Date:Friday April 3 2009
Rotherham United Chairman, Tony Stewart, says that the club have extended the search for the new ground.
Speaking to The Advertiser, Mr Stewart said, 'It is important for Rotherham that we get the right site because you only get one chance at this.'
It is thought that as well as the land near to Tinsley Viaduct and the B&Q site at Greasbrough Road two other options have become available and Mr Stewart says he is determined to take the necessary time and make the right decision. 'People might be asking what's happening,' Mr Stewart said, 'but we want to make sure that we've examined all the options out there. We've looked at a couple of sites but in the last couple of weeks another two options have come into being. They are good sites and are not going to delay anything. They will give us more choice and more bargaining power. We've got three years from August to complete this stadium project and we are well within those limits.
'The stadium will have a capacity of 15,000 and it's the first time I have said that but I think that is about right. We've now got a consultant planner and consultant engineer. And we are looking for a site that will also benefit the community, one that will have a hotel and features. We've been to the Reebok at Bolton and talked about how they've done it with an adjoining hotel.
'Rotherham Borough Council have been very helpful regarding the land they own but we're also looking at the private sector which has widened the scope. We've talked to them about all the possible sites and they are happy with them subject to planning.'
Mr Stewart wants construction on the new stadium to begin this year in parallel with the building of the £2.5m training ground, which is close to getting the go ahead although it's location has still to be confirmed.
With the Millers only having until the start of the 2012/13 season to move back into Rotherham, I, personally, would have thought that narrowing the search, at this stage, would be more fruitful. But, what do I know?
Date:Friday April 3 2009
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