Proact Stadium, sometimes known as Technique Stadium, is an all-seater football stadium located near Whittington Moor, Derbyshire, on the former Dema Glassworks site. It has been known to accommodate Sheffield United Women since 2019. It has a seating capacity of roughly 10,500 people and was created by Sheffield-based architects Ward McHugh Associates at the cost of £13 million. According to Sheffield United Women’s manager, this quality stadium has hosted international football, National League level, and FA Women’s Championship.
The Van Yard Main Stand is on one side. This stand has a single tier with 2,902 seats and a glass-fronted executive lounge at the back. The North wing component of the stand features an elegantly curving roof with white steelwork and a glazed windshield, while the South wing section has a ground floor and top-level viewing area for disabled spectators and their aids. A strange-looking stadium control tower stretches beyond the touchline on one side of the stand, towards the North Stand.
The Karen Child Community Stand, located on the East Side, is similar in form, with a curved roofline and a capacity of 3,144 seats with glass windshields on both sides but no executive amenities at the back. The television camera gantry is located underneath the roof steelwork in this stand. Both ends are identical, with single-tiered, covered seating for just over 2,000 supporters.
The roofs on these ends are not curved like the others, but they have glass windshields on both sides. The only real distinction is that the Motan Colortronic (South) Stand features two disabled viewing places on the ground floor, but the Harold Lilleker & Sons (North) Stand only has one. Currently, the ground is complemented with four modern narrow corner floodlight pylons, each with 14 lights in four rows.
With no single stand dominating the entire ground, the stadium offers a well-balanced sense. An electronic scoreboard is positioned on the roof of the away supporter stand at one end of the stadium, while a larger LED screen is located in the southeast corner.
- 1 How to Get to Proact Stadium
- 2 Where to Park?
- 3 Away Friendly Pubs near Proact Stadium
- 4 Hotels Near Proact Stadium
- 5 What Have Other Away Fans said About Their Trip to Proact Stadium?
- 6 Outside Proact Stadium
- 7 Proact Stadium Seating Plan
- 8 Proact Stadium Directions
- 9 Sheffield United Women Twitter
- 10 Stadium Key Facts
- 11 Other FA Women’s Championship Football Grounds
How to Get to Proact Stadium
Take the A617 towards Chesterfield after exiting the M1 at Junction 29. Turn right onto the A61 towards Sheffield towards the end of the dual carriageway on the outskirts of town. Turn left at the first roundabout, and the stadium will be on your right.
The Proact Stadium is accessible by foot from Chesterfield Railway Station. However, it will take between 20 and 30 minutes.
Alternatively, a taxi rank is located outside the station, and a journey up to the ground costs roughly £5.
Where to Park?
Turn right onto Sheffield Road for the main entrance, then right again into the club parking lot. The club car park, on the other hand, is reserved for permit holders only. If you come early enough, there is street parking available on side streets off Sheffield Road. Alternatively, a section of the central Tesco car park near the ground has been set aside for matchday parking at the cost of £5 per car.
Away Friendly Pubs near Proact Stadium
The Glassworks Pub is located directly across Sheffield Road from the Proact Stadium. This pub was recently renovated and now offers up to eight real ales on tap, four of which come from the nearby Brampton Brewery, which also owns the establishment. It is open to both home and visiting fans.
A micropub named the Beer Parlour is a five-minute walk up Sheffield Road, passing a convenient Chinese/Fish & Chip shop on the way and turning right into King Street North. It sells a variety of bottled beers in addition to ales and ciders. It is on the small side, yet it is accommodating to away fans.
The Derby Tup is located further up Sheffield Road. This tavern usually offers ten authentic ales on tap. The landlord permits patrons to bring in food outside the pub, even though the establishment does not sell food. The well-placed North Sea Fish and Chip business is located on the right. The Red Lion bar on the left serves Old Mill Brewery beers and shows Sky Sports.
Hotels Near Proact Stadium
If you’re looking for a hotel near the stadium, turn left out of the station, and the Chesterfield Hotel will be straight ahead of you.
What Have Other Away Fans said About Their Trip to Proact Stadium?
Away fans are usually housed in the Harold Lilleker & Sons Stand at the stadium’s north end, holding up to 2,112 people. Additional seats can be made available in the Karen Child Community Stand if demand warrants it.
In contrast, only a portion of the East Stand, not the entire North End, if your team has a small fan base, is allotted. Fans are housed quite close to the pitch, unlike most new stadiums, ensuring fantastic views of the playing action. This fantastic venue also provides plenty of legroom. The concourses are well-designed and equipped with enormous flat-screen televisions to keep fans entertained.
The roof of the away end is relatively low. Therefore only a small number of away fans can produce a significant amount of noise. Please be aware that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles; only tickets are accepted. Away fans can purchase tickets at the Harold Lilleker & Sons (North) Stand’s modest movable ticket booth.
Outside Proact Stadium
Proact Stadium Seating Plan
Proact Stadium Directions
Sheffield United Women Twitter
Stadium Key Facts
- Capacity: 10,504
- Address: 1866 Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ, England
- Telephone: 0114 253 7200
- Ticket Office: [email protected]
- Pitch Size: 112 x 74 yards
- Pitch Type: Grass
- Year Ground Opened: 2010
- Record Attendance: 10,089
- Club Name: Sheffield United Women
- Rival Club: Liverpool Women
- Official Website: https://www.sufc.co.uk/women/
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SUFCWomen/
- Club Nickname: The Blades
- Construction Cost: £13 million
- Owner: Chesterfield Football Club
- Coordinates: 53°15′12.87″N 1°25′32.77″W
Other FA Women’s Championship Football Grounds
- Blackburn Rovers Ladies - Sir Tom Finney Stadium
- Bristol City Women - Bristol City High Performance Centre
- Charlton Athletic Women - The Oakwood
- Coventry United Ladies - Butts Park Arena
- Crystal Palace Ladies - Hayes Lane (Westminster Waste Stadium)
- Durham Women - The Graham Sports Centre
- FA Women's Championship Football Grounds
- Liverpool Ladies - Prenton Park
- London City Lionesses - Princes Park
- Sheffield United Women - Proact Stadium
- Sunderland Ladies - The Hetton Centre
- Watford Ladies - Orbital Fasteners Stadium