Doncaster Rovers v Ipswich Town
Saturday, April 28th 2012, 3pm
By Jono Dorrington
1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
As I had previously been told that it was a faitly new stadium with some impressive looking floodlights and never have visited Doncaster before.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The journey from Suffolk was incredibly straight forward and didn't take as long as expected. With the stadium being Located on an industrial estate, it was a matter of 5 minutes from the M18 and we managed to park for £4 a short walk away.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
We walked to a Beefeater pub/restaurant minutes walk from the ground who were happy to serve us. Reasonably priced drinks, in a packed bar and the few home supporters that were there were friendly. Also alongside there is a Mcdonalds & KFC.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
The stadium looks fairly impressive from the outside and yes the floodlights did look stunning, although on the whole, the Keepmoat is fairly similar to other modern stadiums. The away end is big, and housed 1,266 of us Town fans, and the enclosed stadium created a fantastic away atmosphere.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Stewards were exceptionally friendly, allowing us to sit where we want and also stand throughout the game. The way atmosphere was brilliant although you couldn't say the same regarding the home support. Pints were £3 which is a fair price and the toilet were OK, better than some!
It was an open first half which we dominated and went 2-0 up after a rocket from Stevenson although we sloppily allowed them back into the game, but we came through with a deserved 3-2 win.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
It was an easy walk back to the car, although it was fairly busy getting out of Doncaster, took us around 20minutes longer, probably due to the fact of some road works too.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A thoroughly enjoyable away day to finish the season on 3points. A decent stadium, would come again for the £22 paid.
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