City gears up for Sheffield United's promotion party

SUFC players and staff celebrating promotion at Bramall Lane on Sunday (Pic:  David Klein/Sportimage)
SUFC players and staff celebrating promotion at Bramall Lane on Sunday (Pic: David Klein/Sportimage)
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Tens of thousands of fans are expected to take to the streets today to mark Sheffield United's promotion to the Championship.

A civic reception is planned for the players at the town hall after they make their way through the city from Bramall Lane on an open top bus, which is due to leave the ground at 6pm and arrive in the city centre at 6.45pm

Players are due to go onto the Town Hall balcony to be introduced to the crowds below and at 7.50pm they will pose for photographs with the League One Trophy on the steps outside.

The party is due to begin at 2pm with big screens in the Peace Gardens showing a review of United's successful season, including the team's goals.

A number of roads will be closed for the bus parade and civic reception, including Fargate, Surrey Street, Leopold Street, Burgess Street and Holly Street.

They will close from the afternoon until around 8.30pm.

Sheffield United’s Operations Director, Dave McCarthy, said: “We are delighted that Sheffield City Council are giving us this opportunity to celebrate our achievement with the people of the city.

“With Kevin McCabe, Chris Wilder and Billy Sharp being proud Sheffielders, it will make the event particularly special on what should be a fantastic evening.”

Council Leader, Julie Dore, said: “We all know how important our football teams are for the city. We want this to be an event to recognize the success of the team, and also for the fans to enjoy, share in the success, and celebrate.”