Work is expected to start this spring on a new £5 million stadium that will be home to the Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield United Women’s team.
The new 3,900-capacity ground on the Olympic Legacy Park, which was approved by Sheffield Council in December, will mean Sheffield becomes one of the few cities in the country home to a specialist women’s football ground.
Mark Aston, head coach for Sheffield Eagles, said: “It’s a big year this year, we have a new stadium coming. I was actually gutted to miss out on the women’s world cup; we would’ve loved to have them here.”
The ground will be the first of its kind in the UK, with Sheffield Women United becoming the only female club to use a stadium that is not also used by their male counterparts or academy teams.
The stadium will be a welcome addition, with the Eagles having to play outside of the city after their previous ground Don Valley Stadium was demolished in 2013.
Both Sheffield Women and the Eagles are currently playing on a temporary ground while the stadium building is carried out in stages.
The build will take about a year to be completed, but once finished will also boast office space, fan zones and conference facilities that are expected to open up fantastic commercial opportunities for both clubs.