Only memories are now left at Sheffield stadium

Demolition begins on the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 21, 2013. The decision was taken to close the stadium as part of Sheffield City Council's attempts to save �50 million next year. See PA story SPORT Stadium. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Demolition begins on the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 21, 2013. The decision was taken to close the stadium as part of Sheffield City Council's attempts to save �50 million next year. See PA story SPORT Stadium. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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Star readers have voiced their sadness after demolition work started at Don Valley Stadium.

Work has begun stripping out seats at the stadium in Attercliffe after Sheffield Council announced the facility was to close once and for all to cut costs.

Demolition begins on the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. Photo:Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Demolition begins on the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. Photo:Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Sports fans - and music lovers who enjoyed concerts there in the past - were united in their sorrow at seeing the stadium go.

Readers posted their feelings online.

“What a disgrace and that is putting it mildly,” said one.

“It’s going to hurt watching it go when I have spent so much time at Don Valley, competing in and watching various sports, not to mention my first ever gig there! Heartbreaking.”

Another reader, Uncle Potter, posted: “This council should hang its head in shame instead of wallowing in sumptuous Town Hall offices.”

Sports fan LadyClarabelle asked: “Where do I go now for athletics? Gateshead? It’s rubbish compared to Don Valley Stadium!

“Other cities have managed to keep world class stadiums going - why not Sheffield? Bad management, no vision! I despair for Sheffield. Just memories left now.”

Others were concerned by the financial implications of getting rid of the stadium - built as part of the World Student Games held in Sheffield in 1991.

Reader ‘Handsworth’ asked: “Has anyone any idea how much this is going to cost the taxpayer - and whether it will take as long to pay off as the Student Games fiasco which we are still paying for?”

Another said: “When they weigh in the scrap and sell off the seating, will we the taxpayer get a reduction on our council tax?”

And Bertie’s mum asked: “Now it’s been written off, and consigned to history, will the same thing happen to its debts - the balance unpaid on the cost of building it?”

But others were less sentimental about its demise.

Kayte said: “The only ‘heartbreak’ I feel results from the waste of my council tax payments at building this in the first place.”