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Sheffield FC unveil new stadium plans including fly-through video

Sheffield FC unveil their new stadium plans including an impressive fly-through video of what will be their new home coming in 2025/26.

The plans, which will also see and Sheffield FC and the Sheffield Eagles in a joint venture at Meadowhead, were revealed on Friday (17th November 2023), and they have gone down very well with fans.

The news is a welcome boost for Sheffield FC, who currently sit bottom of the Northern Premier League East Division, with 10 points from 12 games played, but have games in hand over those above them with the league rather tight.

It will see 5,000-seater stadium with a football museum planned on site too – making it the ‘Home of Football’. Take a look at the video and statement below…

Sheffield FC and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club announce joint venture and unveil new stadium plans.

Sheffield FC, The World’s First football club and Sheffield Eagles, the city’s professional rugby league club, have unveiled detailed plans for an innovative new 5,000-seater stadium in the city as part of a joint venture between the clubs.

The new stadium, which will be based at the former Sheffield Transport Sports Club site at Meadowhead, will encompass professional football and rugby league facilities as well as a cricket pavilion, a football museum and an indoor community sports hall.

It is planned that the site will become an international visitor attraction for football and rugby league fans alike and provide an insight into the history and heritage of both clubs. An artist’s impression video and images have been released to showcase the club’s plans.

The proposed 5,000-capacity stadium will meet the highest standards for both Football and Rugby League, adhering to both Football League and Super League criteria.

The comprehensive stadium development scheme will offer access to high-quality sporting events, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, social amenities, business prospects, and an array of community programmes.

Sheffield FC, which was formed in 1857, has submitted a planning pre-application to Sheffield City Council with a full application set to be submitted in January.

Sheffield FC Chairman Richard Tims said: “Welcome to a new era of Sheffield FC, the world’s first football club.

“We are pleased to announce our vision for the future: a new stadium back in the Steel City, a joint venture with Sheffield Eagles and a world-class facility, which will benefit the whole community.

“Following years of discussions, we are finally starting to see our plans really gathering pace and have a fantastic project team who are totally committed to making our supporters’ dreams turn into reality.

“This will be somewhere to which the football’s three billion fans can make a pilgrimage and pay homage to the city which gave the world the beautiful game as well as a venue for the local community to utilise and enjoy a variety of sports.

“It doesn’t matter whether you support Sheffield United or Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield FC or Sheffield Eagles this is about being proud of the region’s sporting heritage and making it a hub for sporting excellence and community engagement in Sheffield and the South Yorkshire region.

“Our target is for the project to be ready for the start of the 2025-26 season. We need everyone to get behind this and once and for all put Sheffield sport well and truly on the map.”

Sheffield Eagles Director of Rugby Mark Aston commented: “Sheffield Eagles are very excited to be part of this joint venture with Sheffield FC and to be at the heart of this world-class development, which at the heart will have a stadium that meets the Super League criteria to assist us in our aim to return to the top flight.

“Sheffield Eagles have grown immensely in the last three years thanks to the work of the Eagles Foundation and the planned facilities will also be a home for our Women’s, Wheelchair, Learning Disability and Physical Disability teams. It will also allow us to further develop homegrown talent and provide a base for our already large community programme.

“The development will bring very valuable sporting facilities to the Sheffield sports scene and open up several opportunities for sports outside of football and rugby league to be involved and provide enjoyment as both spectators and participants.

“With Sheffield FC being the world’s first football club and Sheffield Eagles about to celebrate its 40th anniversary, both clubs have an enormous amount of heritage to bring together and I am pleased that the plans will see that history captured under one roof.

“With league positions making up only 20 per cent of the RFL’s Club Grading Scoring matrix, the development of facilities and the ability to improve our commercial footing and build a solid base for the community aspects of our operation are an absolute priority for us. This development gives us an opportunity to drastically improve our grading and we hope that the entire city can get behind and share in the initiative!”

This is what fans are saying as Sheffield FC unveil new stadium plans including a fresh fly-through video…

@Bladesonloan: Looks amazing, be great to see Sheffield FC back in Sheffield. Please make 2 entrances, one coming up from Dronfield, and one coming from Bradway. Meadowhead roundabout is already a circus.

@sheff_cam: What a fantastic development this will be for Club and the City

@HarveyMeek4: looks incredible

@OldGuyOnEAFC: What a great setup!!

@RaebJV: Well deserved 👌🏻 will miss the old Coach and Horses though

@Lee__Turton: This looks fantastic. 👌 can’t wait to visit it.

@Joelbirmz12: In 10 years sheffield fc will be in football league bookmark this

@M_Eggy1: It’s about time Sheffield championed this

@BradDelamore97: National league stadium that 😍😍😍😍

@hazdents: Not enough space at Meadowhead for that 🤣 traffic gonna be terrible anorl

@msatur1991: This looks really impressive! And finally a museum to celebrate Sheffield as the birth place of modern football. Right on my doorstep as well #Sheffield #theworldsfirst

@CraigGoater87: Looks class that for @sheffieldfc

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