East Stand for away fans

Chesterfield v Rochdale
Chesterfield v Rochdale

Chesterfield FC’s Rubicon Print North Stand is likely to be full when Rotherham United visit the Proact Stadium on Saturday.

But the enclosure has been closed for the Spireites two home games so far - against Tranmere Rovers in the Capital One Cup and Rochdale in League Two - and that is how it could remain for much of the season.

For the vast majority of games since the Whittington Moor ground opened two years ago, the place has been buzzing with large crowds, and the North Stand housing travelling fans.

But with away support expected to be reduced to some extent in 2012/13, visiting supporters may be located in the northern end of the East Stand.

Blues chief executive Chris Turner addressed the situation in the Inspire matchday programme for the Rochdale game.

He said: “As you will notice, the North Stand is not open tonight.

“We do obviously like the stadium to be open fully. However, due to the lack of away support at times, it’s not economically viable to open a big stand when a couple of hundred fans can be accommodated in the corner of the East Stand.

“We will monitor the situation during the season.’’