CHESTERFIELD Football Club has named its new £13m stadium after netting its biggest-ever sponsorship deal with a local IT company.
Club chairman Barrie Hubbard revealed on Friday that the new ground — due to open in time for the start of next season — is to be known as The b2net Stadium following a ceremony, at the proposed site, off Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor.
The Chesterfield based IT company b2net has agreed an 11-year deal to sponsor the 10,338 capacity stadium which is hoped to be a catalyst for the club's future success.
Mr Hubbard said: "To find funding has been hard but we've done very well and by the start of next season we're confident about having a new stadium and we'll be able to turn our attention to the football."
The Blues confirmed the agreement with b2net, of Dunston Road, as the biggest sponsorship deal in the club's history and it involves an undisclosed figure with the promise of greater investment depending on team success.
It follows casino millionaire and major shareholder Dave Allen's 4m investment and 2m loan with additional funding from the Football Foundation, East Midlands Development Agency and hopes of a possible Chesterfield Borough Council loan.
The Blues have also agreed the sale of its current Saltergate stadium for a possible residential development.
Mr Allen said: "Money will be channelled into the stadium and once it's running we'll have other income streams that will be channelled into the team so manager John Sheridan will have more to spend."
GB Building Solutions secured the construction contract for the stadium which is hoped to be completed by June 2010 and is part of developer Wilson Bowden's regeneration scheme including a new Tesco and a commercial base on the site.
Paul Marshall, b2net finance director, said: "This deal enables us to put something back into the community during this new era for Chesterfield."