New York Stadium
Rotherham United v Bradford City
Saturday September 1st 2012, 3pm
The main reason that I was looking forward to the match was that matches between Rotherham and Bradford generally generate a great atmosphere. After a few years of watching this match at the Don Valley I couldn’t wait to taste the atmosphere of the New York Stadium, especially since we (Bradford City) had sold out the 2,200 away end.
The journey was very easy as it was only a 25 minute train journey from where I live. The ground is very easy to find as it is just a 5 minute walk from the train station and is easily seen from link roads into the town. Car parking did not appear to be a problem from what I could see around the ground.
I found the home fans very friendly around the ground both before and after the game. I tried out 2 bars before the game. The first was Liquid Envy which in about 200 yards from the ground. The drinks only cost £2.00 per pint but you get what you pay for. The beer was flat and warm so we tried to find another bar in the Town Centre. This was difficult however, with most bars now allowing away fans in. We did however find one, the Bridge Inn. This was friendly with a good selection of real ales.
First impressions of the ground were very good. A modern stadium that stood out a mile from it’s surroundings. From the outside it was hard to believe that this ground only held 12,000 seats. Upon entry into the stadium I was again impressed. The facilities were of the highest quality and the food / drink was excellent. I had a Pie and a pint which cost £6.00. I had a very good view of the whole ground from where I was sat, although some people may need to be aware that it is quite steep. I was happy about this however because it meant that there was ample leg room.
View From The Away Section
The game itself did not pan out as well as I had hoped. 1-0 down inside 2 minutes is never a good thing but to be 3-0 down by half time is even worse. Despite this, I must say that the atmosphere was excellent throughout by both sets of supporters. The stewards did seem a little petty though, bursting the hundreds of balloons at the front of the away end which held the game up for about 5 minutes.
Bradford City Fans At The Game
It was easy to get away from the ground after the game as far as the train station. If only it was as easy as that from then on. There was only 1 train an hour heading for Leeds and it only had 2 coaches which was not good when the station was heaving with football fans. I had to get a train to Doncaster and change which added about an hour to my journey.
All in all it was an excellent day out despite losing 4-0 in the end. I would recommend this ground to anyone wishing to attend an away game, although be aware that you may come away empty handed as Rotherham seem to have a new lease of life since moving from the Don Valley to the New York Stadium.