A Rough Guide To Huddersfield Town
Thursday, 13th Aug 2009 08:55
Want to know all the facts about the Galpharn Stadium ?
Saints were one of the first visitors to the ground in September 1994, just after it had opened as the McCalpine Stadium, a stones throw from their old ground Leeds Road (Now B & Q which you will probably pass), when Saints visited it had only three sides, one of the ends having been built, but not yet opened, whilst the other end was open, the last stand was completed a season later to bring the capacity up to 25,500, this was just about the first new League football ground to be built for the best part of 50 years, hard to believe now given all the grounds that have been built in the 15 years since, including our own St Mary's.
Saints fans will be accomodated in the South Stand, as you would expect it has great views of the pitch and all the usual facilities including beer.
The ground is about a mile from the town centre, if you arrive by train, the Head of steam pub at the station is highly recommended, otherwise there are many other pubs between the town and the ground, some dont allow away fans in, and as always caution should be used if you like to wear colours etc.
Near the ground there are a few bars, including the Rope Walk in the entertainment and cinema complex behind the North Stand, again however they are very cagey about letting in away fans.
The Gas club on Gasworks Street however does welcome visitors and families as well, it also has an enclosed car park for £2, this is about a ten minute walk from the ground, follow Stadium Way, away from the Galpharm behind the away end and it leads into Gasworks Road.
To get to Hudderfield, take the usual route to Yorkshire via the M1 then leave the M1 at Junction 38 and take the A637 towards and then the A642 into Huddersfield. As you approach the town centre try to keep to the right hand lane as you will turn right at the island and go onto the A62 Leeds Road. The stadium is a short distance down this road on the right.
For the car parks turn right at the traffic lights, where the Market Pub is on the corner. The stadium is generally well signposted around Huddersfield town centre.
There is a fair sized car park located at the ground (£5) and a number of unofficial car parks nearby (expect to pay around £3-£4).
Last seasons average attendance was 12,863, substancially up on previous years due to a cut price season ticket offer to celebrate their 100th year.
They continued this offer for the forthcoming season and by the end date had sold approx 10,300, so last years average looks set to be at least equalled if not beaten.
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