Leeds in bid for Don Valley lights

Don Valley Stadium floodlights could be sold to Headingley
Don Valley Stadium floodlights could be sold to Headingley
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Yorkshire County Cricket club is considering buying the floodlights from Don Valley Stadium once the Sheffield venue closes.

The club’s Headingley base in Leeds is one of only two major cricket grounds in the country which does not have permanent floodlights, along with Durham County Cricket Club’s home at Chester-Le-Street.

Don Valley Stadium is closing after Sheffield Council said it could no longer afford to subsidise the venue, which costs between £600,000 and £700,000 a year to run.

The figure is disputed because some head office bills have been included with Don Valley Stadium’s running costs.

A Yorkshire County Cricket Club spokesman said: “We are conducting a feasibility study into whether Don Valley Stadium’s floodlights would be suitable for Headingley.

“Along with Durham, we are one of only two major grounds which do not have permanent floodlights but need them by 2019 for the Cricket World Cup.”

The cricket club spokesman added that no agreement had yet been made with Sheffield Council and that the idea was ‘at an early stage’.

Sheffield Council hopes to recoup money from sale of fixtures and fittings at Don Valley before it is demolished at a cost of £250,000.

The council has said that the floodlights - along with wiring and roofs - needed a major overhaul at a cost of £1.6 million had Don Valley remained open.

The floodlight columns themselves are in good condition, however.

New wiring would have to be installed for the lights to be used at Headingley.

Coun Shaffaq Mohammed, Sheffield Council’s opposition Liberal Democrat leader, said: “At least somewhere is going to benefit from the debt Sheffield is still going to be paying-off for the cost of building Don Valley over the next 10 years.

A Sheffield Council spokeswoman confirmed talks were being held with the cricket club.