Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Sheffield Eagles have concluded a two-year agreement that sees the rugby league club returning to the venue where it first formed almost 30 years ago. The Eagles will play all home fixtures there from February 2014, ahead of which improvements will be made to the pitch and changing rooms.
The move back to Owlerton, which has a capacity of 6,000, has been supported by Sheffield City Council and backed by the Rugby Football League – the governing body for rugby league in the UK. It follows the closure of the Eagles’ former home, Don Valley Stadium. John Gilburn, Managing Director of Owlerton Stadium, said:
We’re delighted to be welcoming the Eagles back home to Owlerton – the place where it all started for the club almost 30 years ago. It is fantastic that we have been able to help the club stay in Sheffield and we look forward to working in partnership to help the Eagles realise their Super League ambitions.
The Eagles’ first team training sessions and youth matches will continue to take place at Sheffield Hallam University’s sports complex, on Bawtry Road. Ian Swire, Chairman of the Sheffield Eagles, said:
We intend to play our fixtures on Sunday afternoons and look forward to creating a fantastic experience utilising the varied dining opportunities in the restaurants at the stadium to complement the superb entertainment supplied by the back to back Champions on the field.