Don Valley Stadium – until 2013
|10 000 (Covered seats)|
|Last renovation year||2008|
Don Valley Stadium – historical stadium description
England's second largest athletic stadium was opened in 1990, when Sheffield was gearing up to host the 1991 Universiade. Capacity of 25,000 seats was divided between banks of the sunken bowl (almost 5 meters below ground level, altogether some 15,000 seats) and the southern main grandstand (10,000). The latter structure was very distinctive with its yellow steel pylons supporting the tensile roof, each over 25 meters high.
After the 1991 tournament the stadium in Don River's Valley went through a variety of phases and uses, being home to rugby or American football games as well as athletic events and concerts. Those were the biggest events here, with audiences of up to 50,000. Last years of existence were marked with football, though, as Rotherham United were temporarily playing host here in 2008-2012, before opening their own ground.
With no chance of filling the event calendar and the stadium being a major burden for public budget, Sheffield city council announced in January 2013 that the stadium is to be demolished. Despite strong opposition among the community (some 6,000 signatures against the move) demolition began in November 2013. A few years later, on the site of the demolished stadium, a new, very modest football and rugby venue was built.
Sheffield: School to replace Don Valley Stadium
Work can begin on a new ‘super-school’ on part of the former Don Valley Stadium site in Sheffield after it won unanimous approval – TheStar.co.uk reports.
Sheffield: Don Valley Stadium demolition began
England's second largest athletic stadium is no more. From day one heavy machinery is on site and within the next six months all of the building will be removed.
England: Two weeks until Sheffield stadium demolition
Despite dramatic appeals by opposition campaigners, Don Valley Stadium's fate is sealed. City council decided that demolition is to begin on November 21, according to the BBC.
Sheffield: Last major event at Don Valley Stadium?
After September 30 the stadium is to be closed permanently, though some residents are applying to give it an important community asset status, which would prolong hope for Don Valley's existence. Meanwhile, last planned event is ongoing now.
Sheffield: Don Valley Stadium lifespan to end on September 30
It’s been the most controversial decision in the London legacy discussion. Apart from the main stadium’s future, of course. Now we know that the training site of golden medalist Jessica Ennis is to be closed by October and awaiting demolition. Unless a financially sound plan is found by then…
England: New stadium to replace Don Valley?
In an unexpected spin the set-to-be-closed Don Valley Stadium may be replaced by a brand new rugby arena with indoor halls and more infrastructure around. What is certain already, is that Sheffield municipality cannot afford to participate in such a project, BBC reports.
Sheffield: Decision made, famous stadium to be torn down
Currently the best athletic stadium in England is to be demolished in an attempt to cut costs. Previously discussed, the move is now confirmed, despite criticism over potential negative influence on sports in Sheffield.
England: Major athletic stadium to be closed?
It was just recently named after London 2012 gold medalist Jessica Ennis. And yet today the stadium faces closure or even demolition, BBC reports.
England: Ticket prices breaking new records
And not the kind of records supporters would wish to see. First time ever average price for the cheapest seats in top four leagues (!) exceeded £20. That means ticket prices in England are rising at 4 times the speed of inflation – BBC Sport alarms.
England: Golden medalist to have stadium by her name
Jessica Ennis made England proud last weekend by winning the heptathlon gold medal. Already there are plans to rename Don Valley Stadium in her honour, “Guardian” reveals.
England: Visiting 116 stadiums on a bike, scoot or on feet
He’s neither an away-going supporter, nor a groundhopper. It’s also not a sports discipline, what he’s doing. Steven simply decided to visit 116 venues in England and Wales using his bike, scoot and feet. This is how Football Ground Tour was born.