Pre Season Friendly
Tuesday July 31st
2012, 7.45pm Sam
Blackburn (Sheffield United
1. Why you were
looking forward to going to the ground (or
not as the case may be):
I was looking foward to seeing Rotherham's
New York stadium. It was good to go to a new
ground and to see Rotherham back in their
home city and not at the dire Don Valley
Stadium. After seeing SUFC play Rotherham at
three different grounds it was good to see
them in their rightful place.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
As I was traveling from Sheffield it wasnít
much of a hassle. I got to the ground at
about 6:30pm and found some off street
parking. There is plenty around Rotherham
but you have to get there early to get a
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
Before the game we went hunting for food. As
the town centre is only a brief 5 minute
walk away you found all the mod cons and
respectable eating establishment. There are
a few pubs around the ground but didnít
venture in as the local rivalry is always a
factor to these sorts of games and therefore
segregating the pubs into home fans only.
There were a few burger vans around the
ground to visit as well.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
From the outside the ground looks massive
and very impressive. When travelling over
the bypass you can see the floodlights and
it brings back the nostalgia of an old
fashioned football ground. When walking up
to its very impressive. The stadium is still
not completed yet so when it is fully done I
am sure this will be a cracking ground for
away supports to visit
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc...
As the game was a friendly it was a
non-descript game really. Although the
ground was near full with an attendance of
11,033 which made to a very good atmosphere.
The acoustics are very good in the ground
and the noise travels. As for the stewarding
very substandard, it is done by G4S a
security company and it just seemed to be a
lot of bouncers and not stewards which was a
little disconcerting. They were very heavy
handed at times and really didnít know what
they were doing. The facilities are still to
be decided as the ground is not fully
completed, but the entire kiosk inside were
open and the prices were very good.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
Getting away was relatively easy and was
home for 10:10pm.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Very good ground and will be a cracking day
out for a competitive match. There was 3500
in the away end the noise was fantastic.
Rotherham finally has a ground to be proud