All I want for Christmas is a name for the ground

All new: Chairman Tony Stewart shows off the Millers new ground - as it rises in the background.
All new: Chairman Tony Stewart shows off the Millers new ground - as it rises in the background.
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ROTHERHAM United want a special Christmas present - a name for their new ground.

Club chairman Tony Stewart says that they hope to have a name by Christmas and are inviting supporters to submit their ideas and suggestions.

He said the £20 million, 12,000 seater would have a ‘base’ name that will always remain with the search ongoing for a major sponsor to front that name.

“We don’t want a name that will have to change after a time and then probably change again,” said Stewart. “So, we want a ‘base’ name with a prefix that will be the naming rights holder.

“We’d like to have decided on a name by Christmas because we have to think there’s a marketing job to be done in the months ahead so we’ll want a name.”

He said they would like a name synonymous with the site which is on land originally called New York.

“That’s probably a bit flashy but there’s a river and a canal and so ideas like Waterfront, Waterside, Riverfront have all been tipped into the mix,” added Stewart.

“We have invited fans to make their suggestions. Indeed, we invite anyone because this will be a Community Stadium not just a football ground and will have uses for commercial, retail, leisure and more than just football.”

One naming poll involving fans is understood to be topped at the moment by The Foundry - the site is on the old Guest and Chrimes foundry site.

Stewart said it was “exciting” to finally see the first steelwork going up for what will be the Main Stand.

“It’s great to see something come out of the ground after all that has gone into the last three years of planning, preparation, drawings, designs, all the groundwork,” he said. “Everything is going to plan and on schedule for the July 11 completion date.”