Chesterfield

Proact Stadium

Capacity: 10,400 (all seated)
Address: Sheffield Road, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ
Telephone: 01246 269300
Fax: 01246 556 799
Pitch Size: 111 x 71 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: Spireites
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: Tomlinson
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: White and Blue

Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View
Main Stand
Main Stand
Looking Towards The South Stand
Looking Towards The South Stand
East Stand
East Stand
Away (South) Stand
Away (South) Stand
Main & North Stands
Main & North Stands
North Stand
North Stand
View From The Away End
View From The Away End
Away & Main Stands External View
Away & Main Stands External View

Built at a cost of £13 million, Chesterfield’s new 10,400 capacity all seater stadium is located around one and a half miles north of the town centre. On one side is the HTM Products Main Stand. This stand has a capacity of 2,902 seats on a single tier, with a glass fronted executive lounge at the rear. The players emerge from the tunnel at the centre of the stand, whilst the centre seating of the stand is taken up by the Directors Box, Sponsors and Legends seating areas, with the press seating situated towards the North end wing section. The stand has a graceful curved roof with white steelwork and a glazed windshield at the north end, with a ground floor and top level viewing area for disabled supporters and their helpers in the South wing section. At one side of the stand, towards the Karen Child Kop is an unusual looking stadium control tower which extends beyond the touchline.

Opposite is the Spencers Solicitors Community Stand which is similar in appearance, having a curved roof line and a capacity of 3,144 seats with glazed windshields on either side, but with no executive facilities at the rear. The television camera gantry is situated in this stand below the roof steelwork. Both ends are similar affairs, both being single tiered, covered and housing just over 2,000 supporters. Unlike the other stands the roofs on these ends are not curved, but again glass windshields are in place on both sides. The only real difference is that the Karen Child Stand has two ground floor level disabled viewing areas as opposed to one in the Rubicon Print Stand. The ground is complimented at present by four modern slim corner floodlight pylons which each have 14 lights on four rows.

The stadium has a pleasing balanced feel with no single stand dominating the whole ground. Externally there are some nice touches too, with the 'wall of fame' from the clubs 'buy a brick scheme', in the South and North West corners and wide pathways that lead through the car park to the turnstile blocks from Sheffield Road. There is an electric scoreboard at one end of the ground located on the roof of the away fan stand. The only minor downside is that one corner of the stadium is overlooked by a Tesco's store and car park, which detracts from the overall look. Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the information and photos for this page.

Away supporters are normally housed in the Rubicon Print Stand at the north end of the stadium, where up to 2,112 supporters can be seated. If demand requires it then additional seating can also be made available in the Spencers Solicitors Community Stand. Conversely if your team has a small following then only part of the East Stand is allocated and not the North end. Unlike most new stadiums the fans are housed pretty close to the pitch, ensuring good views of the playing action. The leg room is good too. The concourses are built to a high standard, with large flat screen televisions (showing Sky Sports, plus the game going on inside with commentary) to keep the fans entertained. Food on offer from the concourse includes the locally produced Jacksons Pies. The Peppered Steak and Brampton Ale Pie (£3) sounds particularly mouth watering! There are also Large Steak & Mushy Peas Pies (£3.50), Sausage Rolls (£3), Cheeseburgers (£3.20), Burgers (£3), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3) and Chicken Burgers (£3.20). Plus for the vegetarians Mexican Chilli Bean Pies (£3). Pleasingly, the refreshment areas stay open throughout the match (although no alcohol is allowed to be served after 9pm for evening games).

The roof of the away end is quite low, which ensures that a relatively small number of away supporters can really make some noise. I noted that the stewards allowed standing at the back of the stand but not at the front. When one away fan queried with one of the staff as to why this was, whilst pointing at some Chesterfield fans standing at the front of one of their stands, he was met with the response; 'That's football' with a shrug of the shoulders. In effort to further boost the atmosphere there is a drummer in the home end and on my visit a drum was also allowed into the away stand. If Chesterfield score then the tune 'Tom Hark' echoes around the stadium.

Please note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, entrance is by ticket only. Away fans can purchase their tickets from the small portakabin located outside the Rubicon Print (North) Stand.

Just across Sheffield Road from the Proact Stadium is the Spireite Pub. This pub has been recently refurbished and has up to six real ales on tap. It welcomes both home and away supporters. Further up Sheffield Road (a five minute walk, passing a handy Chinese/Fish & Chip shop on the way) and turning right into King Street North is a micropub called the Beer Parlour. As well as ales and ciders it has a number of bottled beers for sale. Although welcoming to away fans it is on the small side. Further up the Sheffield Road is the Derby Tup. This pub normally has ten real ales available. Although the pub does not sell food, the landlord allows customers to bring in food from outside. Further on up Sheffield Road on the right is the well placed North Sea Fish and Chip shop, which was doing a brisk trade on my last visit. Whilst up on the right is the Travellers Rest pub and further up on the left the Red Lion pub, which serves beers from the Old Mill Brewery and shows Sky Sports. 

Other pubs located near to the stadium such as the Stonegravels, do not admit away fans. Whilst the nearby Donkey Derby Pub which also offers food, is very busy on matchdays and is predominantly for home supporters.

Whilst in the centre of town is the Rutland Arms, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. As Sarah Greenan explains; 'A pub I would recommend for away supporters is the Rutland Arms on Stephenson Place in Chesterfield. If you arrive by train and walk towards the town centre it's just upon on your left - the pub is next to the huge church with the Crooked Spire - you can't miss it! The Rutland is a very old pub and in recent years has operated as a traditional ale house with a huge range of well-kept real ales and good food as well. It welcomes home and away supporters and is a pleasure to visit. In warm weather customers spill out into the adjcent churchyard'. 

Roland Gent adds; 'Across the road from the Rutland on Holywell Cross is Einstein’s a “themed” German Bar, which serves steins of lager and “authentic” German food. On the other side of the Crooked Spire from the Rutland serving a dazzling selection of real ales from the Chesterfield based Raw Brewery is the White Swan. Further round the Crooked Spire church is the Rectory. Its family food friendly and serves a large selection of hand pulled real ales. Just down St Mary’s gate from the Crooked Spire is Wetherspoons, the eternal football fans’ favourite Spa Lane Vaults, it does what it says on the tin and usually sells at least one Thornbridge beer from Bakewell.'

Roland continues; 'If you take a two minute walk away from the area around the crooked spire church and head for the market area. Then in the Shambles you’ll find the Royal Oak a tiny pub which is the oldest pub in Chesterfield. It serves real ale including guest beers often Jennings. In the Market Place is The Market, a lucky coincidence that it was called that, it was one of the first real ale pubs in Chesterfield and still does a roaring trade there’s a good selection of Malt Whiskey to be had here. The Portland is the second Wetherspoons in Chesterfield sitting on the opposite side of the market square from the Market pub. If you venture past the Portland heading towards West Bars, you’ll find a micropub called the Chesterfield Alehouse, it’s in a shop unit and has enthusiastic staff that know their beers.'

If walking up to the stadium from Chesterfield Railway Station and you like good ale, then you may wish to make a small detour to the Chesterfield Arms. The pub which is situated on Newbold Road, is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and has normally ten ales and six ciders available.'

Otherwise alcohol is served inside the ground in the form of; draught Carling (£3.60), Worthington (£3.50), Magners Cider (£3.60) plus bottles of Budweiser (£3.60), Wine (£3.60), Jack Daniels and Coke (£3.60), Smirnoff and Coke (£3.60) and cans of Guinness (£3.60). The latter are first placed on a vibrating platform to give the stout a head.

Leave the M1 at Junction 29 and take the A617 towards Chesterfield. At the end of the dual carriageway at the edge of the town centre, turn right onto the A61 towards Sheffield. At the first roundabout turn left and the stadium is down on the right. For the main entrance turn right into Sheffield Road and then right again into the Club car park. However the club car park is for permit holders only. There is nearby street parking available on side roads off the Sheffield road, if you arrive early enough. Don't think about parking in the nearby Tesco store, as the car park is patrolled on matchdays and you may end up having your car towed away.

Chesterfield Railway Station is walkable from the Proact Stadium, although it will take you between 20 and 30  minutes to walk to do so. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank outside the station though as traffic is likely to be slow along Sheffield Road on a matchday this could end up costing you more time and money than you thought. 

If you wish to travel to the ground by bus a five minute walk into the town centre will enable you to catch a bus from Cavendish Street. This will take 5-15 minutes to get to the ground, depending on traffic. Come out of the station and turn left and follow the road to the left side of the Chesterfield Hotel. There is a footbridge over the A61 Inner Relief Road, which will take you into Corporation Street. At the end of the street you will see the museum on the left, and the famous crooked spire church directly ahead of you. Go over the zebra crossing and turn right, carry on this road, walk past Eyres furniture store and The Winding Wheel. Cavendish Street is the next turning on the left. Bus stops T1 and T2 are on the opposite side of the road. 

Walking directions from the railway station:

Come out of the station and turn left. The Chesterfield Hotel will be directly ahead of you, take the road to the right hand side and carry on over the mini roundabout, into Brewery Street, up the hill and over the A61 Inner Relief Road with Chesterfield College on your right hand side. After 5 minutes walk you will reach the end of the road at the Old Post Office Restuarant. Turn right and after a minutes walk you will come to a mini roundabout. Take the right turn into Sheffield Road. This road dips down, up and then down again for around 15 minutes. At the big roundabout with the car showrooms you will see the Donkey Derby pub in front of you and the ground further along Sheffield Road. Visiting fans must carry on past the HTM Products Stand to reach the Printabilty Stand at the north end of the ground.

Shuttle Bus

The Club are also have a shuttle bus which operates on matchdays (every 10 minutes 13.30 - 14.40 Saturdays and 18.20 - 19.30 weekdays). It departs from Rose Hill by the Town Hall. The bus is also in operation after the game (last bus on Saturdays is 17.45, weekdays 22.25). The fare is £1 each way.

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Chesterfield operate a category system for match tickets (A & B), whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A prices are shown below, with Category B prices shown in brackets:

Home Fans:
HTM Products Main Stand (Centre):
Adults £26 (B £24), Over 65's/Under 19's, £21 (B £19), Under 15's £13 (B £11)
HTM Products Main Stand (Wings):
Adults £24 (B £22), Over 65's/Under 19's, £19 (B £17), Under 15's £12 (B £10)
Spencers Solicitors Community Stand (Centre):
Adults £25 (B £23), Over 65's/Under 19's, £20 (B £18), Under 15's £12 (B £10)
Family areas:
Adults £24 (B £22), Over 65's/Under 19's £19 (B £17), Under 15's £7 (B £5), Under 7's £4 (B £2)     
Karen Child Stand:
Adults £22 (B £20), Over 65's/Under 19's £15 (B £13), Under 15's £12 (B £10)

Away Fans: 
Rubicon Print Stand:
Adults £22 (B £20), Over 65's/Under 19's £15 (B £13), Under 15's £12 (B £10)

Official Programme £3.

Chesterfield FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Mansfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance

At the Proact Stadium: 10,089 v Rotherham United, League Two, March 18th, 2011.

At Saltergate: 30,986 v Newcastle United, Division Two, April 7th, 1949.

Average Attendance

2016-2017: 5,929 (League One)
2015-2016: 6,676 (League One)
2014-2015: 6,925 (League One)

The Crooked Spire ChesterfieldChesterfield is famous amongst other things for its St Mary and All Saints church with has a large crooked spire, which dominates the town centre skyline. It is near the town centre of town and clearly visible. Tours of the church are available, with excellent views of the town centre and surrounding countryside from the base of the spire. Chesterfield town centre can be reached in around 20 minutes by foot.

The site of the former Chesterfield Recreation Ground, more better known as Saltergate has now been redeveloped as a housing estate. There are some small tributes to the ground on the site.

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Netherlands U17's v Republic of Ireland U17's
UEFA U17 European Championships
Monday 14th May 2018, 7pm
John Hague (Neutral/Netherlands)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
Another new ground that I wouldn't ordinarily visit for a league game but when I get a freebie and the chance to see some potential stars for the future, it's too good an offer to turn down.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Despite some slow traffic through the roadworks on the M1 we were parked up on Nelson Street, opposite the ground by 16pm.68:00.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly? A friend went to sort out our tickets courtesy on The FA while I had a look round the club shop and bought the obligatory, pin badge. It was then straight inside.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
A very functional ground with zero charm. I'm biased but I loved Saltergate and the Proact Stadium has no personality whatsoever. The views are good and the legroom are good but I'm sorry, it's just bland, uninspiring and frankly boring.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
One thing I was looking forward to were the local pies that get such a good review. Indeed the lady behind the counter said away fans always say they're here for the pies. Tonight however there were 'rollover' hotdogs and bizarrely 'rollover' burgers... whatever they are; and sausage rolls... I had a sausage roll that was as functional as the ground. The game was a tense affair, The Netherlands are technically streets ahead of the Irish but at full-time it was 1-1 and into penalties. This ended with a retaken last penalty and sending off of the Ireland keeper to squeeze The Netherlands 5-4.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
So easy, the lights at the end of Nelson Street made for a quick getaway. Disappointingly there were only 673 in attendance, so I guess normal matchdays aren't always as easy.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
I loved the Dutch football and if they get their senior sides sorted out the future is (Brilliant) Orange. I think I'll be seeing The Netherlands again in the final at Rotherham.

Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers
League Two
Saturday 28th April 2018, 3pm
Russell (Wycombe Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
This game fell on my weekend off, and with only two to play, and being in the driving seat for the automatic promotion place behind Accrington and Luton, a win today against already relegated Chesterfield would be a big step forward, especially if others dropped points. Chesterfield is also closer to home for me than Wycombe is, so a shorter trip too.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey was a straightforward plod up the M1 from Junction 22 to Junction 29. The traffic on the A617 into Chesterfield was a little busy, but no great drama, and I was soon able to find the ground and a spot to park the car on a street nearby.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Brief hello's to a couple of friendly locals on the way to the ground, but didn't really go anywhere else, other than straight to the turnstiles.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
A very neat and tidy stadium, as would be expected with a relatively new ground. Nice and clean, concourses well signed, so all good. View of the pitch and legroom good.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Chesterfield played like a team who weren't already relegated, playing nice football to put us under pressure, taking a lead. Plenty of noise from our end. Wycombe bounced back though, digging in and finding a way to grind out the win required. Stewards seemed okay, though were a little helpless with the exuberant celebrations at the end of the game, as with other results going our way, we were promoted. All seemed okay though, in the end, though I feel one or two of those who made their way onto the pitch may feel differently.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After a good amount of celebration following the final whistle, getting away from the ground wasn't too much of a drama, a few Chesterfield fans still lingering around offered their congratulations and best wishes for the next season.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A great day out for me, getting to be there for the moment we won promotion. Really enjoyed it, of course, but in all honesty, I'd definitely visit Chesterfield again. A nice ground, very friendly locals, and I hope they bounce back up fairly quickly.

Chesterfield v Lincoln City
League 2
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
Julian Worsdale (Lincoln City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
Lincoln City were in the mix for promotion and it was our first visit to the Proact Stadium.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
No problem finding the ground and used off street parking in an industrial area ten minutes from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We found a small pub/bar in King Street close to the ground called The Beer Parlour with a large selection of real ales and different lagers. Very friendly staff and locals and cheap too.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
The Proact stadium is a modern one and looked impressive from the outside, the away supporters are housed behind one goal and to the side also if there is a large away following, the stadium is just as impressive from the inside.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
City went one down and equalised just before half time, we took control of the second half and went on to win 3-1 doing our promotion ambitions no harm but pushing Chesterfield closer to relegation. The stewards and staff were very friendly and helpful, and the pies were good.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems getting away from the ground. a ten minute walk back to the car and away.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
We all enjoyed the day out and the result, it will be sad to see the Spirerites relegated from the league as looks likely.

Chesterfield v Lincoln City
League Two
Saturday 10th March 2018, 3pm
Matthew McCaughan (Lincoln City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
This was a new ground for me, and quite local to my home in Leicester.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The Proact Stadium is easy to find from Junction 29 of the M1. There us plenty of street parking within walking distance of the stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We drank in the Donkey Derby pub next to the ground. No problems with Chesterfield fans in the pub. We then ate at the KFC next door.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
Chesterfield is an impressive stadium from the outside.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The atmosphere was very subdued in the first half due to the game being halted to allow an air ambulance to land on the pitch to help an ill supporter. Chesterfield scored straight after the restart, so the atmosphere improved straight away. Lincoln grabbed an equaliser just before half time and scored twice in second half to send us home happy. Stewards were very good allowing us to stand throughout the match.
 
The Air Ambulance Arriving
 
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Easy to get out and a five minute walk back to the car.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
The Proact is one of the better stadiums in league Two, and I hope Chesterfield stay up.

Chesterfield v Crawley Town
League Two
Saturday 3rd February 2018, 3pm
Dan Maguire (Crawley Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
Stadium number 28 of the 92, also a huge game for Crawley as they looked to continue the good form they have found!
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I felt very apprehensive about driving up due to worries about parking. However, found a great little car park, which was free on Stand Road which was a minutes walk from the Proact Stadium.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
After parking up I went for a pint at a pub called the Derby Tup two minutes walk up Sheffield Road. The pub was mainly home fans but there was very friendly and the beer much cheaper than down South!
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
Approaching the ground it is much lower than most new stadiums so just looked like a warehouse from a distance. Inside the Proact Stadium was very impressive and provided all the creature comforts you expect at a football match.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
After going one down the mighty Crawley clawed it back to win 2-1 in the last few minutes of time! Stewards were very good and were not a problem when we celebrated the two goals.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After the game, I walked back to the car park among the depressed Chesterfield crowd. Leaving the Car Park I turned south passing the stadium which added an extra 10-15 minutes on my journey. Once out of the town centre drive back south was done in good time.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Winning on a day out always helps but glad I made the effort to attend. The only problem we faced was we had to purchase tickets prior to the game on the opposite side of the stadium. As there was no pre-sales this caused a little delay in Crawley fans getting inside the ground.

Chesterfield v Grimsby Town
Football League Two
Saturday 5th August 2017, 3pm
Kevin Dixon (Grimsby Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
It was the First game of the new season and the Proact Stadium was a new ground for me to visit.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I drove and took the cross country route via Gainsborough and Worksop, only 70 miles. I found a small free car park in Duke Street, just off Sheffield Road opposite Lidl.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I joined a large group of Town fans, and a few locals in the Derby Tup pub on Sheffield Road. It is a proper old fashioned boozer with a decent selection of ales on tap. Spent a while discussing the merits of new grounds with a couple of the locals.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
The Proact Stadium is a decent ground, with good views from the away end. Rather than the usual bowl style of a lot of the newer grounds, this has traditional open corners. All in all, a very nice ground.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
2,650 Town fans made for a good atmosphere. It was an exciting game, with plenty of chances for both sides. We led 2-0 at half time, Chesterfield pulled one back late on, but we went straight down the other end and won a penalty, which was duly converted for 3-1. The stewards I spoke to were friendly, I didn't try the food or use the facilities.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A ten minute walk back to the car, then out onto Sheffield Road, up the A61 to Sheffield, and back via M18/M180.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A good day out, not far or difficult to get to, and the Proact Stadium is another new ground ticked off my list.

Chesterfield v Charlton Athletic
Football League One
Saturday 22nd April 2017, 3pm
James Butler (Charlton Athletic fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?

It was the last away game of a poor season. Why were we bothering? It is not as if it's around the corner, but never mind with Chesterfield relegated we may have a chance of a rare away win. I am not a prolific traveller 3-4 games per season, this was my fifth this year, but I have not seen Charlton win away since 13th August 2010! A personal winless stretch of 20 matches. Oh and the Proact Stadium was a new ground for me to visit.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Couldn't be simpler, drove up the M1, took the turn off for Chesterfield and six miles later you are going past the town. We turned off when we saw the floodlights just to the north of the town center. We choose the club car park as I couldn't be bothered to drive around the town looking for free street parking and ever since I had my car broken into at a home game I am wary of doing this. However I did think £7 was a bit steep, but on the plus side I parked so close to the away end I could have popped out at half time to the fetch something from the car. In fact, the stewards were so accommodating I think I could have really done this if I had asked.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had arrived so early, at around 12.30, that we decided to walk back to town. We had done some homework beforehand and were confident of finding a good watering hole and a warm welcome. Step forward the people of Chesterfield, a friendlier bunch surely does not exist. We stopped several times by the chatty locals. One old bloke I thought we were going to have to take to lunch, we couldn't stop him. Eventually, we found a pub that looked good. Inside it was the boozer that time forgot. Clientele average age circa 75. Still, the food and drink were good and cheap so all good. Got back to the ground for 2.30 after several more conversations with locals.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?

Okay, the Proact Stadium is a new build, out of town, but at least some thought has gone into the finish. The brick facing instead of a mass of steel and corrugated panels at least gives it a traditional feel even if ultimately the design is modern. Inside is functional if slightly soulless, but U have certainly seen worse.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..  

The match was played like a pre-season friendly, in a pre-season friendly atmosphere. Charlton were just about the slightly more motivated and a goal in each half saw them home. Most of the excitement was confined to injury time at the end. Our ever-generous defence gifted Chesterfield a goal. We then went straight up the other end, won a penalty and..... missed! It just summed up the whole season. Stewards were fine. I did not eat inside the ground, but the concourse space and facilities looked good, loos were clean and tidy. Nice touch that stewards opened the exits at half time to allow smokers to indulge. This was when I noticed how close I had parked to the inside of the ground.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Not too bad, although we were held in the car park for 10-15 mins for no clear reason. Traffic in and around the ground was a little heavy, but we were back on M1 by 5.15pm and back in home by 8.30pm. Not bad at all.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Not a bad day out all in all. The people of Chesterfield were great. a wins a win and I should certainly not knock it, but the football was very average. Not sure when we will get a chance to go back to the Proact Stadium, as we will not in in the same league next year, but I certainly would, given the chance. We may have added a new ground, but with Orient dropping out of the league that day, we lost one also.

Chesterfield v Oxford United
Football League One
Saturday 25th February 2017, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?

I live in Sheffield so Chesterfield is my shortest trip as an Oxford exile. I've been to The Proact Stadium before. It is a well designed lower league ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Knowing the area, I stopped for a beer and sandwich in village pub near Chesterfield. The Proact Stadium is very easy to find, but you have to search for parking, but luckily I found a space close by.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

After lunch in nearby village and parking we had 5 minute walk to ground. Chesterfield has an easy going atmosphere.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?

I think that the Proact Stadium is well designed for a lower league club. Fit for purpose and away fans get an end. Also there is a decent amount of room on the concourse!

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Great atmosphere in the Oxford United end of the stadium, as we cruised to a 4-0 win, playing very well against a poor Chesterfield side. On this showing I can't see Chesterfield escaping relegation.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Fairly straightforward, even with the traffic I got away in under ten minutes.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Being my closest ground as an Oxford exile, very enjoyable with the result. I would recommend visiting fans to go to the Proact Stadium when the chance arrive.

Chesterfield v Sheffield United
Football League One
Saturday, 16th April 2016, 1pm
Jon Thomson (Sheffield United)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?

Having been intending to do this fixture last season, but being unable to get a ticket, I was glad to be able to visit this time. This would be a new ground for me and a rare chance to see our team play under no pressure, as effectively our season is already over, with nothing to play for.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Not too bad, once I'd worked out how to head out of the station itself towards the town centre it was a case of looking for a path down the back of the college just over the A61, from where it's more or less a straight walk to the ground.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

With the game being moved to a 1pm kickoff for no real reason (although the Police may have requested it), I was intending to head straight to the ground for a pint, but upon reaching Sheffield Road there was a pub, called the St Helens, which was advertising it welcomed away fans, so I grabbed a pint there instead. Was fairly quiet, I don't know whether home fans were drinking elsewhere or whether the mid-90's happy hardcore they were playing put people off.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?

It seemed fairly similar to a lot of newer builds, looking fairly tidy with the two ends appearing identical, and the two sides the same as well. The ground looked to be a sensible design, holding what ought to be the club's typical attendance with ease. It did have the sound of being in a shed when it started raining/hailing though. Signage was poor - the concourse indicating that my block is on the left of the stand when in fact it was on the far right, which isn't helpful.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game was the most comfortable we'd had all season - Chesterfield didn't turn up and we continued in an upturn of form, which naturally started when our season was over. An early goal from a set piece of all places set the tone, then the opposition keeper scuffed a clearance straight to Adams who slotted into an empty net. Sharp added a third in the second half, and were it not for questionable refereeing (booking one of their players, then not booking him again five minutes later for an identical foul, not giving two stonewall penalties) and a couple of sharp saves, it could easily have been six or seven and not been flattering. Didn't sample any food/drink as I rarely do in grounds, stewards seemed helpful enough, not needing to do much as seemingly the entirety of Derbyshire police was on hand, clearly expecting a riot for some reason.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy enough on the way back walking the same way as before - ignore the signs that direct you to the right when going out of the ground for the station if your club is remotely considered to be high risk, as there was a huge police barrier blocking the exit that way. It's a decent walk back to the centre, although it seems as if there's frequent enough buses should it be too far for some.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Great, albeit one-sided game, good atmosphere from the away end, somewhat let down by excessive policing, standing around in their large numbers doing nothing.

Chesterfield v Millwall
Football League One
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3pm
Mick Richards (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?    

I have never been to Proact Stadium before so when the fixtures came out this was a game I was looking forward to. It would be the 76th ground I've visited.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

Myself and my nephew Craig left Basingstoke in Hampshire at 9am. We set off up the A339 then onto the A34, M40, A43, M1 to Junction 29 then onto the A619 to Chesterfield arriving at 12.30pm. We had a clear run and no hold up's.We drove past the Proact Stadium and turned first right into a bit of an industrial state with had free on street parking which was a bonus.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

We went for a pint in the Derby Tup pub, which is a three minute walk from the Proact Stadium. This served all sorts of real ales but I had a nice pint off San Miguel lager. But as I was the driver, one pint was my limit.The pub had a good atmosphere with both sets of supporters mixing and sharing stories.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?    

I was really impressed with the outside of the stadium and once inside even more impressed as the two side stands were different to the ends.The concourse was spacious and did not have to wait to long to be served for food or drink.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

The game set off with Chesterfileld straight on the attack and could have been 3 or 4 up before Millwall got going..Chesterfield took the lead with a 25yard bullet and well deserved lead but within two minutes of the re-start, we equalised with an headed goal through O'Brian. In the second half Millwall flew out of the traps and went 2-1 up with a well worked goal between Morrison and Gregory who scored. After that it was end to end stuff and could have been 6-6 and to be honest a draw would have been a fair result.The stewards were all helpful and polite and the atmosphere from the Millwall fans was vociferous as always but the home fans were seldom heard.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

When leaving the stadium the Police were in my opinion heavy handed when dealing with the Millwall fans, which was poor really and the only blot on an otherwise good day out. All in all getting away from the stadium was really easy and we were home by 8.30pm which was very good.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a great day out and chuffed with the fact we won. The Proact is a lovely stadium and one of the better grounds I have visited over the years.

Chesterfield City v Southend United
League Two
Saturday August 24th, 2013, 3pm
John & Stephen Spooner (Southend United fans)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground:

First visit to Chesterfields Proact Stadium.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We drove from North Wales (exiled Southend fans) via M56, A6, A623, A619, A61, 170 miles round trip, clear roads taking 2 hours to make the journey each way. It was misty and drizzly raining en-route, but there is superb scenery through the Derbyshire Dales, and a view of the famous twisted church spire on arrival. We checked the Chesterfield FC website and found maps indicating parking places. Arriving early ensured easy parking which is limited on match days.

The ground was easy to find although not many signs. We found street parking to the north of the stadium in Thompson Street by turning right after passing the ground.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We took a packed meal with us and sat in car after a walk round outside of the ground. We then waited 20 minutes at the ticket office to collect our tickets which Southend United had sent up on the coach as the office said they hadn’t got any for us. The few home fans we met whilst collecting tickets from their office were friendly. The tickets were eventually traced and we entered the impressive Proact stadium relieved.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The stadium appears larger than the 10,400 capacity would indicate. The stadium is a modern and all seated and smart. We noticed two staff even walking amongst seats giving them a wipe clean. The away end is all seated and although the whole of the away end was available, the stewards insisted that the 360 or so Southend fans should sit in the centre section behind the goal. The view is unobstructed and there is plenty of leg room, The electronic scoreboard is above the away end on the roof and can only be seen by the home fans which was disappointing. The pitch was pristine and even though it was early season in August it appeared that it had never had football played on it.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

In a tight game between 2 top 5 sides, Chesterfield took the lead in the 2nd half with a Gary Roberts free kick, but Southend soon levelled via a well worked Freddy Eastwood goal. 6 minutes injury time surprised everyone and in the 85th minute Chesterfield won the match from a corner.

The atmosphere was quiet until the last minute winner with both sets of expectant fans watching a tense game, even though only the 4th fixture of the new season. The stewards were ok but one seemed to delight in letting people find a seat and then waving frantically to tell them to sit only in the centre section.

If the seats had been taped off as other clubs do, it would have made life easier for all concerned. Pies looked good at £3 and there was plenty of room to stand and eat or drink on the concourse behind the seating with television showing a live game. It was a warm sunny day with little or no wind, which made for a pleasant afternoon in a new football stadium with both sides getting the ball down and attempting to play good passing football.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was easy to get away from the ground and main roads were clearly sign posted.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We had a mostly enjoyable day out, visiting a smart stadium, despite the shock of losing in injury time. The weather was pleasantly warm after a drizzly misty start to the day.

Match Attendance 5,579
Result: Chesterfield 2-1 Southend.

Chesterfield City v  Bradford City
League Two
Saturday April 13th, 2013, 3pm
Samuel Walker (Neutral fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be)?:

Over the last four years or so, I have grown a soft spot for Chesterfield, having visited games from time-to-time since visiting Saltergate in 2010. With Leicester playing on the Friday night, my father (who's from Leicester, hence the life sentence) and I decided to take a visit to this game, and with Bradford getting to the League Cup final we felt we were in for an entertaining match, and we weren't to be disappointed.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took the train from Leicester to Chesterfield at midday, which took just under 45 minutes. After getting some food in the town (As a general rule I avoid stadium food due to high prices) we took the bus to the ground, arriving at around 13:45.

3. What you did before the game? Pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Being too young to drink and my father being teetotal, after purchasing our tickets we headed to the club shop to have a look round. An amusing incident occurred when a chap with a half-eaten hotdog put it on the counter by mistake whilst he was being served, and when the next chap was being served the cashier asked him "You're not going to put your sausage on the counter are you?" to much laughter and applause from everyone in the shop. Very "Carry On"!

I've been to five Chesterfield games in the past and have never experienced any trouble, with a few Chesterfield fans on the bus to the ground engaging in good-natured banter with a couple of Bradford fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

This was my second visit to Chesterfield's new ground (now the Proact Stadium) and my impression of it is in line with many new grounds appearing around the country. It's a pleasant, tidy ground that serves its purpose, but lacks the stand out factor that Saltergate had. However, times change, and Saltergate, as characteristic as it was, was on its last legs and Chesterfield needed to up sticks and relocate.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was very entertaining. Both Chesterfield and Bradford got behind their teams, which made for an amazing atmosphere, albeit with unoriginal songs apart from a few choruses of "Yorkshire"/"Derbyshire". Both sides came flying out of the blocks and Bradford took the lead through NahkiTendayi Darikwa's well-placed finish. Bradford retook the lead ten minutes later after Ricky Ravenhill placed a shot into the bottom corner through a crowd of bodies. Chesterfield, to their credit, kept going to the end and got their reward with the last kick of the game after Sam Togwell poked home from an Alex Henshall corner. Final score: 2-2. A fair result on reflection.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was no problem. A line of buses was waiting outside the turnstiles and we managed to get onto a very crowded one back to the town centre. We left Chesterfield at 17:40 and arrived back at home in Leicester at around 7:15pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A very enjoyable and well-spent afternoon at the football. Bradford remain in the playoffs and Chesterfield have an outside chance of making the playoffs, so it'll go down to the wire. Both sets of fans were well behaved and apart from your usual football banter there were no signs of trouble brewing, with both sets getting behind their teams. The game itself was a real credit to League Two, and dad said it was one of the best games he'd seen in ages. Well worth the £15 for me! And to top it all, we even got caught on camera by the BBC's Football League Show.

Chesterfield City v  MK Dons
League One
Saturday, March 17th, 2012, 3pm
Dominic Bickerton (Stoke City/Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

With it being the FA Cup quarter finals this weekend, Stoke weren't playing until the Sunday afternoon - I can't cope without football on a Saturday, so myself and a Stokie mate (who's also doing the 92) thought we'd do a new ground and have a little trip down to Chesterfield's fairly new b2net Stadium. We picked this game mainly because it's such a crucial stage of the season for both teams: Chesterfield in 23rd position and trying to escape relegation, MK Dons in 5th and bidding for promotion.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We jumped onto a train at Sheffield and made the short 15 minute journey to Chesterfield station (a return ticket was £4.50). From the station we followed the walking directions supplied by this site and arrived at the ground after a brisk 15-20 minute walk, which did involve a few hills. The directions were easy to follow and the we found the ground very easily.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We arrived at the ground about 30 mins before kick off, so we decided to just go straight through the turnstiles of the Karen Childs Kop and onto the concourse, which was showing the Everton v Sunderland FA Cup quarter final on a number of screens suspended from the ceiling.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

When we first saw the ground we were quite amused by the fact that it's somewhat overshadowed by the large Tesco situated next to it. Despite this the area around the ground is modern and attractive. The ground does look very small, so we didn't really expect too much from the entire experience. However, I was instantly impressed when we entered the stand at pitch level, and I admit that it made me feel like I was walking out as a player! The ground has a nice intimate feel and looks very tidy and well kept. It doesn't really ooze character, but that is extremely hard to come by in such a new ground.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Me and my mate had decided that we'd lend our full support to Chesterfield and treated the game like we were cheering on our beloved Potters. The three home stands were fairly full and the Spireites were in very good voice. The Dons fans also seemed up for the game, so it was all set up to be a good, lively match. And it was.

Chesterfield immediately went on the attack, looking comfortable on the ball and far better than their league position suggested. Their possession told from the off with barely three minutes on the clock when Neal Trotman nodded down a cross for Drew Talbot to slam the ball into the bottom corner of the Dons' goal; the vocal Spireites and us two Stokies celebrating like it was a last minute winner! The traveling fans were immediately silenced and made little noise for the rest of half despite Chesterfield sitting back and inviting the Dons back into the game. The Chesterfield defence had to make a few last ditch clearances but just about made it half time with a 1-0 lead.

We went down into the concourse to watch Sky Sports coverage of the other half time scores, however, we were disappointed because the screens were showing a film on ITV! So, instead of finding out other scores we trooped back out to our seats. The other facilities on the concourse were good, with fairly small orderly queues for food & drink and toilets in plentiful supply.

The second half kicked off in the same manner that the first ended, Chesterfield sitting back far to deep and looking very vulnerable. The Spireites had clearly lost confidence and began to play some awful football, constantly giving the ball back to the Dons to have another effort on goal. Only a few good saves from Tommy Lee kept the score at 1-0. On 56 minutes the Dons finally made a breakthrough, the Chesterfield defence dropping deep enough to let Jay O'Shea rifle a left footed shot into the helpless Lee's bottom left corner. John Sheridan quickly made a few changes, which instantly transformed the Spireites into the dangerous force they looked earlier in the first half. The game turned on its head, with Chesterfield looking most likely to snatch 3 points. Hearts were in the mouths of every fan in the ground, as Nicky Ajose smashed an 88th minute shot that was destined to be a fairy tale winner until the Dons 'keeper somehow got down to make a fantastic save. It would have been an amazing mental of a celebration, but we were sadly denied it and the game ran out a 1-1 draw.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After the final whistle, fans left the ground quickly from the corners between stands. We were back on the way to the station with no problems at all.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a great day out that cost a grand total of £22.50 (Train £4.50, Ticket £18). The match was an absolute cracker and we thoroughly enjoyed all of it. We weren't expecting much but we were pleasantly surprised with the ground and we the Chesterfield fans were very good indeed. I wouldn't say no to going back and I'll be rooting for the Spireites to avoid the drop this season.

Chesterfield City v  Exeter City
League One
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 3pm
Steve Ellis (Exeter City fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to this ground?
 
This for me, and as it was for many, was a visit to a new stadium to tick off. Unfortunately I did not get the chance to visit Saltergate so I am unable to compare differences. Also the game was a massive relegation 'six pointer', so it was one to look forward too.
 
2. How easy was your journey?
 
Travelling with the supporters club by coach the trip was easy. Leaving at 7.30am and arriving at the ground just before 1pm. With the roads not being over busy we were able to take a second stop as we were well ahead of time.
 
3. What did you do before the game, pub/chippy?
 
On arrival at the ground i took a visit to the club shop to purchase a match day programme for £3 before heading to the Derby Tup, just 5 minute walk from the ground. I had arranged to meet some friends from the area there and sample many of the different ales they had on offer. It was a small pub but very friendly and reasonably priced, and it seemed to be both home and away fan friendly.
 
4. What you thought on seing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
My first thoughts on seeing the ground were impressive, very modern and quite spacious. Away fans are housed in the North Stand and no matter where you sat you get a very good view and there is also plenty of leg room. I was told if your club takes a small away following then they are likely to be sat in one of the side stands (can't remember which the steward said), but with our 309 supporters and large Adam Stansfield tribute shirt we filled about three quarters of the stand. The South Stand almost mirrors the North Stand and the East and West stands are almost similar to those of Huddersfield.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, refreshments, toilets?
 
The game itself was competitive and to the delight of the away fans, Exeter scored twice in the last 10 minutes in a 2-0 win. Which resulted in a move away from the relegation zone. The atmosphere was excellent with banter flowing  between both sets of supporters, stewards were helpful and unobtrusive. The refreshments were averagely priced with a good range of food and drink. If you smoke the stewards will open an exit gate behind the North Stand at half time.
 
6. Comment on getting away after the game?
 
Getting away afterwards was easy as the coach was parked just behind the East Stand, took about 20 mins to leave the stadium and get through the town before getting onto the motorway, leaving just after 5pm, arriving back home at 9.30pm
 
7. Summary and overall thoughts of day out?
 
A great away day with friendly home fans, a good pub, new stadium, three much needed points and a great atmosphere on the journey home.

Chesterfield v Exeter City
League One
Saturday, January 7th, 2012, 3pm
Gary Parker

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
Hadnt been to the new ground as I am trying to do the 92 by watching only Exeter City and my other true love, Tottenham.  This would be ground number 58. Exeter also have a great away following so had been looking forward to this for some time

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We made great time and were At the ground just before 12, so we popped to the ground to purchase the tickets (no cash on the away turnstiles) and then found a space in the street bang opposite the stadium so we were no more than 100 yards away. Might be a bit trickier if you get there closer to kick off

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
There is a pub about 5 mins walk from the ground called the Derby Tup, its a bit like walking into someones front room but they have superb choice of real ales (11 when we were in there) and were more than happy to cater for away fans. We had been told they didn’t do food but that if you got something from the host of options for takeaway food nearby you were welcome to eat it in the pub, there is a wide choice of kebab shop, chippy or pizza all within 50 yards so we went for chips (no gravy though) the Landlord was very friendly and by 2 pm the pub was rammed with Exeter fans and a small scattering of home supporters and it was all very friendly, They were also happy to have my partners 13 year old son in there with no questions asked.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
Not a bad little ground, a bit different to the usual bowl design of new grounds. Very easy to get to from the motorway and plenty of amenities close by, notably a huge Tesco extra for filling the car up with cheap petrol for the trip home.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Very good facilities under the stand, beer and hot food at a decent price with a few flat screens showing the game as well. They even indulge the smokers amongst you by opening an exit and allowing you to step outside for a smoke at half time. Stewards were all good natured and the large away following were allowed to stand throughout with no interference. Home fans were pretty quiet throughout the game but they are bottom of the league and haven’t won since September, so that’s understandable. City pretty much controlled the game and scored in the 78th & 87th minutes to wrap up a comfortable away win

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
A breeze due to the fact that we were parked about 100 yards away, we were on the dual carriage way out of town by 5pm and South of Birmingham just over an hour after the final whistle had gone

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great day out, good away pub, good beer, friendly locals and 3 points, what more is there to be had from an away day oop norf ..

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