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New York Stadium
Rotherham United v Fleetwood Town
League Two

Saturday, April 13th, 2013, 3pm
By Matthew Bowling
(Fleetwood Town fan)

1. Why were you looking forward to going to the ground?

I was looking forward because it's a new stadium, and it's a football ground that I haven't been to before.

2. How easy was the journey/finding ground/car parking?

The ground was easy to find we just stuck with the M62/M60, a very nice run through the hills as you hit the Yorkshire Dales, it was actually quite quiet for it being a Saturday afternoon. The ground is easy to find as you follow the route to the old ground and the new stadium soon appears, you can't really miss it. We bought a car parking permit for the stadium which we booked in advance, so no worries there.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy...... home fans friendly?

We arrived at the stadium and went straight into the ground and just checked out the away stand facilities which good.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end than other sides of the ground?

The ground does look very impressive from outside and that continues inside, with circular floodlights, very good leg room, good views from every seat. The steps are quite steep so if you are at the top you need to watch your step. The ground is similar on all 4 sides and this generated an okay atmosphere and quite a bit of noise from the stands.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities:

The atmosphere seemed to mostly coming from our small number of travelling fans. The attendance was 7,360, the home fans didn't make much atmosphere which was disappointing. Rotherham took the lead after 3 minutes when our keeper made a poor clearance straight to a Rotherham forward, who probably couldn't believe his luck and the ball ended up in the bottom corner. Their lead was short lived, when we equalised after a scramble in the box the ball fell to David Ball who shot the ball in the corner. The stewards seemed friendly and didn't tell us to sit down during the game. There was only pies on the food menu and the people who I asked who had them said they were okay but not great. Even though there was only one catering facility in the stand, it wasn't a problem as we only had around 300 fans in attendance. The facilities were alright with two toilet blocks in the in the stand which were more than adequate. In the second half Rotherham started to improve iand took the lead again through Kieran Agard, after some poor defending by Fleetwood. Unfortunately Fleetwood couldn't mount a comeback an the game ended 2-1 to the home side.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had to wait for about 10/15 minutes in the car park because the police made sure that all the fans had gone away to the main road before they let us out, when we eventually got out the journey back was no problem at all, similar to the journey there.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Good day out overall,  a very impressive stadium. Although more of an atmosphere would have been better. Annoyed that we lost because that ended our play-off hopes for good. However, I would recommend anyone to go to the stadium and I would personally visit again.  

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