Chesterfield

Proact Stadium

Capacity: 10,400 (all seated)
Address: 1866 Sheffield Rd, Chesterfield, S41 8NZ
Telephone: 01246 269300
Fax: 01246 556 799
Pitch Size: 111 x 71 yards
Club Nickname: Spireites
Year Ground Opened: 2010
Shirt Sponsors: NAPIT
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Blue and White
Away Kit: Red 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 (£3.50) sounds particularly mouth watering! There are also Steak & Potato Pies (£3.50), the 'Mega Chicken Hot Pot Pie (£4), Sausage Rolls (£3.20), Rollover Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Rollover Burgers (£3.20), Rollover Hot Dogs (£3.20). Plus for the vegetarians Mexican Chilli Bean Pies (£3.20). 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.

Nearest to the away end of the ground, along Sheffield Road (a five minute walk, passing a Chinese/Fish & Chip shop on the way) is the Derby Tup. This pub is featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide and normally has ten 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 handily located North Sea Fish and Chip shop. Whilst up on the left is the Red Lion pub, which is serves beers from the Old Mill Brewery and shows Sky Sports. 

Other pubs located near to the stadium such as the Rose and Crown, plus the Crown and Anchor, 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'. On St Marys Gate is a Wetherspoons outlet called the Spa Lane Vaults. 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 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 5 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

Mansfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

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

2014-2015: 6,925 (League One)
2013-2014: 6,279 (League Two)
2012-2013: 5,431 (League Two)

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

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

Chesterfield is famous amongst other things for its St Mary and All Saints church with has a large crooked spire, which dominates the town centre sky line. 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.

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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 ..

Chesterfield v Port Vale
League Two
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011, 7.45pm
Seb Brichet (Port Vale fan)

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

I was looking forward to this as it would be the first time Port Vale had visited the B2net Stadium. It was also when Chesterfield Were top of the league in Great form and Port vale were returning to form.

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

We took the Club coach to the match which was approximately one and a half hours from Burslem. The coaches were parked just outside the away end on the road that goes to nearby Tesco, this is a good location as it ws easy to get into and out of the ground.

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

Due to Tesco being a minutes walk from the ground we decided to go there, It is a Tesco express with many shops inside such as Greggs and Costa Coffee, We decided to go to Greggs as we had arrived early and got pretty hungry we also walked upstairs to where Costa Coffee was and got an expresso.  We then walked back to the stadium but didn't really talk to any home fans due to it being pretty early.

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

The ground looks amazing from the outside and looks like a Championship ground, we had researched it before hand and found that it fits just over 10,000 fans, it looks bigger than 10,000. When up in the stands we had a very good view from the top left of the stand, it has plenty of leg room and decent height to watch the game. The curved roofs on the left and right of us were nice and reminded me a bit like Huddersfield. The lack of a scoreboard for us to see was very annoying as we could not judge time for our half time break. All in all though the ground was good.

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

The game ended 2-0 to Chesterfield which was expected as they were 11 points clear coming into the game. Chesterfield really showed us why they were top of the league and how to play football in League Two. The atmosphere was great as we had sold out of our allocation of just over 1,500, meaning singing all through the game, Vale fans were using the walls at the back of the stand for banging to create atmosphere. But this ended up with the letter 'P' on the Printability Stand falling off!

Chesterfield fans were also in good voice and with the two goals going in it was upped even more. Stewards could have been better in my opinion, not the most polite to say the least. Toilets were very clean and modern which are pretty impressive when you compare them to vale parks toilets.

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

Getting away from the ground was terrible as trouble erupted between the two sets of supporters, outside the stadium. We finally got away 45 minutes after the game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a Great day out due to the weather being perfect. Atmosphere being great, but pity about the stewards and trouble afterwards. Great stadium to be at and some good football, I will though still lok forward to going there again sometime in the future.

Chesterfield v Rotherham United
League Two
Friday, March 18th, 2011, 7.45pm
Paul Thompson (Rotherham United fan)

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

It was our much anticipated first visit to the b2net stadium, with the added spice of the game being something of a top of the table clash and a local derby to boot. Plus the game was a sell out and was televised live on TV.

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

I travelled by train from Rotherham to Sheffield and then onto Chesterfield. A very simple and problem free journey which took 30 minutes in total. The ground is a fair distance from the train station though, we opted to get taxis which cost around £8.50.

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

We took in several pubs in the town centre, starting at The Rutland, moving on to Yates's, then The Snooker Hall, and onto Chandlers, then onto the Red Lion near to the ground. We did get turned away from one or two pubs on the basis that we were away supporters. We were cautious of trouble never being far away as this was a local derby, but we experienced no bother despite making a good noise wherever we went. I didn't see much of a police presence around the town which was surprising considering the magnitude of the game and the rivalry.

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

The b2net, while far superior to the old Saltergate, is basically a uniform, box standard lower league stadium, almost a replica of so many other new grounds such as Shrewsbury, Colchester, Morecambe etc, however, it stands out from normality with its arched roofs on either side of the pitch. Its neat and tidy as you'd expect for a new build, but everything was simply 'adequate', with no frills. The facilities are okay for League Two or League One, the view from the away end is good. The visitors stand is quite steep and was full on this occasion, meaning some great noise was generated.

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

Urgh! from my perspective, the less said about the game the better! it ended in an embarrassing 5-nil defeat, Chesterfield looked worthy of their league position at the top while Rotherham looked more like a team struggling at the bottom. I found the pies to be poor and at £3, quite a rip-off too! Not recomended! The atmosphere was great though, the stewarding was relaxed if not a little disorganised, but this was the first time they've had to deal with 2,300 boisterous away fans so they can be forgiven! There were some ugly scenes towards the end of the game but order was quickly restored as baton wielding police officers took control.

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

A complete nightmare! Trouble erupted right outside the ground as home and away fans clashed, the police and stewards seemed to be blaming each other for this happening as the exits were supposed to be kept closed for 10 minutes to allow home fans to disperse, but this didn't happen which caused some ugly scenes in the carparks around the stadium and I have to say the police were not very quick to act. This was worrying, as we now had to walk the mile and half back to the train station without a police escort and through crowds of rival fans, we kept our heads down and mouths shut and experienced no trouble ourselves.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall I really enjoyed the short trip to Chesterfield, the only thing I didn't enjoy was the football!

Chesterfield v Wycombe Wanderers
League Two
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011, 7.45pm
Karl Jukes (Doing the 92)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
I was looking forward to visiting Chesterfield to see what the new ground was like and to see also whether it was something a bit different to the normal kit box stadia that seem to be popping up all over the place. It was also a chance for me to cross another ground off my list on the way to the 92.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey itself was quite simple, I drove straight up the A38 and then the A61, which took me straight to the stadium, and managing to avoid any major traffic hold ups into the bargain. It was relatively easy to spot the ground with it being a night match, seeing the tell tale glow from the floodlights in the distance. Parking proved to be easy too, finding (with blind luck) free parking on the Stand Park car park behind the couple of industrial units opposite the Stadium, and from there it was a 150m walk to the ground.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Before the game I headed to the new Tesco store next to the ground, to grab a sandwich and a coffee from the in-store Costa Coffee, to help warm me up on a bitterly cold night.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
The ground itself was very smart and immaculately clean, and just simple touches like the curved roof of the two stands gives it more character than some of the other new stadia. There was ample leg room as you'd expect from a new ground, and despite sitting in the front row, the view of the action was good.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
The game itself really surprised me, I was expecting a tight, tense battle between the top two sides in the division, but what followed can only be described as total domination from Chesterfield. They ran out comfortable 4-1 winners in the end with Jack Lester grabbing the pick of the goals. Twisting and turning in the box beating 2 or 3 defenders before firing past the helpless Nikki Bull in goal.

The atmosphere inside the ground was excellent, with all the noise coming from the Spireites behind the goal in the Karen Childs Stand. The stewarding was very relaxed, and the food/drinks on offer appeared to be the same sort of thing available at most football grounds, with prices around average.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground after the match was easy as you'd like. No traffic to really speak of, and after a short blast up the dual carriage way I was back at the junction for the M1 to head back home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
This was one of the best trips of the season for me. It was very easy to get to and get away from at the end of the match, fantastic stadium with good facilities, great atmosphere from the home fans and superb football on offer too. A great night's entertainment and it certainly won't be my last trip to the b2net Stadium.

Chesterfield v Shrewsbury Town
League Two
Saturday, October 23rd, 2010, 3pm
Ed Jones (Shrewsbury Town)

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

It was a new ground to tick off, plus it was two teams who were both battling at the top end of League Two, and with hopes of promotion this season. I knew there would be a decent following and a certain record crowd at this stadium.

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

I went on a supporters coach. There was a slight delay due to traffic getting into Chesterfield, and although supporters arrived early, the team coach was late and this resulted in a delayed kick off.

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

We wondered around the ground  and checking out a nearby newly built  Tesco's which was very large in size and built upon stilts so that a car park fits underneath the supermarket. After finding that the cafe inside the Tesco was full and that there would be a wait to get served we left and went to a Kentucky fried chicken instead which also looks as if its newly built. There were also a couple of pubs nearby but they were very busy as you would expect.

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

It was neat similar Shrewsbury's Greenhous Meadow but more compact with a curved roof running the two stands that run the length of the pitch. The ground looks height wise structurally smaller than Greenhous Meadow but it apparently holds 400 more capacity wise. This is possibly because it has 2 exits on each end compared to Shrewsbury's 3 plus at Shrewsbury there is a large police control box at one end.

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

The game was a totally bizarre fort he first 30 minutes Shrewsbury seemed in control of what was an entertaining attacking game with not too many shots at goal then Chesterfield scored and with a blink of and eye were 3-0 up at half time. That goal brought the crowd to life and the home fans really belted out some noise. 

The second half was again entertaining with Shrewsbury's Mark Wright missing an open goal before Chesterfield's Craig Davies killing the game off making it 4-0. Game over? BEWARE! Not quite and some not nice scenes followed, for some unknown reason some Chesterfield fans got onto the pitch goading the away fans which was uncalled for. The stewards and Police did not seem prepared for what was going on and some unpleasant scenes followed in the one corner on the ground resulting with several people ejected.

With 10 minutes to go Shrewsbury pulled one back then another two the ninety minutes were up leading to some frantic added time but Chesterfield hang on.

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

There were problems outside the ground whilst heading back to bus, this could of easily been avoided by police preventing home fans walking around to the away end. I imagine a larger following from some of there more local rivals could cause some serious disorder if this is allowed happen. Whilst aboard the coach there were no problems getting away.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good entertaining game, good atmosphere but a bit highly charged, exercise caution when leaving the ground.

Final score: Chesterfield 4-3 Shrewsbury Town
Attendance: 7,777 (666 away)

Chesterfield v Barnet
League Two
Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 3pm
Martyn Stimson (92 Club Member)

Three of us, all members of the 92 Club, decided to give our own teams a miss to visit Chesterfield's new stadium for the opening game of the season for its first competitive match with Barnet as the visitors.  Having made a late decision we had missed out on the cheap rail tickets so decided to drive.

When we got to Chesterfield we drove up the A61 and then turned left at the roundabout onto the Sheffield Road.  Just off this roundabout on the right hand side is the Red Lion pub, a CAMRA Good Beer Guide entry with a range of ale from the Old Mill brewery and televisions showing sporting channels.  They also have a small car park out the back and the landlady was happy to let us park there for the game.  Across the road from the Red Lion there was also a free car park and there was on street parking around there too.

From the Red Lion we walked down Sheffield Road towards the ground.  There are plenty of takeaways and restaurants along this road.  There are also a number of pubs along here too, including the excellent Derby Tup.  There was a great large of ales and a friendly atmosphere in here and it proved popular with match goers who even spilled out onto the street.  A few doors down from the Derby Tup is a superb butchers called Watson & Brown where you can get a very good filled roll to takeaway (and you can even eat it in the Derby Tup).  I had a cracking smoked ham brown bap with pickle and salad for £1.40. From here is it a short walk to the stadium.

First impressions of the stadium were that it looked quite interesting, not just your bog standard (insert current sponsors name here) out-of-town stadium.  There was a massive queue for ticket sales but one window had been designated as "ticket collection only" with only about two people in it.  Fortunately I had already booked tickets and I would recommend buying tickets in advance... although this may have just been an opening day teething issue.

We sat in the East Stand which runs along the side of the pitch and we were sat fairly close to the centre line looking towards the players tunnel.  There was reasonable legroom and we had a great view from row D but I think it would have been a great view from any seat in the ground to be honest.  Once in the ground it seemed to look incredibly familiar.  As a Colchester fan I thought our ground had shrunk in the rain and been moved to Chesterfield.  It has the same four-stand layout to Colchester and each of the stands looks very like Colchester but just a bit smaller and there is curved roof on each of the side stands. However, despite looking smaller it is actually slightly bigger than Colchester's ground but the design seemed more compacted and the place felt fairly full.  The atmosphere was quite good for an opening game in a new stadium and the three stands housing the home fans were pretty full and a few hundred Barnet fans had turned out in the stand to our right.   There were food and drink bars under the stand, I didn't try any of the food or drink but noticed that a bottle of Budweiser (the American one) was £3.00 and draught Carling lager or gas-flow Worthington bitter was £2.70.  By the looks of it all the food and drink was standard mass produced branded stuff that is the norm at new football grounds.  There were also TV screens under the stand that were showing either Chesterfield FC TV or Sky Sports News.

The game itself was entertaining with three goals, a dubious sending off and a disallowed goal, all of which aided the atmosphere. These new all-seater grounds never have the same character or atmosphere as the older grounds but it was a lot better than most new grounds I've been to.  The result was a home win giving Chesterfield a good start in their new home as this should help them settle in a bit quicker than Colchester did in their new stadium.

It was a 15 minute walk back to the car at the Red Lion but from there we were straight out onto the A61 and making our way back towards the A1 with few traffic problems.

Chesterfield v Barnet
League Two
Saturday, August 7th, 2010, 3pm
David Reynolds (Neutral fan)

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

IT WAS THE FIRST GAME IN THE NEW STADIUM SO I WAS GOING MORE FOR THE SENTIMENT THAN ANYTHING BUT I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO VISITING A PLACE I'D NEVER BEEN BEFORE.

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

FROM THE STATION ITS A 20-25 MINUTE WALK WHICH ONCE YOU ARE ONTO THE MAIN ROAD IS EASY ENOUGH ALTHOUGH ITS UPHILL COMING BACK. I WOULDNT LIKE TO WALK DOWN THERE ON A COLD DECEMBER EVENING. THE GROUND IS EASY TO SPOT IN THE DISTANCE.

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

THERE IS A HUGE TESCO SUPERSTORE NEXT TO THE GROUND SO I GRABBED DINNER THERE AND SOME RIBENA TO KEEP ME GOING. THERE IS ALSO A KFC ACROSS THE ROAD SO THERE IS PLENTY OF CHOICE FOR SUPPORTERS. THE HOME FANS WERE EXTREMELY FRIENDLY AND WERE PLEASED TO SEE A NEUTRAL JOIN THEM FOR THE DAY.

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

THE GROUND IS AMAZING AND WOULD CERTAINLY STAND OUT IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. LEG ROOM IS SPACIOUS AND THE VIEW IS BRILLIANT AS THERE ARE NO PILLARS BLOCKING THE VIEW.

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

A DECENT GAME FOR THE FIRST GAME OF THE SEASON. THE GAME WAS REFFED FAIRLY WELL AND BOTH TEAMS CONTRIBUTED TO A DECENT FREE-FLOWING GAME. GOOD ATMOSPHERE AND NICE CLEAN TOILETS. DIDNT BUY ANY FOOD AS I FILLED UP AT TESCOS PREVIOUSLY.

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

EASY AS ABC ALTHOUGH IT WAS UPHILL WHICH TIRED ME OUT A BIT SO I HAD TO HAVE AN EXTRA CARTON OF RIBENA TO RECOVER!

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

LOVELY TOWN, LOVELY PEOPLE, LOVELY CLUB AND FANTASTIC STADIUM. IW OULD DEFINETLY VISIT AGAIN AND WOULD RECOMMEND ANY GROUNDHOPPERS TO PAY A VISIT.

Updated 24th July 2015

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