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There are mutterings about it being a joint rebuild of the DVS between Eagles and Rotherham RU. No idea if there's any foundation to that (NO pun there!).

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There are mutterings about it being a joint rebuild of the DVS between Eagles and Rotherham RU. No idea if there's any foundation to that (NO pun there!).

Press conference happening now. The basic announcement is the replacement of DVS (as it is today) with a much smaller rugby stadium, primarily for the Eagles but also for the Titans if they want to get involved. I'm guessing the capacity would be 10,000 max. No running track, and the stadium itself built in betweeen multi-use buildings of a new college, focusing on vocational training courses.

Exact details will become clearer when news stories start appearing online. I've known the basics for some time, but am looking forward to getting the full story.

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Press conference happening now. The basic announcement is the replacement of DVS (as it is today) with a much smaller rugby stadium, primarily for the Eagles but also for the Titans if they want to get involved. I'm guessing the capacity would be 10,000 max. No running track, and the stadium itself built in betweeen multi-use buildings of a new college, focusing on vocational training courses.

Exact details will become clearer when news stories start appearing online. I've known the basics for some time, but am looking forward to getting the full story.

Sounds like good news on the face of it. Pretty much as you've described it:

Don Valley redevelopment revealed.

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Press conference happening now. The basic announcement is the replacement of DVS (as it is today) with a much smaller rugby stadium, primarily for the Eagles but also for the Titans if they want to get involved. I'm guessing the capacity would be 10,000 max. No running track, and the stadium itself built in betweeen multi-use buildings of a new college, focusing on vocational training courses.

Exact details will become clearer when news stories start appearing online. I've known the basics for some time, but am looking forward to getting the full story.

That's fantastic news for the Eagles, hopefully a stable, permanent base will allow them to grow their crowds to a level that their on field performance deserves, and then kick on to Super League.

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That's fantastic news for the Eagles, hopefully a stable, permanent base will allow them to grow their crowds to a level that their on field performance deserves, and then kick on to Super League.

Being a small stadium (compared to the old one) and part of a much larger project makes it more sustainable. The Eagles were involved from the start, and the consortium putting it all together, headed up by Richard Caborn, have worked tirelessly since the end of last year on this. Genuinely exciting news IMHO.

Interesting that the Titans have been unveiled as getting involved. I was under the impression that they weren't that interested, but obviously my information was wrong (in that case, anyway)

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That's fantastic news for the Eagles, hopefully a stable, permanent base will allow them to grow their crowds to a level that their on field performance deserves, and then kick on to Super League.

Yes - we just need to fill it now. :D

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That could be cracking for the Eagles. Great news. :D

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Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.

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Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.

Wembley are always looking to stage the odd game, Tim. :lol:

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Very sceptical until the funding is in place.

It obviously doesn't answer the question of where the Eagles will play next season.

No, but that will get sorted one way or another soon, I'm sure.

As for funding, Caborn has been working hard on this and convinced that there's money out there/available for things like this. If he didn't think it was a goer they wouldn't have got to the "announcement" stage. All the way along he's been saying that money is available from X, Y and Z, and seems confident of getting it. Remember he's pretty well connected and was involved in London 2012 from the start of bidding, so is mates with Coe and company. Even the Tories seem to like him/are willing to work with him.

It's by no means cut and dried, but he knows what he's doing. His desire to make this work and force of personality, as well as his connections, have got it this far. Who's to say he won't be able to get it even further.

10,000-12,000 capacity stadium at the centre is the key bit for the Eagles. 4G 'i-pitch' for year-round use (including community use). I for one hope it happens - it would be nice for the Eagles to play in a stadium more fitting than the giant DVS (existing stadium, I mean) or the excellent but oversized Bramall Lane.

There's a long way to go, but I'm quietly confident. This may prove to be unfounded, but only time will tell I guess.

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No, but that will get sorted one way or another soon, I'm sure.

As for funding, Caborn has been working hard on this and convinced that there's money out there/available for things like this. If he didn't think it was a goer they wouldn't have got to the "announcement" stage. All the way along he's been saying that money is available from X, Y and Z, and seems confident of getting it. Remember he's pretty well connected and was involved in London 2012 from the start of bidding, so is mates with Coe and company. Even the Tories seem to like him/are willing to work with him.

It's by no means cut and dried, but he knows what he's doing. His desire to make this work and force of personality, as well as his connections, have got it this far. Who's to say he won't be able to get it even further.

10,000-12,000 capacity stadium at the centre is the key bit for the Eagles. 4G 'i-pitch' for year-round use (including community use). I for one hope it happens - it would be nice for the Eagles to play in a stadium more fitting than the giant DVS (existing stadium, I mean) or the excellent but oversized Bramall Lane.

There's a long way to go, but I'm quietly confident. This may prove to be unfounded, but only time will tell I guess.

I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.

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I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.

We'll never need more than 10,000, or probably 8,000, but the RFL may reverse their policy of ignoring Sheffield for internationals and bring a game to the new stadium - if it ever gets built - if it's around 10,000.

I tend to agree with you. Something like this would help the Eagles' SL bid, but there's no guarantee they could get half decent crowds there. That's why the club has to work hard on raising crowd numbers now, and not wait just in case this plan does come off. I'm sure they know that, though.

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I'm not sure whether it's a good idea to have a new stadium (Salford) or not get one (Wakey/Cas). I actually think that if licensing continues, the RFL should seriously rethink their policy on ground size. Is 8000, for example, adequate for a club like Sheffield to be viable in Super League? I would say yes - I think that a smaller ground with a higher percentage occupancy, even with the occasional sell-out, is better than a cavernous super stadium.

Love your optimism. Sell out crowds.

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Love your optimism. Sell out crowds.

8000 would be a strong possibility in a play-off game in SL against Leeds, Wigan or Hull. Admittedly there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then. In fact, something the size of the Pacific Ocean.

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8000 would be a strong possibility in a play-off game in SL against Leeds, Wigan or Hull. Admittedly there's a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then. In fact, something the size of the Pacific Ocean.

Current crowds are of the same order that they were at Owlerton. Just to put things in perspective.

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Tales from the Don. :)

Let's hope this works out.

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Well, the local media aren't impressed - the Radio Sheffield coverage this morning was decidedly negative. You expect the media to be a little cynical, but they don't seem all that convinced on so many levels. Frustrating, really.

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If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.

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If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.

That's the sad truth. They should just rename Radio Sheffield "Radio Soccer". Even by the standards of local radio football phone-ins, 'Praise or Grumble' is dreadful. It makes Radio Norfolk's atrocious "Canary Call" sound positive, and that takes some doing.

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If it's not United or Wednesday, they're not interested.

I've not seen one report yet on Look North where the DV has been described as anything other than "where Jessica Ennis trains". Makes it sound like she's the only person using it. :rolleyes:

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It makes Radio Norfolk's atrocious "Canary Call" sound positive, and that takes some doing.

Presented by Alan Partridge? "Norfolk's number one soccer phone in" :rolleyes:

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I've not seen one report yet on Look North where the DV has been described as anything other than "where Jessica Ennis trains". Makes it sound like she's the only person using it. :rolleyes:

Talk Sport reported it while I was in t'car this dinner time. No mention of Jess Ennis but something about the cost being calculated on the back of a fag packet.

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Presented by Alan Partridge? "Norfolk's number one soccer phone in" :rolleyes:

Sadly not, though presenter Rob Butler does his best to sound like a younger, more obnoxious Partridge.

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If the quoted figure of £40 million is right, in the current economic climate I reckon there's about as much chance of it going ahead as there is of me being selected ahead of Billy Slater in the Australian side next autumn.

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