ROTHERHAM United head off for their first visit to Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium on Friday - and might have ended up with a new ground very similar to it instead of the one they are going to have in 2012.
Millers chairman Tony Stewart has revealed that the architects who designed Chesterfield’s new ground were on the final shortlist of those bidding for Rotherham’s new stadium.
“Their architects were in the last two and we were impressed,” said Stewart. “If it had not had the look of a ‘sister’ of the B2net Stadium then we might have had that.
“In fact, who knows what might have happened had Chesterfield not had their new stadium up last year.
“In the end, we really liked the one we have selected. We were looking for an iconic stadium and really think it is and is something a bit different,” added Stewart.
He said that during their own research the people at Chesterfield had been most helpful.
“Our friends at Chesterfield football club have been very good with us whilst we have been looking around and assessing things,” said Stewart. “They have given us tips and pointers and what we might consider and perhaps ought to do.
“What we will end up with is a stadium that will be value for money,” he said adding that the £20 million cost is a fixed price.
“When it is finished - and we are still on course for August 2012 - everything will be there and in place, it will be a turnkey operation.”
It will have a 12,000 capacity with the capability of going up to 16,000 any time in the future.
Meanwhile, Friday’s game at the B2net beaten the runaway leaders and a Rotherham side striving to make the top three, looks like setting a new record for a league game there.
It currently stands at 7,864 for the Burton Albion game in November and with Rotherham having sold out their allocation of nearly 2,500, Friday’s attendance is fully expected to eclipse that.
The record is 9,141 which saw the England-Germany U19 friendly last month and that could very well be challenged.
Rotherham fans are asked to remain in their places in the ground for around 5/10 minutes after the final whistle so home fans can disperse which should mean away fans can then leave comfortably.