Tuesday, June 22, 2010

News: Rotherham United secure land for stadium


Rotherham United Football Club has secured part of the site for the club's proposed new football stadium close to Rotherham town centre.

Local experts at Burgess Commercial acted on behalf of the club on the project which included the acquisition of a site of some 4.5 acres together with 99,000 sq ft of warehousing, which will subsequently be demolished to make way for a new 12,000 seater stadium.

The land is adjacent to the Guest and Chrimes site, where the former Gloystarne distribution warehouse is situated.

Rotherham Council is still in advanced negotioations to buy 10.85 acres of the Guest and Chrimes site from Evans of Leeds.

The site of the former Guest and Chrimes foundry was announced in January as the preferred choice for a new stadium by Millers chairman, Tony Stewart.

The stadium is being designed to accommodate future expansion beyond the original 12,000 capacity. In addition to the seating which has been designed to be as close to the pitch as possible, the new site will incorporate hospitality areas including facilities for match-day banqueting, non-match hospitality, conferencing, training and education areas, as well as refreshment stands and spectator amenities.

Tony Stewart told the club's official website: "This has been going through for some time but, as of last Friday, it has now been completed and will provide us with the additional flexibility for future amenities and access to and from the new stadium development site."

"Whilst it may appear to some that not a lot is being said with regard to progress I can assure everyone that there is plenty being done. I have always said that it is my nature to be impatient with wanting things to happen immediately but I have to say that I am very satisfied with the progress we are making. As and when stages of this project are completed I will be in a position to release the details."

Rotherham United website

Images: Signet Planning / themillers.co.uk


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