From the 2010-11 season, Chesterfield FC took up residency at their new 10,500 capacity, all-seater B2net Stadium in Whittington Moor, on the site of the former Dema Glassworks. Designed by architects Ward McHugh Associates of Sheffield, the £13 million stadium will replace the Saltergate Recreation Ground, which had been Chesterfield’s home ground since 1884.
The PROACT Stadium comprises 4 stands. The Main Stand at the western side of the ground is sponsored by HTM Products (Derbyshire) Ltd. and will be known as the HTM Stand. This stand includes conference / banqueting rooms, one of which bears the name, “Leengate” Legends Lounge. The club have secured a lucrative, 5-year deal with Leengate Valves for sponsorship of the Legends lounge at the B2net, together with continued first team sponsorship.
National Lottery winner, Karen Child, who has sponsored the Spireites Kop at Saltergate for the last two seasons, has now signed a long-term deal to sponsor the South Stand for home supporters at the PROACT Stadium, to be known as the “Karen Child” Stand. According to the Chesterfield FC website, she said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my period of sponsorship at Saltergate so had no hesitation in wanting to continue the connection with my local football club at the new PROACT Stadium.”
The East “Community” Stand, sponsored by Midlands Co-operative, includes a multi-purpose sports room, injury clinic, gymnasium, rehabilitation wave pool, classroom resource centre for local education, a soft play area and a cafeteria. The official opening fixture was a friendly against local rivals Derby County on 24th July 2010.
How to get to the PROACT Stadium
The PROACT Stadium is located in Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield S41 9BN. This is just off the main A61 Chesterfield-Sheffield road, next to Tesco Extra.
Away fans driving from both North and South should follow the M1 motorway as far as junction 29, following the A617 to Chesterfield for about 4 miles. Take the 4th exit at the roundabout, picking up the A61, signed for Sheffield. Take the 1st exit at the next roundabout onto Lockoford Lane. Take the 3rd exit (B6057) at the subsequent mini roundabout and the PROACT Stadium is immediately after Tesco Extra, on the right hand side.
Drivers arriving from the East should follow the A617 as far as its junction with the M1 motorway. Take the 3rd exit, picking up the A617 towards Chesterfield. Directions are then as for North and South. Away supporters driving from the West should follow the A619 into Chesterfield, passing the Ravenside Retail Park. Take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and take the first left, joining the A61 towards Sheffield. Directions are, again, as for North and South.
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Chesterfield is the nearest railway station. The location of the new PROACT Stadium, only about a mile from the town centre, means that it is within comfortable walking distance. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest and most convenient airports are East Midlands, Leeds Bradford, Doncaster Robin Hood and Manchester, all within 2 hours travel time by road. There are regular rail links from East Midlands Parkway to Chesterfield, either direct or via Derby. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Chesterfield that can take you to and from the B2net Stadium. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
There are ample free parking spaces available at the PROACT Stadium.
Away Friendly Pubs near the PROACT Stadium
Several visiting fans have recommended the Rutland Arms (nor renamed as simply “The Rutland” in Stephenson Place in the centre of the town. Listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, this pub is ideal for rail travellers. Away supporters arriving by train simply need to head towards the town centre and the Rutland Arms is next to the large church with the crooked spire. The Rutland, a very old pub, has been operated as a traditional alehouse with a vast range of well-kept real ales.
The pub is also renowned for serving excellent food. Both home and away fans can be assured of a friendly welcome. Apparently, in good weather, punters have been known to spill over into the nearby churchyard.
Hotels near the PROACT Stadium
The Ibis Chesterfield, Lordsmill Street, Chesterfield, S41 7RW is centrally located, about 500 yards from Chesterfield railway and ideal for the PROACT Stadium. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, a bar / restaurant, free on-site parking, with facilities for disabled guests. Its clean, comfortable, en suite rooms offer excellent value for money.
A little further afield, the 2-Star Days Inn Sheffield, Welcome Break Service Area J30, Sheffield S26 7XR, offers complimentary guest parking and well-appointed rooms at a budget price. Guest rooms are equipped with satellite TV and tea / coffee making facilities. Reviews have been excellent, particularly noting cleanliness and friendly, helpful staff.