Sheffield FC and Sheffield Eagles submit new stadium plans


Sheffield FC and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club have submitted a full planning application for a new 5,000-capacity stadium.  

Credit: Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, Sheffield FC and Sheffield Eagles.

The plans, lodged with Sheffield City Council, are for a new community venue which will be based at the former Sheffield Transport Sports Club site at Meadowhead. 

The stadium will have professional football and rugby league facilities, a cricket pavilion, multi-use artificial sports pitches, a football museum and an indoor community sports hall. 

New roads and park-and-ride facilities will also be built within the development. 

Long-term commercial viability will be achieved through public access and community use including health and wellbeing activities, educational programmes, and social and other community events, said the clubs.  

In addition to both club’s men’s and women’s teams, Sheffield Eagles Wheelchair, Learning Disability and Physical Disability teams will all be based at the complex. 

Project architects are Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, also in Sheffield.  

Credit: Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, Sheffield FC and Sheffield Eagles.

Sheffield Eagles director of rugby, Mark Aston, said: “We’re very excited to have reached the milestone of submitting our planning permission application for the development of the Meadowhead site which will give us the facilities we need to not only achieve our ambitions to return to Super League, but also to give us a base from which to grow our already extensive community programme. 

“The feedback from both sets of fans and networks of sponsors has been overwhelmingly positive and everyone sees the potential of both clubs being unlocked with the facilities which are being planned for, which will be world class. 

“We have also had very positive feedback from our governing body, the Rugby Football League, who are supportive of our plans and see how the development can benefit both the Rugby League in Sheffield and on a national basis.” 

Sheffield FC chairman, Richard Tims, added: “The stadium has the potential to generate positive economic development, social, and community impacts for the visitor economy of Sheffield and the wider city region by attracting additional expenditure as well as raising the profile of sport in Sheffield in the UK and internationally.” 

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