Don Valley Stadium to be demolished, council confirms

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DonValleyStadiumSheffield City Council confirmed yesterday that it would demolish Don Valley Stadium once the venue closes on September 30.

The stadium where London 2012 gold medalist Jessica Ennis trained is said to be running at a loss and it’s no longer sustainable to keep it open.

Instead, the council will support the development and refurbishment of the Woodbourn Road Athletics Stadium, which is smaller in capacity.

A report presented to the council on Wednesday read: “Unfortunately, Don Valley has not hosted a major athletics event for five years and the prospect of regularly hosting major events in the future is low. Therefore the international scale and cost of the venue can no longer be justified within the context of the major and continuing reductions in council budgets.

“In response to the significant budget cuts facing Sheffield City Council (SCC), and following an assessment of facility options by the council and Sheffield City Trust (SCT), SCT has decided to close Don Valley Stadium.

“The City Council has to make savings of £50 million in 2013/14, largely as a result of significant reductions in Government funding. The city’s sports facilities have to take a share of the cuts and the closure of Don Valley Stadium was recommended and agreed by SCT because of its high cost; its relatively low usage and the availability of an alternative low cost/ high quality athletics facility at Woodbourn Road.”

Work is now underway regarding the relocation of other activities from Don Valley to alternative suitable venues. The council is also considering alternative options for the site including its sale once it has been cleared.