Leigh Sports Village Stadium (Leigh)

Address: Leigh Sports Village,
Sale Way,
Leigh,
Greater Manchester,
England,
WN7 4JY

Capacity: 8,100 (Listed Tournament Capacity)

A quality venue at the heart of a quality complex.

The stadium forms part of the £50 million sports, retail, education and housing development within the area. Built between 2007-2008, the Leigh Sports Village Stadium provides modern facilities for local sports clubs, schools and the local Leigh community alongside the teams that regularly play there.
Designed for multiple sports, the stadium has been home to rugby league club Leigh Centurions since opening in late 2008. The official opening however would come in May 2009 by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Briefly home to an amateur football club called Leigh Genesis, the Leigh Sports Village Stadium is nowadays used by Manchester United Women Football Club and is used by the Manchester United Under 19 and Under 23 teams for fixtures.

A select number of rugby league test matches have been held at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium, including a game between Tonga and the Cook Islands at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and a qualifier between Italy and Russia for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The stadium is also scheduled to host three pool games at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup, which will take place in October 2022.

THE LEIGH SPORTS VILLAGE STADIUM WILL HOST FOUR MATCHES AT UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2022:
PORTUGAL V SWITZERLAND (GROUP C) (SATURDAY 9TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 17:00 BST)
NETHERLANDS V PORTUGAL (GROUP C) (WEDNESDAY 13TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 20:00 BST)
SWEDEN V PORTUGAL (GROUP C) (SUNDAY 17TH JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 17:00 BST)
WINNER OF GROUP C V RUNNER-UP OF GROUP D (FRIDAY 22ND JULY 2022) (KICK-OFF 20:00 BST)

Location and Getting There

The Leigh Sports Village development is located less than one mile southwest of the centre of Leigh and around 6 miles southeast of Wigan Town Centre. Pennington Golf Course is a short distance away to the southwest, whilst Pennington Hall Park and Leigh Cricket Club are a short distance away to the southeast.

Coming to the Leigh Sports Village Stadium by car is certainly possible.
Located off of Atherleigh Way (A579), there are more than 1000 car parking spaces around the complex which are free to park at. Sale Way is the access road leading to them from off the A579.
If these parking spaces are unavailable, then the recommendation is to make use of the numerous pay and display car parks located within Leigh Town Centre. The Town Hall Car Park (WN7 1NA) and Spinning Gate Car Park (WN7 4PD) are among the recommendations.

Reaching the Leigh Sports Village Stadium by train is trickier.
Leigh doesn’t have a train station, with the closest being Atherton. It is served by northern rail and more than 3.5 miles northeast of the stadium. Should you arrive at this station, the recommendation is to head onto Bolton Road (A579) and take the Number 582 bus service which takes around 11 minutes to get to Leigh Bus Station. You can then walk south down King Street (B5215) and turn right onto Schofield Street, eventually arriving at the Sports Village on foot.

Leigh’s Bus Station is certainly worth making use of if you don’t have a car available. It runs regular connections between Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington and St Helens. The Vantage V1 Bus Service is the recommendation for those coming from Central Manchester.
On weekdays, there is also an additional bus service, the Number 597, which runs directly from Leigh Bus Station to the Leigh Sports Village Stadium.

Outside the Stadium

If you approach the Leigh Sports Village Stadium by car, you will come onto Sale Way and pass a local pub called The Whistling Wren on your right. Continue along Sale Way and you’ll find yourself in line with the stadium’s West Stand.

The Main Stand at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium, its exterior uses a brickwork base with rows of large silver panels and glass windows in place along it. The centre of the exterior protrudes slightly outwards and has a curved roof. Entrances to the Reception and a Manor Pharmacy can be found under here. The Entrance to the Legends Bar can be found over towards the stadium’s northwest corner, whilst the Players and Official Entrance and access into the Leigh Sports Village Practice can be found over towards the stadium’s southwest corner.
There are four set of turnstiles into the West Stand. Turnstiles 3-4 are at the southern end of the stand, turnstiles 1-2 are right of the Players and Official Entrance, turnstiles 23-24 are right of the Legends Bar Entrance, and turnstiles 21-22 are to at the northern end of the stand’s exterior.
A long row of disabled parking spaces is immediately outside the West Stand, and on the other side of Sale Way is a Morrisons and its main car park.

Outside of the West Stand is a statue of John Woods.
Born in Leigh on 14th September 1956, Woods played rugby league to an international level, and spent two spells with Leigh Centurions between 1976 and 1992. He holds Leigh’s record for the most career points, amassing 2492 in total across his time with the club.
The nine foot statue has been in place outside the Leigh Sports Village Stadium since 2016.

Continuing round from the West Stand in a clockwise direction brings you to the North Stand.
The exterior here uses a brickwork base with corrugated iron higher up and supporting pillars coming down from the roof which hangs overhead. There is little of note along the stand’s brickwork base with the exception of some exit gates.
The turnstiles for the North Stand can be found at either end. Turnstiles 19-20 are next to the stadium’s northwest corner, and turnstiles 17-18 are next to the stadium’s northeast corner.
You can find three car parks, a fenced-off grass field, and a grass practice pitch out beyond the North Stand.

The East Stand uses the same exterior design as the adjacent North Stand.
It consists of a brickwork base with corrugated iron higher up and supporting pillars coming down from the roof which hangs overhead. The path running alongside the exterior is relatively narrow as the East Stand is located right next to the brick covered training facility and synthetic running track that is used by Leigh Harriers and Athletic Club.
There are four set of turnstiles into the East Stand. Turnstiles 15-16 are at the northern end of the stand, turnstiles 13-14 are to the left of here, turnstiles 11-12 are at the southern end of the stand, and turnstiles 9-10 around the corner from turnstiles 11-12.

The South Stand of the Leigh Sports Village Stadium shares the exterior design of the North Stand opposite.
It consists of a brickwork base with corrugated iron higher up and supporting pillars coming down from the roof which hangs overhead. There is little of note along the stand’s brickwork base with the exception of some exit gates.
The turnstiles for the South Stand can be found at either end. Turnstiles 7-8 are next to the stadium’s southeast corner, and turnstiles 5-6 are next to the stadium’s southwest corner.
Immediately outside the South Stand is the Leigh Leisure Centre, with car parks located either side of it and Leigh College on the other side of Sale Way.

The angled building between the Morrisons and Leigh College is a Holiday Inn Express and this too has car parking spaces outside of it.

Inside the Stadium

The West Stand consists of a single tier of red seating, though the outer columns of the larger seating blocks are coloured white rather than red. The central seating block holds the stadium’s press area, with the seating block either side for VIP use. The stadium’s tunnel and dugouts are located at the front of the stand, with the changing rooms housed inside. There is a row of executive boxes up along the back of the stand and each box has red executive seating in front of them.
Your view from anywhere inside the West Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Protection at either end of the stand comes from small walls that do not provide as much sideways protection as windshields would.

The North Stand is the only one of the four at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium that consists of standing terrace. There are several rows of metal bars running across the stand for fans to lean on.
Your view from anywhere inside the North Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Large windshields at either end of the stand protect the rows further back, but the rows at the front have smaller walls in place to offer protection from the sides.

The East Stand consists of a single tier of red seating, though the outer columns of each seating block are coloured white rather than red. Up at the back of the stand is a platform which houses a handful of red seats and the matchday camera.
Your view from anywhere inside the East Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Large windshields at either end of the stand protect most of the rows within the seating area, but the rows at the front have smaller walls in place to offer protection from the sides.

You can find a large electronic screen in the southeast corner which can best be seen by those at the opposite end of the stadium.
The South Stand consists of a single tier of red seating, though the outer columns of each seating block are coloured white rather than red. The middle seating area isn’t as tall as the other seating blocks, and this is because the space up at the back can be made available for a matchday camera.
Your view from anywhere inside the South Stand is perfectly clear as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the roof above.
Large windshields at either end of the stand protect most of the rows within the seating area, but the rows at the front have smaller walls in place to offer protection from the sides.

Matchday Pubs

Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Centurion Pub (20 St Helens Road, WN7 4HW) (Located in more central Leigh)

-The George and Dragon (7 King Street, WN7 4LP) (Located near Leigh Town Centre)

-The Railway Pub (160 Twist Lane, WN7 4ED) (Located in more central Leigh)

-The Thomas Burke (20a Leigh Road, WN7 1QR) (A JD Wetherspoons Pub) (Located near Leigh Town Centre)

-The Weavers Arms (9 Lord Street, WN7 1DP) (Located near Leigh Town Centre)

-The Whistling Wren (Turner Way, WN7 4GX) (Located right next to the Leigh Sports Village Stadium)

Overview

The Leigh Sports Village Stadium is an excellent venue. All-seater on all but one side, each stand offers fantastic views of the pitch and is designed to accommodate both small and large sized crowds.

The stadium itself forms part of a complex that provides plenty of parking spaces and additional facilities for both accommodation and food, though this complex is certainly simpler to reach by car than by public transport.

There can’t be any major complaints about the Leigh Sports Village once you arrive though.

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