Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium: what will you remember it for?

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So farewell, then Don Valley stadium.

Tonight marks the end of an era as Sheffield Eagles play their final League match at their home since 1991.

The Hunslet game will be the 335th first-team match to take place there. It should attract around 800-900 spectators

Of those past games, 200 have been won, 126 lost and nine drawn – whilst Eagles have scored a total of 8,921, conceding 6,765. Some 665,152 people have passed through the turnstiles, but did the stadium ever really live up to its potential as a significant sporting arena?

In reality, most people may remember DVS for non Rugby League matters. World-acclaimed music gigs have been hosted there, including the Rolling Stones, U2 ,the Spice Girls and, in 1997, Michael Jackson.

The Stadium is where Jessica Ennis-Hill was nurtured after being discovered on a children’s athletics scheme.

Some Eagles fans, like Rotherham United supporters, will not mourn its loss as their base. But, as an iconic landmark, its closure seems a long way from the heady days of its construction for the 1991 World Student Games.