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#1 Wakey Til I Die

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:28 PM

There's a petition up and running to try and save the stadium. A good show of support may be enough to persuade private companies to take over the running and hopefully do a better job than Sheffield council have of making it pay. Spread the word.

http://epetitions.di...petitions/44288

#2 Griff

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:37 PM

I thought nobody liked this stadium.

Baffling. :blink:
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Posted 02 March 2013 - 02:51 PM

can fev buy your floodlights if there going cheep we love to recycling other stadiums that are no longer wanted ??

#4 Saint Billinge

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 03:29 PM

Signed it, although not too sure if it will attract the required number. Although a strange stadium for rugby league taking into account where the crowd were, I still enjoyed my visits.

#5 JohnM

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 04:56 PM

I am afraid I can't.

As far as I can tell it has always been a white elephant, an unwonted legacy of the World Sutdent Games vanity project and a millstone round the necks of Sheffield council tax payers.

It seems to be a big stadium - capacity of 25,000 ((50,000 for concerts and 10,000 for football) with no major events. The angle of elevation of most of the uncovered seats is too low for a good view. The presence of the track in front of the main stand makes it unsuitable in my view for soccer or rugby as the pitch is then too far away. There is a gap between the tent roof over the main stand and the seats that allows the wind to blow through making it even colder than normal for Sheffield.

£800,000 a year for Jessica Ennis to train there?

Might be OK for crikit though, in summer, instead of Headingley.

Edited by JohnM, 02 March 2013 - 05:19 PM.


#6 Ponterover

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 05:38 PM

Over on Casforum, it seems that Cas might be looking into trying to do a Fev with bits of it.

Not a bad idea, if it's suitable for it.

#7 John Rhino

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:10 PM

I agree with John M on this one.
I have it down as the worst place i have ever watched rugby - cold, souless and miles from the pitch. Like a mini Twickenham really. :-)

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#8 Stan Doffarf

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:30 PM

Might have been a decent stadium if they'd finished building it.

Having said that it was the scene of one of my favourite RL memories, when Jeff Wittenberg flopped over to clinch the match and the 1997 Super League title for the Bulls.

And three Stones gigs, one in glorious sunshine and two in p!$$!ng down rain.
And when they found our shadows
Grouped around the TV sets
They ran down every lead
They repeated every test
They checked out all the data on their lists
And then the alien anthropologists
Admitted they were still perplexed
But on eliminating every other reason
For our sad demise
They logged the only explanation left
This species has amused itself to death
No tears to cry no feelings left
This species has amused itself to death

#9 1976PMJwires

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:38 PM

Typical of this country, another waste of money, Sheffield county concil hang your head in shame.

#10 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 06:58 PM

its a drain on thecouncil tax payers of Sheffield at the best of times extermely poor value for money.

I'd be more bothered about Stocksbridge leisure centre if I lived in Sheff.


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#11 hindle xiii

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:52 PM

I thoroughly enjoyed my first and I think only visit back in August 1997.

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#12 Lobbygobbler

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 12:45 AM

Is it not possible to move the pitch close to one side stand? At least then one major stand could be saved...

#13 roughyedspud

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 07:41 AM

of course its possible...


did some messing about a couple of months ago and mocked up this..
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start with moving the pitch closer to the main stand.....then add the 3 other stands if needed

Edited by roughyedspud, 03 March 2013 - 07:44 AM.

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#14 Blind side johnny

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:37 AM

I am afraid I can't.

As far as I can tell it has always been a white elephant, an unwonted legacy of the World Sutdent Games vanity project and a millstone round the necks of Sheffield council tax payers.

It seems to be a big stadium - capacity of 25,000 ((50,000 for concerts and 10,000 for football) with no major events. The angle of elevation of most of the uncovered seats is too low for a good view. The presence of the track in front of the main stand makes it unsuitable in my view for soccer or rugby as the pitch is then too far away. There is a gap between the tent roof over the main stand and the seats that allows the wind to blow through making it even colder than normal for Sheffield.

£800,000 a year for Jessica Ennis to train there?

Might be OK for crikit though, in summer, instead of Headingley.



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#15 tim2

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

It will be a major problem for the Eagles when it goes - but taking off the RL glasses how can the council justify keeping it whilst cutting services to thousands?

The Olympic legacy obviously only applies to London - no point asking for help from that pot.

If England Athletics wants somewhere for youngsters in South Yorkshire to come through the system, perhaps they should fund it.

It would be nice to think that, as a nation, we had a strategy to provide shared, affordable sports facilities for multiple sports accessible to all within a reasonable distance. Sadly that isn't the case.
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#16 Trojan

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 10:18 AM

I am afraid I can't.

As far as I can tell it has always been a white elephant, an unwonted legacy of the World Sutdent Games vanity project and a millstone round the necks of Sheffield council tax payers.

It seems to be a big stadium - capacity of 25,000 ((50,000 for concerts and 10,000 for football) with no major events. The angle of elevation of most of the uncovered seats is too low for a good view. The presence of the track in front of the main stand makes it unsuitable in my view for soccer or rugby as the pitch is then too far away. There is a gap between the tent roof over the main stand and the seats that allows the wind to blow through making it even colder than normal for Sheffield.

£800,000 a year for Jessica Ennis to train there?

Might be OK for crikit though, in summer, instead of Headingley.

isn't that awful I agree with you :(
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#17 superten

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:11 PM

It will be a major problem for the Eagles when it goes - but taking off the RL glasses how can the council justify keeping it whilst cutting services to thousands?

The Olympic legacy obviously only applies to London - no point asking for help from that pot.

If England Athletics wants somewhere for youngsters in South Yorkshire to come through the system, perhaps they should fund it.

It would be nice to think that, as a nation, we had a strategy to provide shared, affordable sports facilities for multiple sports accessible to all within a reasonable distance. Sadly that isn't the case.

Sheffield council plan to redevelop woodburn rd stadium where it will cost less to run and keep. I am hopeful they make it around 5,000 capacity and only six lanes instead of eight . Could be best option for Eagles as something like 5,000 would be big enough . Plus the stadium is on the tram link so would be easy access. Something like the ryedale stadium I know its not perfect but could be best option .
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#18 BBR

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:26 PM

Are Eagles no longer using Bramall Road?

#19 Gav Wilson

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:48 PM

Sheffield council plan to redevelop woodburn rd stadium where it will cost less to run and keep. I am hopeful they make it around 5,000 capacity and only six lanes instead of eight . Could be best option for Eagles as something like 5,000 would be big enough . Plus the stadium is on the tram link so would be easy access. Something like the ryedale stadium I know its not perfect but could be best option .


Aiming for a 'Ryedale Stadium' would not be a wise move...
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#20 tim2

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 05:51 PM

Are Eagles no longer using Bramall Road?


Only for about half the games and I don't think SUFC want them there really. The fans are already bitching about the rugby players cutting up their precious turf, stopping them playing their flowing high quality football...

A revamped Woodbourn may be the only option.
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