Sheffield celebrates United’s league title in city parade: what to expect

The city will be celebrating the Blade’s victory as champions of League One in style today with big screens, an open-top bus, and a civic reception.

Sheffield United were confirmed top of League One on April 15.

The celebrations kick off at around 2pm, when people in the Peace Garden will be treated to highlights of United’s winning games from 2016-17 on a big screen.

Thousands of fans are then expected to line the streets and cheer on the team as they make their way from Bramall Lane to the Town Hall on an open top bus, starting at 6pm.

Players will be greeted by fans and well-wishers on Pinstone Street and stop for photos on the Town Hall steps.

Inside they will be welcomed by councillors for a civic reception at about 6.45pm before heading out on to the balcony.

The team will be presented with the league trophy at about 7.50pm in front of the Town Hall and showered with celebratory confetti.

Councillor Julie Dore, leader of the city council, congratulated the team on their result in April. She said they had done the city proud.

“We all know now important our football teams are for the city.”

“We want this to be an event to recognise the success of the team, and also for the fans to enjoy, share in the success, and celebrate,” she said.

Dave McCarthy, United’s Operations Director, said the team was happy the council have given them and the fans the opportunity to celebrate.

“With Kevin McCabe, Chris Wilder, and Billy Sharp being proud Sheffielders, it will make the event particularly special on what should be a fantastic evening,” he said.

The council have closed several roads in the city centre to ensure people’s safety.

Fargate, Surrey Street, Leopold Street, Burgess Street and Holly Street are among those set to close from the afternoon to around 8.30pm.