Chesterfield Football Club’s new b2net Stadium could be used as a training base for one of the World Cup teams if England stage the finals tournament in 2018.

Use of the new £13m stadium, currently being built at Whittington Moor, formed part of Sheffield's successful bid to be a host city as part of England's bid.

Sheffield is one of the twelve English cities chosen as bases for qualifying group matches, with the Owl's ground chosen as the main local venue.  The teams playing at Hillsborough will be given training venues, of which Chesterfield's b2net stadium would be one.

Spireites’ Chairman Barrie Hubbard said: "We were part of Sheffield and Derby's bid to be host cities.

"Derby missed out but Sheffield is still in the running and if FIFA decides its England's turn in 2018, a team which has qualified for the World Cup could use the b2net Stadium as its training base."

"We are delighted to be involved and hope it helps to enhance the chances of Sheffield's bid."

FIFA will announce the name of the country, along with host cities, awarded the 2018 World Cup Finals in December 2010.

Posted on 07/01/2010