Work to revamp Sheffield’s Woodbourn Road stadium has given the city some of the UK’s best athletics facilities – with Olympic golden girl Jess Ennis-Hill set to train there.
Heptathlete Jess was poised to train outside the city after the closure of Don Valley Stadium, which will be demolished before Christmas.
But £325,000 of improvements have now been carried out at Woodbourn Road athletics stadium to bring it up to scratch – with the venue to be reopened on Sunday.
Mike Corden, chairman of the City of Sheffield Athletics Club, said: “We’ll have some of best athletics provision in the country at Woodbourn.”
And Jess’ coach Toni Minichiello, who had said the Olympic hero may have to train away from Sheffield, said: “My hope is it would be possible for us to train at Woodbourn Road.”
Toni had compared the overgrown and rundown grass infield area to a ‘potato field’ unsuitable for Jess to train on.
But Sheffield Council director of culture Paul Billington said today: “It’s now like the pitch at Wembley Stadium.”