Matthew Neville

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park Stadium reaches completion ahead of anniversary celebrations

Property regeneration specialist Scarborough Group International (SGI) has announced the practical completion of its new Community Stadium at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, 16 months after breaking ground.

Designed by architects Whittam Cox and funded by OakNorth Bank, the Community Stadium has the capacity to hold 758 seated supporters under a covered grandstand, and a further 562 standing around the pitch perimeter, giving a total of 1,320, rising to circa 4,000 as future development phases are undertaken.

Beyond sport, the stadium has been designed to support SMEs involved in the life sciences sector, offering high-quality, flexible and collaborative business space.

In the months ahead, SGI plans to introduce three Padel Tennis Courts in close proximity to the Stadium, further expanding the active sporting opportunities available at the Park and reinforcing its health and wellbeing ethos.

As well as serving as the home of Betfred Championship rugby league team, Sheffield Eagles, the Community Stadium is open to use from other professional and grassroots sports teams, alongside the wider community.

Stephen Marriott, operations director at SGI, commented: “This year marks 10 years since London hosted the 2012 Olympic Games and the germ of an idea that would later become Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park took root in Richard Caborn’s mind.

“The Community Stadium has some of the best facilities in Sheffield and will create a lasting legacy for the local community so it’s incredibly poignant that we were able to deliver the building ahead of the anniversary celebrations.

Kate Martin, executive director of city futures at Sheffield City Council, added: “Sheffield is a city that has always championed our fantastic sports teams, events and legacy so it’s no surprise we are the only city outside of London to have an Olympic Legacy Park.

“It’s fantastic to see the site continue to grow, with the new Community Stadium providing a permanent home for Sheffield Eagles, as well as creating a dedicated space for people to train and play sports together, from professionals to schoolchildren.”

Richard Caborn, chair of Legacy Park Ltd, concluded: “I’m delighted to see the practical completion of the Community Stadium. This is an excellent example of Olympic legacy in action as we deliver a tangible legacy from the London 2012 Games through the four themes of Sport, Community, Environment and Economy.”

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