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All 12 Super League stadiums, ranked by their reviews

A view from a corner of Hull FC MKM Stadium, Hull, during Hull FC vs Hull KR in Round One of Super League 2024. The stands are full.

Super League certainly has a range of grounds, from ultra-modern groundshares like London Broncos’ Plough Lane to older, ‘spirited’ stadiums like Castleford Tigers’ Wheldon Road.

Since the beginning of the Super League era, more than half of the sides in the league have moved to new grounds.

However, some older grounds remain – the Tigers have been at their current home since 1926.

Therefore, the stadiums give supporters a range of matchday experiences – which are ranked here by Google review scores.

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All 12 Super League stadiums, ranked by their Google review scores

=10. Brick Community Stadium (Wigan Warriors), Craven Park (Hull KR) and Wheldon Road (Castleford Tigers) – 4.2

Super League grounds Brick Community Stadium (Wigan Warriors), Craven Park (Hull KR) and Wheldon Road (Castleford Tigers)

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In joint-last, we find, as expected, Castleford’s ground.

It’s almost 100 years old, and it’s looked almsot exactly the same for decades now.

Investor Martin Jepson’s influence can already be seen, with a new big screen and making the Princess Street stand a seated stand, and they’re closer than ever to a major redevelopment after many years of trying.

However, for now, the toilets being little more than a hole in the ground keep it at the bottom of the rankings.

However, a newer stadium, Wigan’s Brick Community (previously DW) Stadium, is also here.

Negative reviews mention bar staff, stewarding and atmosphere, although many one-star reviews seem to be rival football fans, with plenty of Leeds United fans taking the time to stop by.

Craven Park, recently boasting sell-outs aplenty and some of the best atmospheres in the league, is also down low in ratings,

=7. Salford Community Stadium (Salford Red Devils) – 4.3, MKM Stadium (Hull FC) and John Smith’s Stadium (Huddersfield Giants) – 4.3

Stadiums: Salford Community Stadium (Salford Red Devils) - 4.3, MKM Stadium (Hull FC) and John Smith's Stadium (Huddersfield Giants)

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Although it rarely gets filled for Super League games, Salford have a very decent stadium.

With a capcity of 12,000 supporters, and opened in 2012, it’s modern, and has been home to a number of other sports, with tenants including Manchester Titans american football and Manchester United’s reserves.

Positive reviews mention decent prices, but many negative ones say the wait at the bar is far too slow.

At the same rating is Hull FC’s MKM Stadium, which is shared with EFL Championship football team Hull City.

Another relatively new ground, being opened in 2002, it has a huge capacity of over 25,500, which Hull FC have come fairly close to on occasion – particularly on derby day. The record attendance was 23,004 for the derby in September 2007.

It’s a pretty decent view from anywhere in the stadium and if reviews are anything to go by, the beers are good too.

Negative reviews focus on the toilets and the stewards.

A view from a corner of MKM Stadium, Hull, during Hull FC vs Hull KR in Round One of Super League 2024. The stands are full.

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The final stadium on a rating of 4.3 is Huddersfield Giants’s Kirklees/John Smith’s Stadium, which is also a groundshare with an EFL club.

A similar capacity to the MKM, with just over 24,000 the maximum, it has held numerous international matches.

However, the attendances for such a well-known club have been very poor for a while now, making it a pretty bleak experience for rugby at the stadium nowadays.

It’s 30 years old now, and some people complain of it being dirty, but it’s an interesting design and generally pretty decent.

Many negative reviews came because of a concert – the Hella Mega Tour fans were upset with queues and safety.

6. Halliwell Jones Stadium (Warrington Wolves)- 4.4

General view of Super League ground Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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In my opinion one of Super League’s nicest looking grounds, the Halliwell Jones Stadium sneaks into the top half here.

A rugby league-specific stadium, its record attendance of 15,026 was set last year. There are also plans to eventually up the capacity to 22,000 if ever needed.

A classic-looking ground despite being opened just 20 years ago, it has been expanded over the years and provides fans with an pretty open concourse.

Nit-pickers didn’t like the staff or the prices, but those that like the ground like the atmosphere and praise its cleanliness.

=3. Leigh Sports Village (Leigh Leopards), Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens) and Stade Gilbert Brutus (Catalans Dragons) – 4.5

Stadiums: Leigh Sports Village (Leigh Leopards), Totally Wicked Stadium (St Helens) and Stade Gilbert Brutus (Catalans Dragons)

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Another three-way tie, this time for third-place, and we start off with Leigh Sports Village.

The ground, part of a large sports campus, can hold 12,000 and is home to Manchester United’s reserves’ and women’s teams.

Alongside the rugby league World Cups in 2013 and 2022, it has held games in the women’s European Championships since opening in 2008.

Its record attendance wasn’t actually a Leigh game – it was Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup semi-final, where Daryl Powell’s side made their way to Wembley.

Women’s football fans are, on the whole, lovely people, and are responsible for many of the top-rated reviews, but rugby fans don’t like the parking situation!

General view of Totally Wicked Stadium, ST Helens

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St Helens, playing in their own Langtree Park, now have Liverpool FC Women as their tenants. It’s a rarity that it’s a rugby league side being the major side in a ground-share with a football team, but it’s a testament to what they’ve built there since it opened in 2011.

The pyro displays, cleanliness and signage have sparked rave reviews, but negatives seem to surround the bar.

Stade Gilbert Brutus in SUper League

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Now over to French Catalonia, with the Stade Gilbert Brutus – home to one of the most intense atmospheres in rugby league.

No need for the stadium to put on its own pyro displays – the fans do it themselves, with a sea of yellow and red being overtaken by orange at the start of games.

Named after a rugby player that was killed in World War Two, it replaced the nearby Stade Aimé Giral for rugby league, which still hosts rugby union games for USAP and was also named after a rugby player that was killed in World War Two.

It’s a unique stadium and experience, with a special away day for travelling English supporters.

Negative reviews, however, include lamenting rude staff that don’t speak English (in France…!) and the fact that you can’t take in your own alcohol.

2. Headingley Stadium (Leeds Rhinos) – 4.6

Leeds Rhinos play in Super League at Headingley.

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An iconic rugby league venue, it sits directly next to a cricket ground, home of the Yorkshire side.

The fantastic new South Stand holds 7,700 itself, as part of a ground that holds 19,700 in total, and is a far cry from the Western Terrace, which holds away supporters.

Many reviews praise the atmosphere, although, admittedly, some of these are from cricket fans thinking they’re reviewing the cricket ground.

This does seem to be balanced out by cricket fans angry about beer, however, and rugby fans aren’t impressed with the away end.

The problem is, however, there’s a public right of way behind it, making it hard to develop.

1. Plough Lane (London Broncos) – 4.7

General view of Plough Lane ahead of a Super League fixture.

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In first-place for Super League grounds is Plough Lane in Wimbledon, and it’s a fitting victor, as it’s home to one of sport’s greatest stories.

After Wimbledon FC were forced to leave the original Plough Lane in 1991, as they couldn’t improve the ground to meet the Taylor Report’s safety recommendations following the Hillsborough disaster, the Dons spent 30 years away from Wimbledon.

The new iteration of the club is fan-created and owned, while the stadium was also funded by supporters, and remains owned by the fans to this day, who did what businessmen never could – getting football back to Plough Lane.

This is relevant because it explains some of the positive reviews – it’s a great, open-plan stadium, with character despite only opening in 2020, but what really makes it special is the story and the connection that so many people have to it.

The Broncos have played there since 2022 and have a 10-year lease, which they’ll hope will end their perennial nomadic status and finally get them a consistent fanbase in the capital.

Those holding ill-will to the stadium complain that it was built on the site of a greyhound stadium and that pies are expensive.

They’re delicious, though.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ian Mills

    June 18, 2024 at 8:08 pm

    The article omits to mention that Salford Red Devils ground is shared with Sale Sharks

  2. John

    June 18, 2024 at 10:06 pm

    What is this rubbish. If you are going to grade grounds where rugby league is played, it should be based solely on attendances for rugby league matches. Here we apparently have several reviews from association football, cricket, and even one from a concert!
    Whereas one ground simply has “also down low in ratings” as the only comment.
    I suspect also that these are very subjective reviews as we are given no suggestion of scores for and against for anything which might matter – just an occasional reference to toilets, queues for beers, good views clean, dirty etc
    Waste of time.

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