Open training day to take place to celebrate £325,000 worth of improvements to the Sheffield facility
Woodbourn Road track in Sheffield will officially reopen on Sunday after renovations in light of the closure of the city’s Don Valley Stadium.
An open training day will celebrate the £325,000 worth of improvements that were needed to make it fit for training and competition after a period of non-use. Those improvements include deep cleaning of the track, an upgrade of the floodlights and relaying of the grass infield.
The multi-use Don Valley Stadium, the training ground of Jessica Ennis-Hill which had hosted televised grand prix meetings, was Britain’s second-biggest athletics stadium, seating 25,000. However, the facility, which also included a public gym and hosted live concerts, operated at a massive loss for the council and a decision was made to close it in September to help meet the needed £500m budget cuts. It is reported the smaller Woodbourn Road facility can be operated for £70,000 a year.
Woodbourn Road will be managed and developed by Sheffield Hallam University, with City of Sheffield AC and Hallamshire Harriers as major partners.
Ennis-Hill and the rest of Toni Minichiello’s training group are likely to switch their training to the revamped stadium, which is just half a mile away from Don Valley.