Davis explains Stadium Manager role

03 February 2012 10:00
New stadium manager Paul Davis is looking forward to the challenge of the opening of New York

Paul Davis, who joined the Millers team from neighbours Sheffield Wendesday has the job of running and launching our new home.

Speaking to the Advertiser he's looking forward to the challenge; “It's quite daunting in a way because you drive past and you see it taking shape. From my point of view, to manage a £20 million facility and with the chairman having footed a lot of the bill, it comes with a lot of responsibility."

“But this is a very exciting time for all connected with Rotherham United and it's an excellent opportunity for me to put together a new stadium operations team that will oversee the 24/7 running of the ground.”

“The job is split into two. There's the matchday side, which is ensuring the security and safety of the event, and the non-matchday side, which is focused on running of the stadium and liaising with the police and the Safety Advisory Group and so on."

“Every stadium is different and brings different challenges. I'm going to be very busy but it will get easier when we get up and running and people get to know their jobs and what is expected."

“I'm sure there will be some late nights and early mornings for myself and the team as the new season approaches but it's all part of the challenge.”

Meanwhile, head of commercial Steve Lewis looks at the club bringing new jobs to the town as it expands its operations.

“As it stands today, the football club opens 25 days a year, which is matchdays. We are now embarking on a 365-day a year business and that's a massive, massive thing." he told the 'tiser.

“Right now we don't know the exact staffing requirement, but we will be looking at the catering arm, bar and kiosk staff, the sales side, additional security and additional stewarding for matchdays.”