Council considers Don Valley stadium closure

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 champion Jessica Ennis was discovered at Don Valley stadium
Olympic champion Jessica Ennis was discovered at Don Valley stadium. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has appealed for the stadium to remain open, saying its closure "would be a huge shame".

Read: Ennis appeals against Don Valley Stadium closure

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Jess Ennis' local stadium plea

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has made a last-ditch appeal to save the stadium where she was discovered at a school's training camp. Councillors will make a decision on the future of Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium at a meeting today.