Campaigners mounting a last-ditch bid to save Don Valley Stadium have thanked the public after collecting almost 6,000 petition signatures in just a week.
The Save Our Stadium group, organised by former Don Valley coach Rob Creasey, wants Sheffield Council to consider handing over the venue to the community rather than pulling it down.
He has been collecting signatures calling for Sheffield Council to hold a debate about his proposals at its monthly full meeting next Wednesday - which is triggered by any petition with more than 5,000 supporters.
A copy of the petition was handed into Sheffield Town Hall by Rob and youngsters from the Team Blaze athletics club he runs, although people can still sign up until Wednesday.
Rob said: “I would like to thank the public for their support. I want the council to consider our request for the community to run the stadium. It would be more than just about athletics - there would be educational and community elements.
“I know the council wants to build a school there but a school could be created in the existing buildings.”
David Greenaway, from Heeley, whose son Darius and daughter Sheniqua are members of Team Blaze, was among parents at the hand-in.
He said: “Don Valley Stadium is a nicer environment than Woodbourn and has an indoor training area.
“Demolition would be a big disappointment and I’d urge the council to reconsider.”