Sheffield Eagles have announced that Owlerton Greyhound Stadium will become their new home for at least the next two years.
The agreement sees the club return to the venue where it was first formed almost 30 years ago. The 6,000-capacity ground played host to the club's first fixture in September 1984 and the Eagles' return has been ratified by Sheffield City Council and the Rugby Football League (RFL).
John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: "We're delighted to be welcoming the Eagles back home to Owlerton - the place where it all started for the club almost 30 years ago. It is fantastic that we have been able to help the club stay in Sheffield and we look forward to working in partnership to help the Eagles realise their Super League ambitions."
The club left Owlerton in 1989 for Don Valley Stadium due to changes in safety regulations but it will now benefit from the £1.6million redevelopment that the stadium owners, A & S Leisure Group, have undertaken.
Ian Swire, chairman of the Sheffield Eagles, added: "I'd like to thank Sheffield City Council, the Rugby Football League and Owlerton Stadium for their excellent support, ensuring our smooth transition back to our original home at Owlerton Stadium and ensuring that our community work continues within the city.
"Their assistance has crucially ensured we are able to remain in the city of Sheffield which has been our primary objective since the announcement of the closure of Don Valley Stadium. We are all highly impressed with the huge improvements in facilities at Owlerton Stadium since we left there in 1989 to move to Don Valley Stadium and I'm sure all of our spectators, old and new, will enjoy the amenities that the stadium has to offer.
"We intend to play our fixtures on Sunday afternoons and look forward to creating a fantastic experience utilising the varied dining opportunities in the restaurants at the stadium to complement the superb entertainment supplied by the back to back champions on the field."
Head coach and chief executive Mark Aston said:
"We see a lot of potential in this part of the city with a thriving rugby league community club on the doorstep of Owlerton, Hillsborough Hawks. I'm sure many of their players and parents will come down and support us on Sunday afternoons following their morning matches along with those from our other linked community clubs in the area."
"Owlerton has undergone major refurbishments over the past few years and I'm sure all our loyal fans will continue to support us as we aim to once again defend our Championship title."
Article sourced from Running Rugby