Headingley stadium’s South Stand demolition date has been set, with the work creating space for a major renovation project to begin.

The rugby league, rugby union and cricket facilities, which first opened in 1931, will start to be knocked down by the end of August.

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The new North/South Stand at night (DLA Architecture)

The final Leeds Rhinos game with the South Stand in place will be August 18, the club confirmed. Rhinos have already said they would play any home play-off games without the South Stand in place.

The plans include a new south stand on the rugby ground and a new joint North/South Stand overlooking both the rugby pitch and cricket ground. The new stand will include both standing and seating areas.

The scheme for the cricket stadium, which also includes the installation of floodlights, will increase the capacity from 17,000 to 20,000.

The Main Stand will be demolished at the end of September, and the work is part of a £35m (€40m/$45m) deal with a private investor to redevelop the rugby and cricket facilities.

In addition, Leeds City Council backed the proposal to include a third-party investor provide funds for the development of Headingley sports venue.

Image: DLA Architecture