Odsal has also hosted many other sports, including association football, speedway, stock car racing, basketball featuring the Harlem Globetrotters, wrestling, show jumping and kabaddi. The stadium boasts one of the largest attendances of all time for rugby league (102,569) when Halifax played Warrington on the 5 May 1954.
Odsal is famous for at one time holding the world record for the largest rugby league crowd of 102,569 at the replay of the 1954 Challenge Cup final between Warrington and Halifax on 5 May 1954. However it is thought that many more attended the game, as this figure doesn't include thousands who watched the game from outside the stadium. The official record attendance of 102,569 for a rugby league fixture stood for roughly 45 years before being broken in 1999 following the opening of Stadium Australia.
The ground's clubhouse had to be re-furbished when it was condemned in the mid 1980s. The social facilities were also upgraded at the same time. Following the Valley Parade fire disaster of 1985, Odsal Stadium played host to Bradford City's Division Two Home games until December 1986. Odsal Stadium also held a modern day attendance record for almost 6 years. On 3 September 1999, a then Super League record crowd of 24,020 saw Bradford Bulls defeat Leeds Rhinos by 19 points to 18. On 25 March 2005, Wigan Warriors set a new Super League record crowd when 25,004 supporters packed into the JJB Stadium for the huge local derby against St Helens. The Bradford Dukes rode their last speedway meeting in 1997, winning the league title. Odsal has also hosted the speedway world final. The redevelopment means its now impossible for speedway to return.
The Bradford Bulls moved away from Odsal in 2001 because the ground was due to be improved with a major redevelopment by raising the level of the pitch, rotating it 90 degrees, and adding a retail/hotel/leisure complex on the side. Planning had started in 1996 with the failed Bradford Superdome project which was canned shortly before the latest "super stadium" proposal. Bradford moved from Odsal Stadium to Bradford City's home ground Valley Parade while the building work was supposed to have been done, but for planning issues and the government's intervention, the redevelopment of the stadium failed to get off the ground. The first match played following their return to Odsal was against Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday, 9 March 2003, which attracted an attendance of 20,283. Bradford Bulls won the game 22-10. During the two years at Valley Parade, the Bulls agreed to take controlling interests of the stadium back from Bradford Council. With redevelopment plans failing to get off the ground the Bulls decided to go ahead with improvements to the main stand and the construction of a new stand which consisted of corporate facilities and media facilities. Further improvements are being planned with an option of building a roof over the uncovered areas of the terracing. The official name of the stadium was changed from Odsal to Grattan Stadium on 20 June 2006, by selling the naming rights to Grattan they would receive £500,000 in a four year deal. This ended rumours regarding a permanent return to Bradford City's Valley Parade.
With the return to Odsal Stadium for 2003 the Bulls highlighted the requirement to create hospitality, conference and banqueting facilities to enable the stadium, and club, to compete with the likes of Wigan Warriors' JJB Stadium, Leeds Rhinos' Headingley Carnegie Stadium and Huddersfield Giants' Galpharm Stadium. It was therefore decided that the existing 'Pits' area of the stadium, used previously for the now defunct speedway club, would be developed into a two-tier structure housing the club's corporate operations. The construction of the corporate facility began in November 2002 and was completed in time for the Bulls biggest game of Super League VIII against Leeds Rhinos on 26 April 2003. The facility includes executive boxes, a restaurant, bar, players' lounge, media facility, directors' lounge and scoreboard, and the imposing structure completes the unique natural bowl of the stadium. In December 2003 Bradford Bulls announced an agreement with regional window and conservatory company Coral, which saw the facility renamed as the Coral Stand.
On 12 July 2006 the stadium played host to an attempt to break the world record for the largest haka; although 1,700 people took part, the record was not broken.
Bradford Bulls lodged a planning application to further improve Odsal Stadium and turn the Stadium and the adjacent land into a sporting village. the plans include
The Phase 1 Redevelopments Stadium have been completed with the Coral Stand been built and renovation of the Tetley's stand and other there is an announcement due in August 2008 with regard to Phase 2 redevelopments.
The pitch as Odsal has a distinctive concave contour, with the corners of the pitch behind the try-line noticeably sloping up towards the stands.
Bradford Bulls Super League Record
Challenge Cup Record
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