At the start of 2006 plans were announced for a historic redevelopment of AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium encompassing both the rugby and cricket stadia that were set to usher in a new and exciting future for one of the most famous stadiums in world sport. The name of Headingley Carnegie Stadium was as a result of a significant financial investment by Leeds Metropolitan University. The plans came to fruition following the successful purchase of the freehold of the cricket stadium and business by Yorkshire CCC from the owners since 1890, Leeds CF&A Co Ltd.

The plans included a new North/South Stand to replace the existing structure which was built after fire destroyed the original stand in March 1932 and a new Pavilion and Media Centre for cricket at the stadium. The project began on 11th October 2005 and was opened for the first time by the Minister for Sport Richard Caborn MP on 1st September 2006 when the Rhinos beat Warrington. The total project cost £7 million and was financed without any grant funding and takes the capacity for the stadium to 22,000.

The first game was played at the stadium on 20th September 1890 when Leeds beat Manningham, although this was two weeks later than planned when AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium was not ready on time. However, the ground soon became the premier venue in Yorkshire and the apart from the times that Leeds made the County Cup Final it was always held at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium attracting crowds of over 14,000. Leeds also hosted an international between England and Scotland in 1893 with the visitors winning two drop goals to nil in front of over 30,000.

In the first season of the Northern Union in 1895, Leeds attracted an average crowd of 3,900 and when the rugby team was away the football club played home games, with Middlesbrough beating Old Carthusians 2-1 in the Amateur FA Cup Final that year. AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium was also chosen for the first ever Challenge Cup Final between Batley and St Helens with 14,000 spectators present. The first ever trophy to arrive at the stadium came about when Leeds beat the Rest in a Challenge match having not been invited into the first rugby league.

By 1905 the average attendance had reached 9,022 as the Leeds team grew in reputation and on 26th October 1907 Leeds hosted the New Zealand All Golds, the first rugby league team to tour England, with the home side losing 8-2. This was followed up on Christmas Day 1908 when Australia arrived however Leeds could not secure the win, going down 10-14. This was just a pre-cursor to the Great Britain v Australia game a month later on 25th January. On 12th April 1913, Leeds set the record for the highest ever score at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium when they beat Coventry 102-0 with Fred Webster scoring eight tries and every player scoring a try.

AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium has always been associated with some of the more unusual moments in rugby league history and during the First World War Leeds played three games against a Royal Navy team from Plymouth. In 1917, the two sides played under rugby union rules and the following year there was one of each. The men from the South won all three games. There were also developments at the ground when in 1923 it was recorded that “ground improvements had seen the building of a ginnell wall with consequent additional terracing for 4,000 spectators whilst the roadway in St Michael’s Lane was greatly improved at the clubs expense.”

On October 23rd 1929 Leeds managed to beat Australia for the first time at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium, winning 8-7 but tragedy was to befall the stadium on 25th March 1932, Good Friday, when fire broke out in the North Stand during the game against Halifax. The game was abandoned after ten minutes and the stand was completed destroyed in the blaze. Indeed there is not much that will get in the way of a game taking place. On Christmas Eve 1938 the game against Salford was actually switched to the cricket pitch and as if that were not enough both teams were involved in another first the previous year on Coronation Day, May 12th 1937, when they played an exhibition game of 12-a-side.

The earlier experiment with league and union was repeated during the Second World War on 23rd January 1943 when the Northern Command Rugby Union and Rugby League teams met at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadiumwith rugby union rules applied. There was a crowd of 8,000 there to see the RL team win 18-11.

The sixties saw modern technology installed as in 1963 undersoil heating was installed. The board took this decision after the 1962-63 season became known as the “big freeze”. Between 1st December and April 3rd, a period of seventeen weeks, there were no games played at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium, which left Leeds playing 18 games in 55 days. The board resolved to install an “electric blanket” involving 30 miles of cable. To give an idea of how bold a decision this was it was only three years since the first undersoil heating in Britain had been installed at Murrayfield at a cost of £10,000. Yet another bold decision came three years later when floodlights were installed in 1966. The first game played under the new floodlights was Yorkshire v Lancashire on 21st September in front of a crowd of 10,528. Leeds’ first appearance under their floodlights was 11th October when they drew 11-11 with Castleford.

The next major change to occur at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium came at the start of the 1990’s. This included a renovation of the facilities including new changing room facilities, and more importantly state of the art banqueting suites in a rebuilt Pavilion. The new changing rooms and tunnel were officially opened on 11th February 1991, which saw Leeds enter the field from the middle of the North Stand as apposed to there traditional entrance down the concrete ramp between the North Stand and Eastern Terrace.

At this time the Paddock area became all seater and the centre section was reserved for corporate guests and members. The start of the new Millennium saw a refurbishment for the heart of the Leeds club when the South Stand was renovated for the first time since it was built in 1938. The £750,000 refurbished Tetley’s South Stand was re-opened by lifelong fan Ruth Walker.

2005 was a groundbreaking year for the famous old ground when the first new development was started since the Main Stand fire in 1932 with the construction of a new Stand to replace the old Eastern Terrace. The Stand incorporated 1,844 seats and disabled spaces in its 4,550 capacity and also has 12 classrooms. The project began on 11th October 2005 and was completed during the following season. The total project cost £7 million and was financed without any grant funding.

From 1st November 2017, the home of Leeds Rhinos was re-named as Emerald Headingley Stadium with the Emerald Group having acquired the naming rights to Headingley Stadium, in addition to a range of commercial, community and charitable benefits. Alongside the stadia being named independently as Emerald Headingley Cricket Ground and Emerald Headingley Rugby Stadium,  the deal included the naming of the new North-South stand – as the Emerald Stand – upon completion of its redevelopment in 2019 and the 450-seater banqueting suite will be called the Emerald Suite.

On the 1st December 2023, the club revealed a record-breaking naming rights partnership with Leeds-based vehicle solutions business AMT Auto that will see the Rhinos home stadium rebranded as AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium. It is only the fourth time in the 133-year history of the stadium that the club have allowed naming right and the 15-year partnership is the biggest commercial deal in the club's history.

Test MatchGreat Britain v Australia9 October 194836,529
Championship FinalHull Kingston Rovers v Huddersfield5 May 192314,000
RL Challenge Cup FinalRochdale Hornets v Hull29 April 192232,596
RL Cup Semi-finalKeighley v Wakefield Trinity3 April 193739,998
Yorkshire Cup FinalHuddersfield v Bradford Northern29 October 194936,000
League MatchLeeds v Bradford Northern21 May 194740,175
Cup TieLeeds v Wigan9 February 195738,914


Headingley Firsts

First Rugby Union MatchLeeds v Manningham20th September 1890
First Northern Union MatchLeeds v Brighouse21st September 1895
First Northern Union Test MatchGreat Britain v New Zealand25th January 1908


Representative matches played at AMT Headingley Rugby Stadium (tests)

1908January 25thGreat Britain14New Zealand6
1921October 1stGreat Britain6Australia5
1927January 15thGreat Britain32New Zealand17
1929November 9thGreat Britain9Australia3
1933November 11thGreat Britain7Australia5
1937October 16thGreat Britain5Australia4
1947October 4thGreat Britain11New Zealand10
1948October 9thGreat Britain23Australia21
1951December 15thGreat Britain16New Zealand12
1952October 4thGreat Britain19Australia6
1955December 17thNew Zealand28Great Britain13
1957January 26thGreat Britain45France12
1959March 14thGreat Britain50France15
1959November 21stGreat Britain11Australia10
1961September 30thNew Zealand29Great Britain11
1963November 30thGreat Britain16Australia5
1967October 1stGreat Britain16Australia11
1971November 6thGreat Britain12New Zealand3
1973November 24thAustralia14Australia6
1978November 18thAustralia23Great Britain6
1980November 15thGreat Britain10New Zealand2
1982November 28thAustralia32Great Britain8
1984February 17thGreat Britain10France0
1985March 1stGreat Britain50France4
1987January 24thGreat Britain52France4
1988February 6thGreat Britain30France12
1990April 7thFrance25Great Britain18
1991February 16thGreat Britain60France4
1993April 2ndGreat Britain72France6
2007June 22ndGreat Britain42France14
2023November 4thEngland26Tonga4


Championship finals

1921Hull16Hull K.R.14
1923Hull K.R.15Huddersfield5
1942Dewsbury16Bradford N.0
1967Wakefield T7St Helens7
1968Wakefield T17Hull K.R.10


Rugby League Challenge Cup finals

1897April 24thBatley10St. Helens3
1898April 23rdBatley7Bradford0
1901April 27thBatley6Warrington0
1903April 25thHalifax7Salford0
1905April 29thWarrington6Hull K.R.0
1906April 28thBradford5Salford0
1909April 24thWakefield T.17Hull0
1912April 27thDewsbury8Oldham5
1913April 26thHuddersfield9Warrington5
1920April 10thHuddersfield21Wigan10
1922April 29thRochdale H.10Hull9
1925April 25thOldham16Hull K.R.3
1943April 26thDewsbury0Leeds6
(Second Leg: Dewsbury won the Cup on aggregate, 16-15)


Yorkshire Challenge Cup finals

(1907December 21stHunslet17Halifax0
1909November 27thHuddersfield21Batley0
1910December 3rdWakefield T.8Huddersfield1
1912November 23rdBatley17Hull3
1914November 28thHuddersfield31Hull0
1919May 17thHuddersfield14Dewsbury8
1920November 27thHull K.R.2Hull0
1922December 2ndYork5Batley0
1923November 24thHull10Huddersfield4
1924November 22ndWakefield T.9Batley0
1926December 1stHuddersfield10Wakefield T.3
1927November 26thDewsbury5Hull2
1929November 30thHull K.R13Hunslet7
1931November 21stHuddersfield4Hunslet2
1933November 25thYork10Hull K.R.4
1936October 17thYork9Wakefield T.2
1946November 2ndWakefield T.10Hull0
1948October 30thBradford N.18Castleford9
1949October 29thBradford N.11Huddersfield4
1950November 4thHuddersfield16Castleford3
1952November 15thHuddersfield18Batley8
1953October 31stBradford N.7Hull2
1954October 23rdHalifax22Hull14
1955October 22ndHalifax10Hull10
1956October 20thWakefield T.23Hunslet5
1957October 19thHuddersfield15York8
1959October 31stFeatherstone R.15Hull14
1960October 29thWakefield T.16Huddersfield10
1962October 27thHunslet12Hull K. R.2
1965October 16thBradford N.17Hunslet8
1966October 15thHull K. R.25Featherstone R.12
1967October 14thHull K. R.8Hull7
1969September 20thHull12Featherstone R.9
1973October 20thLeeds7Wakefield T.2
1974October 26thHull K. R.16Wakefield T.13
1975November 15thLeeds15Hull K. R.11
1976October 16thLeeds16Featherstone R.12
1977October 15thCastleford17Featherstone R.7
1978October 28thBradford N.18York8
1980October 27thLeeds15Halifax6
1981October 3rdCastleford10Bradford N.5
1982October 2ndHull18Bradford N.7
1985October 27thHull K.R.22Castleford18
1986October 11thCastleford31Hull24
1987October 17thBradford N.12Castleford12
1989November 5thBradford N.20Featherstone R.14


Regal Trophy finals


1979Bradford N.6Widnes0
1981Hull12Hull K.R.4
1990Warrington12Bradford N.2


Yorkshire Cup finals (rugby union)

1891April 11thPontefract3Wakefield T.3
1893April 22ndHalifax8Batley2
1894April 21stHalifax38Castleford6
1895April 20thBrighouse16Morley4


International matches

1924October 15thEngland17Other Nationalities23
1929March 17thEngland27Other Nationalities20
1932November 30thEngland14Wales13
1947May 17thEngland5France2
1950November 11thEngland14France9
1952October 25thWales22France9
1962November 17thEngland18France6
1969October 18thEngland40Wales23
1970February 24thEngland26Wales7
1975November 12thAustralia25England0
1977January 29thWales6England2
2003October 29thGreat Britain52New Zealand A18
2005October 22ndEngland22France12
2006October 22ndEngland26France10
2006October 22ndSamoa10Tonga18
2011June 10thEngland12Exiles16
2019October 20thEngland Knights38Jamaica6
2023November 4thEngland Women60Wales Women0


Amateur international matches

1950March 25thEngland5France7
1954April 17thEngland23France0


Other representative matches

1935May 6th“Rugby League”25France18
1951May 19thGreat Britain20Australasia23
1958April 16thBritish R.L. XIII19France8
1966November 6thRest of League38Tourists31


World Cup matches

1960October 1stAustralia21New Zealand15
1970October 24thGreat Britain11Australia4
1970November 7th (Final)Australia12Great Britain7
1975March 16thEngland20France2
1995October 14thEngland46South Africa0
2000Nov 4thEngland66Fiji10
2000Nov 11thEngland26Ireland16
2013July 14thAustralia Women22New Zealand Women12
2013Nov 8thNew Zealand56Papua New Guinea10
2013Nov 15th
New Zealand40Scotland4
2022Oct 15thAustralia42Fiji8
2022Oct 16thJamaica2Ireland48
2022Oct 28thNew Zealand48Ireland10
2022Nov 1stEngland Women72Brazil Women4
2022Nov 1stPNG Orchids34Canada Ravens12
2022Nov 9thCanada Ravens22Brazil Women16
2022Nov 9thEngland Women42PNG Orchids4

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