JUST occasionally, dreams do come true.
Come the start of the 2012/13 season, Rotherham United will move into a new stadium and embark on a fresh chapter in their colourful history.
The ground, which will cost £20m, will be built on the old Guest and Chrimes foundry site in the centre of Rotherham.
The designs of the 12,000 all seated arena were revealed for the first time at a press conference at the Don Valley Stadium (DVS) yesterday.
GMI Construction will design the state-of-the-art community stadium, with the groundwork set to start in May.
Millers manager Ronnie Moore said: “We have lived the dream and now it is going to become a reality. I think it is great for the Rotherham public. It will be nice if we can into the new stadium in a higher stadium than we are in now.”
He added: “It is an unusual stadium; it is bowl shaped and that is what we all wanted. It is going to be a little like Millmoor and the fans are going to be close to the pitch. We want an intimidating atmosphere and hopefully we will get that at the new ground.”
Moore is confident the new ground, financed by private and business funding as well as grants, will help him bring in higher calibre players to the club.
“Players will come and visit the stadium, see our ambition and will want to play in it,” he told The Star. “This will increase our chances of bringing in better quality players.
“It (the new ground) should be a lift to the players we have got now. We have got a lot of players who are going to be out of contract in the summer. They should be working their socks off to make sure they earn a new contract and get the chance to play at the new ground.”
Moore expects Rotherham’s average attendances to rise considerably when they leave the DVS.
He said: “I will be surprised if the crowds don’t increase. You only have to look at Chesterfield to see what a new ground can do.”
Chairman Tony Stewart said he was “thrilled with the final designs” and believes it will be an “iconic stadium”.
He said: “I think it will be an iconic, landmark design and will show we are a team who are going places.
“There has to be a wow factor when you walk into the ground. I’m sure people enjoyed the days of Millmoor but we are moving on to be competitive with other towns.”
12,000 all-seater stadium 155m x 132.8m
Polycarbonate bands fill in the steps to the roof to ensure that the atmosphere from the fans is kept within the stadium.
Flood lighting is situated along the face of the west stand and on columns on each corner of the east stand.
400 car park spaces, space for 10 coaches.