27th September 2019, 08:55
Olympic Legacy Park - Community Stadium
Sheffield Eagles are delighted to announce that construction of the ‘Community Stadium’ at the Olympic Legacy Park will commence before the end of the year.
Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL) will lead on the development along with further comprehensive plans for the Olympic Legacy Park site and the Lower Don Valley area.
Work will start on the Community Stadium in December 2019, incorporating an initial phase of 750 spectators’ seats along with terrace standing areas and 4,141 sq. m mixed use office and commercial space.
Planning Permission has been granted at this stage for a capacity of up to 3,921 spectators in the completed stadium and SIPL has agreed a contract with Sheffield City Council for a long-leasehold interest for the site.
The club has been given assurances that the recent developments surrounding the ownership of Sheffield United has never been central to Scarborough’s interest in the stadium and further developing the Lower Don Valley.
Alongside a home for Sheffield Eagles, Sheffield United Women occupying the Stadium was logical given the McCabe family’s interest in Sheffield United.
Scarborough’s Chairman Kevin McCabe has made clear that the wellbeing of Sheffield United FC remains important to him and that it is the strong assumption that the club’s Women’s team will continue to retain its home at the Olympic Legacy Park Stadium.
The project team has now been confirmed; GMI Construction will lead on the build with Whittam Cox Architects, Arup, Ares Landscape Architects, Burnley Wilson Fish and Zerum also involved.
SIPL are also developing detailed proposals for the first buildings of the wider Park, starting with a cluster adjacent to the Community Stadium and the Sheffield Hallam Advance Wellbeing & Research Centre with the overall wider masterplan extending to an area of approximately 70 acres.
The club remains in positive and continued dialogue with SIPL, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield United and The Rugby Football League surrounding the stadium.
It is intended that facilities will remain in place to allow the club to continue be based at the Olympic Legacy Park for the full 2020 season as construction takes place with facilities within the build becoming available as and when completed throughout the season.
The club has had a trying and testing time since the closure of Don Valley Stadium but this is the hugely positive news we’ve been waiting for and will be a new dawn for Sheffield Eagles.
As always, we thank our partners, supporters, players, staff & everyone associated with the club for their patience and continued support.
Further news and details will be released in due course.
The Board of Sheffield Eagles 2000 Ltd