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 in recent seasons. They narrowly missed out on survival in League One last season and, as of last June, only had nine contracted first team players.
The board of Rochdale have been 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 said “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’.
Note – Rochdale fans have said “Really disappointing as I thought our recent power struggles had reached a wide audience among other league clubs, but apparently not.
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