Demolition work at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium is set to begin.
The venue, perhaps most iconic for nurturing Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill, was closed at the end of September as part of cost-saving measures by the city council.
Despite much opposition, including a 5,922-signature petition, work to knock down the arena is expected to take six months. A refurbished track in Woodbourn Road, run by Sheffield Hallam University, is replacing it.
The stadium cost £29m to build in 1990 and hosted the 1991 World Student Games.
It has also been used by heptathlete Ennis-Hill, and it was home to Rotherham United Football Club for a few seasons as a filler between vacating Millmoor in 2008 and when their new home, the New York Stadium, was built in 2012.
Posted on 21/11/2013