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Sheffield set for UK's first women's football stadium

Sheffield stadium

Plans for the UK’s first stadium dedicated to women’s football, for which Arup is providing civil and structural engineering services, have been submitted to Sheffield City Council.

Set to cost £5M and hold 3,900 fans, the stadium will be built at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, a 24ha site with sport and leisure facilities.

As well as hosting the Sheffield United Women Football Club the male Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Football Club will also play at the site.

Developer Scarborough Group said the community stadium will be built with “significant private sector investment” and also provide offices and conference spaces.

Whittam Cox Architects, which is designing the stadium, said the technical details and choice of materials would reflect the city’s heritage.

Whittam Cox Architects board director Andrew Dabbs added: “We are delighted to be part of the process to deliver a proposal that will host two of the city’s most famous and influential sporting teams.

“The proposed scheme has been through a rigorous design process that has led to the formation of a strong, striking, unique and instantly recognisable piece of stadium architecture.”

As well as the pioneering women’s football stadium, the Olympic Park site hosts a 3G (artificial turf) sports pitch, the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) and two college campuses.

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