Sheffield Council is considering 10 expressions of interest for the Don Valley Stadium site - and has revealed the iconic venue will disappear from the city’s skyline before the end of the year.
Paul Billington, Sheffield Council’s director of culture, said apart from a bid by the Friends of Don Valley, a campaign group which wanted the stadium designated as a ‘community asset’, all other interest is in the site rather than the building.
Friends of Don Valley’s application to the Government to protect the stadium was rejected last week.
Mr Billington said: “Over the coming weeks we will be considering the different expressions of interest from third parties and what they want to do with the site.
“They relate to the future of the site, not the stadium. Nobody is putting forward any money to keep the stadium open.”
He added: “Had the community asset application succeeded for Don Valley, the council would have been forced to mothball it for a further six months at a cost of £150,000.”
Mr Billington said the council still wants any private developer to incorporate ideas proposed by former Sports Minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn, such as a new rugby stadium for Sheffield Eagles.
The council would also like the developer to allow space for a new school and university technical college.
Demolition of Don Valley Stadium will take place before Christmas, Mr Billington said.