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AWAY FANS' GUIDE | The Proact Stadium

Posted: Fri 21 Apr 2017
Author: cafc.co.uk

Heading to the Proact Stadium for our final away fixture of the season? Here's a guide to the home of Chesterfield

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Tickets
 
On sale on the day from a booth beside the entrance to our end. These are priced at £20 adults, with over 65s and under 21s paying £13, whilst under 17s pay £1.
 
Turnstiles
 
Saltergate, Chesterfield's former home was the scene of one of Derek Hales' finest goals in a Charlton shirt, a left-footed screamer during our 1980/81 promotion-winning season and even Jimmy-Floyd Hasslebaink scored for us there.

By then it was getting pretty run down, however, and realistically a move was the only way forward. Thus it was that they upped sticks and moved across town to what was originally called the B2Net Stadium at the turn of the decade - its current incarnation now being the Proact Stadium.

We are situated at the north end of the ground behind the goal which has had various names since the Spireites moved in. At the opposite end to us is the Karen Childs Stand which will always retain its moniker, having been named after a fan that won the Lotto and donated a few quid to her club.

Our stand is single tiered, offers a good view without poles, is virtually all covered, isn’t too steep and has ground-level entrance. I found it totally functional on our previous visit, the concourses clean, spacious and overall a friendly experience.

Of course, the fact that we won 4-0 may have clouded my judgement slightly, but certainly one of the better relocation exercises.
 
Food
 
The pies, the pies are calling. Chesterfield are definitely up there in the innovation and variety stakes, the hardest part is choosing which one to have. All of the food is pretty good.

For the traditionalist, there is a chippie over the road and there is also a Tesco around the back of our stand.
 
Refreshment
 
My accomplice and I managed to unearth a little gem in close proximity to the ground in the form of The Rose and Crown on Old Road, which is just off Chatsworth Road (A619) going away from the stadium - traditional and very good value.

On the other side of the ground near the Sheffield Road is The Red Lion which is fine. Closer still to the ground is The Spireite, which again is good and admits away fans. If you fancy a pit stop en route from the station, The Donkey Derby is useful provided you don't make too much of a show.

Chesterfield itself is a lovely market town, naturally famous for the church with the crooked spire and around this area there are lots of lovely pubs to be discovered, catering for all tastes.
 
Travel
 
Relatively straightforward on the road, the Post Code is S41 8NZ. Take the M1 north and leave at Junction 29 onto the A617, follow this until you see the A61 towards Sheffield signposted and follow this until the first roundabout, by which time the stadium should be visible, do a left and you are there. Street parking is available, there are larger car parks in the town centre, if you don't mind the walk.
 
The railway station is relatively central and not too bad a walk away - certainly not Coventry proportions. Come out of the station and initially turn left where you will see the Chesterfield Hotel, turn right and continue onto Brewery Street. Chesterfield College is a good marker, aim towards this by which time you will have crossed the A61 - by bridge that is - keeping the college on your right. Just past this you arrive at The Old Post Office restaurant, turn right here. Do a right again at the mini roundabout, then you are on Sheffield Road, from here just follow your nose, pass The Donkey Derby and the ground will soon become visible.