1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
I was really looking forward to visiting the New
York Stadium for a variety of reasons.
Primarily because it was a new ground to visit.
Secondly many Rotherham supporters had been
bigging up how good it was before the game, even
dome had claimed in the press that it is a mini
Emirates stadium! Thirdly to see if the extra £8
million they spent on building it compared to our
£13 million total cost was worth it. Fourthly
because they are local rivals and the result was
fairly crucial to both teams respective promotion
ambitions and finally because it simply had to be
better than the Don Valley Stadium......which was
a truly awful place to watch a match!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
The journey took all of 25 minutes by car as the
M1 was fairly empty and we got there pretty early
to avoid the pre-match traffic and have a couple
of pints. We initially tried to park on the road
near the old Millmoor where we always used to park
but found that was now coned off, so parked on the
other side of the dual carriageway near to the
ground for £4 in a industrial/factory unit car
park. We chose that rather than a much larger car
park next to it which cost £3 as that looked like
it would be a nightmare to get out of and the one
we were in led straight onto the dual carriageway
for a quick post match escape!
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
We walked up into the town centre and by-passed a
couple of pubs which contained assorted Stone
Island and Burberry clad locals playing 'spot the
Spireite' and went into a Wetherspoons on the High
Street called the Corn Law Rhymer. It was
absolutely packed with Rotherham fans, which given
that the match was going to be very well attended
was no surprise. As there has been a history of
trouble between us and given tensions were running
high we kept ourselves to ourselves and quietly
enjoyed a couple of decent cheap pints of Ruddles!
Whilst listening to various songs about where they
wanted to shove our crooked spire…..which amused
me no end! I wouldn’t describe it as a friendly
atmosphere but it wasn’t that hostile either and
we had a good chat to some Rotherham fans on the
walk down to the ground, shook hands, wished each
other luck (though not that much) and went
our respective ways which was nice.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end
then other sides of the stadium?
The ground looks very impressive from the outside
and looks much bigger than it’s 12,000 or so
capacity. This is primarily due to the very, very
steep rake of the steps, which I guess
someone (through age or alcohol) will
probably end up falling down one day. I heard one
elderly Spireite clambering up them complaining of
altitude sickness and he was only half joking.
That said, the seats, leg room and view from the
away end are excellent, but just to emphasise how
unecessary it is to have a rise of 2 steps between
each row the bloke sat in front of me stood up and
I could just about still see the match whilst
still sitting down!
We sold our allocation of 2,500 and I spotted a
few Spireite’s I knew sat quietly in the home
stand nearest us. They had left the seats in both
corners next to the away end empty as a buffer
zone, which makes me question the wisdom of ’bowl’
type stadiums as its costs millions to fill
corner’s with seats that are invariably going to
be empty due to segregation!
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities
The Chesterfield supporters present were in very
good voice throughout and created a good
atmosphere but I didn’t hear much noise from the
home fans, which may have been because I was sat
near the Spireite choir or maybe because their
vocal element haven’t decided where to
congregate in the new ground. Either way it
was surprising as Chesterfield were woeful from
start to finish and it pains me to say Rotherham
deserved 1-0 the win, which effectively puts paid
to our promotion hopes!
The concourse under the stands was quite tight
considering the grounds large footprint and
probably badly designed, as there
appeared to be more room in the toilets than
outside! The pie and pint were fine…usual football
fayre but nothing special but the queuss for them
The stewards were very good in the main, polite
and particularly sensible when the Chesterfield
fans behind the goal started playing up as they
wanted to stand rather than sit. The stewards
quickly let them move into the segregated area in
the corner and let them stand and sing which made
a refreshing change. The most amusing bit on the
day for me happened when a steward told my mate he
couldn’t smoke in the ground….he duly pointed out
it was an electric ‘fake’ fag as he’s trying to
quit, but the steward still insisted that it was
illegal! Not sure who was right but the five
minute debate was a cracker!
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
Given that Chesterfield’s performance was abysmal
and the prospect of being stuck in the 11,300
crowd trying to get out didn’t fill my heart with
joy so we decided to leg it a couple of
minutes before the final whistle and getting away
was no problem for us. That said there was a very
heavy police presence and the two sets of
supporters were well segregated until they hit the
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A day to forget for any Spireite and I’m sure the
Rotherham fans enjoyed their moment of glory,
which will never surpass the 5-0 spanking we gave
them on their first visit to our new ground!
Is the stadium worth £21 million………No it isn’t!
They could and should have got at least a 15,000
capacity for that money.
Is it a stadium they can be proud of and is it a
hundred times better that Millmoor or The Don
Valley…of course it is!
I look forward to my next visit……I just hope the
Chesterfield team decide to turn up next