Sport and culture boom time in spite of stadium closure

Coun Isobel Bowler
Coun Isobel Bowler
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Sheffield is set for a cultural and sporting boom in 2014 – despite the loss of the Don Valley Stadium.

The city will be hosting more than 80 major sporting, cultural, community and children’s events next year including the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ.

Other events include the return of both Tramlines and Off The Shelf literary and music festivals, and sporting events spanning snooker, athletics, climbing, swimming and ice skating.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “Sheffield has always been an exciting hub of cultural and sporting activity and we hope to build on the fantastic range of events we have hosted in 2013 and helped to bring to the city again next year.

“We are incredibly excited to be hosting the finish of the second stage of the Tour de France on July 6.

“More than 250,000 people are expected to watch the event on Sheffield streets and hundreds more local people will be volunteering as Tour Makers.

“We also have a fantastic range of other events planned for 2014 which we hope will inspire youngsters and adults alike to try out a new sport, attempt a fun run or half marathon, listen to new bands or to support a community event.”

Major sporting contests include the Combined Indoor Athletics International Match at the English Institute of Sport in January and the British Adult Ice Skating Championships at iceSheffield.