Rotherham United Football Club chairman Tony Stewart fielded questions from the gathering press at the Guest and Chrimes foundry site, following the first piece of framework being put in place, declaring it “a big day for Rotherham.”

The new stadium site gathered a plethora of interest as Stewart was on hand to speak to the media, alongside club director Richard Stewart and GMI Construction director Andy Kemp.

Don Valley Stadium

"I think it’s a big day for Rotherham," said Stewart. "This is a big day for the town and a big day for the club. A lot of time and effort has been put into this, including three years of planning, and to see the first stage of structure today, it’s brilliant."

With a scheduled move-in day in time for the 2012/13 season, the chairman remained confident that things were going to plan at the town centre site. “The planners are saying that July 11th is the date we will be ready to go in, and kick-off,” he added.

Andy Kemp, who is overseeing the project for GMI and working closely with Tony Stewart, was also speaking to the press, and is encouraged by the progress so far. "The steel erection has begun, and will continue until January when the next phase will take over, but by the end of the year the stadium will be very much visible. Next week a second team will come on the site and the south stand will start. Hopefully we’ll be able to get the roof on in early January or February."

Posted on 25/10/2011