‘Save Don Valley’ plea

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Campaigners fighting to save Don Valley Stadium are calling on council bosses to abandon plans to bring in the bulldozers.

The Save Don Valley group wants six months to allow those interested in saving the venue the time to put together a feasibility plan which would allow it to remain open.

Members are to meet Sheffield Council representatives today.

Council bosses want to close the 25,000 seater stadium, which was built in 1991, to avoid paying an annual £700,000 subsidy for the loss-making facility.

The council is facing funding cuts of over £100 million over the next five years.

Athletics coach Rob Creasey said the stadium could be ‘a spiritual home for all sports’.

Mr Creasey said the Sainsbury’s Schools Games event, staged at Don Valley last week, attracted around 1,600 athletes and ‘hundreds and hundreds of spectators’.

“That’s the kind of event we want to bring to Don Valley – that’s our vision,” he added.

“We need more of these but we need to think beyond just athletics. Sheffield has a massive asset here. It’s something we should treasure.”

He said he has been in discussions with ‘people associated with big artists and bands’ about the possibility of staging music events.

“We are asking for six months, to stop the bulldozers, so we can put a feasibility plan together.”

Coun Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “Officers met with the campaigners recently and we meet again today.

“However, the meeting will not be making a decision on the outcome of their application to the council. This will take place later in the month.”

Sheffield Eagles played their last rugby league game at the stadium on Sunday, attracting 700 spectators.