Rugby League is revered for the fervent atmosphere that games generate. Passionate fans up and down the UK fill out stadiums during the season, creating some truly fantastic environments in the process. But which Rugby club has the best atmosphere of all, taking the number one spot on our list? Find out below.
There is no denying that the atmosphere can impact the results of games. Fans act as an extra player when on top form, cheering on their team and making it an uneasy place to visit for opponents. This is also something to consider when predicting the outcome at matches, there is such a thing as home advantage. Check out BoyleSports for all of your Rugby League betting needs and analyse the odds given to some home sides.
8) Totally Wicked Stadium – St Helens
We begin with the newest ground on our list, St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium. The name has been universally slated, but the actual arena has received mixed reviews from fans of the club. The intimating atmosphere that we so often were privy to at their former home, Knowsley Road, hasn’t quite translated over to their new home, but it still offers excellent facilities and a good level of noise for big games.
7) KCOM Stadium – Hull FC
The only football ground to make it onto the list, the KCOM Stadium has been the home to Hull FC and Hull City FC since 2003. Similarly, to St Helens, Hull’s fans have found the move to a new home difficult to adapt to, with the noise level not quite matching up to their ancestral ground – Boulevard Road. Nevertheless, the KCOM can still get pretty loud, especially when the Hull derby rolls around.
6) Mobile Rocket Stadium – Wakefield Trinity
More colloquially known as Belle Vue, it has been the home of Wakefield’s preeminent rugby team since 1879. Talks of a move away from the ground have gathered pace in recent years, but it remains the home of Trinity for the time being. Belle Vue is most certainly one of the more traditional stadiums on this list, with an old-school atmosphere to match.
5) Leigh Sports Village – Leigh Centurions
Having hosted Rugby league matches for just over twelve years, Leigh Sports Village is another relatively new arena on this list. The ground has thus far been able to maintain its traditional Rugby League atmosphere, unlike some of the other teams on this list with modern grounds. It also boasts excellent facilities, making it a firm favourite with Centurion supporters.
4) Millennium Stadium – Featherstone Rovers
Known to fans of a certain age as Post Office Road, the ground has been used by Featherstone since their formation in 1908. Given its age and long-standing status as a venue for Rugby League matches, it has a similar rustic look and feel to Belle in certain parts of the ground. Millennium Stadium is very much in the traditional mould, with stands that out fans right on top of the players, adding to the cauldron-like atmosphere for big matches.
3) Halliwell Jones Stadium – Warrington Rovers
Sneaking into the top three is Warrington’s home, which they have been at since 2003. Many fans were reluctant to see the team leave Wilderspool at the time, but the HJ has been a more than worthy replacement for the famous old venue.
It’s a ground with a tremendous amount of character, chiefly thanks to its entirely terraced South Stand – which accommodates the more vocal home supporters. As modern stadiums go, it’s one of the most popular around.
2) Emerald Headingley Stadium – Leeds Rhinos
Headingley is a joyous venue for sport, which is why the stadium has attained a reputation beyond the confines of Rugby League. Investing in modern facilities and trimmings, whilst also maintaining the traditional Leeds atmosphere is no mean feat – but the club appears to have pulled it off magnificently.
This is partly due to the ferocity of their home support, fuelled by a passionate base of Rhinos fans who generate some serious noise at Headingley. The only thing that lets it down is the lack of a roof at the away end, but if anything, that only adds to the hostile atmosphere on matchday.
1) Mend-A-Hose Jungle – Castleford Tigers
There isn’t a lot to separate Castleford’s home from Headingley, but Mend-A-Hose Jungle just sneaks it for its traditional feel. A move to a more modern arena has been mooted for many years, but the vast majority of fans would rather stay put at this marvellous sporting relic.
Fans are very close to the action, which, similar to Millennium Stadium, which provides an atmosphere like no other. Add in the obvious nostalgia whenever you enter the place, and it’s hard to deny it a spot at number 1. Enjoy trips to Wheldon Road while you still can, as it may not be around for too many more seasons.