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Address: 1866 Sheffield Road,
Capacity: 10,504 (All-Seater)
A very simple, nicely balanced ground that’s easy to get all the way around and offers excellent views of the pitch from anywhere inside.
Built between 2009 and 2010, it has been the home of Chesterfield Football Club since opening.
Since 2019 it has also been home of the U23 and Women’s Teams of Sheffield United Football Club.
Several UEFA Youth International games have taken place at the Technique Stadium over the years, and due to naming rights restrictions, it is known as the Chesterfield FC Stadium when those matches are taking place.
Plans for a new ground date back to 2004, when the Spireites were considering a redevelopment of Wheeldon Mill, the town’s former greyhound stadium. Chesterfield at the time where playing at their historic Saltergate Recreation Ground which they had been at since 1871.
A site was suggested elsewhere and as part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s plans to regenerate the A61 Corridor in the northern part of the town. The site was formerly home to the Dema Glassworks, and the land was finally handed to the club in February 2009, with construction beginning 5 months later.
Alongside the new stadium, several other facilities were built nearby including a Tesco Superstore, Petrol Station, KFC Restaurant, Enterprise car rental and offices.
Initially, the ground was known for sponsorship reasons as the b2net Stadium, though this was changed two seasons later when b2net was bought by Proact, a Swedish company.
The Proact Stadium name remained until August 2020, when the ground became known as the Technique Stadium as it is today.
Location and Getting There
The Technique Stadium is based in Whittington Moor, around 1.5 miles north of Chesterfield Town Centre.
The ground is in the heart of a large retail area that includes many superstores, restaurants, car showrooms and hotels. The Chesterfield Canal and River Rother are to the east, on the opposite side of the A61, the Stand Road Recreation Ground is the northwest, and Highfield Park is to the southwest.
The stadium has an abundance of car parking spaces right around its exterior, though these of course do cost to park at.
Given the housing estates that are nearby on all four sides however, finding free parking within close range should not be too great of an issue at all. I have personally parked up for free along Stand Road, which is a little while northwest of the ground.
Chesterfield Train Station is towards the Town Centre and walking from here can take upwards of 25 minutes, though it is a fairly simple route alongside the A61.
An alternative option is to walk from the station past Chesterfield County Court and to the bus stop on Cavendish Street, taking the 14, 25A, 43, 44 or 50 Gold bus service up to the Stadium stop, which drops you a little away from the ground’s western side.
Outside the Stadium
Heading through the Main Entrance and past “The Spire” twin sculptures brings you to the West Stand. This is the Main Stand at the Technique Stadium.
Its exterior has a large building protruding out of its centre that is made up mostly of brickwork and grey panels. Right in the centre is a large glass façade that leads to the stadium’s main reception area. To the left of here is the entrance for Players and Officials, and to the right of here is the Club Superstore, Main Ticket Office and Ticket Collection Points.
Turnstiles into the Main Stand itself are based over towards both the northwest and southwest corners. Turnstiles 1-4 are towards the stadium's southwest corner and Turnstiles 5-8 are towards the stadium's northwest corner. Turnstiles 4 and 5 are for disabled access.
Out beyond the stand are a large number of car parking spaces which ring round to cover both the northwest and southwest corners as well.
There is a pedestrian walkway beyond the northwest corner that leads on to Sheffield Road (B6057) and continuing round in a clockwise direction brings you to the North Stand. It is also known as the Whittington Moor End after the area of Chesterfield out beyond it.
The exterior here consists of a brown brickwork base, with large blue panels higher up and a grey roof on top. The stand doesn’t protrude out anywhere near as far as the adjacent Main Stand does, and you can find the turnstiles towards the middle of the brickwork base, with larger exit gates on either side. The turnstiles are split into two groups (1-2 and 3-5) with Turnstile 5 being for disabled access.
There are car parking spaces out beyond the Harold Lilleker and Sons Stand’s exterior which ring round to include both the northwest and northeast corners.
The East Stand is better known for sponsorship reasons as the Karen Child Community Stand.
The brickwork base and large blue panels are present towards either end of the stand, but across the middle is a row of different community facilities including a chiropractor, physiotherapist, health club and a play centre called Chester's Den. They are accessed via the Hub entrance in the stand's centre.
The turnstiles into the Karen Child Community Stand itself are based over towards the northeast and southeast corners. Turnstiles 1-3 are towards the northeast corner and Turnstiles 5-8 are towards the stadium's southeast corner. Turnstiles 1 and 8 are for disabled access.
Out beyond the stand is the main coach park and more car parking spaces. You can also find the Chesterfield FC Memorial Garden here, directly opposite the exterior of the Karen Child Community Stand.
The South Stand at the Technique Stadium was formerly sponsored by Karen Child.
Its exterior design is very similar to the North Stand opposite, with a brown brickwork base, large blue panels higher up and a grey roof on top.
Turnstiles are also based towards the middle of the stand with larger exit gates either side of them. The turnstiles are split into two groups (1-3 and 4-6) with Turnstiles 1 and 6 being for disabled access.
There is a single row of car parking out beyond the South Stand alongside access to “The Apple” structure and the nearby Tesco Superstore. You will not be able to use the Superstore’s car park if you are coming to the Technique Stadium for a match.
Swinging round back towards the Main Stand are more car parking spaces and a pedestrian walkway that leads out to Sheffield Road (B6057). Positioned along the southwest corner of the Technique Stadium are four large brick plaques dedicated to Chesterfield fans.
Inside the Stadium
The Main Stand consists of a single tier of blue seating with a row of executive boxes right at the back. The stadium’s dugouts and tunnel are based in the middle of the stand with the changing rooms based inside. At the southern end of the stand is space down at the front that forms a disabled seating section.
Since there are no supporting pillars coming down from the stand’s curved roof, your view of the pitch is perfectly clear from anywhere inside.
Windshields at either end however only cover the back rows of the seating area, with small walls in place to protect the rows further forward.
The southwest corner of the ground holds the Stadium Control Box.
The North Stand has a flatter roof than the adjacent Main Stand and consists of a single tier of blue seating. There are no executive boxes at the back, however.
Your view is perfectly clear from anywhere inside as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the flat roof, but windshields at either end only cover those towards the back of the stand, with small walls in place to protect those sat more towards the front.
In the northeast corner of the Technique Stadium is a large electronic screen that can be seen by most fans inside the ground.
The Karen Child Foundation Stand is a similar height and shape to the Main Stand opposite.
It consists of a single tier of entirely blue seating, but there are no executive boxes right at the back. Instead, you can find the area housing the matchday camera up here. At the northern end of the stand is space down at the front that forms a disabled seating section.
The curved roof above has no supporting pillars coming down from it and so your view from anywhere inside is perfectly clear.
Windshields do only cover the back rows of the seating area though and there are just small walls in place to offer protection for those sat more towards the front.
The South Stand is an exact carbon-copy of the North Stand opposite.
It consists of a single tier of blue seating with no executive boxes at the back.
Your view is perfectly clear from anywhere inside as there are no supporting pillars coming down from the flat roof above, but windshields only cover those sat towards the back, with small walls in place for those down towards the front.
Away fans are typically housed behind the goal in the North Stand.
They are given a very good view of the action from any seat whilst also being well segregated from home supporters in the rest of the Technique Stadium.
On occasions where a bumper away crowd is expected, and the whole ground is expected to be at full capacity, Chesterfield have been known to make a couple of the Karen Child Community Stand blocks available to away fans as well. Alternatively, when very small away crowds are expected, the away section consists purely of these Community Stand blocks, with seats in the North Stand being made available to home supporters.
These Karen Child Community Stand blocks are usually the ones next to the northeast corner of the stadium.
Pubs available to supporters on a matchday include:
-The Beer Parlour (1 King Street North, S41 9BA) (Away Supporters Welcome) (Located north of the Technique Stadium)
-The Derby Tup (387 Sheffield Road, S41 8LS) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located north of the Technique Stadium)
-The Donkey Derby (405 Sheffield Road, S41 8JZ) (Home Supporters Only) (Located south of the Technique Stadium)
-The Glass Works (388 Sheffield Road, S41 8LF) (Home and Away Supporters) (Located very close to the Technique Stadium)
-The Punch Bowl (31 Holywell Street, S41 7SA) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located west of Chesterfield Station)
-The Red Lion (570 Sheffield Road, S41 8LX) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located north of the Technique Stadium)
-The Rose and Crown Brampton (104 Old Road, S40 2QT) (Typically Home and Away Supporters) (Located in western Chesterfield)
The Technique Stadium has a simple, balanced design with very few faults. It has a decent location within Chesterfield and is easily accessible from every direction.
Inside, the view is great from any of its seats, although you do have a better level of protection from the wind if you are sat more towards the back of each stand.
That should certainly not deter you though from coming to a stadium that is more than adequate for the modern, professional game.
It’s no wonder UEFA deem this place suitable for lower-level International Football Competitions.
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