Last lap before stadium gates are locked for good

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Woodbourn Road athletics stadium closes tomorrow with Sheffield Council no nearer to finding an alternative use for the venue.

Opened on July 4 1987 by councillor Peter Price it was the city’s first all-weather track. Woodbourn was the first of the new wave of sporting facilities in Sheffield built for the World Student Games in 1991.

And while it was never used for the event itself it has been the home of countless athletics events from school sports days to fixtures including City of Sheffield Athletics Club and Hallamshire Harriers.

A spokesman for the council said it wouldn’t be part of the stadium’s future, but would help broker a deal between partners.

He said: “Woodbourn Road Stadium is due to close on 29 July as previously announced. However, as there is shared access to the Powerleague (5-a-side) facility next door, it is not possible to fully exclude people, despite the site having a perimeter fence.

“Should anyone enter the stadium from 29 July, any usage of the track is unauthorised and at the individual’s own risk.

“We will be advertising the site for future uses shortly and will be seeking a new partner(s) to take over the site.”

The council hasn’t ruled out selling the site for re-development.