Millers Rule Out Parkgate And Millmoor Ground Switch

Last updated : 02 January 2009 By Bigrich.....
As revealed in the Advertiser today the plans for a new stadium at Parkgate have virtually been shelved.

The downturn in the economy is understood to be a reason landowners Stadium Developments along with Rotherham Borough Council have called an end to plans for an extension of the Parkgate Shopping complex.

It seems the problem of putting a football ground in the middle of one of the town's most congested road networks- plus logistical problems with the former industrial site did not help either.

Rotherham United officials have been examining in detail eight possible sites suggested by the council, of these two sites were favored one it is understood being part of a proposed new 30-acre development, with the new ground earmarked for 12 acres and accommodating 12,000-15,000 spectators.

Chairman Tony Stewart said: "The stadium location will help put Rotherham on the map and meet the needs of the club going forward. We want a new, well-planned facility with modern technology. Our commercial director, Terry Stewart, has been visiting new stadia up and down the country and we've had many meetings with architects. We know what new stadiums are all about and in two months time we will know even more."

Tony Stewart added: "We have a four year deadline and we have to make sure we use every month available to us. It is reassuring to have the backing of the council and I can't speak too highly of them.

"Mike Cuff (chief executive), Roger Stone (leader) and the people in planning have worked closely with us on this and been very proactive. "Every effort is being made to get Rotherham United back to Rotherham and in a brand new base by the start of the 2012/13 season."