Thursday was D day for the Don Valley Stadium. No last minute Decision to save it - just the start of Demolition - 23 years after it opened ahead of the World Student Games.
Despite it being the training arena for Olympic golden girl Jessica Ennis Hill and a high profile campaign against the closure, the city council voted to close the stadium because it was no longer financially viable. Calendar's David Hirst reports.
Sheffield's Woodbourn Road athletics stadium re-opened today after amajor revamp.More than three hundred thousand pounds has been spent on improvingfacilities at the venue.It follows the decision to close and demolish the Don Valley stadium.
Sheffield City Council has hit back at the Prime Minister after he blamed them over the closure of the Don Valley stadium. David Cameron today told ITV Calendar that other councils had found better ways to save money than closing sports facilities.
But tonight, the council said that they had warned Government ministers, including the Chancellor, about:
...the risk to our sporting and leisure facilities because of the unprecedented cuts to local government, however there was no acknowledgement of the financial situation Sheffield was in and they proceeded to cut local government even further.
Campaigners have called for a public inquiry after losing their fight to take over the running of Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium. Sheffield City Council turned down an application from a group which wanted to have the site listed as a community asset.
The stadium is expected to close its doors on Sunday, and eventually be demolished. The council says it is costing £700,000 a year to run and is losing too much money. But the campaigners say they have a plan to run it without it costing a penny to the taxpayer.