You'll all be proud of the new stadium - Stewart

Last updated : 23 January 2011 By Bigrich.....

In the next few weeks the club will announce the successful contractor for the £20 million scheme, with the first detailed drawings made public soon afterwards.

The 12,000 all seater stadium will have banqueting and conferencing facilties to accomodate 600, second in the borough only to the giant Magna Science Adventure Centre and the new main stand is set to stretch over three storeys.

An excited Stewart said to todays Tiser: "We have put so much preparation into this to make sure we get what we need. Our stadium director, Terry Stewart, has been to 50-odd different stadiums to gain knowledge. We have allowed the maximum space to encorporate the community side of the stadium and we've spoken to breweries and to catering people.

"There will be space for 600 and scope to segregate to take, for instance, three groups of 200. Nothing has been left to chance and the whole thing has been costed right down to the fittings in the toilets.

"We want to fill in the gaps we've felt with regard to being at Don Valley," he said. "In other words, we're exaggerating the nearness of the pitch and we've pitched the stands and seating areas at an acute angle so people who walk in front of you are not hindering your view. There's no balustrades or barriers.

"It's a full bowl shape so there is no gaps in the corners or drafts from the cold weather. The fix is spot on; it will be a fully equipped FIFA stadium. In other words it's a place where European standard games can be played."

The project in its entirety is expected to cost around £21 million pounds and Stewart added: "We've addressed all the green issues and are looking to incorporate that with LED lighting.

"We have people working in tandem with the Carbon Trust so we build it taking into account carbon issues. Our carbon footprint has very much been taken into account. We hope to get grants based on these issues which will maximise the benefit to Rotherham as a community stadium."

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