THE spectacular Galpharm Stadium must be one of the best-known locations in Yorkshire.
The award-winning stadium is home to Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants – as well as providing a versatile sports, leisure and commercial complex for the town’s businesses and the wider community.
It was created through a unique partnership formed in 1991 between Kirklees Council and the football and rugby league clubs. Their aim was to create a complex which would provide a venue for sports, entertainment and hospitality facility with a ground-breaking design.
The focal point of the 51-acre site is the uniquely-designed 24,500 seater stadium which was awarded the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors prestigious Building of the Year Award in 1995.
The stadium boasts an impressive range of facilities that are available for use throughout the year. They include the Panasonic Stand, which includes a purpose-built business and conference centre and a community health and leisure complex.
To the south of the site lies a 30-bay golf driving range with professional teaching facilities and a 1,500sq ft gold superstore. Alongside the stadium stands the nine-screen Odeon cinema and bar and restaurant facilities to cater for up to 2,000 diners.
The stadium has hosted major conferences, international rugby matches and sell-out concerts by big-name performers such as REM, Elton John and Bryan Adams.
Recent development has included a new reception area and ticket office as well as business units to let. The stadium has also attracted sponsorship from some of Huddersfield’s leading businesses – while its revolutionary design has provided a blueprint for others to follow.
The multi-million pound stadium complex has firmly positioned itself as one of the major leisure destinations in the north of England.