Campaign to save Don Valley Stadium goes to the wire

Fighting to save Don Valley Stadium are comminity coach Rob Creasey, (left), coach Lewis Samuel (front, centre)), with Becky Lyne and Dimitry White.
Fighting to save Don Valley Stadium are comminity coach Rob Creasey, (left), coach Lewis Samuel (front, centre)), with Becky Lyne and Dimitry White.

Campaigners are not giving up the fight to save Don Valley Stadium, despite next month’s closure date.

They are urging the council to hand over the venue to the community and to allow six months for a business plan to be drawn up.

Former athlete Lewis Samuel - part of the Save Don Valley Stadium group seeking a Community Asset Transfer - said: “It needs to stay for the greater good of Sheffield. Our two nearest rival cities, Manchester and Leeds, are expanding all the time and we’re regressing to the 1980s.

“I think the council has done a very good job convincing people Don Valley is a white elephant but it is a misnomer. Athletics competitions love coming to Sheffield but the cost of Don Valley is prohibitive.”

He added: “I think at the very least we could break even.”

But there is no sign of the council backtracking on a decision designed to save £700,000 a year. Athletics are being transferred to Woodbourn Road and Don Valley could be demolished by the end of the year.

Former Sheffield MP and Sports Minister Richard Caborn, who is leading efforts to redevelop the site of Don Valley for sport and leisure, said: “The place was full only four times in about 20 or 25 years.”