Rotherham United relocated to the New York Stadium in 2012 after 5 years at the Don Valley. They relocated to the 25,000 seater Don Valley stadium on a temporary basis in the hope that either the Millmoor rent debate could be resolved or a new stadium in Rotherham could be built. The New York stadium is a fantastic example of how to build a new ground for a lower league club without losing character. Superb unobstructed views from all areas.
Visiting supporters are situated toward one end of the stadium in the South Stand. The excellent accoustics make it really very easy to generate a good atmosphere. The view is unobstructed and facilities are superb whilst refreshments aren't over priced.
New York Stadium seating plan:
Just 5-10 minutes walk from the stadium is the town centre where you can find an assortment of pubs and places to eat. Included are 3 Wetherspoons, one of which is the Rhinoceros, situated right near the railway station. A worthwhile place to stop.
Across the A630 you'll find the old Millmoor Stadium which may be worth a visit if you have a little spare time. It's also the area that you'll be best off looking for some street parking. There are closer spots that you'll need to arrive very early to grab a hold of. Alternatively, within 5-10 minutes walk of the ground you'll come across a number of pay and display car parks. There is no parking available at the stadium except for existing permit holders.
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The nearest / closest train station to Rotherham United's New York Stadium is Rotherham Central. It's only a short 5-10 minute walk from the stadium so if you're planning on walking, turn right as you leave the station onto Central Road. Follow this and walk all the way along the rivers edge, past the magistrates court until you reach the Main Street T-Junction. Take a left and then immediate right onto Don Street. You should already be able to see the stadium, but in case you can't, follow the road round with the stadium on your right.
Rivals - Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers
Travel: An easy train journey. We stopped off in Sheffield for a few beers on the way first. Then a short train journey to Rotherham Central. A short walk to Wetherspoons (The Rhinoceros) and then down the road to the ground.
Refreshments: On arriving at The Rhinoceros the fans were mixed, and the atmosphere was fantastic. At £1.99 a pint you can’t complain. We stayed outside until 14:40 and walked to the ground. We found the home fans and police very welcoming.
Impressions: We could see the ground from the train station, it is your stereotypical new style ground, and looking at it it looked larger than its 12,000 capacity.
Atmosphere: The game itself was good, the banter from the fans was also good. One home fan took some stick all of the first half. At half time he appeared in our stand with his pie and was shaking hands with the section of fans that had chanted at him for the best part of 45 minutes. I’ve never seen that before.
Anything Else: Getting away from the ground was quick. The train station was a little congested and the small train to Sheffield was absolutely heaving!
Enjoy: A fantastic day out and fantastic weather! Shame Rotherham have gone down as we would have loved to have returned there next season!
Ground Name: New York Stadium
Capacity: 12,000 (all seated)
Address: Don Street, Rotherham, S60 1AH
Main Tel No.: 0844 4140733
Team Nickname: The Millers
Year Ground Opened: 2012