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
Home Kit: Blue and White

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 Glassworks Pub. This pub has been recently refurbished and has up to eight real ales on tap, four of which are from the local Brampton Brewery, who also own the pub. 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. The large nearby Tesco store is restricted to only two hours free parking.

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 operates 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:
Main West Stand (Centre): Adults £22 (B £20), Over 65's £18 (B £16), Under 22's £15 (B £13), Under 17's £11 (B £9)
Main West Stand (Wings): Adults £20 (B £18), Over 65's £16 (B £14), Under 22's £14 (B £12), Under 17's £10 (B £8)
East Stand (Centre): Adults £21 (B £19), Over 65's, £17 (B £15), Under 22's £14 (B £12), Under 17's £12 (B £10)
South Stand: Adults £18 (B £16), Over 65's, £14 (B £12), Under 22's £10 (B £8), Under 17's £8 (B £6)
Family areas: Adults £18 (B £16), Over 65's £16 (B £14), Under 22's £10 (B £8), Under 17's £6 (B £4), Under 12's £4 (B £2)

Away Fans: 
Rubicon Print Stand: 
Adults £18 (B £16), Over 65's, £14 (B £12), Under 22's £10 (B £8), Under 17's £8 (B £6)

Official Programme £3.

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

Mansfield Town, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Rotherham United.

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

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.

Record Attendance

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

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

Average Attendance

2017-2018: 5,354 (League Two)
2016-2017: 5,929 (League One)
2015-2016: 6,676 (League One)

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Chesterfield v FC Halifax Town
National League
Saturday 9th February 2019, 3pm
Michael Finister-Smith (FC Halifax Town)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Proact Stadium?
 
Having fond memories of many visits to Saltergate in the past, I was looking forward to my first visit to their new stadium. It was also a match I thought we should win, but I should have known better.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I was driving and it is an easy run not too far off the M1. I decided to park at the ground and pay the extortionate £5 charge but as others have posted, there is plenty of parking elsewhere within walking distance.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I was going to go to the Derby Donkey pub just up from the ground but it looked like one of those boring chain food chains, so I went instead to the Glasshouse right opposite the ground. It was quite busy but there was a wide range of real ales and it was a good choice of venue. There was a bouncer on the door but there was no trouble and it was a friendly and welcoming pub with fans of both teams chatting.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Proact Stadium?
 
It is a very impressive ground for our league. There was a good view of the pitch and there was a refreshment area selling food and alcohol to those who wanted it. I had a steak pie which was delicious.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was disappointing and we lost to a dubious penalty. However more frustrating is that we barely had a shot on goal. What was terrible is that some idiot has smuggled in a flare which he set off causing mayhem and I left feeling even more depressed than with the match. Hopefully, they will be caught and banned.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It was very easy to get out considering there were over 4000 attending.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Very upset with the result but more disappointed with the disgraceful behaviour of a minority of "fans". The ground and facilities are excellent though and having worked in Derbyshire for many years in the past, it was nice to have everyone calling me "duck" again, as they do in these parts.

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.

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Updated 15th February 2019

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