New Millers stadium is on schedule - Stewart

Rotherham United's new ground starts to take shape as the steels are erected
Rotherham United's new ground starts to take shape as the steels are erected
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WORK on Rotherham United’s new multi-million pound football stadium is going well, according to chairman Tony Stewart.

The Millers chief is confident the club will be able to move into their new home, which will cost in the region of £17 million, in time for the 2012/13 season.

The first section of steelwork for the 12,000 seater community stadium has been put in place at the old Guest and Chrimes site this week.

Stewart has told The Star the steelwork will continue until Christmas and that the internal block work will start in early November.

“It is going according to plan,” he said. “I travel to work and go past the site every day and I can see the progress that is being made.

“I go to the site once a week and everything is on course for July 11 next year. We have overcome the hurdles that were there and things are going well.”

Stewart has heaped praise on the main contractor, GMI Construction saying: “GMI know the site well and are doing a good job. It is a big job and they seem to be handling it very well.”

Now Stewart has turned his attentions to sorting out the catering, brewery, seating and turnstiles for the ground.

He added: “There is a long way to go but we are all very excited.”

Since 2008, the Millers have played at Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium after a deal to remain at former ground Millmoor fell through.

Andy Scott’s side host high-flying Shrewsbury Town on Saturday looking to end a run of five successive defeats in all competitions, four of which have been in League Two.