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Don Valley Stadium site may become sports hub

The Don Valley stadium site may become home to venues for rugby and gymnastics, plus a new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and a technical college, according to plans announced by former  sports minister Richard Caborn.

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According to the BBC, plans include new homes for the rugby league and union teams Sheffield Eagles and Titans and venues for basketball, gymnastics and snooker.

Caborn said:

This is the result of intensive work by a small group of significant organisations in the Sheffield City Region to consider a future for the Don Valley Stadium footprint.

He indicated that funding was available to go to the feasibility stage.

The plans are the outcome of crisis talks following Sheffield council’s announcement that Don Valley Stadium – an athletics facility built in 1991 for the World Student Games i- would close in September. The authority said it spent £700,000 subsidising the venue last year, and it requires major repair and maintenance work at a cost of £1.6m.

“Where possible we will work closely with our staff and customers to find them alternative employment and facilities to use, but inevitably there will be a number of redundancies and disappointed users,” was the response from Steve Brailey, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Trust & Sheffield International Venues.

Plans have already been announced to reopen the smaller Woodbourn Road stadium as a new home for athletics in Sheffield. It was closed in 2011 and the council has estimated the cost of refurbishing the stadium will be £150,000, with a £70,000 a year running cost.