40 Million Sheffield Don Valley Revamp

12 March 2013, 11:21 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A new 40-million sports facility will be built on the condemned Don valley site in Sheffield.

Major redevelopment plans for the site of the condemned stadium in Sheffield where Olympic hero Jessica Ennis was discovered and train have been unveiled.

The decision to close and demolish the £29 million Don Valley Stadium as part of council cost-cutting measures was announced earlier this month.

Proposals include, levelling the track and replace it with a new athletics facility and a rugby ground.

Backers of the new scheme claim it could create more than 900 jobs.

But former sports minister and Sheffield Labour MP Richard Caborn, who announced the proposal in the city, admitted the current £40 million estimated cost was still an estimate.

Mr Caborn said the new proposal to replace the stadium will be the “biggest Olympic legacy project outside of London”.

He said it would involve an upgrade of an existing athletics facility half a mile away and building a stadium for both codes of rugby on part of the footprint of the current Don Valley Stadium.