Rochdale, known as ‘the Dale’ play their fixtures at Spotland Stadium (also known as the Crown Oil Stadium for sponsorship reasons). Spotland has a capacity of 10,249 and has been Rochdale’s home for 101 years.
The club seem to be going through something of a transition of late. The Dale narrowly missed out on survival in League One last season and, as of June, the squad only had nine contracted first team players, according to the club’s recently published retained list. It’s difficult to know what sort of team Rovers will face in August. We’ll try and keep this article updated nearer the time.
The board of Rochdale are saying that they will look to sell the club to new owners in order to provide ‘outside investment’. They believe the team ‘cannot compete and thrive without the injection of significant amounts of money’ which is not currently available through the usual means, such as ticket sales and matchday hospitality.
A statement from the club’s board says “As a football club operating at an elite level of professional football, we cannot compete and thrive without the injection of significant amounts of money that are not available to us in the traditional way that we have been funded throughout our history”. They say the club has been approached by a number of outside investors looking to buy shares but that none of these deals had been ‘sufficiently detailed, credible or funded’ until recently. The board went on to offer details on a new proposed deal but said it would need shareholders to agree resolutions set to be put forward at the EGM, which would allow the issue of new shares. “Without having the authority to issue new shares, the board is effectively stifled in its ability to seek new investment and we are left in a situation where the status quo prevails”.