It's a sad day for the children of the 90s. Seeing the roof completely caved in, in a place where I have so many good memories, really does place a nail in the coffin of that era to me. It was really the last great superclub of the 90s left, something that Ministry and Godskitchen really couldn't hold a torch to.
I hope they rebuild something, but I do have a bad feeling about this. How are the Sheffield council with clubs, pro or anti? They could take the opportunity to 'get rid of a nuisance' and make it very difficult to build a replacement.
Good news. It wasn't one of you on here that lay the flowers was it? :lol:We'll rebuild Gatecrasher- says boss
GATECRASHER boss Simon Raine has pledged to rebuild the nightclub on the Eyre Street site - branding it the club's "spiritual home".
He said he had been inundated with phonecalls and emails about the blaze and that clubbers were gathering at the smouldering building to express their disappointment at the "end of a chapter".
One clubber even left a bouquet of flowers outside the venue with the words: "The music, the lights, the spirit of the people. We will always remember you".
Mr Raine, whose company has other clubs in Watford, Leeds and Nottingham and is to open one in Birmingham, said when he arrived in Sheffield to assess the fire damage there were flames shooting out of the Gatecrasher logo on the side of the building.
"When I got the call about the fire and the fact that it was getting worse, nothing could have prepared me for the sight of 25-foot flames coming from the side of the building," he said.
"I was just completely numb, I didn't expect to see anything like that. I knew when I saw the flames coming through the logo that it was the end of that chapter for the club and the building - it was very disappointing."
He is yet to officially find out whether there is any chance of any of the
building being saved, but said he holds out little hope.
"We are waiting to find out if parts of the building will be left standing or if it will all have to be demolished, but it looks to me like it will all have to be pulled down," he said.
"Our intention is to remain in Sheffield and rebuild the club bigger and better than before. We have had 13 or 14 fantastic years in Sheffield and fantastic support from people - it is the spiritual home of Gatecrasher.
"Gatecrasher has always been a trailblazer and with everything we do we try to make sure we are at the sharp edge, so we will be looking to build a club fit for the 22nd century."