Stadium progress delights chairman

TONY Stewart says the scale of Rotherham United's state-of-the-art new stadium has taken even him by surprise.

Work at the Guest and Chrimes site continues apace, with the shells of the West and North stands now joined up in the first stage of construction of the 12,000-seater bowl which will become the club's new home from next summer.

As the impressive structure rises out of the ground, Millers chairman Mr Stewart admits it has been an eye-opener to see the plans, two years in the making, take shape.

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He told the Advertiser: "We're in the seventh week of construction and already the people of Rotherham can see the size and the detail.

"It's high and it's wide and I must admit it is looking even better than I thought it would at this stage. The sheer enormity of it is impressive and it's an eye-catching structure from whichever angle you approach from.

"It is going to be the iconic stadium we had planned for."

Mr Stewart revealed that work had already started on the flooring for the concourses. The first brickwork would go in next week and by mid-January it was aimed to have all the superstructure in place.