The shopping centre was built on the former Hadfields' East Hecla steelworks, and before that by the 19th-century Meadow Hall Iron Works.
When the centre first opened on September 4, 1990 it was the second largest shopping centre in the UK.
Thousands of people queued to get in on the first day and Bob Geldof performed outside HMV.
Take a look back at the first shots of Meadowhall and relive the excitement again.
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5. Inside the centre
An internal view of Meadowhall before it opened
Photo: Martin Smith
6. Remembering the past
Meadowhall's former foundry site remembered
7. The first shoppers enter
The first shoppers entered Meadowhall in September 1990
8. Crowd control
Meadowhall opening crowd control