Sheffield could have UK’s first dedicated women’s football stadium

Plans are in for a dedicated women’s football stadium at the Olympic Legacy Park in Attercliffe, Sheffield. 

Scarborough Group International has submitted a planning application for the £5m stadium which will have a capacity for 3,900 along with a single grandstand, housing hospitality, conferencing facilities and office space.

Sheffield United’s chief operating officer, Andrew Birks, said: “The owners, board and everyone associated with the club were in favour of the change, as the excitement continues to build about seeing the women’s team mirror the men’s team in playing in the second-tier next season.

“It’s a decision we feel is right to reflect the modern times of the women’s game and we are focused on having an identity and brand consistency when promoting ourselves within the women’s game.”

The stadium would become the new home of Sheffield United Women(s) Football Club, who recently ditched their old ‘Sheffield United Ladies’ name saying that the change “reflects the club’s position as an emerging presence within the women’s game”. Chesterfield based Whittam Cox Architects has been appointed to design the stadium with backing from Arup Sheffield.

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is already home to English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), iceSheffield, Don Valley Bowl, Oasis Academy Don Valley, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus, 3G pitch and park environment including Outdoor City Run Routes, cycle paths and green open spaces.

Image credit: Wittam Cox Architects

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