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Spotland Stadium

Spotland Stadium
Full name Spotland Stadium
Location Spotland, Rochdale, England
Capacity 10,249
Record attendance

Football - 24,231 Rochdale vs. Notts County, December 1949

Rugby League - 8,872 Fiji vs. Ireland in RLWC2013, 28 October 2013
Built 1920
Opened 1920
Rochdale A.F.C. (1920 – present)
Rochdale Hornets RLFC (1988 – present)

Spotland Stadium (known locally as just Spotland) is a sports venue located at Willbutts Lane in the Spotland area of Rochdale, Greater Manchester. It is currently home to Rochdale A.F.C. and Rochdale Hornets R.L.F.C. It has a capacity of 10,249.


  • Stands 1
  • History 2
  • Other uses 3
    • Rugby League World Cup 3.1
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The ground has four stands: the Co-Operative Stand (or Main Stand), the Thwaites Beer Stand (the Sandy Lane End), the T.D.S Stand (Pearl Street end) and the Westrose Leisure Stand (the Willbutts Lane Stand). All are fully seated, apart from the Sandy Lane End, which is a small terrace behind one of the goals.


Other uses

Apart from local football and rugby league, Spotland has in the past been used to host minor nations rugby league matches, such as British Amateur Rugby League Association (British Amateur Rugby League Association) matches, and also the National League Cup finals of 2003 and 2004.

Rugby League World Cup

Spotland Stadium was selected as a venue for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup hosting a match between Fiji and Ireland. This was the first time that Rochdale has staged an event in a World Cup in any sport. The event was sold out with almost 9,000 people[1] attending, setting what was incorrectly claimed to be a new stadium record, even though Rochdale AFC had 24,231 for an FA Cup tie v Notts County in December 1949 and three higher crowds for FA Cup and play-off games between 1990 and 2008 against Northampton, Coventry and Darlington.

Spotland Stadium


  1. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013: Fiji 32-14 Ireland". BBC Sport. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 

External links

  • Spotland Guide
  • Your Guide to Spotland Rochdale A.F.C.
  • Hornets Stadium Information
  • Rugby League World Cup 2013 Official Website

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