RETRO: Oscar Pistorius, Jess Ennis and the divisive Don Valley Stadium

File photo dated 15/07/07 of South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) in the Men's 400m Race during the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday January 14, 2008. The IAAF have ruled that double-amputee Oscar Pistorious' prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage and he is therefore ineligible to compete at this summer's Olympic Games. See PA story ATHLETICS Pistorius. Photo Credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
File photo dated 15/07/07 of South Africa's Oscar Pistorius (left) in the Men's 400m Race during the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION photo. Issue date: Monday January 14, 2008. The IAAF have ruled that double-amputee Oscar Pistorious' prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage and he is therefore ineligible to compete at this summer's Olympic Games. See PA story ATHLETICS Pistorius. Photo Credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire.
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Here are some names: Jessica Ennis, Bono and Mick Jagger.

From Sheffield’s Olympic gold medallist, to the front men of U2 and The Rolling Stones - two of the biggest bands the world has ever seen - Don Valley Stadium played host to some of the biggest names around in its relatively short life

Opening ceremony of the World Student Games at Don Valley Stadium in 1991.

Opening ceremony of the World Student Games at Don Valley Stadium in 1991.

Opened in 1990 as part of regeneration for the World Student Games, it’s a venue that has been at the centre of controversy for much of its life.

Of course, there was no way anyone could have known, when this photo of former athlete Oscar Pistorius competing at Don Valley Stadium in 2007 was taken, what would go on to happen.

The South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter with two prosthetic legs competed in the 400m sprint at the British Grand Prix at the stadium, but was disqualified for running out of his lane in wet conditions.

In 2013 Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend and was found guilty of culpable homicide the next year, later amended to a murder verdict.

Rolling Stones at Don Valley Stadium 27 Aug 06

Rolling Stones at Don Valley Stadium 27 Aug 06

In Sheffield, controversy had surrounded Don Valley Stadium from day one.

Critics argued that the World Student Games, which Sheffield spent vast amounts of money to secure and build the facilities for, was a white elephant which would leave a massive debt burden – a burden of £658million which would not be paid off until 2024, according to reports, and Don Valley’s construction was part of that spending.

Apart from the music concerts, a plus for the venue was star Jess Ennis-Hill.

Pictured here aged 15, Ennis was tipped by The Star for future greatness, as we reported that she had been using the stadium’s facilities to train.

She's only 15 and barely 5' 4" tall but Sheffield's Jessica Ennis is scaling
new heights in junior athletics.

Jessica has made such a big impression that she was moved up to the U20s
category for her Great Britain debut in Bedford and competed against
athletes five years her senior.

In the last five years the talented youngster has spent all her spare time
training at Don Valley Stadium and after finishing ninth out of 20 in the
event's heptathlon it seems the hard work is paying off. 

In the last few months she has represented South Yorkshire in the English
Schools meeting at Exeter, coming second and following that success flew to
Dublin to compete against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

She said: " This year has been great, an absolute rollercoaster. I never
thought I'd be doing all this at such a young age.

"Everyone at the Stadium has really helped me, I can't thank them enough."

Jessica, from Highfields Place, Highfields, first came to Don Valley when
she was nine.

She soon became part of

She's only 15 and barely 5' 4" tall but Sheffield's Jessica Ennis is scaling new heights in junior athletics. Jessica has made such a big impression that she was moved up to the U20s category for her Great Britain debut in Bedford and competed against athletes five years her senior. In the last five years the talented youngster has spent all her spare time training at Don Valley Stadium and after finishing ninth out of 20 in the event's heptathlon it seems the hard work is paying off. In the last few months she has represented South Yorkshire in the English Schools meeting at Exeter, coming second and following that success flew to Dublin to compete against teams from Scotland, Ireland and Wales. She said: " This year has been great, an absolute rollercoaster. I never thought I'd be doing all this at such a young age. "Everyone at the Stadium has really helped me, I can't thank them enough." Jessica, from Highfields Place, Highfields, first came to Don Valley when she was nine. She soon became part of

Once the stadium’s demolition took place in 2013, some said it meant Sheffield might never produce another ‘golden girl’ of athletics...

Bono & Adam Clayton of U2 performing at Don Valley Stadium

Bono & Adam Clayton of U2 performing at Don Valley Stadium