Construction at the Olympic Legacy Park, set to start in December, will be completed within 40 weeks, according to Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston.
The £5m Community Stadium will also house Sheffield United Women, and initial work will see the implementation of 750 seats, with Scarborough International Properties Limited (SIPL) set to head the project.
The completed work, which should have started in March, will see a 3,921 capacity stadium and the incorporation of terracing, fan’s bars and corporate facilities.
The Eagles coach said: “It’s massive, it’s been a long time coming. It’s something we need to help develop the club back to where it’s been before, and start getting people back in to the game.”
In the past, the Rugby Football League has fined the club ‘significantly’ for not having the required standards for their stadium.
The club hopes to put an end to that with conversations currently on-going with the RFL as to whether it meets their requirements.
Aston said: “At the end of the day the longer it goes on, the less people believe. When December comes, there’s going to be a digger in the midst and as soon as that happens, then there’s a bit of excitement coming isn’t there?”
The Eagles have had a turbulent few years, having to play as far away as Doncaster and Wakefield when their previous home was demolished in 2013.
They are entering a brighter period after they lifted the 1895 Cup at Wembley and narrowly missed out on the play-offs last year.
Aston said: “We dream about playing in Super League, that is a long way away at this moment in time – I get that. But part of it is getting the facility right, so that you can develop a crowd.
“The one thing Sheffield has always been good with is corporate entertainment and we need that back, so we can generate more money. Then we can invest more into the squad, which will hopefully make us more successful,” he added.
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