VIDEO: Demolition of Don Valley Stadium

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Work has begun to demolish Don Valley Stadium - but Sheffielders are unlikely to see much difference for weeks to come.

Contractors will concentrate initially on stripping out internal areas and recycling as much material as possible.

Don Valley Stadium

Don Valley Stadium

VIDEO: Press the play button to see demolition work beginning at Don Valley Stadium.

Some of the infrastructure, such as stand seats, has already been removed, with some installed at the nearby Woodbourn Road track.

Dismantling the main stand is likely to be one of the final parts of the work.

The whole process is likely to take around six months to complete, according to the city council.

Last minute moves to delay the £29 million stadium’s closure failed, with moves to have the site registered as an official community resource coming to nothing.

Coun Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said the alternatives to scrapping the stadium would have been worse for the city than shutting it altogether.

“It was a difficult decision to close Don Valley Stadium. But if we had not we would have had to close a number of other leisure facilities across the city,” she said.

“This would have had an impact on far more people than the closure of Don Valley - especially as all activity has been relocated to other venues, in particular to the re-opened Woodbourn Road stadium a mile away.”

Coun Bowler said any delay in demolition would have cost the city dearly.

“After consultation on the closure in the first part of this year, the decision in early April 2013 was that the stadium would be demolished after closure unless an affordable and sustainable offer for the stadium was made before the end of September,” she said.

“This was because of the high cost of mothballing the stadium.

“The council continued to fund the operation of Don Valley Stadium for six months from this decision to allow time for such proposals to be developed and presented.

“No such proposal was received, and the decision to demolish will now be enacted.”