IT IS steeped in sporting history going back half a century.
Now the pavilion at Fartown sports ground is to be sold and could be turned into a restaurant.
The building, which has stood on the Spaines Road site for more than 50 years, will be put on the market for more than £100,000.
It is for sale after Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club went into liquidation at the end of last year after 133 years.
Peter Sargent, of insolvency firm Begbies Traynor, was appointed liquidator by the executors of John Bailey, the club’s former director and shareholder.
He said: “There’s a fairly long lease on the premises and I think it would be ideal for someone to restore sports facilities or someone wanting to start an Indian or Chinese restaurant. It’s a big place with plenty of car parking.
“I’d be very surprised if it was turned into a residential development and I don’t think that will happen.”
The sports ground used to host Huddersfield Rugby League Club games, before the club moved to Leeds Road in 1992.
It was also the scene of RL Challenge Cup semi-finals and internationals.
Yorkshire Cricket Club played there and a memorial tower at the entrance to the ground carries the names of Huddersfield cricketing legends Wilfred Rhodes, George Herbert Hirst and Schofield Haigh.
Consultation is taking place over the future of the ground, which also hosted bowling and athletics.
The pavilion, which has a drinks licence, has fallen into disrepair.
Mr Sargent said: “The recent history and decline of the pavilion is well documented, but the prospect is now available for new life to be breathed into this historic local landmark.”
Howard Eastwood, of sales agents Walker Singleton, said: “The acquisition of the pavilion and surrounding land provides a unique opportunity for a buyer to rejuvenate the property and place it back at the heart of what is aimed to be an expansive and thriving sports, recreation and leisure facility.”
To contact Walker Singleton call 01422 430000.