Rotherham United look set to return to playing in the city after the club acquired land for their proposed new stadium.

Chairman Tony Stewart confirmed that the new 12,000-seater stadium would be built at the old Guest & Chrimes foundry site, near the River Don in the town centre.

The League 2 club have played their home matches in Sheffield at the Don Valley athletics stadium since 2008, when they were forced to leave Millmoor, their home of 101 years, after falling into financial difficulties.

A jubilant Stewart said: "This is an ideal site for our new home back in Rotherham, it will also provide significant regeneration benefits and leave a legacy for the future, not just for the Football Club, but for our town. The Council have played a pivotal role in making this happen, and we are very grateful for all their continued help and support.

"We have been working hard on the new stadium project behind the scenes for over 18 months now and have gained tremendous knowledge of numerous stadia throughout the country, and we have a good understanding what is needed for it to be a success for both supporters and to work for us commercially to provide financial stability for Rotherham United Football Club for years to come."

The Millers' who have now secured their finances, acquired the land at a meeting with the local council yesterday and hope to commence work when planning permission is granted.

The stadium, which will be owned by the club, is expected to be opened in 2012, costing £20million, with the possibility of expanding the capacity to 16,000.

Millers' chief, Stewart added: "Our town needs a Football Club to be proud of, playing in a stadium to be proud of, providing facilities for our community to be proud of.

"Make no mistake this is a significant day in Rotherham United's history and to say I am delighted for everyone concerned is an absolute understatement."


Posted on 27/01/2010