McALPINE bosses were celebrating another coup today with confirmation that the stadium will host the World Club Challenge.
The prestigious match will be between Bradford Bulls and Newcastle Knights, the reigning English and Australian champions, on Friday February 1, with an 8.00 kick-off.
Bradford's usual Valley Parade base was not considered for the game, which will be broadcast live both in Britain and Australia, because there is no undersoil heating.
Earlier this month, the McAlpine hosted a memorable first Ashes Test showdown in which Great Britain beat Australia 20-12.
Now the stage is set for another memorable cross-hemisphere clash in Huddersfield.
Bradford chairman Chris Caisley is confident Bulls fans will flock to the showdown.
"It's a great opportunity for the rugby league public to see some of the best players in the world. The event creates passion and pride and it promises to be a great night," said Caisley.
Stadium chief executive Kevin Collinge said: "It is always a pleasure to stage world-class events and the stadium is now so well known, it is putting Huddersfield on the global sporting map.
"If you look back at previous matches here, the Aussies seem to struggle and the stage is set for another thrilling encounter."
Meanwhile the Giants' official season launch, when the new strip for the Northern Ford Premiership campaign will be unveiled, takes place at the McAlpine tomorrow.
The event, which is in the banqueting suite in the Lawrence Batley Stand from 7.00, will also give fans the chance to hear more detailed plans on the proposed Fartown redevelopment scheme.
Coach Tony Smith and his squad will be present, with the players being presented with shirts from their individual sponsor.