Headingley Stadium

Headingley Stadium

Headingley Stadium is a sporting complex in the Leeds suburb of Headingley in West Yorkshire, England. It is the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, rugby league team Leeds Rhinos and rugby union team Leeds Carnegie (formerly known as Leeds Tykes).

There are two separate grounds, with a two-sided stand housing common facilities. Initially, the whole complex was owned by the "Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletic Company", which is the parent company of both rugby clubs. Yorkshire County Cricket Club purchased the cricket ground on 31 December 2005 and, as announced on 11 October 2006, the whole ground is managed as one jointly between Yorkshire C.C.C. and Leeds Rugby. [cite news |title=Joint management agreed for Headingley Stadium |date=2006-10-11 |publisher=YorkshireCCC.org |url=http://www.yorkshireccc.com/news/stadium |accessdate=2006-10-16 ]

Since 11 January 2006, the stadium has officially been known as the Headingley Carnegie Stadium as a result of sponsorship from Leeds Metropolitan University, whose sports faculty is known as the Carnegie School of Sport Exercise and Physical Education. [ [http://www.lmu.ac.uk/the_news/jan06/headingley_carnegie_stadium.htm Leeds Metropolitan University - Latest News - Headingley Carnegie Stadium - 11/01/06 ] ]

The Carnegie Floodlit Nines rugby league nines tournament will be held at at Headingley stadium for the first time on Wednesday August 27th 2008.

Headingley Rugby Stadium

Headingley's rugby stadium is located at coord|53|48|58.87|N|1|34|55.82|W|type:landmark.

stadium_name = Headingley Carnegie

location = Headingley, Leeds, UK
broke_ground =
opened = 1890
closed = Open
owner = Leeds Rhinos
surface = Grass
tenants =
Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie

seating_capacity =

Leeds St. Johns, who were later to become Leeds Rugby League Football Club then Leeds Rhinos, moved to Headingley in 1889 and built Headingley stadium. Since then the stadium has staged more than 40 international matches and countless domestic finals. The ground now has a capacity of 22,000. [ [http://www.leedsrugby.com/ www.leedsrugby.com] ] It is the second largest stadium in Leeds after Elland Road.

Headingly hosted rugby league's first ever Challenge Cup final in 1897.

In the 1930s, major developments took place on two sides of the rugby ground. The South Stand was completed in 1931, with some of the work being carried out by club players, whilst the old wooden North Stand was burned down during a match against Halifax on 25th March 1931. By the end of 1932, a new North Stand had been completed.

The record attendance at Headingley was 40,175 for the rugby league match between Leeds and Bradford on 21 May 1947. Undersoil heating was installed in 1963, and floodlights in 1966. The 1970 Rugby League World Cup final between Great Britain and Australia was played at the stadium. New changing rooms were added in 1991.

In July 1998, Leeds RUFC became part of the world's first dual-code rugby partnership, "Leeds Rugby Limited".

2006 saw the construction of the Carnegie Stand. Built to replace the old eastern terrace, it was opened on 1 September 2006 for the Super League match between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves.

There is current debate over what part of the stadium is to be redeveloped next. It was the hope of Leeds Rhinos to redevevelop the North Stand. However being as this was double sided, it required the co-operation of Yorkshire Cricket, Yorkshire Cricket however showed no intention of redeveloping their side of the stand for some time, instead wanting to redevelop parts of the opposite side of the ground first. There is also limited scope for improvement as neither side can expand their stand without encoraching on the other side. There have been talks since about redeveloping either the South Stand or the open terraces to the West of the ground, however this would probably involve demolishing six houses and re-routing a public right of way. For the 2008 Super League Final Eliminator against Wigan Warriors, the lower half of the South Stand was closed for safety reasons and the capacity reduced. It is not clear what works will be required to be carried out before the full capacity will be allowed again.

Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground

Infobox cricket ground
ground_name = Headingley Carnegie
nickname =

country = England
location = Headingley, Leeds
establishment = 1890
seating_capacity = 20,000
owner = Yorkshire County Cricket Club
end1 = Kirkstall Lane End
end2 = Football Stand End
international = true
firsttestdate = 29 June
firsttestyear = 1899
firsttesthome = England
firsttestaway = Australia
lasttestdate = 18 July
lasttestyear = 2008
lasttesthome = England
lasttestaway = South Africa
firstodidate = 5 September
firstodiyear = 1973
firstodihome = England
firstodiaway = West Indies
lastodidate = 2 September
lastodiyear = 2007
lastodihome = England
lastodiaway = India
year1 = 1891 – present
club1 = Yorkshire
date = 19 July
year = 2008
source = http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Grounds/11/570.html CricketArchive

Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground adjoins the rugby stadium through a shared main stand. It has seen Test cricket since 1899 and has a capacity of 17,000.

Headingley Carnegie cricket ground is located at coord|53|49|3.58|N|1|34|55.12|W|type:landmark.

Notable sporting moments

In 1902, Yorkshire beat the touring Australians by five wickets, after dismissing them for 23 in their second innings with George Herbert Hirst and Stanley Jackson taking five wickets each.

Donald Bradman's innings of 334 in the 1930 Ashes Test included 309 runs on the first day, and he followed it in the Australians' next test at Headingley in 1934 with an innings of 304.

Spinner Hedley Verity took 10 wickets for 10 runs in 1932 for Yorkshire v Nottinghamshire, still the best bowling analysis ever in first-class cricket. Verity had also taken all ten against Warwickshire at Headingley in 1931.

In 1948, Australia scored 404 for three on the last day to beat England. Arthur Morris scored 182 and Bradman scored 173 not out.

In the 1977 Ashes test, Geoff Boycott scored his hundredth first-class hundred.

In 1981, Headingley provided the stage for perhaps the most dramatic comeback in Test cricket, when England beat Australia by 18 runs. The bookies quoted odds of 500-1 against an England victory after they followed on 227 runs behind and then collapsed to 135 for seven in their second innings. Ian Botham scored 149 not out, and then Bob Willis took eight for 43 with the ball, and England won. Two members of the Australian team had taken the 500-1 odds. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport/hi/english/static/in_depth/cricket/2001/ashes/classics/1981.stm]

In the Test of 1991, Graham Gooch scored a match-winning 154 not out, carrying his bat throughout England's second innings of 252, against the West Indies including Malcolm Marshall, Curtley Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.

In a game they had to win to stay in the 1999 Cricket World Cup, the eventual cup-winners Australia chased down South Africa's 271 for seven after being 48 for three. Steve Waugh, who had been dropped by Herschelle Gibbs as he attempted to throw the ball up in celebration, scored 120 not out. [ [http://uk.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/WORLD_CUPS/WC99/SCORECARDS/SUPSIX/AUS_RSA_WC99_ODI-SUPSIX9_13JUN1999.html 9th Super Six Match: Australia v South Africa at Leeds, 13 Jun 1999 ] ]

In 2000, England dismissed the West Indies for 61 to win by an innings, with Andrew Caddick taking four wickets in an over. This would be repeated seven years later in 2007, as Ryan Sidebottom took eight wickets for 86 in two innings as England subjected the Windies to their worst Test defeat ever, an innings and 283 runs.

In August 2001, England successfully chased 315 to beat Australia, with Mark Butcher scoring an unbeaten 173 as England won by six wickets. [ [http://www.cricinfo.com/link_to_database/ARCHIVE/2001/AUS_IN_ENG/SCORECARDS/AUS_ENG_T4_16-20AUG2001.html 4th Test: England v Australia at Leeds, 16-20 Aug 2001 ] ]

Owning the ground

In December 2005 Yorkshire County Cricket Club obtained a loan of £9 million from Leeds City Council towards the cost of purchasing the cricket ground for £12 million. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/yorkshire/4484044.stm BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Yorkshire | Members approve Headingley buyout ] ] Shortly afterwards, 98.37% of members who participated in a vote backed the deal. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/yorkshire/4484044.stm BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Yorkshire | Members approve Headingley buyout ] ] On 11 January 2006, the club announced plans to rebuild the stand next to the rugby ground with 3,000 extra seats, taking capacity to 20,000. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/yorkshire/4602134.stm BBC SPORT | Cricket | Counties | Yorkshire | New stand and name for Headingley ] ] The club also announced plans to redevelop the Winter Shed (North) stand on 25 August 2006 providing a £12.5 million pavilion complex. [ [http://www.yorkshireccc.com/news/pavilionscheme Come in to the new Headingley Carnegie Stadium! : News : The Yorkshire County Cricket Club ] ] [ [http://www.yorkshireccc.com/grounds/the_carnegie_pavilion_development/index.html The Carnegie Pavilion Development] ]

Future Developments

Yorkshire County Cricket Club have shown keen interest in redeveloping the northern side of the ground. This is a major inconvenience to Leeds Rugby Limited as they wish to redevelop their North Stand, which backs onto the Cricket Ground, any redevelopment of this stand can not go ahead until Yorkshire Cricket are also willing to redevelop their side of the cricket pitch. If Headingley is to retain Test Ground Status it is likely that further improvements will need to be made to the ground. Any future development is likely to increase the capacity of the ground as well as providing new corporate and banqueting facilities. Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Metropolitan University have recently unveiled their plan for the new Headingley Carnegie Pavilion, which will replace 'The Shed' to the northern side of the Cricket Ground (which dating from the early 1970s is the oldest surviving part of the cricket ground. The new structure will be of a modernist design. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/content/panoramas/headingley_cricket_ground_360.shtml]

Headingley Carnegie Pavilion

The new pavilion will replace 'The Winter Shed' and 'The Media Centre' at the Kirkstall Lane end of the ground. According to Yorkshire County Cricket Club the current media centre is obscolete and does not meet the requirements of modern broadcasters. The changing facilities will also be replaced by 'state of the art' changing facilities, designed specifically for Cricket, while the executive boxes will be replaced by new facilities that will provide the modern expected level of service. Yorkshire County Cricket Clubs offices will also be relocated into the pavilion. The new pavilion will boast environmental credentials such as having a ground source heat pump and Solar hot water heating. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/content/panoramas/headingley_cricket_ground_360.shtml] [http://www.yorkshireccc.com/grounds/the_carnegie_pavilion_development/the_proposed_development/index.html]

ee also

*List of cricket grounds in England and Wales
*List of Test cricket grounds
*Sport in Leeds


External links

* [http://www.yorkshireccc.com Official site of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/content/articles/2005/09/06/sport_rhinos_headingley_improvements_feature.shtml stadium improvements info @ bbc]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/360/headingley_cricket_ground.shtml A rotating 360 degree view of the cricket ground from the BBC]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/leeds/360/headingley_rugby_ground.shtml A rotating 360 degree view of the rugby ground from the BBC]
* [http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/the_news/jan06/headingley_carnegie_stadium.htm Stadium renamed]
* [http://www.napit.co.uk/viewus/infobank/rugby/superleague/leedsrhinos.php stadium info @ napit]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/meeshy_meesh/sets/72157594266664872/ pictures of rugby ground at a leeds tykes match]
* [http://www.flickr.com/photos/meeshy_meesh/page2/ pictures of rugby ground]
* [http://www.env.leeds.ac.uk/~alex/images/LStykes.jpgpicture of leeds tykes at headingley]

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