Caddick Construction joined a host of Rugby League legends on Boxing Day to officially re-open the newly developed Tetley’s South Stand at the Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds.
The new stand, which was built by Caddick Construction over an 18-month time period, replaces the old 1930’s terrace and now includes 2,200 seats and a standing capacity of 5,500.
This South Stand construction is part of the overall £45 million Caddick Construction transformation of Emerald Headingley Stadium which will be completed next summer and heralds the venue’s transformation into a world-class venue to elite sport.
Caddick Construction is part of the family-run Yorkshire-based property development and construction firm Caddick Group.
Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame members Keith McLellan and Gary Schofield OBE joined a huge number of sporting names, which included George Broughton, Alan Smith, Bill Ramsey, Graham Eccles, Roy Dickinson, Colin Maskill, Carl Gibson, Francis Cummins, Barry McDermott, Keith Senior, Rob Burrow, Jamie Peacock MBE and Kevin Sinfield MBE.
The celebrations of the new stand began just before kick-off as Leeds competed against local Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity in the annual Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge with the final score ending 10-4 for the Leeds Rhinos.
Peter Hirst, the Caddick Group Finance Director and Leeds CF&A Board Member said:
“I first joined the Caddick Group in 1987 having known Paul Caddick from his playing days at Headingley Rugby Union club. We enjoyed a successful period that saw the company grow from a turnover of £3m to what it is today.
Leeds CF&A, the company that owned Headingley Stadium and the Leeds Rugby League team, became available in 1996 and Paul decided to take control of the business. It was in serious debt and needed a great deal of resource to get it back on its feet.
“With careful management we have not only restored the club’s standing in the game but enabled the redevelopment of Emerald Headingley with the magnificent facilities we see today. This has been possible through the co-operation of Leeds CC and Yorkshire CCC and has given the city an iconic stadium we can all be proud of.”