Development to begin on Sheffield United Women’s stadium

Sheffield United are set to become the first female club in the country to have their own stadium, it was revealed last week.

Plans for a new £5 million development were given the go ahead by Sheffield City Council in December, with work expected to begin this Spring.

The stadium is set to be built in the Olympic Legacy Park and will also be home to the Sheffield Eagles rugby team to help with costs.

The ground will have a capacity of 3,900 people and will feature a single grandstand and office space as well as hospitality and conference facilities.

Artist’s impression of the new stadium, created by Whittam Cox Architects

An ambitious plan for women’s football?

With seating for 3,900 people, the plans for the stadium are ambitious.

Over the weekend Women’s Continental League Cup final between Arsenal and Manchester City took place at Bramall Lane.

The match saw 2,424 spectators turn up to watch which despite being an increase from last years’ attendance of 2,136 people at Adams Park, was seen as a slight disappointment it had hoped the final would see an increase of 1000 people.

However Claire Emslie, who plays for the Manchester City women’s side is “optimistic” that attendance will improve for future matches.

“I think a lot of people just need to come along to their first game, because once they see, they’ll enjoy it and keep coming back.”

Sheffield United Women’s team are currently playing in the FA Women’s Championship and are in 8th place with eight matches lost out of the 13 they have played.