So sad to lose Don Valley Stadium! Where it all started for me. Great memories.
Sheffield City Council have voted through their proposal to close Don Valley Stadium. It will close in September.
Recently, Sheffield City Council said of proposals to close Don Valley Stadium:
– Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources
These are extraordinarily difficult times and we have said that we will have to look at tough budget options because of the devastating Government cuts to public spending and local government.
We have said all along that we have to consider all options and Don Valley Stadium is one of the bigger options on the table.
I want to make it clear that no decisions have been made and when we are in a position to confirm our spending decisions we will do so.
A decision on the future of the stadium will be made later today.
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has made a last-ditch appeal to save the stadium where she was discovered as a teenager and still trains.
Councillors are expected to approve the closure of the Don Valley Stadium at a meeting later today.
Ennis said: "I've got some amazing memories, starting my athletic career there and having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible.
"To lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through, so I hope that the right decision's made and we can find a way to keep it."
Sheffield City Council is due to make a decision over the closure of Don Valley stadium today.
The council has said that it faces £50m in cuts as a result of government budget reductions and cannot afford to subsidise the stadium which cost £700,000 per year to run.
Councillors are considering a plan to demolish Don Valley and reopen the nearby Woodbourn athletics stadium.
Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has appealed for the stadium to remain open, saying its closure "would be a huge shame".
Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello has joined the athlete in appealing against the closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium.
It is an iconic stadium and its a place that has inspired youngsters and none more so than Jessica Ennis.
It is a fantastic facility and it is an incredible shame to lose something like this from the sporting map.
Having taken the youngsters all the way through to Olympic gold you see that this actually can be done in Sheffield.
Why, if you can have one Jessica Ennis, can you not have two or three?
That opportunity all of a sudden looked to be there and now it's going to be taken away from a whole new generation of youngsters."