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Don Valley Stadium is one of the leading international athletics stadiums. But this is not all it is to the people of Sheffield - it is the place where the Games were hosted - bringing a little bit of celebrity class to Sheffield. Take a look at their website for upcoming events.

Don Valley Stadium
Don Valley Stadium
Worksop Road
South Yorkshire
S9 3TL

Telephone 0114 256 0607
Facsimile 0114 243 4270
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Go for Gold with a Winning Team at Don Valley Stadium

Welcome to the Don Valley Stadium, one of the UK's leading international Athletics Stadiums.

Built at a cost of £29 million and offering a maximum capacity for 50,000 spectators, the stadium regularly plays host to major athletic/sporting events, pop concerts and even TV shows!

We also own and operate the regions finest open air showground - Don Valley Bowl and Woodbourn Road Stadium, a perfect training ground with world class facilities for both sports clubs and schools.

Completed in September 1990 at a cost of 29 million the Don Valley Stadium was the first completely new national sporting venue built outdoors in Great Britain since Wembley in the early twenties. It was built as the centre-piece of a 147 million construction programme needed to provide the necessary sports and cultural facilities to enable the city to host the 1991 World Student Games.

The track is sunk five metres below ground level and is sheltered by banks of spectator seating, creating a 'bowl effect'. This not only gives ideal viewing conditions, but also offers athletes every opportunity of producing peak performances.

This record-breaking philosophy has even had a bearing on the angle at which the track is set and its positioning is relative to the prevailing winds and the rise and fall of the sun. The finishing line has been positioned at the east end of the stadium which means that in the afternoon and evening when most meetings are held the sun will always be at the athletes backs in the finishing straight, as is the prevailing westerly wind.

The whole of the running track and its infield is illuminated by the strongest floodlighting system in the country. Each of the five lighting towers used is 45 metres above track level and carries a lighting head as tall as a typical three storey house (11 metres high). All amenities for competitors and officials are at track level with all spectator facilities at natural ground level. This means, for example, that disabled spectators have level access from the main car park straight through to the mid level of spectator seating.

The Front Runner in event hosting and athletics coaching
Don Valley Stadium is undoubtedly Britain's premier athletics venue, a glance at the list of international events held confirms it is the domain of the worlds top athletes.

The stadium's magnificent and unique architecture combines both modern amenities with Olympic standard facilities. Every possible factor affecting both competitors and spectators was considered at the design stage, the result being a superior athletics venue that sets new standards in stadium design.

Olympic Standard Sports facilities include:

IAAF certified 8 lane all weather track with 10 Sprint Lanes
6 long jump/triple jump pits
Indoor area for high jump, throws, pole vault
8 lane (85m) indoor track for sprinting/hurdles including 2 long jump pits
Infield for various activities
Ability to accommodate two simultaneous decathlon pools.
Two throw cages & two javelin runways
Fully equipped CV fitness gym with free weights area.
Ducting around the perimeter of the outdoor track to accommodate TV cables.
Full electronic timing & results systems with photo finish facilities if required as well as mobile field events scoreboards.
Huge electronic scoreboard offering animated graphics facility along with competitor name and times display.
Separate medical, physiotherapy and full drug-testing facilities.
Indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras.
Fully integrated state of the art public address system.
Marshalling area.
Full catering and hospitality facilities.

Previous Athletic Events

World Student Games
British International Athletics Grand Prix
British Universities Championships
AAA's Championships
International Athletics invitation events
Sheffield Marathon
Race for Life
Sheffield Eagles
Barnsley Schools Championships


Athletics facilities for All at Don Valley Athletics Academy
The fantastic facilities at Don Valley Stadium though aren't just for professional athletes. All of our athletic areas are open to the general public for recreational/training usage.

We also recognise that if talent or skill is expertly tutored at an early age, many children and young adults are able to reach their personal goals. That's why we have the Athletics Academy, which includes the Linford Lions Athletics School for 6-11 year olds, & the Graduate School for 11-16 year olds.

Linford Lions - Athletics School

Love Having Fun? Aged between 6 & 11?
With the emphasis on fun and enjoyment, Linford Lions Athletics School is a great opportunity for you to come and have a go at a wide range of athletics activities including: Javelin, Long Jump, Hurdles, High Jump, Pole Vault, Hammer Throwing, Triple Jump, Discus and of course Running.

The sessions take place in the stadium under the supervision of highly trained coaches and take place on Tuesday's, Wednesday's & Thursday's 4.30 - 6pm and Saturday's 9.30 - 11am.

If you're sporty - that's great but you don't have to be! All you need to do is to turn up and have lots of fun.

Call for further details on: 0114 256 0607.


Graduate School

Serious about Having Fun?
Well, you're not the only one… we are too! That's why the Graduate School at Don Valley Stadium is one of the most popular coaching facilities in Yorkshire.

 The Graduate School offers coaching in Sprinting, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Pole Vault, High Jump, Race Walking, Middle Distance & Multi Events, Monday to Friday between 5.30 & 8.30pm. Each session is approx. 1 to 2 hours long and is open to 11 to 16 year olds.

With a World Class venue at your disposal and highly trained coaches, what you achieve is up to you!

Membership of the Graduate School is free so you only need to pay for each session you attend!

New joiners will need to contact Rob Creasey on the number below who will check availability and offer advice on the most suitable group.

Call Rob Creasey for further details on: 0114 256 0607.

Stadium Hire
Excellence for All in Business to Business
Exclu-siv is the first class Business to Business service available from Sheffield International Venues (SIV). It is our aim to provide our business customers with unique function rooms and an impressive service at competitive prices at any of our participating venues including: Don Valley Stadium, Hallam FM Arena, Ponds Forge ISC, Sheffield City Hall & iceSheffield.

Don Valley Stadium is one of the impressive array of internationally renowned venues available, where we provide facilities for:

Exhibitions / Events
Corporate Hospitality
Team Building
Business Facilities

Whether your next event is a daily meeting or perhaps you need to hire the entire stadium, our helpful and knowledgeable staff are available to discuss your requirements and ensure your event is a successful one.

Full Stadium Hire
Both full and partial stadium hire are available for virtually any event. This can include both indoor and/or outdoor areas where the following events can be staged:

music concerts
sporting events
product launches
TV shows
photo shoots
TV advertisements … to name a few!

In essence, if the venue you need for your event requires the unique sporting facilities or function room areas available at Don Valley Stadium - please feel free to call us for further discussions.

Call Rachael Gaffney on T: 0114 223 3642 or email your enquiry to:

 Commit to get fit at Don Valley Stadium
At Don Valley Stadium, you can benefit from Fitness Unlimited, the biggest health and fitness membership scheme in the city, offering unbeatable value.

From as little as £19.99 per month, you can enjoy a wide range of activities across four of SIV’s quality leisure venues.

Don Valley’s excellent facilities include:

IAAF certified 8 lane all weather track with 10 Sprint Lanes
8 lane (85m) indoor track for sprinting/hurdles including 2 long jump pits
Fully equipped CV fitness gym
Free weights area
FREE car parking

For further enquiries, please call Christine Green or Hayley Mills on T: 0114 256 0607 or email your enquiry to: info@donvalley-stadium.co.uk


Take our BRAND NEW 'Techno-gym' treadmills for a test run!  With state-of-the-art features they're guaranteed to provide the necessary challenges you need to achieve your goals.



Come and try out our totally new stretch room!   With a tranquil atmosphere it’s the perfect sanctuary to focus on your individual training needs at a pace that suits you!  


This new addition to our facilities is set to be popular with our female customers and includes:

small dumbbells

core boards for resistance training, stability and balance

stretch mats for floor/abs workouts.   

The new Stretch Room is located opposite the Fitness Suite




Personal Training…. at £19.99 per session it's not just for celebrities you know!


Many people exercise every day and yet still find that they don't see the results they want.  Sometimes this is simply because of bad posture or incorrect technique.  You, as the exerciser, cannot always see this but your personal trainer can, so a one hour workout with a trainer can be more effective than a week training by yourself!


At Don Valley Stadium, this service IS an affordable option. For only £9.99 per session you will benefit from a One To One Personal Training workout under the guidance of a fully qualified Lifestyle Consultant.  


Sessions must be pre-booked. 


Call 0114 223 3636 for more information


MONTHLY FITNESS CHALLENGES (open to FU members only)


Climb Ben Nevis or Row the Channel without even leaving the gym!


Each month Fitness Unlimited members can participate in a great member challenge!  These range from 500m Sprint rowing races to Climbing Ben Nevis to Snowball Roll races and triathlon events!


Our challenges are great for motivation, goal setting & developing fitness AND you can  also win fantastic prizes each month including:  Weekend breaks, Concert tickets, Hampers, Gift vouchers. 


(See the Fitness Challenge Board for forthcoming challenges or ask at our reception for details. Prizes may vary).


VIP facilities are on a third level while the top-most of the four levels has been set aside for hospitality boxes and press areas.

The Stadium's major focal point is its grandstand which holds 10,000 spectators. 15,000 spectators can also be accommodated on the open terracing making the seating capacity 25,000, although the stadium has a maximum capacity of 52,000.


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