has become a world famous name in sport for both top class rugby league and Test match cricket. The ground was built on old playing fields in 1889 and the first game saw Leeds take on Manningham on the 20th of September the following year. Headingley hosted the first ever Challenge Cup final in 1897 when Batley defeated St Helens. Since then the ground has hosted several finals, as well as many Great Britain internationals.
The early 1930s saw some extensive improvements made to the ground, not least because the North Stand had been destroyed in a fire. The stand was re-built in 1933. The South Stand was re-furbished in 1931. Headingley was at the forefront of new developments, with under-soil heating installed in 1963 and floodlights in 1966. The North Stand was again renovated in 1990, and the South Stand in 2000.
In 1996 it was thought that the ground may have to be sold and the Rhinos take up residency at Elland Road, but the ground was saved. Headingley was home to Bramley before that club went out of business, and is now home to Leeds Tykes RU. 2006 saw a East Stand built at the ground in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University, with the aims of making the stadium once again one of the best in the rugby league.
Ticket Prices: Adults range from £16-£30, Juniors and Concessions from £10-£20
Directions: By Road
Take M62 – Leave at junction 2, signposted Headingley Stadium. Follow the A643 (A58) Wetherby road – at the next roundabout take the City Centre/Wetherby A58 exit. Almost immediately, bear left to Ilkley (A65) and the airport. Follow the signs to Headingley along the Cardigan Road before turning into St Michael's Lane.
Leeds City Railway Station is situated in the heart of the City Centre adjacent to Leeds City Square. Leeds is located on the Eastcoast Rail network. Local stations close to Headingley Stadium are Burley Park and Headingley, within five minutes walking distance.
Car Parking: There is plenty of street parking surrounding the grounds.
Fans View: Headingley Stadium is known all over the world for it's hosting of major events in RL, RU and International Cricket. It has four stands: two of them standing, one seated and the newest addition: the Carnegie Stand which is both standing and seated. The facilities at Headingley are good with toilets, a bar and everything else you may need while you soak up the fantastic atmosphere! (Faye)