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Doncaster Rovers
Keepmoat Stadium

Capacity: 15,231 (All seated)
Address:
Stadium Way
, Lakeside, Doncaster, DN4 5JW
Main Telephone No: 01302 764 664
Fax No: 01302 363 525
Ticket Office: 01302 762 576
Team Nickname: Rovers
Year Ground Opened: 2007
Pitch Size: 109 x 76 yards

Shirt Sponsors: One Call
Home Kit Colours: Red & White
Away Kit Colours: Blue & Black Hoops
Kit Manufacturers: Avec
Official Web Sites:
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Contents

What's The Keepmoat Stadium Like?
External View
(photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Case Construction & Success Doncaster Stands
(photo)
Where To Drink?

Looking Towards The Polypipe Stand
(photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
West Stand (photo)
By Train
Case Construction North Stand (photo)
Admission Prices
Programme Price

Local Rivals
Disabled Facilities
Fixtures 2013-2014
Ground Layout
Record & Average Attendance

Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
Keepmoat Stadium Location Map


What's The Keepmoat Stadium Like?

After 84 years of playing football at their old Belle Vue ground, the Club moved to the Keepmoat stadium, which was opened on January 1st 2007. The Keepmoat stadium cost 21m to build and is also home to Doncaster Lakers Rugby League team as well as ladies football team Doncaster Belles.

To be honest the Keepmoat Stadium, in common with a number of new stadiums, looks far more interesting from the outside that it does on the inside. The stadium is situated next to a lake (which I believe makes Doncaster the only league ground to do so) and looks smart with four interesting looking floodlights, protruding at an angle from the stadium roof. However, on the inside the stadium is rather non-descript. Yes it looks tidy, the stadium is completely enclosed and all the covered stands are of the same height. But it lacks character and it is rather similar to other new stadiums that have been built, except that it is on a smaller scale.

On one side is the West Stand, which is the Main Stand, containing the teams' dressing rooms and having the players tunnel and team dugouts at its front. The primary television gantry is also housed on this side, along with press facilities. Opposite is the Doncaster Success Stand which contains a row of 16 executive boxes, outside which patrons can sit. These run across the back of the stand. Both ends are identical, with the North End of the ground being allocated to away fans.

Unusually the stadium has large access points in three corners of the ground, which can be used if need be, by emergency services. There are two small electric scoreboards situated in the North East & South West corners of the stadium. The stadium is completed with a set of four floodlights which are mounted on the roof in each corner.

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External View


Keepmoat Stadium external view photo

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What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Away fans are located in the Case Construction North Stand at one end of the stadium, where around 3,344 fans can be accommodated. If demand requires it then a portion of the East Stand can also be allocated. The view of the playing action, leg room, and facilities are all good, although fans are set well back from the pitch as there is a substantial tarmac looking track which surrounds it.

The concourses are a good size and there are a number of televisions on view to keep supporters entertained. Food included a selection of pies (including the Chicken Balti pie) and pasties at 3 each, plus burgers and hot dogs.

I found the stadium to be more atmospheric than the Belle Vue ground which was largely open to the elements. This is a bit unusual as most clubs that move to new grounds usually complain that the atmosphere suffers in the new arena, however at the Keepmoat this is not the case. The stewarding was relaxed on my visit and no problems were experienced. The pitch also looked in top condition, although you could still see the lines of a previous rugby league game. The club have their own troupe of cheerleaders called the Vikettes, who provide entertainment before the game and half time. Mark Chatterton a visiting Southend United supporter adds; '
It poured down with rain at our last match and it was noticeable around the stadium that those people sitting in the front rows of the stands, got particularly wet'.

Please note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles, they are ticket only. Tickets can be purchased from the South Stand ticket office.

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Case Construction (North) & Success Doncaster (East) Stands


Case Construction North and East Stands
                    photo

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Where To Drink?

As the stadium is on the outskirts of town, then there is not much choice in the way of pubs. There is though the Lakeside, a Beefeater outlet near Stadium Way (you should catch sight of it, if you drive towards the stadium from Junction 3 of the M18). Chris Parkes a visiting Nottingham Forest supporter informs me; 'I had no problems with getting a drink in the Lakeside Beefeater, in fact there were more Forest fans in there than home fans before the game. We were also allowed in after the game for a pint or two while the traffic cleared.' The pub also has a separate restaurant section. Whilst David Rose adds; 'There is a bar in the bowling alley next to the Vue Cinema, which is situated on the other side of the lake'.

Dave a Norwich City fan tells me; 'There is a bar at the stadium itself, which we were allowed to go into. It does get very busy in the hour up to kick off but if you get in early, as we did, you should be okay. The bar has plenty of seating, as well as an organised queuing system to avoid the normal bustle at the bar. There was no food available though.' Alcohol is also available inside the stadium, including Carlsberg at 3 a bottle.

Ian Dutton a visiting Wigan Athletic fan adds; 'If going by train then in the town centre there is an excellent pub called the Cask Corner. It is a fantastic pub which is about a ten 10 minute walk from railway station. It serves a number of real ales and ciders. It doesn't offer food but you are allowed to bring in your own. The pub was so good that I nearly missed the kick off!' This pub which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide is located on Cleveland Street.

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Looking Towards The Polypipe (South) Stand


Looking Towards The South Stand photo

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How To Get There And Where To Park
From the A1(M) join the M18 Eastbound at Junction 35 (signposted Hull) or from the M1, join the M18 Eastbound at Junction 32.

Once on the M18, leave at Junction 3 and take the A6182 towards Doncaster (the stadium is well signposted from Junction 3 and is about one and a half miles away). You will pass a retail park on your left and then at the next island (which has the Lakeside Pub visible behind it) turn left onto White Rose Way. The Lakeside Shopping Centre is now on your right (the stadium is located directly behind the shopping centre). At the next island turn right onto the industrial estate and after passing the Tesco distribution centre on your right, turn right at the bottom of the road and the stadium is further down on your left.

There are just 1,000 car parking spaces at the stadium, which will mean that for the bigger games, parking will be at a premium. There are 60 parking spaces reserved for disabled fans, which must be booked prior to matchday. The stadium management are also giving preference for parking to those cars carrying more than one passenger, but apparently this won't be enforced. The cost of parking at the stadium is 5. Alan Wilson adds; 'Having parked at the stadium it took me nearly an hour to get out of the car park and back onto the main road after the game had ended'. Alternatively, a number of firms on the nearby industrial park, offer matchday parking at around 3-4 per vehicle. If you happen to arrive a couple of hours before kick off then there is also some free street parking to be had in this area.

Away coaches are parked in Car Park number on the approach to the stadium. This is at a cost of 20. Coaches need to follow the stadium signs, then the entrance to the car park is directly ahead when you see the first group of car park stewards. 

Map showing the location of the Keepmoat Stadium (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: DN4 5JW

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West Stand


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By Train
Doncaster Station is just under two miles away so you are probably best taking a taxi to the ground.  If you do have time on your hands and you fancy the long walk (around 25-30 minutes) then as you come out of the station turn right and then keep straight on this road (the A 6182 Trafford Way) and you will eventually reach the stadium complex on your left.

Colin Barrett informs me; 'The bus service has been improved for matchdays.  From around two hours before kick off there is a dedicated shuttle service from the Doncaster Interchange bus station, which is adjacent the train station and under the Frenchgate Shopping Centre. This is Route 75X and runs every 10 minutes direct to the Stadium. It leaves Stand C6 and the journey takes less than 10 minutes depending on traffic.  The bus stops in a lay-by at the Ground close to the Ticket Office and after the match leaves for Doncaster Interchange from the same place. Cost is presently 1.10 each way'

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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Case Construction North Stand


Case Construction North Stand photo

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Admission Prices For Visiting Supporters 

Case Construction North Stand:
Adults 23*
Over 60's
17*
Under 21's 13*
Under 16's 8
Under 11's


* A discount of 2 per match ticket is available, if the tickets are purchased online.

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Programme Price
Official Programme 3.

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Local Rivals
Rotherham, Barnsley, Scunthorpe United & Hull City.

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities at the ground please visit the relevant page on the National Association Of Disabled Supporters (NADS) website.

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Fixtures 2013-2014
Doncaster Rovers FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

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Ground Layout


Stadium Plan

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Record & Average Attendance
Record Attendance:
At the Keepmoat Stadium:
15,001 v Leeds United
League One, April 1st 2008


At Belle Vue:
37,149 v Hull City
Third Division North, October 2nd 1948

Average Attendance:
2012-2013: 7,239 (League One)
2011-2012: 9,341 (Championship League)
2009-2010: 10,992 (Championship League)

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Fans Reviews Of The Keepmoat Stadium
Jono Dorrington (Ipswich Town) 28/4/12
Jake Dudley (Blackpool) 14/2/12
Steven Mills (Notts County) 7/1/12
Conor Askins (Middlesbrough) 1/11/11
Adam Tibbs (Cardiff City) 9/04/11
James Cole (Barnsley) 25/01/11

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Hotel Accommodation
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Map Showing The Location Of The Keepmoat Stadium, Railway Station And Listed Pubs



 

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Last Updated: 14 March 2014