Sheffield Eagles Leave Owlerton Stadium

By Community | October 23, 2014

RFL Championship team Sheffield Eagles have left Owlerton Stadium, the Championship club have announced.

The Eagles moved back to Owlerton, which was their first home in 1984, following the closure of the Don Valley Stadium 12 months ago. 

However, the venue does not meet new Rugby Football League ground regulations which include floodlights and a minimum of 1,500 permanent seats. 

John Gilburn, Managing Director, Owlerton Stadium said: “We are proud to have contributed to another important chapter in the history of Sheffield Eagles having stepped in to save the club from leaving the city following the closure of Don Valley Stadium.

“Owlerton hosted the Eagles’ first ever game 30 years ago and, without our support for the 2014 season, Sheffield would have lost one of its most well-loved sporting organisations.

“We would like to wish the Sheffield Eagles all the very best for the future.”

Sheffield are hoping to move into a new stadium on the Don Valley site in 2016 and are in negotiations to play their matches in 2015 at an alternative venue, with Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium thought to be under consideration.