ROTHERHAM United’s intention to reward their supporters who have supported them throughout Don Valley Stadium years, has been welcomed by the head of fans group The Millers Trust.
The club is looking at implementing a loyalty scheme aimed at those who have been regular supporters at DVS during the club’s three years there and into a fourth and final year next season.
“It’s an excellent idea and we at the Trust welcome that sort of initiative,” said Mark Thomas, chairman of The Millers Trust who organised a fans’ forum this week.
“They have recognised the difficulties of the supporters, and what they have put up with to keep going there and backing their team and it’s great that they are looking at rewarding those loyal fans.
“It was an excellent forum with such a positive attitude to it and the feedback has been extremely good,” he added.
“There is no doubt people are looking forward to an exciting new era when the club gets into its new stadium in 2012.”
Club chairman Tony Stewart said the stadium is not just for the football club but for the whole community and would serve as a catalyst for the town.
He said it was a fixed-price £20 million cost with a mix of private and mixed funding and grants and it will be on a long lease.
The naming rights will be commercially acquired but fans are being asked for suggestions for the naming of stands, bars and areas of the ground.
In addition, all those who contributed to the Buy-a-Brick scheme which was never implemented at Millmoor in 2005, would be named in a large commemorative plaque in the new stadium.
The design of the ground enabled the capacity to be increased from 12,000 to 16,000 if necessary in the future.
They are looking at the prospect of the new type of pitch which includes an amount of synthetic grass.
On the possibility of having home fans behind both goals with away supporters on one side, Chief Operating Officer Paul Douglas said they will look into it but will be governed on the issue by Health and Safety regulations regarding away supporters.