With regard to the threatened closure of Don Valley Stadium, am I the only person in this city who is actually enthusiastic about the impending demise of this under-used facility?
The potential of this site is so exciting. I would hate to see housing or industrial units as a replacement for the stadium.
There are so many brownfield and derelict sites in Sheffield to build those on already.
No, with its tram links and closeness to the motorway, it should always be a leisure venue.
My ideas for the DVS are to demolish everything above ground level, which in effect would mean the removal of the main grandstand.
This would leave the basic seated bowl-shaped arena. With the removal and grassing over of the running track, the potential uses of this site have increased tenfold.
A spectacular new Don Valley showground would be created for Sheffield.
This could be a real and hopefully viable multi-purpose facility that sadly the athletics stadium never was.
With a few structural adjustments and clever use of temporary seating it could be a cracking venue for all manner of outdoor shows, fairs, rock/pop festivals, showjumping, motocross, cricket, amateur football, rugby union, rugby league, steam rallies, firework displays, sheepdog trails or even a new modern venue for stock cars and speedway.
But if the powers-that-be don’t find this vision appealing I would still like to see the fixtures and fittings of a demolished DVS used to develop Woodburn road into a nationally recognised multi-use athletics stadium which would be of a more realistic and sensible size.