Mansfield Town consider groundshare with Rugby club based 30 miles away

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Mansfield Town are looking into a potential groundshare with Rotherham Titans in order to boost their finances.

The League Two outfit are in need of extra investment after chairman John Radford stated that he would be cutting down his investment into the club. He had been pumping in £100,000 a month but has now reduced that to £34,000 a month.

A pressing situation at the club is the low attendances which on average are currently around 3,400. Radford believes that they need to start averaging 4,500 in order to break even. The chairman has done a lot for Mansfield since taking over three years ago. They finally returned to the Football League after a five year absence and currently sit in 17th place in League Two.

There is an option that could arise for the club though, and it depends on whether Rugby club Rotherham Titans can gain promotion from the Championship into the top flight of English domestic Rugby.

They currently sit in third place in the Championship and at the end of the season the top four make the play-offs, of which one will win promotion. The permutations for all clubs in the Aviva Premiership are that they must play their home games at a ground which can hold 10,000. Rotherham Titans currently play at Clifton Lane which only holds a quarter of that.

Therefore Mansfield Town and Rotherham Titans are in discussions about a possible groundshare next season. This is despite the 30 mile distance between the two. One Call stadium (previously Field Mill) would need to expand by 800 seats to bring it in line with the required 10,000 capacity.

This would bring in the extra investment needed by the League Two club. As well as more coverage of the club as BT Sport hold their rights to coverage of the Aviva Premiership. World-class players will also be coming to the One Call Stadium and it could bring new fans to the game.

It isn't an ideal situation for Rotherham Titans fans though, having to make a 60 mile round trip just to see their club play at 'home'. Although they may not be able to see top-flight rugby at all without the groundshare.

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