Nostalgia: Tracking back at Meadowbank

Steve Ovett is jostled by the other competitors in the men's 1 mile race of the Dairy Crest Games at Meadowbank, July 1985.

Steve Ovett is jostled by the other competitors in the men's 1 mile race of the Dairy Crest Games at Meadowbank, July 1985.

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IT has been a long time coming, but the future is finally looking bright for Meadowbank Stadium.

The vision for the new-look sports centre is now moving closer to fruition after plans were unveiled to help pay for the funding shortfall.

The Edinburgh Eagles American football team cheerleaders The Bluebirds at Meadowbank stadium in April 1987.

The Edinburgh Eagles American football team cheerleaders The Bluebirds at Meadowbank stadium in April 1987.

It will cost £42 million to achieve, but there has long been an appetite in the city to restore the stadium to its former glory.

This will include an outdoor athletics track with seating for 500, an indoor 60m six-lane athletics track with jump area, an outdoor throws area, a 3G synthetic sports pitch and a sports hall with eight badminton courts.

In its heyday Meadowbank was a fantastic facility, hosting the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and then again in 1986.

Over the years it has played host to some of the most elite athletes of the time.

A Concert Security guard sprays the audience with water during a Simple Minds concert at Meadowbank stadium in Edinburgh, August 1989.

A Concert Security guard sprays the audience with water during a Simple Minds concert at Meadowbank stadium in Edinburgh, August 1989.

In July 1985, Steve Ovett was one of the runners taking part in the men’s one-mile race during the Dairy Crest Games.

Following the Commonwealth Games in 1986, many of the competitors donned fancy dress for the informal closing ceremony at the stadium, which was packed out with spectators.

Meadowbank has also become home to a number of charity events over the years.

Some of the Round Table team were photographed at the rope as the Evening News charity walk got under way at Meadowbank in September 1987.

Many of the competitors wore fancy dress for the informal closing ceremony of the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games 1986, held at Meadowbank stadium.

Many of the competitors wore fancy dress for the informal closing ceremony of the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games 1986, held at Meadowbank stadium.

And the venue has also had its place providing a stage for popular bands over the decades.

A security guard was photographed spraying the audience with water during a Simple Minds concert at the stadium in 1989.

And the Edinburgh Eagles American football team cheerleaders, The Bluebirds, entertained crowds in April 1987.