New York Stadium: Rotherham United

New York Way, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S60 1AH
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Rotherham United played at Millmoor for over 100 years, leaving in 2008 when a dispute over the ground’s ownership meant that they could no longer call the former flour mill home. They moved to Sheffield’s Don Valley stadium on a temporary basis whilst their new stadium was being constructed. Names considered for the new ground were The Foundry and The Waterfront Stadium before the club eventually decided on New York Stadium. The name came about because the land the ground was built upon was called New York, plus the club’s chairman, Tony Stewart, imagined the name might earn them investment from America.

Rotherham United are known as The Millers and came into existence in 1925 when Rotherham Town were merged with Rotherham County, the two clubs literally uniting to make a new team. The Millers played in the first ever League Cup final in 1961, a two-legged affair that they lost 3-2 to Aston Villa. They have achieved back-to-back promotions twice in their existence, once between 1999 and 2001 and they other time between 2012 and 2014.

Stats

New York Stadium Stats
Year Opened2012
Capacity12,021
Average Attendance10,250
Record Attendance11,758 (Rotherham v Sheffield Utd (2013))
Pitch Size102 x 66 (6732)
OwnerRotherham United F.C.
SponsorAESSEAL
Clubs HostedRotherham United F.C.
First FixtureRotherham United v Barnsley (21/07/2012)
Rotherham United Stats
Year Founded1925
NicknameThe Millers
Club MascotMiller Bear
RivalsSheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town
Previous StadiumsMillmoor, Don Valley
KitRed & White (Home) / Blue & Red (Away) / Yellow & Red (Third)
Training GroundRoundwood Sports Complex
Shirt SponsorParkgate Shopping Rotherham
Team OwnerTony Stewart
Record GoalscorerJack Shaw (143)
Record AppearancesDanny Williams (459)

New York Stadium Photos

New York Stadium Seating Plan & Where to Sit

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The New York Stadium is built in a bowl style, though there are four distinct stands to it. Each stand has a name based on sponsorship, starting with The Eric Twigg Pukka Pies Stand that houses the players’ tunnel. The Ben Bennett Stand houses the family section, whilst The Morrison Stand sits opposite the Kop and is where the away fans sit. The KCM Recycling Stand is the main Kop stand in the ground and can hold about 2000 fans.

Rotherham United Ticket Prices

Rotherham make their ticket pricing scheme easy to understand. They don’t categorise their matches, so the only price difference in tickets depends on how old you are and where about in the ground you want to sit. There’s also an additional cost of £2 if you buy your ticket on the day rather than in advance. Here are the cheapest and most expensive tickets for adults and concessions:

  • Adults: £25 - £27
  • Concessions: £15 - £17

How To Get Rotherham United Tickets

You can buy tickets on the club’s official website, by calling the box office, by dropping into the ticket office at the stadium or by popping to the club’s Red & White Shop.

Getting To New York Stadium

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Rotherham isn’t the easiest city in the country to reach, but nor is it the hardest. Here are some of the typical modes of transport you’ll want to investigate:

Train - The ground is just a short walk from Rotherham Central Railway Station, so that’s where you’ll be heading. It takes just over two hours from London with a quick change.

Bus - The main bus exchange in Rotherham is near to the stadium, so pretty much any bus in the local area will do you.

Car - From the South take the M1 to Junction 33 and then the A630. From there follow the signs to the town centre. From the North you’ll leave the M1 at Junction 35 and follow the A629. From there keep your eye out for signs to the stadium or the centre of Rotherham.

By Air - The closest airport to Rotherham is Robin Hood Doncaster - Sheffield Airport, which is less than twenty miles away.

Taxi - Getting a taxi from Rotherham Central to New York Stadium is essentially pointless, but if you really want to do it then it will take roughly three minutes and cost £3.

Parking Near New York Stadium

There is no parking for away fans at the stadium, but there are a few private car parks near to the ground such as pay and display places and NCP car parks in the town centre.

Useful Resources

New York Stadium Hotels

Rotherham is a delightful, rural town surrounded by beautiful countryside. As such there are a number of good hotel options you can look into. It’s also close to Sheffield, so you get the added options of hotels in the Steel City:

ibis budget Sheffield Arena - £35+

298 Attercliffe Common, Sheffield, S9 2AG
Located just over two miles from the stadium is this budget hotel from the ibis chain. They offer breakfast, self-parking and free Wi-Fi. More details.

Carlton Park Hotel - £50+

102-104 Moorgate Road, Rotherham, S60 2BG
Less than a mile from the ground is this hotel with a health club, indoor pool, garden and conference centre. There’s also free Wi-Fi and free parking. More details.

Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield - £65+

West Bawtry Road, Whiston, Rotherham, S60 4NA
You know roughly what you’re going to get with a Holiday Inn hotel and this one offers an indoor pool, a health club and free parking. It’s about two miles from New York Stadium. More details.

Pubs & Bars Near New York Stadium

Rotherham itself is a lovely Yorkshire town, with nearby Sheffield offering increased options on the pub front. Here are some of the ones you might want to consider:

Bluecoat

The Crofts, Rotherham, S60 2DJ (01709 539500)
The Blue Coat is a JD Wetherspoon pub, so you won’t be surprised by what’s on offer. Cheap food, cheaper booze and sport on TVs. It welcomes away fans though, so it’s worth considering for that alone.

The Rhinoceros

35-37 Bridgegate, Rotherham, S60 1PL (01709 361422)
Another Wetherspoons, but one that is a touch more family friendly. You get the same as at Bluecoat but with free Wi-Fi.

The County

Bridgegate, Rotherham, S60 1PL (0170 937 8880)
Right next door to The Rhinoceros is this Amber Inns pub with loads of HDTVs to show everything from football through to live racing.

Facilities

The fact that the stadium was only completed in 2012 means the facilities are amongst the best in the league. You’ll find plenty of places to buy a drink or a bite to eat, plus views from virtually all seats are clear and unobstructed.

Prices

  • Programme: 3.00
  • Pie: 3.00
  • Cup of tea: 2.00
  • Beer: 3.40

Hospitality

By Chris from Rotherham, UK (Rotherham Utd V Peterborough Utd Sept 2013 (103)) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There are a number of hospitality lounges at the New York Stadium, though the packages they offer differ more in what they offer rather than where they are. The Platinum Package, for example, will see you enjoy a three-course meal, refreshments at half-time and padded seats in The Eric Twigg Pukka Pies Stand. A Gold Package sees you get the same seats but with a two-course meal, a match programme and team sheet.

Private Hire

Rotherham’s numerous suites and boxes are available for private hire for things like meetings, corporate events, private parties and even weddings. If there’s something you want to host in Rotherham then the New York Stadium should be one of your first ports of call.

Stadium Tours & Museum

A tour of the stadium takes in the tunnel, the dressing rooms, the pitch side and press areas. It costs £5 per person and there needs to be a minimum booking of five people. There are no set times or days for tours so make sure you get in touch with the club first. There is no museum at the ground, though local Rotherham museums may occasionally display club memorabilia.

About Rotherham United

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Though Rotherham United as we know it now have only been in existence since 1925, the club’s foundations go all the way back to 1870 when Thornhill Football Club was formed. Rotherham Town was the foremost team in the area at the time, though by the turn of the century they were close to going out of business and Thornhill had become Rotherham County and had surpassed them in the league. It was never going to be sustainable to have two professional teams in such a small town as Rotherham, however, so they formed in the mid-1920s.

Rotherham have never won the top two tiers of English football, but that have won the third and fourth tier during their history. They’ve also finished as runners-up in each. They’ve twice reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, once in the 1952-1953 season and once in 1967-1968. As well as losing out in the inaugural final of the League Cup in 1961 they have also won the Football League Trophy once, in 1996.

New York Stadium History

By Chris from Rotherham, UK (Rotherham v Brentford 30th Aug 2014 pano) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New York Stadium is built on the grounds of The Guest and Chrimes Foundry, with outline permission granted in November of 2010. Despite its odd name it is actually similar to nearby Bramall Lane and Hillsborough stadiums insomuch as it’s named after the local area it was built it. The ground was officially opened in 2012 by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, with the first game being a match against the club’s Local rivals Barnsley that The Millers won 2-1.

The ground cost around £20 million to construct and can seat just over 12,000 fans in its four stands. There is a larger video screen located in the stadium’s North-East corner that can show replays of non-contentious incidents from the match as well as advertising for local firms. The company AESSEAL took on sponsorship of the ground in 2014 in a deal believed to be worth six figures annually.

Future Developments

By Chris from Rotherham, UK (Rotherham NYS Pano 1) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The stadium has the ability to be expanded to allow a larger capacity if needed, though this is unlikely to happen unless Rotherham United establish themselves as a Premier League club in the future.

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